Back on the encrypted channel this Monday, February 21 at 9:10 p.m., the retro series on the borders of the paranormal brings together the GEPAN team after Didier Mathure, convinced of having seen a UFO, shattered all his convictions…
Since Didier Mathure saw a UFO with his own eyes, he has crisscrossed France in vain in search of new sightings. As he prepares to stop everything, a strange phenomenon occurs in a nuclear power plant. A challenge for the GEPAN team, -Didier, Marcel, Rémy and Véra-, overwhelmed by this mystery which stirs up all fantasies. For Didier, it is certain: an intelligence from elsewhere seeks to establish contact. And he will do everything to try to answer her, unless Claire Carmignac from the Ministry of Energy prevents him…
UFO(s) season 2, every Monday at 9:10 p.m. on Canal+
After a delightful season 1 broadcast on Canal+ barely a year ago, screenwriters Martin Douaire and Clémence Dargent (to whom Maxime Berthemy’s third feather was added as reinforcements) are back with 12 new episodes of UFO(s), science fiction series in an irresistible retro style exploring the daily life of a scientific study office on UFO phenomena, GEPAN, created within the CNES in 1977, whose members are confronted with extraordinary phenomena while trying to demystify in the eyes of the general public.
Pure Cartesian spirit in season 1, Didier Mathure (Melvil Poupaud), brilliant astrophysicist, saw his principles collapse following an LSD trip during which he is convinced to have had an encounter of the third type. At his side, Vera (Daphne Patakia), convinced of having an intimate connection with the paranormal events they observe, persists in trying to come into contact with extraterrestrials.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Michel Vuillermoz) has had happy days since the return of André (Jonathan Lambert), his companion at the head of GEPAN. Remy (Quentin Dolmaire), he has slammed the office door since Vera broke his heart, and now works for a large telecommunications company trying to lead a tidy life.
Elise (Géraldine Pailhas), meanwhile, has obtained a promotion at CNES and rebuilt her life with a brilliant doctor, while Didier plays hippie in his Wolkswagen van on the roads of France under the perplexed gaze of his children (Capucine Valmary and Alessandro Mancuso) who believe him to be mad.
But an impromptu event will lead the “Scooby-gang” of GEPAN to reform: the unexplained appearance of a gigantic radioactive cotton candy in the reactor of a nuclear power plant about to open…
With an assumed lighter tone, more liberties taken in the production and a few nods to its first season (no flamingo this time but a pig), OVNI(s) pushes the nostalgia sliders further and the retro pastille, still under the leadership of director Antony Cordier (Gaspard goes to the wedding) who stages the twelve episodes.
To feed their new intrigues, the screenwriters immersed themselves in the news of 1978: the advent of French nuclear power, the migration crisis of boat peoplethe theatrical release of the first Superman starring Christopher Reeves, to the famous advertisement for the OMO laundry brand, this season 2 is full of small historical details that give the series its so old-fashioned tone, while taking a step aside in the supernatural.
By constantly playing on the idea that the paranormal phenomena observed by the GEPAN team have a rational explanation and on the veracity of UFOs, the series always takes us further in its concept, tackling the subject of belief and faith. after that of doubt. But this new season written during the health crisis also explores very contemporary themes: media drifts, distrust of scientific speech, misogyny within institutions… A time not so fantasized as it seems.
More choral, this new season brings its irresistible quartet of characters deeper, while introducing new recruits who are just as successful: Alice Taglioni as director of communication for the austere Ministry of Energy, Jonathan Lambert (after a brief appearance in season 1) but also Jean-Christophe Folly, Elodie Bouchez, Salif Cissé and Laurent Capelluto, all in tune as the rhythm of the lines is precise and the humor skilfully measured. The result: a journey to the borders of the fantastic and the nostalgia of an era that is still as singular in the French serial landscape.