We needed this happy, full ending. We deserved it. Especially in this period of uncertainty, when our fragile mental health would have earned us, at the end of the XIXe century, a stay in the sanatorium or, even worse, in the asylum of Morin-Heights with poor Donatienne (Kim Despatis).
For those who have fallen behind in The countries above on Radio-Canada, shame on you! the whistleblower alert sounds here like the tocsin to protect Sainte-Adèle from the great forest fire. Is everything ti-Bidou?
So, one of the best Quebec television series in recent years bowed out on Monday night with a superb scene of celebration, where our favorite characters, after removing their homemade masks (which protected them from the smoke), hugged each other and kissed. It was wonderful.
At 130 years or so, we would have sworn it was all of us, at the end of this cursed pandemic, somewhere in 2022, when it will be possible to walk around without a face cover and stick our friends or our families.
The meticulous screenwriter Gilles Desjardins closed his excellent historical western by bringing back solidarity in the canton. The village has monopolized itself to extricate Séraphin (Vincent Leclerc), Donalda (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) and their baby from the flames.
Spread over six seasons, the transformation of Séraphin Poudrier, from monstrous stingy to respectable deputy minister, was hyper credible, in particular thanks to the extraordinary play of Vincent Leclerc. The former gold collector even saved his comrades from the drought by dynamiting the American Paper dam.
Séraphin, alias the vigilante of the North, does not have a heart as rotten as we think, even pleaded his brother-in-law Bidou Laloge (Rémi-Pierre Paquin) during the final.
The blow of the toothbrush of the dealer Lacour (Pierre Mailloux), who conquered the elusive Délima (Julie Le Breton), was brilliant. It is this kind of detail that has contributed to the irresistible charm of the Upper country.
The love story between Donatienne and Pâquerette (Romane Denis) also had a nice ending. Locked in the asylum because she is “inverted”, a very contagious nervous and sensory moral disorder, according to her father, Donatienne was freed from the clutches of Dr.r Claveau (Pierre Lebeau) thanks to a subterfuge involving costumes and a fake policeman.
Who says Far West, says duel. And two men left their skin there, the detective Pat Pessel (David Boutin) and the ugly priest Caron (David La Haye). Moreover, the conspiratorial delusions of this disjunct priest have almost joined those of his interpreter in real life. More involuntary synchronicity!
The characters of Upper country made an impressive cast. I loved the rough Caroline Malterre (Anne-Élisabeth Bossé), the pinch Angélique Marignon (Madeleine Péloquin), the bon vivant Todore Bouchonneau (Alexandre Landry), the submissive father Ovide (Michel Charette) as well as the determined Délima Poudrier, probably my favorite.
Two of the new residents of Sainte-Adèle, Raphaël Lacour (Sébastien Diaz) and Iphigénie Lepotiron (Bianca Gervais), were very convincing. We knew Bianca Gervais’ acting talents, but not those of Sébastien Diaz, very natural on camera.
It is a shame that Radio-Canada no longer continues to colonize the Pays d’en haut. It is the only network capable of affording such an expensive historic series. Pity, pity, pity.
Super Bowl at the top
By combining the audiences obtained by RDS (1,113,000) and CTV (738,000), the Super Bowl captivated 1,851,000 French-speaking viewers on Sunday evening, crushing any form of competition for other positions.
And the half-time, proposed by The Weeknd? Okay. We had to wait until Blinding Lights, at the end of the 14 minutes, to feel an emotion. And the sound in the stadium, compared to years past, was bad rare. A 6 out of 10, say. The passing grade.
At Radio-Canada, Everybody talks about it riveted 772,000 followers to their television sets. On the TVA side, the special show on the 10 years of the game The cheater was seen by 760,000 people, while Vlog captured the attention of 745,000 fans.
Moved on Sundays at 5:30 p.m., The goose that lays golden eggs (687,000) narrowly beaten Big Brother Celebrity (604,000) on Noovo.
Back to TVA, Family jewels (414,000) did not break a record, far from it, and the show In studio finished his career at the bottom of the barrel with barely 250,000 telephages.
Saturday night, the episode ofLive from the universe dedicated to Ingrid St-Pierre, who brought the singer Marie Philippe back into the limelight, what a beautiful flash, was seen by 1,198,000 people. Immediately after, the live broadcast of The dark side of the moon attracted 332,000 curious visitors to Télé-Québec, compared to 627,000 who preferred Second chance at Radio-Canada.