The Kettering Incident has been compared to The X-Files and Twin Peaks because of its UFO plot-line and off-beat tone. They’re valid comparisons, but this Australian lacks the emotional pull which led to those show becoming so iconic. Having said that, The Kettering Incident does offer enough intrigue and curiosity to pull the audience in and make it worth your viewing time.
Elizabeth Debicki is Anna, a former inhabitant of Kettering, Australia who left years before after the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Living in London and suffering by strange blackouts, she suddenly finds herself back in her old home town. It’s a place of mystery and hidden truths, the perfect place to put your life back together.
Debicki (The Night Manager) is the glue which holds The Kettering Incident together, delivering a strong performance with a character who might not be the most sympathetic. She’s like a Hitchcock blonde dropped into an early Steven Spielberg film. In fact, Spielberg’s E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind offer some serious visual touchstones for the show (a lot of flashlights in the woods) and there’s a quirky Stranger Things vibe throughout this too – something which I imagine isn’t a coincidence.
The Kettering Incident is a solid show which entertains throughout its eight episodes. It might be a little far-fetched and a touch too po-faced, but sometimes that’s no bad thing when you’re looking for entertainment.