The second episode of ‘Resurrection’ was all about digging up ghosts from the past — both literally and metaphorically, since Marty dug up Jacob’s grave. Oh, and also, one of The Returned (sorry, wrong show) is most definitely a psychotic murderer.
Marty (Omar Epps) had a pretty rough go of it this week on Resurrection. In addition to Sheriff Langston (Matt Craven) digging up a monstrous secret from his past, he also had to deal with the fact that no one — no one! — wanted to come to his grave exhumation party. That hurts.
‘Resurrection’ — Caleb Kills Someone!
Looks like Elaine (Samaire Armstrong) should start listening to her brother instead of blindingly trusting the dead man who has cheerfully marched back into her life after years of absence.
It’s so easy to compare Resurrection to the French series The Returned — and unfortunately for this show, it will never be a favorable comparison. One of the many things that made Returned (which is also about a random assortment of dead people coming back to life in a small, isolated town) so absurdly compelling was its unflinching exploration of grief; shown through the eyes of the survivors who were devastated by the untimely deaths (and, for some, resurrections) of their loved ones.
Death is complicated (understatement), and the dead magically coming back to life just as they were before they died is a fascinating issue to explore. Resurrection doesn’t seem to trust its audience enough to show us instead of telling us, so instead of spending ample time with these families and exploring their varied reactions to the resurrections — I mean, it would make sense for some of these characters to have hesitations, given the inherent impossibility of the whole situation and the fact that they’ve moved on with their lives without these formerly crucial people in them — we’re stuck with Marty Bellamy and his investigation.
It’s not that Marty (or Epps) is bad, it’s just that this story shouldn’t be about him, or his investigation. A much more interesting show lies in Frances Fisher‘s Lucille and Kurtwood Smith‘s Henry dealing with Jacob’s return after so many long years away. This couple has spent multiple childless decades together trying to heal as a family, and now Jacob is back and better than ever, like those 30+ years of pain meant absolutely nothing. It’s fascinating! I like how Lucille has gone straight back to the ’70s and reassumed her role as a mother (with ease) after so much time, while Henry suffers so greatly. I wish we could spend more time with them, but unfortunately, it looks like it’s all about Marty and how he processes things — as a clear outsider — for the time being.
‘Resurrection’ — Dig Up The Bones But Leave The Soul Alone
Anyway, back to the story. The episode was all about digging up the past, both literally and metaphorically. Marty wanted to exhume both Jacob and his aunt, but the Sheriff was greatly opposed to this after that devastating cheating reveal from last week. His daughter Dr. Maggie (Devin Kelley) was more open to the suggestion, but mostly because she had examined Caleb (Sam Hazeldine) and discovered enough protein in his system to confirm the fact that he had indeed had a heart attack — his death and resurrection wasn’t some grand conspiracy theory with swapped corpses, as some people were suggesting.
Elaine was more like Lucille in that she blindly welcomed her father without any hesitation, but her brother’s disturbed reaction to Caleb’s return — as well as the fact that Caleb murdered someone who seems to have stolen something from him at the end of the episode — strongly suggests that Caleb is not necessarily a man who should have been given a second chance at life.
And speaking of second chances at life, Lucille has gone a bit far off the deep end when it comes to picking up exactly where she and Jacob left off. (Warning: Returned comparison ahead!) On that other show, a mother wisely hid her returned daughter’s identity for a while as they figured out their next move — they told everyone she was a cousin — knowing that a public coming out might not be the best idea for her child. Lucille isn’t even considering Jacob’s safety in this case, as she brought her son to public soccer matches in the park and introduced him as such like it was no big thing.
Marty showed up as the voice of reason and suggested an alternate identity for her son, but no dice — Lucille thinks that they deserve to live life openly, and exactly as they did when they left off. The only problem is, that’s impossible. You can’t reveal a freaking resurrection to the general public without an ungodly amount of unwanted attention, which is definitely the last thing she wants for Jacob. The kid’s going to end up on a freaking lab table if she keeps on going like this. Also, she’s well over 60, and currently ignoring the fact that she’s in the twilight of her own life as the takes on the role of a 30-something mother. Something’s gotta give, and (hopefully) it will be emotionally resonant and compelling to watch.
‘Resurrection’ — Ghosts From The Past
Before the graves were exhumed (we didn’t get to see what was inside, of course), Maggie played a visit to the bald man who was having an affair with her mother when she died. She asked if he was her dad; he said no. He then made it clear that he didn’t abandon her on the day of Jacob and her mother’s deaths — he waited until police came and found her in her stroller, then darted off so no one would know about the affair.
Or so he says.
After Maggie left, the man walked into a house and said to someone (Maggie’s still-alive mom, maybe?) “They found us.” Then, to make matters worse, Caleb wandered into another man’s house, yelled “it’s all gone,” then most likely bludgeoned the man to death.
Dun dun dun. So basically, we were left with three cliffhanger-y mysteries at the end of the show:
1. Who did Caleb kill, and why?
2. Who is the bald man in cahoots with, and how is he connected to the resurrections?
3. Whose bodies (if any) are in those graves?
That’s a whole lot of mystery, folks. What did you think of the episode, HollywoodLifers?
— Shaunna Murphy
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