UPDATED 03-10-14: DVR ALERT: “RESURRECTION” ON ABC (WCVB, CH 5) — NEW SERIES STARTS TONIGHT, MARCH 9, 2014…
Monday, March 10, 2014 — 5:27 PM (My original post follows my update)
Did you miss the series’ premiere episode of this much talked about series? You’re in luck. You can watch it here…
Here’s my Original Post…
In a small town in Arcadia, MO, a small boy who died suddenly reappears—32 years later—and was returned to his astounded parents. People who had passed are suddenly being “resurrected”. This new series intrigues me. It begs the question: Who would you want to resurrect? My answer, at this point in time, would be…our Founding Fathers.
I’m going to tape this series because this subject matter is something I’ve always been curious about. It starts tonight at 9PM (ET) on ABC, Channel 5 so make sure to set your DVRs. The story below (from the Boston Herald) explains this series in detail…
Grateful dead: ABC’s fascinating ‘Resurrection’ is the living end
An 8-year-old boy wakes up, gasping in a rice paddy in rural China.
U.S. immigration officer J. Martin “Marty” Bellamy (Omar Epps, “House”) ultimately returns him to his home in Arcadia, Mo.
His parents, Lucille (Frances Fisher, “Titanic”) and Henry Langston (Kurtwood Smith (“That ’70s Show”), are stunned to see him — he drowned 32 years earlier.
So begins the promising and eerie drama “Resurrection,” an adaptation of a French TV hit.
As in “The Walking Dead,” the dearly — and not-so-dearly — departed are once again shambling the earth, not to consume flesh, but to reopen old wounds, stoke old griefs and grievances and maybe with an agenda all their own. As agents of a higher power? The first wave of a Satanic force?
This boy, Jacob (Landon Gimenez), is unable to explain his reappearance, but he does remember the moment of his death. What he reveals changes his extended family, especially his uncle, Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven, “Crimson Tide”), and his daughter Maggie (Devin Kelley, “Covert Affairs”), a doctor.
Those who think Jacob’s return is some sort of elaborate hoax are in for another shock when someone else believed dead and cremated returns to the small town.
Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth, “The Tudors”), who just happened to be Jacob’s childhood buddy decades earlier, finds his faith shaken and questions how he can lead his parish in the face of this unknown.
Right now the returnees are confined to Arcadia, and Marty is determined to remain in the town to solve the mystery.
Epps is quietly commanding as the investigator thrust into the unknown — and hiding some baggage of his own, apparently.
Fisher and Smith are terrific as 60-somethings now welcoming back the child they thought they buried decades earlier. Fisher’s mother doesn’t need an explanation; Smith’s father remains distrustful even as proof mounts in the boy’s favor.
“Resurrection” does something few dramas do today — it gives its characters breathing room to absorb and react to the fantastic in their lives, rather than forcing them to run from one plot point to another. Some will find this pace too leisurely.
It’s also unclear whether the producers have thought out the endgame or even how to sustain this show for more than a season.
One seemingly significant supporting character played by Nicholas Gonzalez (“Sleepy Hollow”) disappears between the pilot and the second episode with no explanation and apparently won’t be returning.
That suggests a show that doesn’t know where it’s heading.
But ABC’s most grievous error when it comes to “Resurrection”?
Scheduling this show smack against AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” the No. 1 show in prime time.
That’s just asking to be buried.
“RESURRECTION” Series premiere tonight at 9 on WCVB (Ch. 5). Grade: B