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Resurrection Review: Disturbing the Dead

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Whatever brought back the dead to Arcadia, it isn't just a miracle.

Things start out innocent enough in Resurrection Season 1 Episode 2 but, sure enough, something's a little off with Caleb Richards.

It was his story that brought the most tension and concern, but he's also connected himself to Jacob so it's all open. I'm definitely intrigued.

Secrets are coming out of the woodwork, and for being such a sweet, sleepy little town, the citizens of Arcadia aren't afraid to hold them against each other. 

Lucille decides to let Jacob be Jacob, against the advice of Marty and after the parents of all the town's kids force them off of the ball field when Jacob goes out to play. That stunt is pulled by the woman who spit up the cherry pits in the movie Witches of Eastwick years ago -- does she ever play nice?? She'll be in upcoming episodes, as well.

The first thing I thought was if it was my kid, I'd want him to rub up against Jacob. If he comes back to life, give my kid a helping of that special sauce. Kids are always getting into trouble, it could come in handy.

Marty thought it would probably be best for everyone if Lucille told people Jacob was a distant cousin or nephew until they knew more about him. She mulled that over but ultimately decided that she couldn't hide who he was and didn't want Jacob to have to live a lie any bigger than what he was already dealing with.

Jacob wondered where his stuff was but he remembered dying, so there's a little contradiction there. It could just be a child's mind unable to process what's happening. Tom coming over and playing video games with his old (young) best friend was very touching. When they were in the throes of the game Lucille thought they were fighting. It must have been so wonderful to hear her son being a boy again, even though he was playing games with a grown man.

What's interesting about Lucille is that she's a pragmatist. She believes that Jacob is her son, but she also understands that people need answers. To that end, she is accepting of Marty's need to open Jacob's tomb. Henry prefers to let it be. He's also having trouble accepting Jacob. If the idea of proof didn't frighten him so much, he'd be less likely to care about what's in the tomb.

Sheriff Fred does everything he can to stop Marty from unearthing clues and opening the tomb. He correlates Jacob's tomb with his wife's, although opening one doesn't mean disturbing the other, something that only becomes clear when we're given a view of the space. Fred also notes to Maggie a secret Marty has been keeping for five years. What is it?

Fred is trying to discover who was having the affair with Barbara and that makes Henry uneasy. Marty reminds Fred that the past is knocking at their door. He's correct. They're in a very unusual place. The place usually stays buried until someone brings up the topic, they don't come waltzing back in with stories of their own.

When Maggie learns who was having the affair with her mother, she goes to him and asks if he's her father. He tells her no, and also tells her that he didn't leave her alone that day by the river, but stayed with her until someone arrived. She was always safe. When he goes into the house he tells someone that she found them. Is Barbara alive?

If Barbara is alive, why hasn't she reached out to Maggie? My first thought is that Maggie never knew her mother, so it wouldn't seem urgent to make her acquaintance. The second is that if she was having an affair, perhaps Fred isn't such a good man and she's frightened of him. It has to be Barbara, right? She'll be about the same age as her daughter. How odd that must be.

On to Caleb. He's definitely not a good guy. Ray noticed straight away that he wasn't acting like the dad they remembered, and it seems as thought it is, indeed, an act. There are so many things about him to note. Where to start?!?

He had his suit in which he was cremated, which is just downright freaky. Is there a conspiracy in the town? Was someone stealing bodies and keeping them for some reason? How did his whole body, clothes and all, come back? Good call on Elaine's part to look for the note in his jacket pocket; but Caleb had already removed it and taken it to his bible. That's at least a sign he cares for her and thinks about God.

He said he didn't remember dying, but he remembers it. He was digging a hole in the woods when he had his heart attack. When he goes back he clearly sees it in his mind.  In the hole there's a face -- it looks like skin without a body, so I'm not saying a body (a mask maybe?) -- and he's searching for something. He doesn't find it and he makes someone pay -- with a hammer to the head.

I'm guessing he's a thief and they stole something together, buried it in the woods and the guy took it all. If Caleb was dead, why wouldn't he? What was weird was that the guy didn't seem to recognize Caleb when he opened the door. There are soooo many things that make you go hmmmm in this episode!!

What was in Jacob's tomb? The looks on the faces of Marty and Maggie were mildly shocked, but not so amazed to give much away. What did Caleb want with Jacob on the ball field? Maybe affair guy was in on the heist and killed Barbara. Are others coming back? Are they already there?

I'm hooked. How about you? Hit the comments and talk about this week's installment. Watch Resurrection online to see if you missed any clues. 

What's in Jacob's tomb?



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Great idea for show or movie but just know it will be massively dragged out by creators just as "lost" we will have no answers year after year and just reeled in like fools ! Have stopped watching already as I can see where it going . Good luck suckers bet your still scratching your heads in 3 or more years !
Think about it ! There is no logical answer ! But you are being sucked in by clever people !


I love the a person that has lost my mother, father, brother, sister and many other loves in my life and I'm only 38 I too wish this could happen. But unfortunately I think it's more about alien's taking over rather than our loved ones returning from the dead. I guess I'll just hope for the best.


I think this show would resonate with many, especially with people who have lost loved ones. I mean what would you do, if someone you loved had died and then one day, they come back from the dead. is that truly the question this show is going to be asking or is this just another conspiracy type story trying to get a scare out of the audience. is there more to this, something with some meaning to it, the question of the possibility of a miracle. or are we being led astray as per a world were hope is desperately needed, would anyone still dare to dream...

@ lee

In my first review, I posed all of those questions. I didn't read the book on which it's based, but it's different than what people would expect. I can't tell from the comments here what people would wish... a sci-fi based drama or an emotional journey of re-connection. I asked, but didn't receive. I'm saying a lot of "oh wells" with this show! ;-)

@ Carissa Pavlica

yeah I did not know it was based on a book. will have to research the book. I would hope it would make people think about life and death and learn to have more respect for it, because we live in a society that has lost respect for the value of how important life is. but its Hollywood and its all about the ratings and making money...time will tell...


alien clones


Two episodes and everyone wants answers? LOST was an entire series without answers. It seems a bit unfair. I'm wondering what type of answers you expect after two airings. It's not a miniseries, but an actual series. If they give away the answers now, nobody will come back.

@ Carissa Pavlica

I think you may have hit upon the issue, though perhaps you didn't mean to. LOST is a done deal and ABC somehow trying to "recreate" it, this time in a small midwestern town with baggage that CLEARLY doesn't fit neatly in an overhead bin, may not be sitting well with some people. Others, like me, may think instant gratification takes too long. :-) I also have to wonder (and BELIEVE ME...I know this is a stretch) whether the events surrounding MH370 are a contributing factor--seems every time we hear from the Malaysians, they raise more questions than they answer (but that's a whole other discussion on a completely different site).

@ MrWriteSF

I fixed the "Marty" in the field mistake, BTW. Thanks for the heads up! I think it's sad that we're such NOW society. That's what kills the best shows on television. You'd think people would be reading poetry since novels are too long, but I don't see the surge of poetry or the short story. I guess as a true television aficionado, I'm saddened by the loss of serialized stories. Nobody expected answers from Breaking Bad straight away. Oh well. :-(

@ Carissa Pavlica

"You'd think people would be reading poetry since novels are too long, but I don't see the surge of poetry or the short story." Well, true a novel's not meant to be read in one sitting, but folks wanting answers can always keep reading--I"m sure you've heard about teens pulling all-nighters in order to read the Harry Potter novels on the day they're released. However, in the world of TV, we have to wait another week. :-)


Possible correction: "What did Marty want with Jacob on the ball field?"
I think you mean Caleb, not Marty. As for this show, I can deal with one cliffhanger, but now we've got several. Like the other posters, I'm hoping the writers give us answers before they start creating more questions.

@ MrWriteSF

I dont think the writers have put much effort in the story. A kid who doesn't speak a word turns up in a remote village in China and finds his way back to the US ? So many children missing in the world and this one who no one can even tell what languaghe speaks is found ?? how ???. Also, I agree that so far there are too many questions and not enough answers to keep me interested.


This show is leaving me with more questions than answers. It's starting to irk me. I'm curious, but not that curios. Hope they start giving more answers. I'm gonna keep watching, though


I really loved the pilot but found this episode really boring. I'll probably give this show one mre shot but if it doesn't get a hole lot more interesting I'm dropping it. There is so many better shows on sunday night

Resurrection Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Elaine: Is it really you?
Caleb: Who else would it be?

Now I know these clothes are clean, so I won't be happy unless you come home completely filthy.

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