So I’ve got to admit that the back half of season 2 of Resurrection has really done some damage control. to the point where I might be just a tad bit interested in what the show would do with a third season. I’m not sure that it will get that far, because the ratings game hasn’t been kind to the show and ABC will most probably axe this rather than take out Revenge. But “Loved in Return” is the kind of season/series finale one would want from Resurrection, a very intense episode that disposes of all the clap-trap exposition for a clash of forces between those who want Rachael to have her baby and the returned that think it’s the Antichrist.
It’s all because of Preacher James, a man that helped this part of the show become a more entertaining notion than just dealing with more people coming back from the dead all of the time. James was a man that people liked to talk to; he has an amiable demeanor, and he seems to know a lot about the returned. But like all self-proposed prophets, James suffers from delusions of grandeur brought on because he truly believes he’s doing the Lord’s work, even if there’s no proof of that. Bellamy recognizes James is a shepherd leading the herd of returneds, and he quickly confronts the family about the ordeal.
But “Loved in Return” doesn’t stop here, like most episodes of Resurrection would do; it goes further than that, with Preacher James organizing a group of returned to storm Henry and Lucille’s house to get to Rachael. A lot of “Loved in Return”’s first half is dedicated to suspense-building, with James threatening to come in if they don’t hand Rachael over, while Henry confronts James and his mother Margaret about their intentions to murder an unborn child.
It all culminates in a final showdown where Henry, Bellamy, Maggie, and Fred fight against James’ people. It’s a literal clash of beliefs, and though they all put up a good fight, James just has too many people. But Margaret, switching sides once again, allows Bellamy to run free, shooting James before he can talk Rachael into disappearing. The whole thing relies on Rachael’s need to disappear, though, and one would imagine her wish for a baby is stronger than her need to find Tom in the afterlife. That part of the situation isn’t as tense as the storming of the house.
But it does offer up a nice ultimatum for Rachael, and it acts as a metaphor for women’s choice in pregnancy. Ultimately it comes down to Rachael and whether she wants to stay or go. She decides that having the baby is what she wants to do, although she also gets little say in the matter since she immediately goes into labor. Still, it’s a nice, symbolic moment from Resurrection, a show that often lacks one.
Jumping ahead a year, Resurrection then explores what it’s like to have a world repopulated with thousands of new returneds. It’s not discussed in full, but the viewer is left to assume that Rachael’s baby has somehow ushered in this influx of people, that maybe James was right after all. “Loved in Return” goes further than that, though; it also tackles what Bellamy’s doing for a new job, which is attempting to get returned settled into their new lifestyle.
It all ends with Rachael’s baby, the thing that started this whole ordeal. It looks like a nice enough kid, but in its crib, with the lights out, it attracts a swarm of locusts to its window. Is this meant to signify a demon among them? Or is it normal for locusts to hit the windows of Arcadia? The former is presumed, but at the same time, Resurrection ends on a fairly good note for a conclusion: there’s new stuff afoot, and a foreboding sense that maybe Preacher James was right, and yet at the same time the family that we’ve followed has found a sense of peace. No answers are given, but none were really expected from the show; if it doesn’t come back for a third season, this is as good a place to stop as any.