DEADtime TV – Resurrection ‘True Believer’

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The thing with season 2’s concluding episodes is, I’m kind of getting into Resurrection now. There have been some developments that make these past couple of hours a lot more fun than the show has been; Preacher James, played by the devious-looking Jim Parrack, is a character that has the ability to bring a lot of problems to Arcadia, and now that there’s a way to bring people back from the dead, I’m sure there’s going to be some big questions to answer when that group of people revolting against the returned find out.

Unfortunately, Resurrection is probably going to end in two episodes without resolving any of this, but at least “True Believer” is more engaging than previous episodes this season. Henry’s dead, people like Fred are grieving, and Lucille refuses to come to grips with the fact that he’s gone. After witnessing Preacher James’ miracle of bringing a man back from the dead, she thinks that he can do the same for Henry, and they all wage a sort of bet. It requires Bellamy’s help, and he’s sort of thrown in the crossfire. Reluctantly, he agrees.

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I like Preacher James. I think he brings some much-needed action and mystery to a show that has taken returning from the dead and made it mundane. James is a character that’s not looking for answers, nor are his intentions clear; he’s one person who lacks a clear development in the show, but that’s a good thing. Whereas most of the other characters are uninteresting and boring, James can’t be confined to any one thing. Even the group against the returned have a single characterization – get rid of the returned, make Arcadia normal again.

Sure, “True Believer” postures a bit too much, forcing the viewer to wonder whether James really will fulfill his promise. But at the same time, when Henry comes back, it adds a deeper mystery to the show, one I think even the showrunners aren’t able to explain. The water element of the original storyline has disappeared now, and it’s even more inexplicable what’s going on with the returned. At the same time, that’s a new, intriguing concept.

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Resurrection does not juggle multiple subplots well, though. The most noticeable one that’s fallen by the wayside is Rachael and the baby. She shows up in “True Believer”, getting a room at the inn/bar thanks to Elaine Virgin Mary style (and the show telegraphs that with a very explicit mention of the Bible story), but other than that she’s pretty absent from the show. Margaret has a better focus, stuck in a returned government-run facility, and it feels kind of Orange is the New Black-ish except it’s not in a prison; still, that plot line feels pretty ostracized from the rest of the episode.

Ultimately, it’s an eventful episode of Resurrection that is a good lead-up to the finale. It might be the series ender, and I don’t think this will wrap up well. But it’s nice to actually enjoy an episode once in a while instead of slogging through it. Join us next time since there are only two episodes left.

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