'Resurrection' Premiere Review: An Entertaining Start Holds Promise For More
Resurrection is a brand-new, fantasy drama from ABC. In its premiere we are puzzled to find a little boy, Jacob Livingston who wakes up in a Chinese village for some unknown reason. A strange series of events leads Jacob (Landon Gimenez) and Immigration Officer, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) to Arcadia, Missouri. The small town, wary of outsiders, is not welcoming to Bellamy and his investigation. The Sheriff (Matt Craven) nearly boots Bellamy out of town until something powerful happens. Henry and Lucille Langston (Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher, respectively) recognize Jacob as their eight-year-old son who died years ago.
As the parents of Jacob and folks from around town, including Dr. Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley), daughter of Sheriff Langston and Jacob’s cousin, start to see that Jacob is in fact who he says he is, there is doubt and confusion. Even Pastor Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth) is perplexed at this miracle. The reactions and interactions between the characters is so real that even though we may be able to accept that Jacob is actually the son of Mr. and Mrs. Langston, we can’t help but sympathize with each character and understand the confusion that must be plaguing them.
There is another mystery character who enters town; a hooded man who says that he has a kid in Arcadia. We have no other information about him and we only see him three times. He appears rather sinister at first when entering town and when he and Jacob have stare-off, which leads to Jacob racing to the woods with his dad and the police chasing after him. However, the episode ends with the hooded man being greeted with tears of joy by Elaine, Maggie’s friend. Who is this guy and what is his connection to Jacob and these people?
The end of the episode leaves the audience with more questions. What will the Langstons, and the rest of the people in Arcadia do moving forward? Who is this mysterious man who has shown up? What will Officer Bellamy do as he becomes more involved in this case?
Overall I give the show four out of five stars. It is very engaging, entertaining and keeps the audience guessing about what will happen next, wanting more.
Resurrection airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC.