First Impressions


Aired on: ABC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            What would you do if someone you loved died and suddenly, years later, returned to you?  How would you react?  Would you simply accept this occurrence as a miracle or would you question how something like this could take place?  That is the question asked by a new dramatic television series airing at 9:00pm EST on Sundays on ABC called Resurrection.

            Based on a book by Jason Mott called The Returned, the premiere episode of Resurrection introduces us to ICE Agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps).  A former cop, Bellamy joined ICE for a little more action, and didn’t get what he was looking for…until now.  Assigned to locate the parents of an eight-year-old boy found near a rice field in China, Bellamy figures his new mission for another boring escort detail.

            But Bellamy’s mission is anything but boring, especially when his charge, Jacob (Landon Gimenez) leads him to Arcadia, Missouri, allegedly to see his parents.  When Agent Bellamy approaches the home of Henry Langston (Kurtwood Smith) and asks about his son Jacob, Henry curtly tells Bellamy that his son died thirty-two years ago.  That’s shocking, but what’s even more shocking is when Jacob runs to Henry calling him Dad.  The ruckus causes Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher) to come to the front door where she immediately recognizes her long lost son.

            Agent Bellamy is stymied - how can a boy, believed drowned over thirty years ago, suddenly appear, on the other side of the world looking the same as the day he died.  Logic says this is impossible, but all evidence, including DNA, points to this being the truth.  So the question is: how?

            The mystery is not even close to being solved when yet another individual, believed dead, returns to his long lost Arcadian family.  Is this a miracle?  A scientific experiment being practiced on the people of Arcadia?  A forewarning of apocalypse?  A dream?  Agent Bellamy doesn’t know, but he’s sure going to try to get to the bottom of things, whether his agency wants him to, or not.

            The first episode of Resurrection poses more questions than answers.  There are some clues in there, though.  I think Jacob’s attempt to save his aunt and the idea that the people who are coming back appear to all know one another somehow are clues that we have to use to unravel the truth behind what is really happening in Arcadia.  Thus far, these clues won’t be enough to solve things, but they are a start and I’m sure that more clues will be given as the season moves forward.  The thing is, will viewers really care to unravel the mystery?

            I say the answer is yes.  The writing on this show and the opening storyline are enough to drag people in.  I think as more people return from the dead and the links between them become more apparent, viewers will become more invested in the show and discovering what is behind all of this.  There are a lot of questions to be answered and I believe that the show’s writers can keep things going for quite a while if they play their cards right.  And if they really want to, they can take things outside of Arcadia by posing a simple question: Is this something only happening to the people of Arcadia or are people coming back from the dead all over the world?  Imagine the possibilities!

            It’s those possibilities and more that will keep people coming back every Sunday, searching for clues along with Agent Bellamy and hoping to find answers…little teasers that will keep them coming back again and again.  At least, that’s what I’ll be doing anyway - sitting in front of the television every Sunday at 9pm EST tuned to ABC to see what other surprises Resurrection has in store for us. 


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