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'Resurrection' season 1 crash course

ABC’s Resurrection follows the story of a group of deceased people from the town of Arcadia, Missouri, returning to life (they’re known as the “Returned”). Agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) is personally drawn into the investigation of the phenomenon after traveling to Arcadia to take one of the Returned, Jacob (Landon Gimenez), home. Jacob is an eight-year-old boy who wakes up in rural China with no recollection of what happened to him.

Thanks to Bellamy, he is reunited with his parents, Henry and Lucille Langston (played by Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher). Jacob died 32 years ago, and Bellamy is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the mystery, so he sticks around town. Not long after Jacob’s return to Arcadia, more Returned show up, including a pregnant preacher’s wife and a local man who’s still holding onto a grudge. As more and more Returned begin to appear, the people of Arcadia become suspicious about what has brought them back and whether they really are who they appear to be.

Whether you missed season 1 of Resurrection or simply need a refresher, we’re bringing you a breakdown of what you need to know before the season 2 premiere on September 28.















What we know about the Returned

  • As we found out last season when Dr. Eric Ward studied Jacob’s blood, it appears that Jacob is impervious to leukemia. Who knows what else the Returned are immune to or what their blood can cure?
  • They come back just as they were. Jacob still has a scar on his arm, Rachael is still pregnant, and Caleb still had (yes, past tense) his vendetta.
  • Jacob seems to be the only one of the Returned who can “feel” the presence of other Returned.
  • If they die, they come back to life (thanks for that info, Rachael).
  • They have no memory of what happened to them. The last thing they can recall is what happened when they died … at least, that’s what they are saying.
  • Apparently they can disappear into thin air. There was a Returned named Caleb who simply vanished from his jail cell with no explanation, and he hasn’t been seen again.
  • A point has been made of Bellamy seeing dead bugs. We’re not sure what this means, exactly, but we’re betting it has something to do with the Returned. Hopefully it will be discussed more in season 2.

Potential love story

Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley) is a doctor in Arcadia as well as Jacob’s cousin. She’s gorgeous, smart, and engrossed in the mystery of the Returned. Maggie is by Bellamy’s side every step of the way in the investigation. These two have major chemistry, and there were a few instances where they seemed like they were only moments away from screaming that they loved each other. We’re certainly hoping season 2 brings these should-be-lovebirds even closer. Are you Team Mellamy (hey, it’s better than Baggie)?










Setting up Fred Langston as the antagonist

Sheriff Fred Langston’s (Matt Craven) wife—who drowned in a river with Jacob—returns from the dead, but she hides out at her boyfriend’s house instead of heading home. Before her death, she was dating and in love with another man, and her feelings have not changed upon her return to the land of the living. When Fred discovers this, he launches a hatred-filled campaign to punish the Returned. He calls in military reinforcements and gathers all of the Returned at the high school gym under the guise of issuing them IDs and vaccinations.

Bellamy recognizes what Fred is doing, and with Jacob’s parents, he decides that taking Jacob and getting out of town is the best solution. On his way out of Arcadia, he comes across a military blockade, and a military helicopter swoops down. The season ends with us not knowing what happens after this point, but we think it’s safe to say that they don’t make it out of town after all.

Bellamy’s connection to the Thompsons

Jacob befriends a young girl named Jenny Thompson on the playground—the only friend he’s ever been able to make because all of the other kids think he’s a freak. Jenny, along with her parents, is a Returned. The Thompsons tell Mr. and Mrs. Langston how they tragically perished in a flood many years ago. They had another child, though—a son named Robert who had a crescent-shaped birthmark on the back of his neck. Cut to the final scene of the season, where we get a shot of the back of Bellamy’s neck.












A crescent birthmark! Could Bellamy be their lost son, Robert?

Season 2 will begin with Bellamy waking up in a field, much like Jacob did in the opening scene of season 1, missing a week of his life. We’ll also be introduced to the Langston matriarch, Margaret (Michelle Fairley of Game of Thrones fame). We can tell you that the premiere of the second season of Resurrection will be explosive and packs a powerful twist. You don’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, tell us what you think the story is behind the Returned. We’re going with aliens posing as humans who are intent on destroying the human race, but we could be off on that theory. Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below!



Season 2 of Resurrection premieres on ABC on Sunday, September 28, at 9/8C.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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