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'Resurrection' season 2 premiere: A new Langston and a new twist

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Revelation” | Aired Sept, 28 2014

For those of you who know us (so, maybe three of you), our specialty at TeamTSD is supernatural/sci-fi shows that focus on bloodsucking creatures, hell demons, and teenage love triangles. Taking on a show like Resurrection, which, yes, is still supernatural in nature but has more serious and realistic undertones, is something new for us. So this season, don’t mind when we propose our own theories, like that the Returned are soul-suckers who made a deal with a demon for eternal youth, or that maybe they were taken by aliens years ago and inserted back into society to infiltrate the human race. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk about that explosive season 2 premiere of Resurrection.

If you didn’t watch season 1, go power it out. There are only eight episodes, and if your binge-watching skills are on par with ours, you can get it done in two days. Otherwise, here’s the gist: A bunch of deceased people from a town called Arcadia came back to life and there’s an agent named Bellamy who has been investigating. You’re all caught up! For more details on season 1, you can check out our Season 1 crash course. Now, let’s dive in.

Wake up, Bellamy: Agent Bellamy wakes up in the middle of a field (with dead bugs around him!), with faint memories of the Returned being rounded up. He runs all the way to the Langston’s house and frantically asks Lucille and Henry where Jacob is, thinking he’s been taken away. Jacob pops downstairs. What’s all the hullabaloo down here, guys? Phew! Jacob is safe and sound. The Langstons tell Bellamy that Sheriff Fred Langston and the troops let all of the Returned who had loved ones in Arcadia stay, then shipped everyone else off on buses. Translation: The people with no family are currently in a secret government lab having tests run on them and being treated like aliens … which there’s a 50 percent chance they are. We refuse to let the alien theory go (right, Ray?).

Come to find out, Bellamy has been missing for an entire week. The last thing he remembers is trying to get Jacob out of town before a helicopter and black SUVs descended upon them. Bellamy tries to reach out to his colleague Toni, but another woman pops on the phone asking if it’s really him. Knowing that something isn’t right, Bellamy hangs up. He gets a sudden chest pain, which Maggie diagnoses at her office as simply gas. She then offers him a place to stay, so you know exactly where this relationship is going. Team Mellamy! Bellamy opens up to Maggie about a nine-year-old boy who was a murder witness on one of his old cases. The boy ended up getting killed for it, and it’s evident Bellamy blames himself for not protecting him.

Bob Mahoney/ABC

Bob Mahoney/ABC

Bellamy later foolishly agrees to meet Toni at the “place in Chicago she had her birthday last year,” and things go very wrong. He notices a woman eyeing him and makes a run for it. He manages to escape and catches up with Toni in a parking lot. She apologizes for setting him up but explains that she was told that he was mentally unstable and needed to be brought in. She completely turned against him! Side note: Bellamy gets chest pains again, so we know it has to be something more than the enchilada he ate at the local Mexican restaurant last night. Bellamy makes his way to a hotel room, only to find the lady in the suit from the bar sitting in a chair waiting for him. She gives him an ultimatum: Stay in Arcadia to spy on the Returned and report back to her when needed, or be sent away “with the rest of them.” What is that supposed to mean? Who is this lady?

Catelyn Stark lays down the law: We love us some Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), so we couldn’t be more excited that she’s portraying Margaret Langston (mother of Fred and Henry) this season. She makes her grand entrance by complaining about the garden in front of the Langston home. Henry walks outside and almost has a heart attack at the sight of her (which would have been fine, because he probably would have just come back to life anyway).

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They embrace, and you can tell right off the bat that Margaret is a true matriarch. The way she speaks and carries herself exudes confidence and grace. After playing a rousing game of “hot hands” with Jacob, she talks with Henry about Fred, whom she clearly has an issue with because he was absent while she was on her deathbed. Henry informs her that, contrary to her beliefs, Fred was outside of her hospital room every single day before she died.

Speaking of Fred, he’s having a pretty rough time. Not only do his daughter and wife want nothing to do with him, but the people of Arcadia are being vocal about their displeasure with his decision-making skills. Fred starts hitting the bottle hard in an attempt to cope and makes a string of stupid decisions, including going home and trying to take his own life with his gun. Before he can pull the trigger, though, Margaret walks in and slaps him across the face. No, we’re not kidding. She makes him admit she’s actually his mother, slaps him, and then holds him as he cries. Mic drop! Seeing her slap him was glorious. Fred Langston is more unbearable than a 40-year-old man wearing Abercrombie cologne … and Nickelback … combined.

Here’s the twist: If you’re walking and reading this on your phone at the same time, it’s time to take a seat. This is where things get weird and we don’t want you to fall over, break your leg, and have to miss next week’s episode of Resurrection because you’re in the hospital and the TV in your room is broken. Bellamy gets a sudden flashback that offers him a glimpse into the week of his life that he’s missing. He remembers being in an interrogation room and getting shot … and dying! Bellamy died and then woke up! He’s a Returned!








The question is, was this the first time he has died? Thanks to Rachael, we know that when a Returned dies, they just come back to life again. If he is Michael, the son of the Thompsons with the crescent birthmark, could he have died before? The Thompsons were dressed like they’re from the ’40s or ’50s and said they worked for Henry’s grandfather, so there has to be more to the story.

We want to hear your thoughts and predictions about Bellamy and the Returned! Until next time … #FangsOut.




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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