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Why 'Resurrection' star Landon Gimenez finds Margaret Langston scary

The name “Walker Stalker” brings to mind flesh-eating zombies from The Walking Dead—not adorable, resurrected 10-year-olds. But Atlanta played host to both at their annual convention this past weekend, and we caught up with Landon Gimenez (he would be the adorable, resurrected 10-year-old), who plays Jacob Langston on ABC’s Resurrection. In the show, Gimenez’s character first returns to the small town of Arcadia after drowning in the town river 30 years earlier.

His grandmother, Margaret Langston, spent most of her childhood killing those who had returned (meaning Jacob isn’t the first!), discovering how to destroy them for good. Even though Margaret calls the Returned “demons” and wants to destroy them, we asked Gimenez if he thought that Jacob could change her mind, especially since she loves her family more than anything. But Gimenez wasn’t so optimistic: “No, I don’t think so. Margaret is her own kind of lady, and she’ll stop at nothing. But I think her goal is to try to protect Jacob, Henry, and the rest of her family.” If her goal is to protect her family, it could mean she could spare the returned Langstons from being destroyed forever, or Margaret could think the only way to protect them is to destroy all of the Returned—herself and Jacob included.

In the first season of Resurrection, the writers showcased Jacob’s “power,” his ability to sense other Returned. We asked Gimenez if the show will explore this concept more, as Jacob is the only Returned we’ve seen with this ability. Not giving away too many plot details, Gimenez said, “We haven’t really touched upon the senses too much more yet because the season will mostly revolve around Margaret and Bellamy, whom we now know is also a Returned.”



Speaking of Bellamy, we still haven’t gotten any more information on the birthmark storyline that alluded to him being the son of the Thompsons, a resurrected family from the 1930s that drowned in a flood near the Langston factory. We asked Gimenez where Jenny Thompson and her family were and if we’ll learn exactly where Bellamy fits in. Gimenez smiled and said he couldn’t “give any spoilers, but we definitely learn more about Bellamy’s past this season.”

Since Gimenez couldn’t reveal anything, we asked about his initial reaction to the script when he was first approached about the role. Did he think the Returned were aliens? In our Resurrection recaps, we consistently note this as a theory—even though there’s a .00000009 percent chance this is true. Gimenez laughed, then quickly said, “No,” adding, that he “just thought it was a weird coincidence. I didn’t think they were aliens, zombies, ghosts, or anything like that. Just humans.”

There goes our theory for a Walking Dead crossover (kidding, over course). On a more serious note, we wanted to know what Gimenez thought about the fate of the Langston family, as his character Jacob just wants them back together. He wasn’t too hopeful: “I think it’s probably all going downhill.” Sorry, Jacob!

Before we left to join the mass of zombie cosplayers, we inquired about the mystery of the sick Returned. In the latest episode, most were in the hospital hacking up their zombie lungs (we’re still convinced the Returned are some sort of supernatural creature). Gimenez said that the people of Arcadia should definitely be afraid of the sick Returned, but most important, they should fear Margaret. To quote Gimenez, “She’s scary!”

Resurrection airs at 9 p.m. ET on Sundays on ABC—be sure to tune in! Sound off with your thoughts and predictions for the season below (after checking out this cute photo we took with him at the convention)! Until next time … #FangsOut!



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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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