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'Resurrection' recap: Seriously, what's going on?

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Steal Away” | Aired Jan 18, 2014

Last week we thought Resurrection was taking a turn for the better with its heavy focus on the show’s mythology; however, this recent episode just confused us. While we love how the show seems to take risks, it seems now that the writers are opening up more storylines each episode … without ever closing other ones. In this latest episode of Resurrection, the show introduced a religious aspect to the mythology, while continuing to deprive us of crazy Janine. Let’s get right to it and break down the most important moments.

Pastor James, the poison preacher. Pastor James, along with the rest of the Returned in Arcadia, wake up in a trance, all arriving at the same place: outside Rachael’s apartment looking up at her window. Rachael seems to be the only Returned not in a trance and wakes up with severe stomach pains. Fred fires a gun, which shocks all the Returned to wake up in a panic not knowing where they are or how they got there. Pastor James runs into Jacob and learns that Mags can make the Returned disappear, and he becomes obsessively interested in finding out how she can do it. Bellamy hears from Angela at the government facility that the same thing happened to the Returned there, and they are all starting to get antsy with the extra precautions the government is taking.

Angela thought it would be a great idea to start running tests on the Returned, and much to her surprise, the Returned aren’t taking it too well. In her defense, what did the Returned really expect? Their argument was that they were “human beings who deserved rights.” We’re not trying to be jerks here, but they aren’t really human beings. They are RISEN FROM THE DEAD; pardon Angela and her crew of bandits if they want to run a few blood tests. Hell, if we were Returned, we’d probably want blood tests run on us. We’d want to make sure we didn’t have zombie blood ready to boil our brains.

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Pastor James sees this as his opportunity to meet Mags face to face and tells Bellamy that he’d love to speak to the Returned at the government facility to calm them down. What he doesn’t tell Bellamy is that earlier that day he had a sweaty, shirtless ritually in Tom’s old church with visions of a lone daisy and Rachael’s baby, plus a tree tattoo torched on his back. We aren’t sure exactly what this means, but we’re pretty sure Pastor James called out to the “Lord” that he’d do his bidding, no matter how difficult.

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Pastor James and Bellamy arrive at the government facility and are greeted by Angela, who seems all too trusting that Pastor James means no harm. He tells Angela that all he brought were communion materials: wine and saltines. Pastor James then approaches Mags and grills her about making Returned disappear, then says he’ll get her out of the facility if she plays along to whatever he’s up to. Turns out, Pastor James poisoned everyone with the communion wine, and they all woke up Returned (again) in the woods outside Arcadia. What is happening?

Yup, the baby’s the Antichrist. After the Returned wake up from their poisoned slumber, Pastor James informs them all that Rachael’s baby is the Antichrist—as mentioned in the Bible in Revelation 13—and they must get rid of him. We don’t remember too much from Bible study, but we’re pretty sure that murdering pregnant women is a big no-no. Mags thinks this is crazy, and she runs over to the Langston house and sees Jacob outside. Jacob tells her that Rachael is hiding at their house, because on her way out of town she started having contractions in the car. He then drops a bomb that having her around is giving him pain. This pain isn’t like “you’re pregnant and cutting into my playtime” pain—more like the baby is giving him supernatural headaches. Mags’ morals go out the window, and she rushes over to the church to tell Pastor James where Rachael is hiding. She runs into Bellamy there, who is trying to arrest Pastor James, but his posse of Returned stand up for him. Ugh, you’d think dying (twice) and coming back from the dead (twice) would clear your head enough to recognize when someone is the leader of a cult.

Stephen Hawking called, he wants his formulas back. Angela thinks she’s some kind of girl genius and spends the whole episode doing mathematical equations on her whiteboard. She tells Bellamy that she’s figured out that there have been Returned coming back for centuries (only in Arcadia), with the last “Mass Return” being a couple of hundred years ago. She thinks another Mass Return is nearing, but she isn’t sure what will trigger it. We think the birth of Rachael’s baby will be the kicker, but who knows. Angela starts plugging her research into her computer and discovers that the next Mass Return will happen not only in Arcadia, but all over the world. She predicts that there will be millions of Returned, and she starts to freak out. Seriously, what is going on?

We aren’t going to lie—we’re lost. There are so many questions left up in the air, we don’t even know where to start:

  • Angela and her plane crash: We guess that could be a part of her research, but the show focused too much on it and made it seem like it had a bigger part to the story.
  • Jacob and his “powers”: They haven’t touched on this since the first season, but now he is having headaches around Rachael and other Returned aren’t. Maybe this will allude to his powers?
  • The Returned disappearing: Maybe the Returned are all in purgatory, Lost-style, and once they make peace with death they disappear? That doesn’t really explain the Antichrist storyline, though. Speaking of …
  • The religious play: We had an inkling that religion may play a part in explaining this show, but even with the good versus evil ploy, we’re still lost on what’s going on.
  • The sickness: Rachael’s baby can save the Returned and the living, so why is it the Antichrist?
  • Janine: Where is our favorite character? Her craziness brought a refreshing thrill to the show, and we thought we’d see more of her.

Next week is the season finale, and it’s still unknown whether the show will see a third season. What do you think will happen? Check out the trailer for next week, and sound off with your thoughts below. Until next time … #FangsOut


Liz and Lindi (TeamTSD)

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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