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'Resurrection' fan finale recap: The show says goodbye?

Season 2 | Episode 13 | “Love in Return” | Aired Jan 24, 2014

We aren’t going to sugarcoat it—last night’s Resurrection felt like the final send-off. Maybe it felt like the end because of the the happy family dinner at the Langston home and Rachael and her fierce side braid singing Nathaniel—her and Tom’s baby—to sleep. Or it could have been because Marty became head honcho at “the Federal Bureau of the Returned.” Regardless, we’d bet our Netflix membership that this show won’t see a season 3—much to our dismay. If the show didn’t leave so many things up in the air, it wouldn’t be so difficult to keep up with it.

Let’s break down this show’s episode for (most likely) the final time.

Last week, Jacob was suffering from headaches thought to be because of Rachael’s baby. In this episode, Jacob’s headaches were getting much worse, even making him bleed from the nose. Lucille gets worried and decides to take Jacob and Jenny away from the house to safety. We should also probably mention that at this time there were over 100 Returned outside the Langston home, waiting to barge in and take Rachael so they could kill her baby.

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Mags tried to take care of Rachael and her unborn baby (believed by Pastor James and his crew to be the antichrist) by pulling her old magic trick of making Returned disappear. She was able to sneak into the Langston home to see Rachael, but she was interrupted by Fred barging through the door before she could complete the task. Mags gets kicked out of the house, and Pastor James tells her that she must reveal to him how she makes the Returned disappear, as he’s their last hope.

At this point, we were checked out. Not only was Pastor James running the show with his militia of Returned, but he also got Joey and his group, the True Living, to take over the police station so Fred couldn’t call in for help. This might be the most unbelievable thing that has ever happened on the show. Yes—it was more unbelievable than people actually rising from the dead. How do the town jerk and his bar buddies take over an entire police station full of cops? Whatever.

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Before the Returned barge inside the Langston home, Maggie kisses Bellamy, and he tells her he’ll be thinking about her safety and will do what he needs to do in order to keep her safe. They kiss again, and she runs upstairs to protect Rachael. This might be the second-most unbelievable thing to happen on this show. After two seasons of no chemistry, we were actually happy that the writers decided to make them good friends and roommates. If they didn’t lock lips while Marty was sleeping on Maggie’s couch for a couple of months, it’s hard to believe they would ever get intimate. We guess when you’re in a life-or-death situation, though, anything can happen—so we’ll at least give them that.

The Returned barge in and take the weapons from Marty, Henry, and Fred, and two of the Returned head upstairs to grab Maggie. They bring her down, and Pastor James heads up to try to make Rachael disappear by lying to her about how Tom is waiting for her in the afterlife to raise their demon baby (he conveniently left out that he thinks her baby is the devil, of course). Before Rachael can accept moving on and disappear, Marty runs in the room and tells her that Pastor James is full of it. Pastor James doesn’t even try to get out of it, and he tells Rachael that her baby will only bring bad into this world. He tries to stab her with a pair of scissors. Marty shoots him, and then Rachael gives birth to the baby. What was weird about this was none of the Returned who were outside came running in when they heard the gunshot. Did they just get tired of waiting outside and leave, or did Rachael’s “antichrist” baby telepathically make them all go home and go to bed? Who knows?

While Rachael is holding her new baby, the gang heads downstairs and sees on TV that millions of Returned have emerged all over the world, and we are left thinking this is because of the birth of Nathaniel. The show then skips forward a year, and we see that Marty is head of the newly formed Federal Bureau of the Returned, and he and Maggie are still going strong with their romance. To be fair, their relationship was much more believable in the two-minute scene they had in the flash-forward. They had dinner at the Langston home (sans Mags), and all seemed to be good in the world—aside from the fact that Henry still wasn’t talking to his mother.

The very last scene shows Rachael singing her sweet Nathaniel to sleep—who is adorable, by the way—and laying him in his crib. Suddenly hundreds of locusts splatter all over his window. #TheEnd

Yup, that’s all, folks. Unless Resurrection gets renewed for a third season, this show will officially take the cake for most unanswered questions:

  • JANINE! WHERE IS JANINE? She was by far our favorite character to watch, and we were totally hoping the season would end with Janine popping up in the window to try to take the baby. Her character was truly terrifying, and it would have made for a great cliffhanger—even if the show didn’t “return.” (We had to get that pun in there one more time in case the show is indeed done.)
  • Jacob’s headaches. In the finale, Jacob said that he hurt when the baby hurt, but they never explained why. This is something that we were really hoping to get the answers to in hopes of explaining why Jacob seemed to have more powers than other Returned.
  • Marty and his dreams. Pastor James and Marty shared some trippy dreams about the Returned, and they sometimes seemed to predict the future. We still don’t know their exact connection, aside from the claim that Pastor James saved Marty from drowning as a baby.
  • The tree. Pastor James and Marty saw a large tree in their dreams, and Pastor James also had the same tree mystically scorched on his back as a tattoo. We have no clue what’s going on there, other than the fact that the tattoo is badass.
  • Is Nathaniel the antichrist? Just because his birth catapulted millions of Returned and he was accused of embryonic mind control, that doesn’t mean Nathaniel is a bad egg. The locusts splattering against the window was eerie, though.

We can’t wrap our heads around the mythology of this show, but we feel it could be great if the storylines weren’t going a different direction every week. What do you think—do you want to see Resurrection in a third season? We’re hoping to “return” with recaps for season 3 (the pun is just too good!). 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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