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Review in Two: ABC’s “Resurrection”

Published: March 7, 2014, 7:13 pm, by Terry Terrones

MARK HILDRETH, KURTWOOD SMITH, LANDON GIMENEZ, FRANCES FISHER, OMAR EPPS, DEVIN KELLEY, MATT CRAVEN, SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG, SAM HAZELDINE

What is it? “Resurrection”

Star appeal: Omar Epps (“House”), Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”)

When does it air? The pilot episode airs Sunday March 9 at 7 p.m. on ABC

What’s the premise? The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry (Smith) and Lucille Langston (Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. Bellamy, an outsider in the town, tries to figure out why the unexplainable is happening in Arcadia.

What are the highlights? The cast is solid. Epps is very likable and while he plays an Immigration agent, he makes for a good detective. Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher also shine as confused parents who are pleased by their child’s return but have conflicting feelings about the development. As the premise would indicate, there’s a heavy air of mystery about this show, which has some serious “Lost” overtones. Viewers are just as confused as the people onscreen, so we’re learning about all these perplexities and what causes them together. The pilot really drew me in and made me want to know what would happen next.

What are the lowlights? At times the plot moves at a snails pace, as a majority of the one-hour premiere takes a little too long to establish some of the characters in the story. There’s the introduction of yet another lost/deceased/missing person at the end of the premiere with no explanation of who it is. This is meant as a cliffhanger but most viewers will just find it confusing. I was also a bit disappointed that there weren’t any clues as to what exactly is going on. “Resurrection” does have a “Lost” vibe to it but in many ways has more in common with the CBS summer series “Under the Dome.” That show gives viewers a hint of what’s going on, something “Resurrection” should consider.

The Grade: (B-): The pilot for “Resurrection” intrigued me and I’m curious to see how it develops. That said, I’m approaching this show with a heavy dose of caution. An air of mystery is a good thing but leave viewers in the dark for too long and they’ll just get frustrated. I was only able to watch the pilot, so hopefully “Resurrection” will start leaving its audience some breadcrumbs to follow in its upcoming episodes.