Resurrection Season 2 Review “Steal Away”

KURTWOOD SMITH, MATT CRAVEN, LANDON GIMENEZ, JIM PARRACK, OMAR EPPS, DEVIN KELLEY, NADEJ BAILEY

On the penultimate episode of “Resurrection,” we finally got a sense of where all this is headed, in “Steal Away,” and it was nothing good, sad to say. It all began with a seemingly-hypnotized gathering of the returned, who all converged in front of the bar- or more specifically, the place where Rachael was currently residing, above said bar. Even the returned in the government facility gathered in one spot, staring out into nothingness, en masse. But why? Even the returned themselves didn’t seem to know.

It wasn’t until Fred fired a shot into the air that everyone snapped out of it, all of them confused as to how they got there and why they were there in the first place. There was one exception to the rule, however: Rachael herself, who simply awoke and looked outside her window, wondering why there was a bunch of returned out there, staring up in her direction. Why hadn’t she been affected?

Preacher James had some theories, to be sure. First, Jacob told him about how Margaret had been able to disappear Barbara- the only returned with this talent that he was aware of. Then, upon visiting Rachael, James noticed that there was a flower in her room that was a dead ringer for the one he and Bellamy saw out in the field where Bellamy had his vision, the same vision James was having repeatedly, but had been unable to decipher. Convinced that it was all connected, and that every one of the returned had a role to play, he set out to find Margaret, with Bellamy offering to help.

Meanwhile, after staying out of things initially, Margaret slowly began to resent the way the government facility was treating the returned, especially after their weird behavior earlier on, which set off a round of dubious tests, in an attempt to determine why it had happened. Not one to take things lying down, Margaret wasted no time in leading a rebellion of sorts, telling those in charge that there would be no more testing until they told them what was really going on.

With Bellamy calling in a favor, Angela wanted one of her own: stop Margaret’s rabble-rousing antics or she’d be forced to sedate and contain the returned in solitary confinement from there on out. Bellamy says that maybe James can help, and the two go out there. While Margaret is skeptical of James, remembering him from his con-man days, she makes him a deal: if he can get them all out of there somehow, she’ll tell him how she was able to make Barbara disappear. Faster than you can say “Jim Jones” or “Don’t drink that Kool-Aid!” James has killed every one of the returned at the facility via poisoned communion wine.

Needless to say, Angela is not thrilled about this development, and blames Bellamy, although he had no idea what James was up to. Still, he’s well aware of James’ ability to bring people back, so it’s back to Arcadia he goes, in hopes of thwarting whatever it is James is up to. He suspects it might have something to do with Rachael’s impending birth, and warns Fred to take her somewhere safe, which he does- specifically to Henry’s, after she starts having contractions on the way out of town.

Also worth noting, Angela has discovered that mass returns have occurred before, but only in Arcadia to that degree. However, her calculations show an event on the rise that will occur all over the world and that will encompass literally millions of returned happening all at once. With each event of people returning, there’s a trigger that precedes it; typically a new returned. Is it James? Henry? Or someone yet to return- like a certain unborn child?

Meanwhile, the returned who died at the government facility return in the woods of Arcadia, including Margaret and James, who asks her to uphold her end of the deal, which is to tell him the secret of how she got rid of Barbara. When she asks him why, he says it’s up to them to rid the world of Rachael’s baby, who he sincerely believes will bring about the end of the world. Indeed, James believes the child to be the antichrist himself! I hope Rachael hadn’t planned on calling him Damien. (Cue the freaky Latin choral music.)

Margaret wants no part of it, but James isn’t worried, and gathers everyone at the church, convinced she’ll come around. She goes to Henry’s to talk to Jacob, who admits that the baby is having an adverse affect on him, giving him intense migraines. This gives Margaret pause, and sure enough, she goes to the church and tells James she knows where the baby is. Bellamy does try to stop James, but the returned have his back, and they force him to send a text (or confiscate his phone and do so themselves) saying that he’s at the church and no one is there and all is well. We end with Margaret arriving at Henry’s and that’s all she wrote.

Thankfully, we still have one episode to go, or that certainly would have been a terrible place to leave things. As it stands, though, it does set up an impressive launching pad for the big finale, where the good will face off with the…let’s say misguided? I don’t think anyone here is truly evil, but clearly James has interpreted things to suit his own beliefs, though I’m not sure where he got the antichrist from the visions he saw.

I mean, granted, everyone did seem to be drawn to the baby, and I can see where that might be interpreted as the baby having a special quality about him, but you would think a man of God would be more inclined to think Second Coming rather than, well, Yeats’ version of the same. Still, I get where doing something and being completely unaware of it would freak someone out, and given the freaky nature of the visions him and Bellamy were having, I guess going the other way with it makes sense, too.

The question is, is either possibility right in the first place? Maybe it’s just a baby, with nothing inherently evil or good about it, period. Is it that much of a stretch to think that it’s just yet another returned, albeit one who never really got to live in the first place, having been unborn when his mother died? Then again, as something that perhaps shouldn’t be in the first place, maybe James is onto something. After all, Damien really was the antichrist, too. Who’s to say that Rachael’s baby isn’t as well?

This certainly makes for an interesting twist, to be sure. I can’t say I saw it coming, but I’m not entirely sure I buy into it, either. I think that maybe James is the one filtering things through his own beliefs and interpretations of events. It doesn’t mean he’s necessarily right. It doesn’t mean he’s wrong, either, but still. I’d actually be more inclined to believe that, rather than being something sinister, that the baby is actually something else entirely, like maybe an alien or something of that nature.

Or even more likely, the catalyst for something much bigger, like the mass returned event that Angela predicts is inevitably going to happen. I can see where the return of literally millions of dead people would be pretty alarming in its own right, albeit not necessarily evil in nature. But if James is right about everyone having their own function to serve, what is the endgame for all of them? And if he’s right, what makes him think he doesn’t serve a purpose as well, and not to stop the end of the world, but to cause it to happen himself? Maybe the massive influx of returned is…wait for it…a zombie apocalypse!

Okay, it’s probably not that. But my main fear is that we’ll never get to find out, what with the next episode potentially being the last, you know? And I do feel like the creators of the show are indeed going somewhere with all this. But without another season- or at least a half-season or the like, we may never know, and that’s a real shame. It really sucks when you’ve invested in a show to get left without a payoff of some sort, and it’s a very real possibility we might not get one here.

On the plus side, in these days of shows getting- if you’ll pardon the pun- resurrected, who knows? Maybe Netflix or Hulu or whoever might pick the show up for another season or what have you. In a world in which my beloved “Twin Peaks” is being brought back from the dead, anything can happen, right? Until then, I don’t hate the direction this is all going in. I just hope we don’t get left hanging any more than we have to be, but I worry that we might. So, keep your fingers crossed, faithful readers and “Resurrection” watchers, because the end is nigh.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Resurrection”? Do you like the direction things are headed in? Or did the whole antichrist thing leave you wanting? (Not that it may even be the truth, mind you.) Is James crazy? Or is he right? Or is it something else entirely? If so, what? Make your predictions below and see you next week for the big finale!