The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Revelation (SPOILERS)


The last episode of “Resurrection” aired in May.  So, it’s been four months since we visited the quaint town of Arcadia.  In order to illustrate this passage of time, the creators had Agent Bellamy go missing for a week.  He lost his memory during this time and had to ask everyone what had gone on in his absence, not only filling him in, but the audience as well.  We were stuck in the same situation as Agent Bellamy, wanting to know what happened after the season one finale and trying to make some sense of what’s been going on.  The writers were smart in using this device to guide us into season two.  Our experience paralleled that of Agent Bellamy, connecting us closer to him.

Holy smokes!!  That ending was not what I expected.  Agent Bellamy didn’t just lose his memory for a week, he died and returned.  Now, we are on the inside, watching the main character experience the return first hand.  Unlike most of the returned, Agent Bellamy is a character that I trust.  And the fact that he had no idea he had died changed some of my theories about the returned.  They can’t have an ulterior motive if they aren’t aware, right?  This twist ending was a great way to start season two.  It caught my interest and directed us in a new direction.

My favorite thing about “Resurrection” is that it explores all the possible reactions people experience when they are confronted with their past.  The return of a passed loved-one isn’t all fun and games, it resurfaces past emotions, which may be good or bad.  In this episode, we watched Fred Langston continue to struggle with the news of the returned.  Both he and his brother, Henry, had loved-ones return.  While they both grew up in the same environment, they have completely opposite reactions.  Fred takes a more pessimistic view, feeling far more grief than anything, while Henry experiences joy and relief.  I like how the creators explore these different reactions, illustrating that each human experience is unique and that the past can have different effects on people.

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