The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Aftermath

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My favorite aspect of “Resurrection” is the directors’ filming style.  They like to experiment with auditory and visual elements, connecting them to our emotions.  Their techniques add depth to each episode.

I was impressed with how “Aftermath” opened.  As we had just seen from the previous episode, “Forsaken,” Tom was killed in a hit and run.  After a dreamlike sequence involving Tom, Rachael, and their unborn child, Tom was shown lying on the pavement where he was hit.  Slowly, the camera rose.  We heard sirens echo in the background, but the camera never diverted from its target.  The combination of the image of Tom on the ground and the growing sounds of the sirens created an eerie start to the episode.  Kevin Dowling’s (the director) approach made me feel frozen in time; I was unable to look away, but refused to accept the tragedy.

Continuing this atmosphere, during the opening credits of “Aftermath,” we were shown clips of each of the main characters after having found out the horrid news.  Church chimes echoed in the background, striking to the bone.  This was a great choice because it reminded me of a funeral, and Tom himself was a pastor.

“Aftermath” ended with a black screen and Lucile muttering the word, “Jacob.”  This was a powerful way to end the episode because the line lingered after the scene had ended.

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