ABC's latest forte into a mystery show is Resurrection
and they just might have a hit on their hands. If you keep an open mind then Resurrection's
pilot will leave you asking a lot of questions, as well as extremely intrigued.
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Although the premise has been done a few times, most recently by Sundance Channel, does not mean this is an old tired plot. Based on the book "The Returned" by Jason Mott, ABC's Resurrection
focuses on the Missouri town of Arcadia. Suddenly members of this town come back to life and it isn't zombie style. The impact this has on the loved ones who have been living life--as well as those that just returned from the dead--are pretty amazing so far.
Starting with the appearance of 8-year old Jacob, who drowned 32 years ago, the community of Arcadia is shaken to the core when people's loved ones show up alive. Yes, that explains the title but there is oh so much more to it then that. If you can get past the whole coming back from the dead concept, this show offers mystery, intrigue, suspense and of course some romance. Ok, so the love part remains to be seen but Arcadia native, Maggie, and Immigration Agent, Marty, definitely have a connection. I expect to see more of that story over the course of the series.
The beginning of the show is a little slow moving (the first twenty minutes or so may leave you kind of bored) but stick with it. Once the show picks up, it will have you hooked. The pilot focuses on the shocking revelation that Jacob is alive and has returned. Questions are asked, secrets are revealed and the ending will make you want to watch episode two right away.
It seems that ABC has a lot of faith in this show. The network moved Revenge from its 9pm slot to 10pm to make room for the freshman series. An interesting move considering usually a network will use a hit show as a lead in for a new show. Not to mention, the first few weeks Resurrection is up against AMC's mega-hit show The Walking Dead. ABC clearly thinks that the Brad Pitt produced show is going to be a huge success for the network, and they may be right this time. It certainly is much better than Betrayal, which debuted in the fall.
If you are looking for a new show that had the kind of mystery that Lost did then Resurrection is the show for you. It has a stellar cast and a story-line that will suck you in. You aren't going to get a lot of answers pilot, just a lot of questions. This is what will keep you coming back for more.
Resurrection airs Sunday nights on ABC at 9pm.