Although fans of Fox’s The Exorcist were thrilled to learn that the series had been renewed for Season Two so late in the game, many were disappointed that the show would no longer feature the fan-favorite characters of the Rance Family of Season One. Geena Davis’ Angela, Hannah Kasulka’s Casey, Brianne Howey’s Kat, and Alan Ruck’s Henry had a lot to do with the excellent character-driven storytelling of the first season, and Season Two simply hasn’t been the same without them. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
Five episodes into the season, Fox’s The Exorcist has fully returned to form and is now firing on all cylinders! After a shaky start, the series now seems to remember what made Season One so incredible in the first place: character development and slower, more nuanced scares.
The kids of Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home finally feel three dimensional because they’re given some lengthy scenes to be all in the same place to take a breather. The group goes on a camping trip as the result of a thinly-veiled effort on Kim’s part to alleviate the problem with Grace (Amélie Eve), which Kim believes is a stress-induced psychological manifestation. The viewers know that the problem goes much deeper than psychology when Grace begins stalking Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) around the abandoned Kim home. Grace’s supernatural presence is accompanied by stereotypical bumps in the night and swinging chandeliers, but the show really kicks it into high gear with more original scares like the final scene where Grace appears behind the damaged painting and turns into something altogether different. Bonus points should be awarded to the filmmakers for playing the scene without any startling musical cues… the imagery alone is enough for the scene to be altogether unsettling! read more
All season long, I’ve been praying for a miracle that Fox’s The Exorcist would return to form after a disappointing start that didn’t fit thematically with its stellar first season. I’m pleased to report that, while Episode Three takes one step forward and two steps back, Episode Four offers some very promising developments!
Season One of The Exorcist was a slow cooker which focused on character development and an escalating buildup of subtle tension and horror. Season Two took on a different tone by sending Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) on a road trip where they encounter a ghoul of the week. While the real heart of the season lies in Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home, we rarely see much of its characters because the first three hours of the season focused so heavily on over the top scare gags. While there are a few bumps in the road, the show finally takes a much needed breather by Episode Four, and it begins to take on the shape of Season One. read more