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It’s been a restful summer, sci fi-wise. There are a few sci fi shows currently airing, but they’ve not grabbed me. Then there was the demise of Believe, the show that could have and should have been so much more. I started draft after draft discussing its final episodes, but it seems rather silly to say anything now.
So let’s move on.
First up: Defiance
Have these two hooked up yet?
This summer has brought us the second season of Defiance. My best friend and her husband loveDefiance. But they also loved Battlestar Galactica, a show I never cared for. I watched a few episodes of Defiance last year but quickly lost interest. I like Julie Benz; it’s great to see her in a strong female role. I like Graham Greene, but his character wasn’t (isn’t?) very likeable. The show killer for me, however, is Jaime Murray. I first saw her (and her breasts) on Dexter, where she played a despicable, often naked character. It formed a hatred of her that seems to have left a permanent mark. Not even her turn as H.G. Wells in Warehouse 13 softened my feelings.
Well crap. Intelligence was cancelled in favor of another season of The Mentalist. That makes yet another show down the drain. My Current SciFi category is going to be significantly smaller next season. Let’s look at the count.
This week brought the second episodes of Believe and Resurrection. While a series can take several episodes to find its groove (*cough*Brooklyn Nine-Nine*cough*), two episodes each is still 100% more to go on than last week.
The citizen’s of Arcadia, MO discriminate against the previously dead.
After the pilot episodes, I found Believe more entertaining than Resurrection. I couldn’t have told you why, it was something I felt. Now that the second episodes have aired, my verdict of Believe over Resurrection still stands. At least now I know why. Not that Believe‘s second episode didn’t have problems. It did. But I’m willing to forgo them in the interest of the longer run.
Resurrection is generating more positive buzz, what with better ratings, more coverage, message-board enthusiasm, and critical acclaim. Heck, Resurrection even has its own listing at Television Without Pity. It’s also being covered at TV Fanatic and io9, two sites that don’t even acknowledge Believe exists. Why is that? Alfonso Cuarón is hot property now. Did NBC just drop the ball promoting it?
What respectable tv-oriented blog wouldn’t be aware of a new genre-related show premiering? Yep, that would be this one. Oh wait. The key word is “respectable.”
Resurrection, one of last fall’s best-reviewed new shows, debuted last night to my utter oblivion. Thank you’s go to Television Without Pity for bringing it to my attention, and OnDemand for making it available for viewing.
Jacob has a seizure shortly after returning home.
The concept is terrific. Dead people begin showing up in a small Missouri town, having not aged a day since their deaths. That point is brought home immediately with the return of Jacob, an eight year old boy who drowned 32 years ago. Actually, the boy first shows up in rural China, eventually making his way to his hometown with the help of an immigration official. Luckily, his 60-something-year-old parents live in the same house. (Good thing they didn’t down-size.)
Of course there’s the requisite disbelief. First the parents, then the town sheriff and doctor (the boy’s uncle and cousin, respectively), and finally Jacob’s best friend, who’s now pastor of the local church. Along the way, we meet the doctor’s friends, a brother and sister. That’s important because in the course of the episode, we learn both their parents are dead.