'Resurrection' rises up on ABC, City

Kurtwood Smith in

Kurtwood Smith in "Resurrection."

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

It's a common complaint that movie trailers sometimes reveal too much of a film's plot.

Well, kind of the same thing has happened with the new series Resurrection, at least in terms of the first episode, which airs Sunday, March 9 on ABC and City.

I saw the first episode of Resurrection many months ago, and I knew little about the series prior to watching it. There was a scene that I found very powerful, and I thought about it often in the weeks that followed.

But the essence of that scene has been revealed in TV ads that have been repeated seemingly thousands of times leading to the launch. Sadly, if you've seen any of those ads, part of what made the Resurrection pilot compelling for me may have been ruined for you.

So if you haven't seen any TV commercials for Resurrection, consider this a SPOILER ALERT. If you have seen them, I won't be wrecking anything for you, because you already know.

Set in Arcadia, Missouri, Resurrection begins with the story of a missing eight-year-old boy named Jacob, played by Landon Gimenez. When Jacob is returned to his parents, Immigration Agent J. Martin Bellamy, played by Omar Epps, obviously thinks it's going to be great news all around. What a relief for everyone, right?

Just one problem. Jacob disappeared 32 years ago. And he's still eight years old.

The scene on the front porch at the home of Jacob's parents Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille (Frances Fisher) is unforgettable. Think of how you would react to such a development. Obviously you wouldn't believe this could be your son. But your heart might be sending you a different message. It's truly great work by Smith and Fisher, displaying pain and confusion and anger and hope and bewilderment in their eyes.

"Not only does (Henry) get the privilege of having somebody he lost come back after 30 years, but it's complicated because it tampers with the memory of the child he lost," Smith said. "It forces him to re-examine what he has done with his life for the past 30 years."

Fortunately, I got to see the starting point to all that with no warning.

I won't tell you too much more about Resurrection, because I don't want to make matters worse. I can say that Matt Craven, Devin Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Sam Hazeldine and Samaire Armstrong make up the rest of the core cast.

Atmospherically, I find there are similarities to the hit summer series Under The Dome, in that Resurrection is set in a small town as residents with dark secrets try to deal with phenomena they can't readily explain.

Resurrection is not without its issues. There's one element to Jacob's return that I find really inconsistent and illogical. I asked the show's executive producers about it in January and they didn't have a good explanation. If you're curious, e-mail me after the debut airs.

Nonetheless, I hope you can appreciate the reunion scene in the first episode of Resurrection the way I did. If you've seen the ads, try to forget before you resurrect.


Videos

Photos