This week on Resurrection, more light is shed on the nature of Creepy Hitchhiker, whose name is Caleb Richards (Sam Hazeldine). Also, everyone continues to deal with Jacob having returned, albeit in a subdued way, considering the circumstances. In my last review I mentioned that we didn’t know who Caleb was, but as it turns out, we did; I must’ve tuned out during all the heartfelt staring. He’s the father of Elaine (Samaire Armstrong), who is a friend of the sheriff’s daughter.
Maggie, the sheriff’s daughter (played by Devin Kelley), seems to think it’s important that Caleb and company meet Agent Bellamy, and I’m still trying to figure out why this is. None of it seems like much of an immigration issue, unless Bellamy’s jurisdiction extends past the river Styx. I’m confused as to why Bellamy is still here at all, but it might have something to do with how he’s pretending to be more of an authority than he is.
I’m enjoying Lucille Langston a lot as a character. This episode plays up the dichotomy between her acceptance of Jacob’s return and her inability to reconcile the memory of her child with the boy who’s actually there. Instead of returning to Jacob’s old clothes, she insists that they go out and buy new ones, and she still seems moved by Jacob’s belongings even though he’s now alive. It’s an interesting duality, and I hope it plays out well.
I don’t quite understand her reluctance to hide Jacob’s identity, though. Some of the people in the town don’t want to associate with Lucille or her child, because they overheard her calling him Jacob, and they think she’s insane. This is understandable; but her decision to let Jacob be himself should be a larger issue. That kind of reveal would have further consequences than just the town “learning to accept it.” I get that it would be glossed over for a while due to skepticism, and most people probably think Lucille is just nuts, but someone would want to investigate that kind of thing, especially since Jacob isn’t the only one returning from the dead.
The scene where she and her husband Henry are setting up the television made me laugh, though. It wasn’t a funny scene, they were talking pretty frankly about opening Jacob’s tomb, but something about elderly people fumbling with technology gets me every time. It reminds me of my grandmother trying to write emails, or my grandfather calling me up to ask if I’ve ever heard of “The Google.”
At some point, Maggie Langston confronts the man who had an affair with her mother in a scene that is just succinct enough to work. However, when the man goes back inside, he directs an ominous “she found us” off camera, which would be a lot more suspenseful if it could be anyone but Maggie’s mother. I guess my question is, assuming it is Maggie’s mother, how long has she been alive? If she’s been around long enough to find her adulterous lover, why would she not also go find her daughter? That seems like an askew priority set.
Another big part of this episode consists of Maggie and Agent Bellamy trying to obtain the rights to open Jacob’s tomb, which turns out to be an arduous process (thanks to the gruff Sheriff Langston, which is a trope I could live without). Once the necessary arrangements are made, though, Bellamy opens the tomb in what becomes one of the most annoying cliffhangers in history. Of course they’re not going to show you until next week, they’ve been building up to it for the whole episode. How could they pass up an awful textbook twist like that?
On another note, Caleb is a bad guy. We already knew that, but this episode really wants you to know that Caleb is a bad guy: digging up a grave, whistling at Jacob in his dreams, murdering someone with a hammer, that kind of thing. Also I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be touching that he’s kept his daughter’s note (she put it in his pocket during the wake), or disappointing that he’s using it as a bookmark. There is something to be said for his son Ray (Travis Young), who seems to be the only one who is suspicious of him; however, I don’t like the trend that’s playing out of the women blindly accepting the resurrected and leaving the men to question things. Maybe I’m jumping the gun, there are only two newly undead people so far, but we’ll see.
Barring the terrible tomb cliffhanger, I’m still interested in how the other plot lines turn out. Mainly, I’m wondering how Lucille will react to what’s actually in the tomb, and if it sways her acceptance of Jacob at all. Also, it’s a relief that the affair turned out to be a real issue and not just first-episode filler. Unfortunately, even though Caleb is the driving force right now, he isn’t much of a character for me, yet. I hope he develops into more than just a classic villain in the weeks to come.