The Exorcist (S02E01) "Janus"

We are welcomed back into the unsettling world of The Exorcist. The music draws you in, promising some sort of foreboding nightmare. The show runners really know how to play on the creepiness factor and bring to life terrifying circumstances. It is brilliant, and I am glad that this show was renewed for a second season.

Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) has taken Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) under his wing. We enter the first episode watching their desperate attempt to save an innocent from the demon who is possessing her soul. The creep factor is true to Exorcist form, unsettling in a grotesque and wonderful way.

We meet a new family this season. Everything is picturesque and normal, but we know that something sinister is lurking just beyond the horizon.  Andrew Kim (John Cho) is the head of this eclectic household of foster children. Each with their own issues and personalities. It’s hard to dislike the rag tag group, and because of this you know that some sort of tragedy is going to strike them down.

Marcus and Tomas are trying to save Cindy (Zibby Allen) from her inner demon, with little time to exorcise the demon and a warrant on their heads, time is of the essence. One wrong move will spell disaster, but there is no going back now. They are being pit against each other, exactly what the demon wants. If they are at each others throats, they will never win.

Subtle yet terrifying events start happening in the Kim household. Caleb (Hunter Dillon) has gone missing, not only is he a child but he is also blind. The fact that it has happened in the middle of the night adds to the spooky atmosphere of the show. You never know what is lurking in the shadows, as we know anything in this show goes. The frantic search thankfully has a happy ending, but something seems out of place and you can’t help but wonder who will be going down next.

It was only a matter of time before the “law” caught up to Tomas and Marcus. Just as the exorcism had already commenced, company showed up in the guise of Cindy’s irate and worried husband. Marcus relinquished control to his apprentice, at last Tomas was being taken seriously. While Marcus pleaded with the angry envoy, Tomas was given a pass by the demon to connect deeper with Cindy. I’d like to say that she was cured of all her ailments, that she was demon free when her husband swooped in and “saved” her. But there was no happy ending, and it will surely be the end of them all.

The first episode has cemented the uneasy feeling into the viewers thoughts. There is no focused victims yet and you are left speculating who is the next one to be possessed. The story will unravel the further we get into the season, and I for one am looking forward to getting thoroughly creeped out.

Rating: 8/10

The Exorcist airs on FOX every Friday at 9/8c

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