The Exorcist (Fox TV Series) Review – Episode 2 – “Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula”

The Exorcist (Fox TV Series) Review – Episode 2 – “Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula”

October 2, 2016 3:00 pm 0 comments
THE EXORCIST: L-R: Hannah Kasulka, Alfonso Herrera and Brianne Howey in the "Lupus in Fabula" episode of THE EXORCIST airing Friday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jean Whiteside/FOX THE EXORCIST: L-R: Hannah Kasulka, Alfonso Herrera and Brianne Howey in the “Lupus in Fabula” episode of THE EXORCIST airing Friday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Jean Whiteside/FOX

 

After watching episode two of “The Exorcist” Friday night, I’m happy to say that the creepiness from the end of episode one was maintained.  I will also say that I have some concerns but it’s early enough in the series that I could be reading the signs incorrectly.  I already misdiagnosed Henry’s condition (see my review of episode 1), as Father Tomas mentions in this episode that Henry is recovering from a brain injury.

As usual with all exorcism plots in movies and TV, Father Tomas’s plea to the bishop is ignored because the church doesn’t really believe in the practice anymore.  While this is unfortunate and clichéd, it’s also entirely expected.  These stories only work when they’re told as the few (or the one) standing against the darkness.  Thankfully Father Tomas will not be facing the darkness alone.  Father Marcus (the exorcist Father Tomas tracked down in episode 1) surprises him by moving into his apartment while he’s out for a jog.  Welcome to “The Holy Odd Couple!”

We get to see plenty of demonic action in this episode.  There’s a beautiful payback moment against a deserving bully, the afflicted speaking to herself in a man’s voice, a stranger-danger moment in a lunch line, a lot of centipedes crawling hither and yon, an organ harvest and holy-water-induced projectile pea soup.  Mrs. Recall and I were extremely creeped watching all of this from our DVR at 11PM.  That’s the mark of a quality horror show.

My concerns are around what seems to be a very “Outcast”-y story line.  Apparently Lucifer’s getting his Oprah Winfrey on, shouting “…and you get possessed! …and you get possessed!” from the depths, as Father Marcus is running into other possessed folks who know him and say “we are scared of you.”  If they’re all tools to be used, similar to how the mentally ill were used as tools in “The Exorcist III” then I’ll be alright with it.  If there’s really a mass exodus from Hell into the bodies of the unsuspecting citizens of the greater Chicago area then we may have a problem.  Time will tell, and I will continue to stay glued to this weekly collection of disturbing moments as I encourage everyone to do the same.  As concerned as I was about the multiple possessed, hearing Father Marcus inform them that the power of Christ compels them was tremendous.

 

recallbutton  By:  Recall, vintage entertainment enthusiast

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