Title: The Exorcist
Synopsis: A mother seeks help from her local parish when she believes her eldest daughter is possessed.
Tagline: Every soul is a battlefield.
Premiere Date: September 23rd 2016
Trailer: The Exorcist
The Exorcist Review
I’ve been anticipating and dreading the premiere of The Exorcist pretty much since I first heard about it. I didn’t figure I’d be able to get a chance to watch it for a while. Needless to say, I was happy to find the full pilot episode available on Fox’s website. Even better: I quite enjoyed what I saw. For the fact that they can’t get too outrageous because it’s a TV show, everyone did a pretty good job in making the pilot fairly creepy! From the dual irises to some typical jump scares, everything is well-timed and not overdone.
The opening scene is fairly iconic. For anyone who has ever seen the original The Exorcist, you know instantly what you’re watching from the first few seconds. (I’m pretending the sequels don’t exist, so bear with me.) While there are some differences, the producers also kept a lot of the character traits similar if not exact. You have the older white priest and his darker-complexioned younger counterpart. The mother is the successful driving force behind the family. Even the girl who is possessed has a face that is vaguely reminiscent of Reagan’s. They’re all simple things, but pleasant nods towards the original story.
The pacing is good, as is the acting. Geena Davis, Alan Ruck (the father), and Alfonso Herrera do a solid job in their individual roles. Alan Ruck isn’t exactly stretching himself, but he still presents a character that you can’t help but feel sorry for. (Maybe it’s just his face, but he just looks like this is the part he was made for.) Ben Daniels, as the older priest, looks like he’s half-crazy and willing to get violent. We shall see.
I should have expected the twist revealed at the end, but I didn’t. I don’t think that was any great play on the production team’s part as much as it was me being distracted by my cat. Still, though, it was a cool surprise at the end of an already enjoyable episode. They’re taking their time laying out all the cards, but it’s the right choice. I think it’ll build tension a lot better this way. I’d read a comment somewhere where people were debating how long they could stretch out the plot for. Given what I witnessed in the pilot, I could see it for going for two seasons. Especially if they’re short numbers, and they end the first on a massive cliffhanger.
Overall, I’ll definitely be disappointed if I can’t get my hands on the next episode. We’ll see how it goes from there.
You can find out more information, including showtimes, on Fox’s website.