‘The Exorcist’ Review: Series Premiere

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13886875_1130946140305076_7609325818255005812_nGet ready to celebrate Halloween early with the premiere of The Exorcist on FOX. This is the horror series of the season with striking visuals and tension so strong that your soul may just weep. Do you like it when your bones get that special kind of chill and your blood curdles? If so, this is your show. Don’t miss the series premiere of the Exorcist, which airs Friday night at 9/8c on FOX.

The tone is set very early on. You’ll feel an instant state of unrest in the air and then familiarity sets in. Yes, you’ll know. Just like that and your gears are shifted to a bigger picture. You are introduced to Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrer). He is giving a sermon about having doubts and questions. Father Tomas will quickly, and rather swiftly, realize the significance of his teachings.

14022289_1149293068470383_4533538748319029999_nThe story really starts to develop when we meet Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels). His level of intensity is immeasurable, and we thank him for that. He has no interest in protocol. The way he says “without hesitation” just solidifies his position. He’s my hero already. I can’t wait to explore this horrifying television world with him.

Angela Rance (Geena Davis) goes to Father Tomas with questions and seeking some kind of guidance. She tells him all about the unexplainable occurrences that have been plaguing her family. Her daughter hasn’t been acting like herself. Things are difficult all-around for the entire family. Angela’s husband, Henry Rance (Alan Ruck), is struggling and his daughter is not making things any easier. There is so much tension. What if this is all just a new take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? That would be the ultimate shocker that no one would see coming.

THE EXORCIST:  L-R:  Alan Ruck and Geena Davis in THE EXORCIST premiering Friday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Chuck Hodes/FOX

Father Tomas agrees to pay the family a visit. He has dinner with the family—Henry, Angela, Kat (Bianne Howey), and Casey (Hannah Kasulka). Kat is the older daughter and Casey is the younger of the two that takes great pleasure in bringing out the “tickle monster.” I love that the tickle monster still exists. Giggles are always welcome. Father Tomas really gets a chance to see what the family is all about.

As Father Tomas is trying to make sense of the present happenings around him, he’s remarkably led to Father Marcus. What will come of their meeting?

There are some really great moments in the premiere, especially towards the end. One of the good things about a television series, if it’s done right, is that it allows more time to flesh out the characters. You get an entire season to do that compared to the allotted time of a film. If you pair complex and interesting characters with amazing storytelling, you will have a masterpiece. This series starts off promising. I hope they can keep the momentum going. I truly enjoyed the premiere. You are definitely not going to want to miss it. You know you already have that song in your head, so give in to the power of The Exorcist.

The Exorcist premieres Friday, September 23 at 8/7c on FOX.

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