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"The Exorcist" (Fox)

Yeah, the story with the two priests ended up going in a direction I very much approved of. And that scene with the evil lamb? Urgh. *Shivers*

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As soon as they cut to the lamb birth I knew it was going to come out "wrong" somehow. I wasn't disappointed.



Very solid episode with some genuinely creepy moments. Really love the Vatican subplot too.

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It's interesting that we still don't know who is definitely possessed over on the island. The number one suspect is, of course, Caleb but who is to say that a possessed Verity didn't lead him out to the well (and it's interesting that his apple turned to maggots just before she arrived)? And then there's Shelby and Truck, both of whom are hearing scary things (Shelby hearing the lamb noises and Truck hearing something nobody else could hear in the witch's hut last week) and acting a bit abnormally. My money, however, is on the little girl (Grace?) who we've not seen much of, just because we've been given no reason to suspect her. And she has that freaky mask.

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I like that aspect a lot actually. There's no clear indication who is getting possessed or maybe it will be more than one person this time?

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A mass possession would be incredibly interesting.

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It would certainly up the stakes from just one person. Although that might be a little too much for just two exorcists.

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Was away for the weekend, so just caught up with the second episode.  REALLY digging where this is going.  The Vatican conspiracy stuff is effective so far, and I like that it’s painting a picture of various internal factions in conflict.  Cho’s half of the plotline with the kids is bringing a fresh energy to things, and Cho himself is doing some very fine work.  The stuff in the hospital was surprisingly potent, and - like last season - I appreciate that the show is emphasizing how physically dangerous the possessed can be.



And that birthing scene was pretty nightmarish!

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The storylines are about to converge!



Good episode overall.  I appreciated that the boys encountered a situation that was not a real possession, and it will be interesting to see how this girl affects the energy of Cho’s foster home going forward.

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ANice to see THE HATEFUL EIGHT poison is still finding work these days.
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This was really damn good. Of course with Manny Coto writing and horror maestro Ti West directing you know you're in good hands.

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Really impressed with this episode, not only for how it subverted the usual exorcism scenario whilst showing that Tomas still has much to learn on his path to become an exorcist, but how it used that storyline to naturally introduce Rose to the two leads. I would shake Slater's hand, if I could, for somehow pulling off something quite rare this season: a show with multiple storylines where I enjoy all of them almost equally. Usually with shows that try this, there's at least one storyline featuring a character I don't like or a story thread that I don't find engaging. Here? I'm as equally invested in the adventures of the two priests, as I am with the island and the conspiracy storylines. It's also incredibly impressive how this show manages to make horror work over a long period of time. The scenes on the island are as tense and filled with dread as they were three hours ago.



Oh and I was surprised to hear Keane describe how someone would "have our guts for garters". This is a saying my mother uses a lot and I can't ever recall hearing it used on a U.S show or movie before. I can only assume that Ben Daniels has some input into his character's lines or that they have someone on the writing staff who is well versed with British phrases.

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AI'm a monkey's uncle if that temple of doom bridge doesn't come into play later on.
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Originally Posted by FatherDude View Post

I'm a monkey's uncle if that temple of doom bridge doesn't come into play later on.

It has to!  Just like the spooky shack by the well.  They seem to be setting up lots of things for payoffs in one way or another.

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Yeah, it'd be a real shame if we lose this show.  It's one of the most exciting and intriguing things on television.  I keep going back and forth on which kid is possessed, and that's pretty awesome.

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Also: What they did to cat-lovers this week was true horror. A possessed man sits down at a table filled with other demonic servants and he picks up a cat......... pets it, and puts it back on the floor.



You son of a bitch, Jeremy Slater.

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Even demons love kitties, Saxon!

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So did Mouse poison the cabal simply put putting the communion hosts on their food, or was there actual poison involved?  Is the idea supposed to be that ingesting the Eucharist while you have a demon inside you will make you vomit your insides, and that's why taking communion is being portrayed as this handy litmus test for whether you're in cahoots with ol' Scratch?

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As we never saw any poison, I have to assume it's the former. If a possessed person comes at you, shove some communion host down their throat and watch the fucker bleed out from the inside!

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Is the idea supposed to be that ingesting the Eucharist while you have a demon inside you will make you vomit your insides, and that's why taking communion is being portrayed as this handy litmus test for whether you're in cahoots with ol' Scratch?


This was my interpretation.

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AAnother strong episode. Unfortunately we have a two week wait for the next one.
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Really nice twist at the end there regarding Andy. Damn!

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AYes, that was well-executed, and re-contextualizes the troubled reaction of the other kids when Andy gets frustrated and leaves the room because Grace does.

It also lends added purpose to the initial possession case, which established the vulnerability of someone to a demon after they lost a love one.


[spoiler]If Grace appeared to Andy as the result of losing his wife, what does she represent? Was Andy's wife pregnant at the time of her death?
Grace has called Andy "daddy."[/spoiler]
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I think your theory might be correct.

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That was my favorite episode of the season so far.  I'm enjoying all the storylines and the way they're escalating.  Great final revelation, one that opens up a lot of possibilities going forward.



And it seems we may be headed back to Chicago, which could be fun if the conspiracy plot is going the way they seem to be implying.

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God. I've seen enough horror movies to have seen this coming and yet it completely blindsided me. It wasn't until the much-too-happy garden scene when I suddenly thought about how Grace is never mentioned by the other kids, and how nobody has ever specified the exact number of kids in that house, that I suddenly thought "Wait a minute....."



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Unfortunately we have a two week wait for the next one.



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I had wondered why no one other than Andy talked about Grace, but I never saw that swerve coming.  Very, very good.

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You've got to hand it to the people behind this show. Between this and the first season's sudden connection to the original movie / novel that  nobody saw coming, they know how to pull off satisfying and interesting twists in a way probably 85% of shows don't.

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Some great stuff with Cho and the kids this week.



I'm also intrigued by the implication that whatever entity is involved has been "haunting" this same place for a long, long time.

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AAnother winner. I'm expecting some batty stuff from the back half of the season.
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The next episode is called "Darling Nikki," so it's already on my good side.



On Twitter, Slater said it's the best episode of the series so far.



The wrap party looks like it was a blast:



https://twitter.com/jerslater/status/927238428197974016





https://twitter.com/jerslater/status/927238043328581633



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Regarding the last episode, the boat scenes with Father Marcus were very unexpected and great.

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Hearing good things about tonight's episode.

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AWell, that's one way to bring Kirsten Fitzgerald back.
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Things just got very crazy very quickly.  I like it.


 

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This show is so fucking good when it comes to building up the tension to the inevitable showdown with the demon.

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