In the very much awaited with anticipation second season of The Exorcist, Marcus Keane and Father Tomas fight side by side against insidious demons and run away from a Catholic church that’s been poisoned by the antichrist and its malefic cult.
Meanwhile, Andrew Kim (John Cho) – foster parent of 4 problematic teenagers on an island near Seattle – and Rose (Li Jun Li) social services representative who came to check on the situation in Andrew’s house to see if everything’s alright. Which, since we wouldn’t have a storyline otherwise, is not.
The Exorcist season two could be divided in two halves: the first four episodes introduce the new characters on the island and develop the relationship between Marcus and Tomas, which becomes more profound but also more complicated due to the ‘new gift’ the Mexican priest had apparently been given.
The second half, with the remaining six episodes, shows the two storylines coming across, without abandoning the pattern that’s been taken at the beginning of this second season.
I must say I was impressed in the best way possible by the first four episodes: creepy, well-acted on everybody’s part, intense and with a plot twist for the ages. If you saw The Exorcist 2, you know what I’m on about. If you didn’t, I’m not going to give anything away.
However, I can state that said twist came entirely unexpected, all the while being carried out episode by episode with masterful subtlety and cleverness. As a big fan of season one, I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing this continuation was, considering that the creators did an impressive job at going for a different direction, keeping the entertainment high and preserving the original characters.
To be fair, the entire TV show is beautifully crafted, with a compelling story that easily overcomes every tiresome cliché connected to exorcism in cinema.
Nonetheless, the second half of season two didn’t live up to the quality of the first four episodes.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t spot any tremendous inconsistency or found any of the characters’ decisions to be stupid. More so, it seemed to me that the filmmakers were uncertain about how to carry on the story. In fact, the second half of this season gave me the impression of something already seen multiple times, which certainly didn’t help in the creation of a sense of dread or urgency.
Yet, the last six episodes relied too heavily on a few characters, without broadening the horizons to a certain storyline that, in my opinion, should have been explored more – perhaps, season three will pick up from that.
All in all, I found myself enthralled in The Exorcist 2 due to the intriguing characters of Tomas and Marcus: they’re great and the actors who play them (Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels) are fantastic as per usual. I loved how Marcus’ homosexuality was explored in this season, without holding back from any possible criticism and form of homophobia. Also, I dug the inner struggle Tomas is dealing with in the discovery of his new gift/curse nonetheless.
The additions to the cast are mostly very strong, with John Cho’s character taking the cake for best new protagonist of the season, in my opinion.
In conclusion, The Exorcist 2 is just slightly worse than I expected… which might be considered as a bad thing, but I actually loved season one, thus my expectations were probably too high. Nevertheless, I strongly suggest you to watch both seasons because The Exorcist is one of the most refreshing horror TV shows out there.
The Exorcist 2 7.5/10