Mismatching Characters’ Ages: Resurrection (TV Showcase #22)

This show is another flop, and for good reason, but it’s really too bad that it failed, because it did something well that I’ve seen other shows attempt and achieve only partial success at. And despite its less-than-memorable time on the air, I want to pull out what I thought it did the best, so here’s a reflection on “Resurrection”.

“Resurrection” began in 2014 and aired for 21 episodes over two seasons, ending in 2015. The show was a paranormal mystery, which begins when people in a small Missouri town begin returning from the dead, the same age they were when they died. However, as quickly explained, the bodies of these previously dead people are still in the caskets. So how is this possible? If this explanation made sense, then you can imagine all the questions that would arise from such a premise. And the first season was pretty well done. Before explaining why it was cancelled, let me explain what “Resurrection” did really well.

First of all, the show (at least the first season) was so well-acted that I was kept engaged with almost exclusively dialogue. And the various theories and progress on solving the mystery were indeed brilliantly written at first. And I think alot of this awesome interaction between the actors came from the variety of ages in the actors and what kind of a role they played. For instance, there were older actors, middle-aged talent, and child actors all having to interact with each other. Additionally, being that some of these previously-deceased people had been dead for years on end, you had parents who were younger than their children, gaps of fifty years between child and parent, twenty-year gaps between former best friends, and so on. This is what I like to call mismatching the characters’ ages.

This mismatch of age has been seen before (“Once Upon A Time” comes to mind with Peter Pan), but never with such a large portion of the cast. Plus, the styles of the older and younger acting talent blended well, and being that somehow no one could leave the town, everybody interacted with everybody else rather closely, often forcing a confrontation of the dual styles of acting, and virtually every time, it came off well. This was a technique used constantly throughout the show, and I loved it. I wish more shows would do this as the norm, though I admit it is rather difficult to pull off.

The reason this show was cancelled was due to the entrance of a new character in the second season: a con-artist pastor from the 1930s, who blew everything way out of proportion and converted (no pun intended) the entire show from a slightly supernatural mystery to a dark, sacrilegious scarefest, and the whole mystery of the dead folks walking was shoved to the side and never solved. Because of these wild and somewhat senseless tangents in the plotline, the audience quickly lost interest, and the show was cancelled.

Though the show’s decline was quite unfortunate all around, “Resurrection” is one of the only shows I’ve seen that mismatched ages really well, and the clearly different, yet oddly compatible styles of acting made the show as good as it was. What do you think?

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