Exorcist, The. Episode One Review
Exorcist, The. Series Details
Episode: Chapter One; And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee (Pilot)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
William Peter Blatty (based on the novel by)
Jeremy Slater (created, written by)
Release Date: 23 September 2016
MPAA Rating: TV MA
Genre: Horror, Thriller
TV show based on William Blatty’s 1971 novel about a priest who performs exorcisms on demonic spirits.
The Exorcist is the Horror addition set to air on the small screen. The television adaptation of the 1973 film offers regurgitated themes and narratives. Presented is the classic man versus the unknown.
Series creator Jeremy Slater aims to invigorate terrors made popular in William Blatty’s novel. Demonic possession themes have grown in popularity over the past forty years. Since the release of The Exorcist film mediums have touched on this theme many times over.
The television adaptation for The Exorcist does not offer anything new. Of course, it will be unfair to judge the series as a whole base on the pilot episode. Presented in “And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee” is the backbone of the story narrative. Audiences will also become acquainted with the cast of characters. Offered in the pilot episode are revolving sub-plots.
Suspicions arise throughout the course of the episode on the victim of possession. This will be the central character for future installments of the series. The closing scene to “And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee” leaves the audience with a cliffhanger. With the identity reveal, audiences will have to tune in to watch how the narrative unfolds.
Employed are different color filters, giving each scene a distinct atmosphere. This application is a common part of the post-production process for any project. Yet, for The Exorcist these effects don’t accent visuals but enhance it. The series delivers striking scenes aesthetics that mirrors a Horror feature film.
The portrayals were well performed with each character offering realistic backstory. Seeing a Latino cast as one of the prominent figures in the story is an invigorating aspect. Actor Alfonso Herrera portrays the role of Father Tomas Ortega. The defining aspect of this character is the fact that this is not a stereotyped role.
The scare factor is with compelling scenes of demonic possession. A child under the influence of demonic forces is a product of realistic rendering. The make-up effects are astonishing and excel the portrayal.
CGI effects are also employed but with subtleness in mind. Whether it is a bird smashing through a window or a rat getting crush to death. Each computer generated effect compliments the scene.
Jump scares are used as triggers. The tactic is a cheap method to toy with the viewer’s emotions. Every other scene to “And Let My Cry Come Unto Thee” has a jump scare. The overuse of these jumpscare sanitizes the viewer and loses the intended effect.
It would have been nice to see a more diverse set of characters. One Latino and one African-American contribute to the story at a secondary level. It would have been nice to see a Latina portraying the main lead, Angela Rance (Geena Davis). Perhaps actor Kurt Egyiawan could have portrayed Father Marcus Keane.
Doubts have a reservation on this new supernatural Horror Drama series airing on FOX. Timing is of the essence. The demonic possession theme is at its peak. Countless films, graphic novels, and television series have offered this concept.
In 1973 The Exorcist set the stage for controversial visuals and macabre narrative. Many agree William Friedkin directed a film that sets a high standard for effects and shock value.
Did FOX invest on a wise decision to produce a television adaptation of a cinematic classic? Perhaps not. The series would fair better as a limited engagement than a consecutive series. The question is; How long can a demonic possession theme expand on as a franchise?
We will be watching the remaining episodes to season one of The Exorcist. Stay tuned for further developments.Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive