[Click above to embiggen: Don’t go in the attic, Geena Davis! Don’t let anything bad happen to Hot Mexican Priest either!]
What: The Exorcist (tee-vee show). This is not the movie from the 1970s. It is a new tee-vee show here in 2016. It’s not the movie from the 1970s just playing on the tee-vee, the way they sometimes show old movies at night. This is all brand new, starring Geena Davis and also the guy who played “Cameron” in Ferris Bueller. Other people are in it too. And they all be acting up a storm!
When: Friday nights on FOX. Since civilization is collapsing around us and going out in Boystown on a Friday or Saturday after dark has pretty much now become a scene from The Purge, hunker down inside and scare the bejeezus out of yourself with one of the best horror shows ever to hit the tee-vee.
Where: Like I’ve been saying: it’s on the tee-vee (though I watch it super early in the morning on the FOX website, because I haven’t had a tee-vee since 2009…and am really super proud of that for some reason).
Why: This show just pulled off the greatest twist of any show that’s been on the air in my adult lifetime. It felt like watching that movie The Usual Suspects and seeing Keyser Söze appear for the first time (after having been right under everyone’s noses the whole damn movie).
Last night, FOX pulled off the greatest twist on any tee-vee show that I have pretty much ever seen. I am hard-pressed to think of a surprise bigger than this one in tee-vee history. I don’t throw the word “genius” around lightly, but this was genius. They will be studying this twist in screenwriting classes someday.
In my lifetime, there have been mysteries like Dallas’ “Who shot J.R.?” (and The Simpsons’ spoof on that, “Who shot Mr. Burns?). I think the first time that “The Visitors” on V (the Barack Obama-esque space aliens who appeared out of nowhere and promised to lower the oceans and solve all of mankind’s problems, mostly by chanting a lot of creepy mantras and slogans) ripped off their human masks and revealed themselves to be lizard people from the planet Repton was pretty shocking. But I think we all had some warning that twist was coming on V. Ain’t nobody warned nobody about NOTHING that came at us at the end of last night’s episode of The Exorcist.
What they did on The Exorcist last night, in the episode called “Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault,” was like reading Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and discovering for the first time what it felt like to be completely taken in by an unreliable narrator.
This Exorcist tee-vee show was billed to viewers as supposedly something totally different and it allegedly ignored the original 1970s movie completely. The original film was set in Washington, DC and was about a movie star named Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn), who was a character something like Elizabeth Taylor when she left Hollywood and married Senator Warren and lived in DC for a while in the 1970s. (It was John Warner’s turn to be married to Taylor for a while, back when just about everyone got a chance to be married to her briefly in the years when John Belushi would portray her with zaftig aplomb on Saturday Night Live. After being married to this politician, Taylor then was later married to a construction worker. Because that made sense to someone, somewhere.)
Movie star Chris MacNeil figured out that her daughter Regan MacNeil was possessed by a demon…when the demon Pazuzu told her that he was possessing Regan (who was played by Linda Blair, in the role that would haunt her career forever). Technically, Pazuzu was “legion” and it was a host of connected demons that had crawled up inside her. The movie ended with the titular exorcism being effective and the demon(s) being cast out. There were some forgettable sequels, but we pretty much never found out much about what happened to Regan or Chris MacNeil after that.
The 2016 tee-vee show on FOX has Geena Davis playing a character called Angela Rance, who is a mother of two late-teen girls living in Chicago. Davis is the general manager of a fancy hotel on Michigan Avenue and the series was set around an impending papal visit to Chicago by fictional Pope Sebastian. Rance’s daughter becomes possessed and to help her everyone seeks out the most handsome and hottest Mexican priest they can find. The show’s been an intriguing mystery from the beginning, because the demons seem to be plotting something big and it’s tied to the pope’s arrival. There are a lot of characters who appear to be up to something and hiding things, though I can’t figure out what.
Yes, there are some gross scenes where the demon does something awful while possessing the daughter, but mostly the show is fascinating for the mystery. There are a lot of twists and turns. But none bigger than what happened in the episode that aired last night.
— SPOILERS! —
Angela Rance is not Geena Davis’ character’s real name! She used to live in DC, but changed her name so her mother couldn’t find her. Her mother is Chris MacNeil and Geena Davis has been playing Regan MacNeil this whole time! The show is actually a full-on sequel to the original Exorcist movie.
The way they revealed all this was very clever, too. There’s a scene where Cameron is looking through an old box in the closet and he comes across a Bible that belongs to his wife; she’s had it since her childhood. There are pressed flowers and a red feather in the Bible (a cardinal’s feather). Then the camera shows the inscription in the front of the Bible: “To Rags, love Mama 1974.” That’s what Chris MacNeil called Regan in the original movie, “Rags.”
I didn’t understand all the significance of the red feather or of Angela/Regan talking to Hot Mexican Priest about an imaginary friend she had as a kid (who appeared to her as a little red bird called “Captain Howdey”) until I googled it on the Internets…and found an article up on Mashable that interviewed the writers. The little red bird was not in the original movie, but it’s how they chose on the tee-vee series to describe Regan’s imaginary friend (who would cause her to do bad things when it possessed her as the demon later on).
I’m guessing a cardinal feather means that the Catholic Cardinal is going to play a part in upcoming episodes. The Note Mexican Priest has been trying to reach the Cardinal for help, but he’s been blocked by others in the hierarchy who don’t want him talking about exorcisms (as the Church wants to pretend that these don’t happen and are not needed). I bet the little red feather is going to be very important in the mystery.
The show also had these echoes of the original movie where right as the audience is figuring out that Geena Davis is really a grown-up Regan, the show recreates the famous taxi drive from the film…as the exorcist arrives in front of a building. Only instead of it being a priest, it’s Chris MacNeil coming to her daughter’s house for the first time ever, since Chris was never supposed to know where Regan lived.
They played this like Chris has been using her daughter’s trauma to get attention and make money all these years, so I wonder if it will turn out that there was a movie version of everything that happened to them…as if Chris MacNeil took her daughter’s story and had a movie made (which would be The Exorcist movie that we are familiar with). There sure are plenty of layers to the demonically-possessed onion on this show. Enough to flavor as much pea soup as you want.
I think we live in a very interesting time because evil is on the march these days like never before in our lifetimes. The naive buffoons in Europe are allowing themselves to be invaded by the most horrible and backwards culture on the planet…all the while calling the invaders “refugees” and being willfully blind to the invasion. All the while, the Catholic Church and Christianity itself are being relentlessly attacked…while the Left seeks to push Islam onto the world so all of the West can be conquered.
To me it’s very obvious that Islam is really Satanism and that followers of Islam are part of a world-conquering death cult that kills gay people, subjugates women like animals, and destroys art and culture wherever Islam invades. True religions are based on love and kindness and self-betterment. Islam is all about taking over, forcing non-believers to submit to Islam or die, and using violence and murder to terrify everyone into doing what Islam wants. Sure sounds like Satanism and the acts of demons to me.
Supposedly the demon Puzuzu in the world of The Exorcist originated in Iraq. Whatever creature supposedly came into a cave to speak to Muhammad was either a demon or Satan himself. Muslims are taught the complete opposite of the Ten Commandments. They are told to lie, to cheat, to steal, to murder, and to do whatever it takes to spread Islam and have it conquer and dominate the world.
The Left wants you to ignore this and just slap a “COEXIST” bumper sticker on your Prius and quibble about how you knew a good Muslim once, somewhere, who didn’t ever try to kill you (so therefore all Muslims must be good). It is a really frustrating time for anyone who recognizes Islam as evil…just as back in the 1930s it was frustrating for anyone who could read the writing on the wall and see what Hitler was up to (when naive buffoons in Europe didn’t want to rock the boat and be politically incorrect and stop him before he could ever get started).
So, yet again, we as a civilization are allowing monsters and demons to invade the West, blow things up, kill people, and sew the seeds of havoc and chaos. And so many people want to pretend this is not happening or that evil does not exist. Until something will happen at some point that is impossible to ignore…and then all the Lefties will have to be quiet for a while and disappear (until people forget again how their politically correct foolishness set the stage for so much destruction).
I’m sure the writers of this FOX show don’t really intend to make all of these parallels…but if you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in our world and what Muslims have been increasingly up to, I don’t know how you could miss these parallels. It’s all shockingly obvious. That part right there should not be any kind of a surprise twist, folks.
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