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The Exorcist Season 2 Episode 1: Janus Review

If you would like to read our review of last season, click here.

Synopsis: Tomas and Marcus help a troubled young woman in rural Montana and a malevolent presence targets one of the children in a foster home. (IMDB)

Writer: Heather Bellson

Director: Jason Ensler

Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 45mins

Tomas and Marcus are back and now they have left the Rance family and have taken their show on the road. The episode begins with them being chased down a country road in Montana after kidnapping the sheriff’s wife Cindy (Zibby Allen). She was possessed by some sort of entity and they were trying to save her but everyone else didn’t seem to understand this. Tomas and Marcus had been working together for the last 6 months but they still sometimes didn’t see eye to eye.

They later found a barn to try and finish their work. Once Marcus sent Tomas out for supplies, the spirit tried to pin them against each other and also get into Marcus’ head. It was going to take more than that but she kept trying. Tomas got to see Cindy from the inside earlier which led him to believe that he could help her from the inside. Marcus disagreed because he still didn’t quite believe in Tomas yet. Soon after they went back to work, the sheriff and a friend showed up. Marcus stepped out to take care of them while Tomas kept working.

Marcus took a lot of abuse in protecting Tomas while he tried to help her from the inside. On the inside, he came across a church with strange handprints on the outside. He was ultimately unable to help her and it then became worse for them as the sheriff and his company found their way inside of the barn.

Meanwhile, a man named Andrew Kim (John Cho) lived in a house along with five foster children. The oldest child Verity (Brianna Hildebrand) decided to play a prank on the youngest child, who was also blind, named Caleb (Hunter Dillon), to convince him that he would be one of them by standing on the cover of a well for ten seconds. A social worker named Rose (Li Jun Li) was also set to visit the household. Kim also appears to have had a wife and lost her somehow as we saw him look at a picture of the two of them. 

Later that night, one of the other children named Truck (Cyrus Arnold) was caught sleepwalking. When they brought him back to his room, they noticed that Caleb was missing. Kim encountered some strange bugs and thought nothing of it. He later found Caleb standing on that same well cover but he saved him before he fell through. As they all got back to the house and went to bed, we saw the same handprints on the walls.

Overall, this was a good episode with a much different start from last season. We saw Marcus and Tomas at work which was exciting to watch primarily due to the new setting. It would have been nice to see more of this and perhaps put off the foster home storyline until the next episode but that is just a minor complaint. The jury is still out on the foster home since we don’t know that much about it yet but we know something is there and that Tomas and Marcus will be there too at some point. Hopefully it works out as the thought of a Tomas and Marcus focused demon hunting season seems more compelling.

Score: 8/10

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