Time seems to stand still only during those last minutes of the last day of school or waiting to go through airport security.
With the exception of some actors, we all age – unless, of course, something else (besides skilled plastic surgeons) is at work. ABC’s “Resurrection,” premiering Sunday, March 9, considers what happens when time stands still for some, and the dead return.
This is not a zombie gore fest. Rather, it’s a quiet drama in a small town. Parents endure the never-ending grief of having to bury their only child. They go on with their lives, because what else can they do?
Then, 32 years later, Jacob returns, still 8.
His parents, Lucille and Henry Langston (Frances Fisher, Kurtwood Smith), are understandably shocked. Lucille immediately accepts the return of her son – no questions asked of this miracle.
“A mother knows his touch, his smell,” Fisher tells Zap2it. “DNA doesn’t lie. A mother knows. Dad doesn’t accept it. How do you accept the impossible? This creates a schism.”
The drama opens with Jacob (Landon Gimenez) in a rice paddy in rural China. After the boy is sent to the United States, federal agent J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) finally works out that he’s from Arcadia, Mo.
Bellamy takes Jacob home. Henry is skeptical, but Jacob tells his dad a riddle they shared, then launches himself at his father to hug him. DNA tests confirm the boy is indeed Jacob.
“I think it hooks you right away,” Smith says. “The appeal is so universal. We all have lost people, and we want to have them back, even if just for a conversation.”
Henry and his brother, Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven), cannot wrap their minds around Jacob’s resurfacing. And his appearance reignites murky details surrounding Jacob’s death.
Everyone accepted that Jacob fell into a fast-moving river and that his Aunt Barbara, the sheriff’s wife, tried to save him. They both drowned. But Jacob tells a different version.
He knows details that only Jacob could know. As his family deals with the fantastic occurrence of having someone return from the dead, another person who was dead lurks around Arcadia.
What is it about this town?
Jacob’s childhood pal, Tom (Mark Hildreth), instantly believes it is Jake. Mark is a pastor who preaches about miracles.
In a terrific scene, Lucille walks calmly with her son into church and slips into a pew while Mark is midsermon. The man knows he is witnessing a miracle.
Lucille simply accepts it as such. She wants to cook for her boy, guide him spiritually and teach him to play the piano. She simply wants to be his mom.
“It is a wonderful thing to be able to play the part of the reunion and the answered prayer,” Fisher says.
As joyful as it would be to have his son back, Smith says his character cannot get past the facts.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Smith says. “He buried him. How could he possibly be the same age? What did he do with all those years?”
In a separate interview in Pasadena, Calif., Fisher says, “Go along for the ride. It’s a mystery, and there are more questions asked as facts come in. I don’t know if we’ll ever know. Ordinary people are experiencing an extraordinary event.
“And they play it right,” she continues. “These are not zombies. If it’s not grounded in some kind of reality to me, I lose interest. If I am not emotionally involved, I turn it off or walk out. The thing about this series is that it explores things different from fear. It’s about faith and possibility.”