Welcome to the series finale (looks like, maybe, unless there’s divine intervention or an email campaign) of The Exorcist – a television show that despite being very prettily filmed and classy, never grabbed a big enough audience. We might autopsy it later, but for now the recap.
TV Show: The Exorcist
We shouldn’t have to wait until the penultimate episode for the fun to begin, but sometimes a series has to find its groove. Chapter 9 aka 162 is the scariest, most action packed, enjoyable, and surprising episode of The Exorcist so far.
We start where we left off. Beautiful but dumb Father Tomas has brought the family Rance, plus faded movie star Chris MacNeil, over to the Convent of the Chosen Nuns to say good-bye to Casey before she can be belladonna-ed by Mother Bernadette…
We open with Tomas conducting mass. St Anthony’s looks spruced up, so maybe not all of Maria Walter’s devil-money went for the search. There’s a big poster of Casey. Uh-oh. Is this a memorial? Probably not, unless we’re going the possessed zombie route…
Young Regan MacNeil and her mom the movie star are on a talk show. We can tell it’s the ’70’s by Regan’s groovy shag haircut. Young Regan looks like Linda Blair, and Chris looks nothing at all like Sharon Gless, but a lot like Ellen Burstyn…
When a series tells you publicly and explicitly that it is not a sequel to something else, but then it turns out to be totally a sequel, is that a twist or a cheat?
This week opens with Casey dreaming. You can tell it’s a dream and not a flashback because even before the weird stuff starts, there’s cowboy polka music playing, which no teen would ever tolerate even to be ironic.
Here comes the sine qua non of horror tropes: teenage lust. In this case, girl on girl, because that’s now a TV requirement.
The creepy homeless guy is henceforth referred to as “the schizophrenic”, because priests are such brilliant diagnosticians and there’s nothing offensive about referring to people by their illness because look at all those lepers in the Bible.
Time to check the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Demonic Disorders IV to see if lack of appetite is a symptom. It is!