We’ve now been to Arcadia, Missouri twice, and although we don’t know much, there is one thing we know for sure: people are coming back from the dead.
The series pilot opened with an 8-year-old boy (Landon Giminez) waking up in a field in China. It’s strange enough a boy that age would be asleep in a corn field, but the story only gets more bizarre. Once back in the U.S. he is greeted by an Immigration and Customs officer, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps) who only knows that the young boy’s name is Jacob, because it is written on the tag of his shirt. There were no missing children reports matching his description, but after some burgers and fries and some bonding over Donkey Kong
, Jacob and the officer head to Arcadia to find his family instead of to Child Adoption Services.
The boy points out his house, and when they both show up at the door they are greeted by a very surprised Lucille and Henry Langston (Francis Fisher and Kurtwood Smith, respectively) because the boy that greeted them was their son. The two weren’t immediately overjoyed at being reunited with their son, but they were shocked.
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Here’s why: Jacob Langston drowned 32 years ago.
As you can imagine, the boy’s appearance came with a lot of doubt and scrutiny. After a DNA test that confirmed that Jacob was their son, the quest for answers began. The details that surrounded his death were also put into question. Jacob’s aunt had supposedly died in the river trying to save him, but according to Jacob, the opposite was true. This was unsettling news for his cousin, Maggie Langston (Devin Kelley) who was just a baby when her mother died, and she’s now in search about the truth about her death and if she was having an affair.
Just when we were trying to make sense of all that, another resurrected returned. Caleb (Sam Hezeldine), the father of Maggie’s friend Elaine (Samaire Armstrong), had also come back to Arcadia after waking up three days earlier in Portland, Oregon.
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In this week’s episode, not a lot of questions were answered. Jacob’s return was welcomed by some and doubted by others, specifically by his father and his uncle, Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven). Jacob was also reunited with his childhood best friend, Tom Hale (Mark Hildreth), who is now the pastor of the local church.
Elaine was content with accepting her father Caleb’s return, while her brother Ray (Travis Young) was convinced that the man who had returned was not their father. More questions arose after Caleb went into the forest with a shovel digging for something while experiencing a flashback of the heart attack that killed him.
Maggie went to the house of the man her mother was having an affair with. Although we found out that he is not her father, there are still questions surrounding him. After he entered his home, we see him say to an unknown person, “She’s found us.”
After going above Sheriff Langston’s head, Maggie and Officer Bellamy open Jacob’s tomb. Although we don’t get to see what’s inside, the two of them looked confused enough for all of us.
The biggest questions that are yet to be answered surround Caleb. The episode ends with him entering an unknown man’s house repeatedly shouting, “Tell me it’s all gone!” He then proceeded to beat the man with a hammer.
If all that information seems a lot to wrap your head around, you’re not alone. I’ll be tuning in next week to see if the people of Arcadia get any of their answers, but something tells me resurrections are just getting started. Is anyone else wondering why Jacob and Caleb woke up so far away from Arcadia? I mean China isn’t exactly a short road trip away from Missouri.
airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.
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