TV Review: The Exorcist 1×03 “Chapter Three: Let ‘Em In”

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The last episode left off with a group of men (murderers) carrying lunch pails with chopped up human parts in them. Who has got to be the one to make dinner then? No thanks to that. This episode starts three months back. Kat Rance (Brianne Howey), who looks a lot like a younger version of Heather Graham, is driving in the car having a conversation about men. She’s quite descriptive on what she wants and how she wants to kiss them. Her friend “Julia” isn’t shown, but a man appears standing in the middle of the road as the screen fades to black. Next we see Kat covered in blood, car is smashed, and she’s screaming for help since her friend isn’t responding. Cue the wacky sounding opening intro of the show.

A crazy man on the streets is shouting crazy things into a microphone. This show is taking on a Gotham vibe. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) is standing outside the hotel greeting the men coming out of the limo, one of them being Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan), whom we have seen sparingly in the previous episodes. Father Keane (Ben Daniels) arrives in the hood (literally) to seek answers to the murders of the nine people. Mr. Rance heads to church to speak to Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) about Casey’s potential demonic possession, only to be interrupted by a corn eating Keane. Since when is having lunch at church acceptable?!

Casey (Hannah Kusula) is trying on dresses, until the creepy old man (who she consoled in the last episode) walks in with a dress for her. The gathering of the priests with the fancy lunch quickly turns uncomfortable when outside the window there is a burning man. Talk about a peaceful lunch, can’t even enjoy the ham without some demon lurking in the shadows.

Casey finally gives into the idea she might be possessed and meets with Tomas and Keane and the church to discuss the situation. Progress? If you consider Keane interrogating her in regards to being a “punching bag” for her sister. He pulls out a music box and in it there is a cheap mirror that Keane is stuck on. The old man appears on Casey’s side filling her with answers. Well the answer we get is the confirmation that the old man must be the invisible devil. Aha! That’s how he snuck into that dressing room with that dress. Things get charged quickly as Keane calls out the devil inside Casey and renounces him in some foreign language. Lights are dimming, room is shaking, items are falling. Casey goes demonic and announces that the demons name is Gabriel. Quick thinking Tomas grabs the camera to record this. Good move.

Tomas and Keane go to the church to request an exorcism, they are denied. We also find out that Keane has officially been excommunicated from the church for a multitude of reasons. He is ordered to leave Chicago. Meanwhile, Casey is officially losing it. She takes a break from curling her hair to take the hot iron and press it against her body. I can only imagine what sort of mark that will leave. Keane turns to drinking, but Tomas wants to accompany him, not in drinking, but the exorcism of Casey. Keane offers him some tips. Well gee, thanks for that.

Kat and Casey are at Julia’s memorial party, which sure looks like backstage at a fancy theater performance will well dressed beautiful women. So to honor her they pour a bunch of whiskey on the ground. Go figure. Leave it up to Casey to steal the bottle and drink up all the whiskey. Well, damn. Things get worse. Casey confronts her sister and announces it all to the theater chicks that Kat lost her best friend and love of her life and paints the picture of Kat dying instead. Ouch. A dance performance in honor of Julia and Kat is performed.

Next scene Tomas talks about coming to Chicago and visiting the Sears Tower, he’s immediately corrected as the Willis Tower. Us Chicagoan’s all know it’s still and always will be the Sears Tower. Nice touch by the writers to include that. He then proceeds to receive a very large check for the church. We find out this woman’s last name is Wilson, she cares about Chicago, but most importantly she’s quite the baller. Keane is stopped at his home by Father Bennett who orders him to get in the car for a chat. Bennett gives him a bus ticket to Tallahassee, Florida. I don’t know what’s worse a bus ticket all the way to Florida, or the fact he’s headed to Tallahassee? Either way Keane is really getting screwed.

Casey skips out from the memorial and is on the cleanest looking Chicago train ever, when a slew of Cubs and Cardinals fans invade the train. A drunk dude (must be a Cardinals fan) inappropriately propositions and harasses her. She’s in a daze as the old man devil approaches her. In what is one of the grossest moments on the show they proceed to passionately make out. Eww. Wait. As soon as she’s done with her fantasy make out, she destroys that creep who was harassing her. Blood splattering all around and casey literally soils herself and the train. The latter being a common occurrence. The end.

Well damn. This show keeps pushing boundaries. It’s getting more disturbing by each episode. Not only disturbing with the creepy stuff, but pushing the limits with other content I’ve described. Casey is becoming the center of the show. Each episode drops some more reveals of the past and hints of the future. It’s intriguing three episodes in, looks like it will keep up the momentum. I’m not dying (no pun intended) with excitement till the next episode, but I’m engaged and curious to keep going along this journey.

RATING: 7.5 / 10

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Jim Alexander is one of the co-founders of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He has been a staff writer at TheMovieBlog.com since 2014. He helped develop and host the “Correct Opinion Podcast.” Jim has written for Screenrant.com and contributed to the Australian movie site Cinemazzi.com. He is the United States Film and Entertainment Reporter for BBC’s 5 Live radio show. In addition to his interest in film, he also hosts the “Bachelor Universe” blog and podcast, centered on the ABC show The Bachelor. Jim graduated with a MA in Journalism from DePaul University. He is a die-hard Chicago Bulls and Bears fan. Born in Chicago, but raised in Poland, he grew up playing soccer and remains an avid fan of the sport. He is passionate about film and strives to incorporate new and innovative ways to present film criticism. He currently resides in a suburb outside of Chicago, IL.
  • saifomar

    I like the fact that this TV show has scenes from the original Exorcist movie.