This article contains spoilers for The Exorcist, Let ‘Em In
By Jay Hunter – The Exorcist so far has been of a refreshingly high standard, however in it’s third week it’s budgetary restraints shackled it’s scope.
Seeking permission to conduct an exorcism, Marcus and Tomas take footage from the Rance home to papal emissaries, only to be met with shocking news that Father Marcus is to be excommunicated. Opening five months prior to the show’s pilot we see Kat (Brianne Howey) driving through the suburbs with her girlfriend. When a mysterious man appears in the middle of the road, Kat swerves, crashing the car and killing her significant other. What follows is a significant step forward for the show, accelerating Casey’s possession toward an alarming finale.
Other than a poorly rendered ‘christian on fire’ sequence, the main concern for the show is that the horror is weakest during the exorcism scenes themselves. A cable TV show will not be able to execute the ideas on show here in an effective manner. The Exorcist‘s demon is portrayed best by Robert Emmet Lunney in a form not dissimilar from an ambiguous boogeyman in the same vein as 2015’s Babadook or It Follows. Alarmingly, these types of programs tend to up the anti into the realms of ridiculousness as the weeks go on, which will not bode well as it’s hand is shown ever more.
Thankfully, the Exorcist’s safety net is present in abundance for Let ‘Em In, with Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera’s excellent performances. Also joining the ranks this week is Father Bennett, (Kurt Egyiawan) although seen in the previous two episodes, the spotlight is on him more than ever making the third instalment a strong entry.
The final sequence is more shocking than horrifying, and an excellent show of female victory that manages to save this weeks instalment from mediocrity after an opening that could be construed as punishment for same sex relations.