The Exorcist

Two priests must save a family who are being terrorized by a demonic presence in their home.

Season 1

Roy

Bit slow to begin with the whole way through; I like the parts with demons there needs to be a lot more of that. Good potential for the show to grow in interesting directions.

5.5/10

Tommy

I found the opening of the exorcist to have some very good production values and demonic imagery. Despite that though i found everything that happened to be quite typical and the characters to be quite flat also. I will give it some leeway given it is the first episode and things need to be established. There is potential though for characters to get better and hopefully less cliche tension.

5.5/10

Matt

As a fan of the original Exorcist film this series had a lot to live up to for me. The good news is that I think the series does live up to it’s grand heritage. The combination of visuals and music create a haunting experience for the viewer. The characters have potential to grow but it’s the ambience that really won me over.

7/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

Things get better in the second episode with a throw up scene that made me legitimately feel squeamish. The other scares continue to be somewhat typical but overall things are amping up in this regard. The major improvement for me is introduced at the end where it becomes clear that this show isn’t just about the family and the has a much larger scope. This new revelation has me much more interested to see what happens next.

6/10

Tommy

Things get better in the second episode with a throw up scene that made me legitimately feel squeamish. The other scares continue to be somewhat typical but overall things are amping up in this regard. The major improvement for me is introduced at the end where it becomes clear that this show isn’t just about the family and the has a much larger scope. This new revelation has me much more interested to see what happens next.

6/10

Matt

This episode truly expands the world of exorcist. The insight into farther Marcus’s origin and motivations help to puncture some stomach churning gore and a high stakes ending. Episode 2 builds on the establishment work seen in episode 2. Horror fans will be pleased.

7/10

Episode Score

63

Roy

I am still digging all the demons doing their business. I don’t think I will ever get tired of it. Fun scene at the end featuring a full-blown possession. However, there were fewer scenes that interested me than in the previous episodes. I am enjoying seeing how the powers of the demons progresses but the scenes happening between all that are still uninteresting for me. I am finding the story uninspired. I can only hope that all the priests turn out to be possessed or something which will lead to more of the things about this show that excite me, which unfortunately seem to be skin-deep. I still feel there is a lot of potential here, but at the moment that is all it is.

5

Tommy

Things slow down here as the story focuses on Casey finally letting herself be fully possessed by the demon we know as the “Salesman”. There are some nice moments here with the tragedy of her sister Katherine and a car crash. Overall however i felt fairly underwhelmed as we didn’t delve at all into the higher stakes Demonic possessions that were shown at the end of the previous episode.

5.5/10

Matt

This episode's strengths really lay with some very interesting visual techniques. I thought the techniques used help to craft some really unique scenes which helped me engage more deeply with a few key moments in this episode. The slow seduction of the demon possession really takes hold in this episode which I think makes the demon more than just a monster of the week.

6/10

Episode Score

55

Roy

This show still has a lot of potential. But potential is meaningless unless it is used for something. The whole show seems to revolve around people preparing for things or the stake rising, so the potential might be increasing but it is still just potential. Marcus is increasing his exorcism powers. Tomas is getting ready to exorcise someone. The demons are becoming more brazen. Everything is *about* to happen but nothing is happening. Bored bored bored. This episode also didn’t have any great demonic events to keep me interested. Nothing is happening.

4/10

Matt

The brightest point for this episode is the different ideologies presented concerning the rite of exorcism. I’ve never considered what the ritual would look like if it was performed by Nuns. The more compassionate approach to exorcism depicted had me really engrossed in this episode. The downside to this episode for me is in the way this information is conveyed to Fr Marcus. It feels inorganic and rushed. The ideas presented seem to come way too easy to Marcus and I would have appreciated it more if Marcus actually had to work for the information so that it had more meaning for the character.

5/10

Tommy

Casey continues to be subjugated by the demon this time she is in a hospital. Showing or i suppose, reinforcing the fact that she is indeed being possessed and that Science can’t help. Father Marcus goes on a bit of an adventure to “level-up” his exorcism powers, realising that he shouldn’t give up and that he lacked compassion in his excising. Father Thomas finally commits to going against the church but not after having an encounter with his previous love. There were a few scenes here that made me feel squeamish again but only baby steps were had for the progression of the plot. I feel like they could have skipped all of the hospital scenes and basically just tried to squeeze this and the last episode together but now i guess we have two episodes that trudge along.

5.5/10

48

Roy

What a great episode! The demon in Casey is finally showing us its chops. Floating around the room and speaking in tongues! This is all I wanted out of this show. Finally! I feel like having bated my breath until this point made me enjoy it much more than I should have. The scene was kinda comical; it reminded me of Hulk flinging around Loki in Avengers. Apart from that this episode had a bit of an idiot-plot. The crux was that Kat called the police because she thought Casey was being tortured because no one bothered trying to convince her that demons are real and that Casey was actually possessed. Also Tomas succumbed to the demonic influence. The fault for both of these things lie at the feet of Marcus. He is the most experienced here, he should know what is going on and be on top of everything. Some good did come of it though; Casey is now loose and I am expecting great things. There was this one part though, where the mother was trying to clean black mould while standing on a rickety chair. C’mon woman, even if it wasn’t almost certainly demonic black mould you gotta wear a mask!

9.5/10

Matt

So, this is the episode with the big reveal and I think for some they might get a bit of a kick out of it, however the twist is really dependent on prior knowledge of the franchise and without I think most viewers will feel pretty blase about it. Props to Hannah Kasulka as Casey Lance, her performance in this episode was believable and in some instances quite thrilling. The exorcism sequences themselves though were a little dull, especially compared to the film. At this point in time the series has become a little bit softer around the edges and a bit middling. Here’s hoping we see some improvement soon.

5/10

Tommy

We’re now midway through the season and I’m seeing very little of the larger scope that was alluded to us in the second episode. WIth what happens to Casey this episode and the new revelations about her mother coming to the light it seems like they’re going to save that for a cliffhanger style finale. With how things end this episode there is a hope that that isn’t the case but we’ll see. As for the actual episode, it mostly takes place around father Marcus and Thomas attempting the exorcism on Casey. The predictions that we had from the previous episode do indeed happen and although it is organic and set up properly, feels quite typical.

5/10

Episode Score

65

Roy

All the things happening in this episode should have happened several episodes ago. The mindless meandering all the characters did leading up to this did nothing in helping the story get to this point. It is now clear, that preamble has almost completely destroyed any excitement I have for all this stuff that probably would have been exciting if it happened on episode three or four. Too much of nothing going on in this show. Also, the most exciting story of demons gathering to take over the world and whatnot is apparently separate from what the main antagonist is doing. Exorcist needs to be about what Father Bennet is doing. It needs less faffing around. It would probably be better as a film.

4/10

Matt

The pilot episode’s tone has all but disappeared by this episode. I'm not scared or worried or really feeling anything here. The introduction of Casey’s grandmother barely adds anything to the story. The atmosphere is all gone and so is the imagery that I respected so much in episode 1. It would have been awesome to see FR Marcus discover that he had an amazing gift from god to use on those afflicted with possession and even though the shows ending hints at it. The writers take his character arc in a much more predictable far more boring way.

5/10

Tommy

So this episode has basically one scene that was kind of interesting with the Friars club or whatever essentially summoning a demon into themselves, so now there are like two in higher up positions. The rest of the episode was seriously bogged down with our characters trying to find Casey which is fine but rather boring. Then we had Father Marcus tracking her down into a sewer with a bunch of crazy homeless people and something really strange happens, Casey runs up the walls attacks the “camera” and then we cut back to whatever was happening elsewhere AND THEN! We cut back to father Marcus and he’s just with Casey on the beach. He subsequently baptises her and through some jesus powers a jesus explosion happens in the water and kills all the fish. It felt like there was either a scene missing there or there wasn’t any purpose to the tunnel scene other than to add a bit of tension for no real reason.

4.5/10

Episode Score

45

Roy

I honestly can’t remember much of what happened in this episode. I should have written this right after I watched it because after bating my breath for something exciting to happen and waiting for all the potential to be fulfilled all season I am left blue-faced and apathetic. I have vague recollections of too much telling and not enough showing. At least with SIX stuff happens for me to get mad at. At this point, I just don’t care about Exorcist. Demons are coming from hell and possessing people. How can it be so hard to make that interesting?

2/10

Matt

At this point in any series you should be ramping up to a big finale. I feel like this episode is merely treading water and If I have not made it clear in previous analysis that means that the series is in desperate trouble. This episode offers very little and I think that will be my summation of this series as a whole.

3/10

Tommy

So this episode primarily tries to deal with father marcus and his faith in god’s plan or something? Normally this might be compelling but we’ve dealt with this already. The lame excuse they used to plant doubt in his mind also doesn’t hold up at all so most of this episode seems pointless. The only scene that is at all compelling is father Benett digging deeper into the conspiracy and fighting off some demons. Unfortunately though, the episode is about 5 minutes at the most of good stuff drowning in an ocean of mundane scenes.

3.5/10

Episode Score

28

Roy

Father Bennet died. Fucking zero out of ten. But then the demon possessed Angela and straight up murdered Angela’s mother; so I guess two out of ten?

2/10

Matt

We finally make it through one of the most boring exorcism sequences I have ever witnessed. I’m supposed to be afraid of demonic possession, not sleepy. I will give credit where it is due though. The farther Bennett and Angela Rance twists did have me fully engaged. So maybe next episode will be better?

5/10

Tommy

A lot of retreaded ground again here but the ending to this episode gets pretty damn serious. Unfortunately I don’t have anything much to say here without spoilers but this episode does ramp things up such that i am interested to see what happens next, especially since the show is soon heading toward a conclusion.

5.5/10

Episode Score

41

Roy

All this about Marcus investigating the larger demon plot feels so late. This could have been interesting if it had happened several episodes ago. That is unfortunately what I have to say about most of what happens in this episode. Raegan being repossessed by Pazuzu and the family having to slowly realise what has happened also might have been interesting had I not been continually disappointed and bored by everything else that happened up till now. In SIX, the last couple episodes were good because, for me, action can stand on its own. But since Exorcist is about the characters, it builds on what has happened before so I don't care about what is happening now. Other things that happened too late: Pazuzu rejoining the greater demon plot; dad, whatever his name is, getting more vision-clues because he has brain damage. Maybe something great will happen in the finale to make me change my mind, but I don't think so.

0/10

Matt

So, this episode was better, more action better acting and some good character progression. Gina Davis really comes to the table with a great performance and overall I was pretty engaged. But watching the exorcist feels like work and just like SIX is it too little too late?

6/10

Tommy

I feel like if episodes like this happened much earlier on i would have better feelings toward it. There’s murdering that happens, the demons actually start doing stuff, Thomas steps up and Marcus goes rogue on one of the demons. These elements seem to be quite good but even despite my tainted viewpoint, there are problems, things like Pazoozoo’s power level, why he is considered to be at least at the moment the leader of the demons and things like that. Anyway the episode was good for the most part.

6/10

Episode Score

40

Roy

This episode failed as a finale on so many levels. Why are we getting introspective moments from the protagonists now? Tomas' character building scenes were kinda good but why now? Why?! Again, this is all coming too late. Why did we watch 5 episodes of failed exorcism only to have that demon *actually* exorcised in 10 minutes? It was like watching the main striker kick some great goals after the full-time whistle has been blown. I don't know if it was because I wasn't paying attention out of boredom, but it seemed as though Pazuzu's demon powers and the nature of possession in this episode were made inconsistent in order to expedite the rushed ending. The only thing I have left to say about Exorcist is that I will give it points back for Bennet not really being dead.

3/10

Matt

Here we are at the end and I can sum up the entire series in one statement. “Wasted opportunity”. What started out as a dark shadowy story filled with chilling visuals developed into boring repetition. I would be shocked to see season 2 green light and recommend that you stick with the original

4/10

Tommy

The season finale of the exorcist leaves something to be desired although not as dull as the series as a whole the conclusion is quite weak. The confrontation of Pazoozoo and father Thomas leads to some nice character building but I feel like a finale isn’t really the place to have this kind of scene. Taken in the grander scheme it makes sense for Thomas to finally perform the exorcism but rather than feeling triumphant it feels more like an about time moment. The plot to take out the pope is thwarted quite easily and doesn’t really account for much and father Bennet is alive for some reason but we’ll take it as he would be nice to have if we ever watch the second season. There were some good scenes here, nice moments between characters like Father Marcus and Casey and also when father Thomas reveals his decision to become an exorcist. However the season as a whole is too much of a slog and the finale isn’t even that noteworthy.

4.5/10

Episode Score

38

The Exorcist's main problem is that it drags out the exorcism of one demon for the entire run. There are elements at play that are interesting like the demon faction scheming against the church but wasn't developed enough to warrant any tension or intrigue. There's also some neat scenes and imagery with subtle nods to christian mythology. Too much of the show though is focused on the Rance family and the 1 exorcism which outstays its welcome very quickly and leads to boredom for about 70% of the season

Season Score

48

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