Have you heard about the new show ABC is airing this coming Sunday night? If you watched The Oscars, you couldn't help but spot at least one of the several dozen commercials for "Resurrection." True to the name, it's about people coming back from the dead.
But supposedly not in a creepy, undead, zombie way; but in a "Oh my god, I can't believe we have a second chance" way.
The description of the show, according to abc.go.com is:
"The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Henry and Lucille Langston, who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery — but this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows."
You can check out a preview here.
As interesting as this show looks, I will not be watching it. There is not a day that goes by that I don't wish Joey was with us again. There is not a day that goes by that I don't wish that I could hold him in my arms again and feel his arms around my neck and hear his infectious giggle.
I think anyone who has lost someone - whether recently, many years ago, after a long illness or suddenly - wishes the same thing. We all wish for one more moment with the loved ones that we've lost.
But that is never going to happen, is it? It is almost cruel to put this out there. For me, it's just painful.
I have so many problems with this concept - why would we want our loved ones to come back three decades later when we have moved on, healed, grown, had so many life experiences of which they were not a part? And does everyone get someone back whom they lost or just certain people? What if my son came back, but your baby did not? What if your mom returned, but my grandmother stayed dead?
And once they are back, does everyone live happily ever after? They can't because, after all, this is television. There has to be a problem. Is the problem that the resurrected person has changed like the father wonders or is it that everyone else has moved on with their lives? Do they have to suffer through losing their loved one again? I have so many questions swirling and none seem to work out to a positive conclusion.
I know I am not the only one who feels this way. One Fit Widow, who has 50k more followers on Facebook than I, asked the same question of her readers. The majority of people commenting were disturbed by the premise. My friend Meredith of The Mom of the Year, who lost her mother two years ago this past weekend said, " I don't think this is a healthy or helpful message to share at all."
Jessica, of Four Plus an Angel, who lost one of her infant triplets, agrees. "I can't imagine what they were thinking when they came up with this one. It's like a kick in the gut." I totally feel that way every time I see those commercials with the haunting song I'm coming home, I'm coming home, tell the world I'm coming home.
Ellen, one half of the dynamic duo at Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms, just wrote about her own mother's tragic passing. She says, "This show seems sacrilegious, unhealthy, and from the appearance of the promoted snippets, like a human version of Pet Cemetery. "
And my sweet friend Courtney of Our Small Moments, who lost her husband to cancer less than a year ago firmly stated, "Personally, I'm tired of Hollywood making money off of death and grief."
I knew I wasn't really crazy when I was explaining the show to Hubby, who usually rolls his eyes at my rantings. I was a few sentences into the plot when he waved his hand at me and said, That's just disturbing." And when the commercials were on during the Oscars he said, "I can't even watch this." In addition to losing his son, he also lost his father in 1999. What if he got his father back and not Joey?
Ultimately, this is a television show; and honestly? I find a lot of what's on t.v. these days disturbing. I can choose not to watch it - which I won't. From the sounds of it, neither will several others who know they will never get a second chance with the ones they love.
What are your thoughts about this television show? Is it going too far? Does it upset you or will you watch it?