The Exorcist on Fox has been expanding on the canon of the original film, and the possession genre in general, in unexpected and underappreciated ways. Season 2 opened with an entire episode dedicated to a fake case. What’s so scary about that? It was, but that’s beside the point, which is they bothered to show how psychology is sometimes the root of all evil. In this exclusive clip from the episode “A Heaven of Hell,” the mind and soul are both infected.
“A nun has a conversation with a chained demon and prays over him,” reads the brief synopsis on YouTube. The young nun, Mouse, is played by Zuleikha Robinson, who was not a whore but made Ray Stevenson’s Pullo pay big time on HBO’s masterful miniseries Rome. The actress’ vulnerability if palpable in the promise of the true face of god. In spite of all the priestly precautions, and even outside the magical binding circle, the devil inside the abbey on the Isle of Iona, can get its hooks in through her own ambitions and curiosity. But in doing so, also unmasks itself.
“When she names the alchemical animals and the demon identifies itself as the Dragon, it is giving her a clue to its name,” analyzed occult researcher Marie Bargas, the Hollywood Witch, after hearing a description. “The Dragon gives power to the Beast of the Ocean and the Beast of the Sea.”
The on-call expert focused on the quote “I am the Dragon. What are you? Nothing at all,” explaining “I AM is actually a name of God. Elohim. The demon was saying, ‘I am a God.’ So as she approaches and crosses over the line it appears to my little pagan heart that she is offering herself as a sacrifice. To be devoured by a God, an ancient God. Sexual cannibalism releases the sexually repressed nun.”
Give a little get a little, or quid pro quo as Hannibal Lecter might put it. The young nun steps up her game but trips on the flames as she lets her passion get the better of her.
“The salt creates a separate dimension,” Bargas explained of the breach of barrier. “She crossed the line and stepped into his dimension from hers.”
“When she inadvertently crossed the line left herself vulnerable to attack,” explained Brenda Jablonsky, former host of Crimes Against Spirits, which investigated missing children cases.
The Exorcist season 2 followed “Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and a newly collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil,” according to the official synopsis.
“Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within the Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.”
The Exorcist episode “A Heaven of Hell” will air Friday, December 1, at 9 p.m. on Fox.