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‘Resurrection’: Not your usual zombies

A review of the new ABC drama, “Resurrection,” premiering Sunday, March 9, 2014, and developed from a book by Jason Mott, “The Returned.”

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They’re baa-aack. Again.

Science, religion and just plain logic all take a bit of a beating in ABC’s new drama “Resurrection,” but if you prefer your zombies more esthetically pleasing than those on “The Walking Dead,” this story about how a small town reacts when some of its long dead residents start returning might be for you.

Developed from a book by Jason Mott, “The Returned” (which, confusingly enough, has no relation to Sundance’s French zombie series of that name), “Resurrection” begins with the discovery of an 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) in rural China.

When he’s returned by an immigration agent (Omar Epps) to his hometown of Arcadia, Mo., he finds the people he identifies as his parents (Kurtwood Smith and Frances Fisher) have aged more than 30 years, or just about the length of time their son Jacob has been dead.

The first two episodes depart considerably from Motts’ book, which I’m inclined to think is a good thing. I’m just not sure where “Resurrection” will be going instead.

Is it a dream? Or a nightmare?

If not for Epps — and Fisher and Smith, who are terrific as two people trying to come to terms with the impossible — I might have preferred this one had stayed buried.

As it is, I’ll probably be watching with one eye on the exit.

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