Apparitions

Season 1 Episode 5

Episode Five

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 11, 2008 on BBC
8.0
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When a young Muslim, Zaid, claims to see visions of the Virgin Mary, Jacob is sceptical. But when the boy also claims to have seen visions of his dead father suffering in hell, Jacob is convinced that Satan is tricking the boy. Zaid holds his imam hostage in order for Jacob to perform a reverse exorcism, to free Zaid's father from hell. Cardinal Bukovak advises they go ahead with the ritual, despite Jacob's misgivings and the potentially catastrophic consequences...moreless

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  • When Zaid, a yoing Muslim boy is convinced that The Virgin Mary is appearing to him, Father Jacob is called upon to investigate the claims.

    8.5
    Zaid and his brother are both young Muslim men who live with their mother. Their father is dead; he died a war hero and both boys are very proud of him.



    When Zaid starts telling people that The Virgin Mary, a prominent figure, even in The Koran, has been appearing to him on a hillside and speaking with him, Father Jacob investigates and wonders what is actually going on. When he hears that the vision told the boy 'do not worship me, worship my son', Father Jacob is pretty certain that there are dark forces at work as he informs the boy and his family that The Virgin Mary would not say something like that.



    Things become more complicated when the boy begins sweating blood and holds his Muslim leader hostage after he sees a vision of his dead father, supposedly in hell, which doesn't make sense to Jacob who tries to reason with the boy and make him see sense about his visions. Meanwhile, Rome gives permission for him to perform an exorcism which greatly weakens the priest and makes it more difficult for him to deal with Michael and perform his work. The consequences could be dire if Jacob cannot get his spiritual and physical strength back.



    Although the episode, like the rest, is a good one, it is probably the weakest of the six overall. Still excellent performances from Martin Shaw and Siobhan Finneran as usual.moreless
  • A confusing episode that truly blurred the lines of right and wrong. Slightly unbelievable in that I can't see Father Jakob doing what he did (Spoilers in Review) but otherwise an interesting progression of the storyline.moreless

    4.0
    I think that where this episode fails is purely in the fact that it is very hard to follow what is going on. The basic premise is easy enough... Boy is Visited by the Holy Mother of Christ and shown a vision of his "father" in Hell. The boy extorts Father Jakob into pulling the father out of hell and for some reason into the body of Michael. Where it gets confusing is in the mechanics of it all. Firstly, why Michael? Of the Unholy Legion, are we to believe that the demon is one and the same as the demon that previously possessed Michael? If not, why him, surely there are others a Demon returned to Earth could possess. Michael's sudden turnaround in this episode came with much preparation (if indeed, any?) and so really didn't make much sense considering that he wasn't actually possessed until the very end. I can understand that he felt he was losing the fight, but to suddenly 'turn' evil was just not in character for him.



    Father Jakob though was the final nail in this episode's coffin. From what I have seen of the man in the first four episodes, I cannot for a second believe that he could eat the desecrated body of Christ or even begin to commit a Satanic Ritual regardless of the cause. The Imam would also have understood him not doing the ritual.



    It just doesn't make sense. Father Jakob is a practical man that has always shown his willingness to be harsh in the face of evil. Why would he willingly release a Demon onto the Earth, desecrate the Seminary (Meaning that the church is going to be useless for years to come) all for the life of one Imam who fully understood the situation and would have undoubtedly given his life freely to prevent that happening?



    An exciting episode and one that I thoroughly enjoyed, it is only afterwards that I have reflected on these rather gaping issues. It just doesn't add up. Especially when one considers that just as a Demon cannot glorify God, a priest cannot glorify Satan. Father Jakob is now in truth, just Jakob. The Father moniker is lost to him for turning his back on the church and above all... on God.moreless
Jamie Blackley

Jamie Blackley

Zaid Kopavic

Guest Star

Hassani Shapi

Hassani Shapi

Imam Ahmed

Guest Star

Patrick Knowles

Patrick Knowles

Misal Kopavic

Guest Star

Siobhan Finneran

Siobhan Finneran

Sister Ruth

Recurring Role

Luigi Diberti

Luigi Diberti

Monsignor Vincenzo

Recurring Role

John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Cardinal Bukovak

Recurring Role

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