In SurrealEstate, the Roman Agency specializes in selling haunted properties, usually by taking care of the restless spirits inside. This week, they have a whole new home they have to make ready for potential buyers.
“The Harvey” sees a young boy about to move away because his mom found a new job. Unfortunately, the paranormal little girl he’s befriended, Cindy, doesn’t take the news so slightly and begins terrorizing the different clients interested in the house. It’s up to Luke and company to determine if the girl is a friendly spirit that has latched onto the child or if something more sinister is underneath. I’m sure you can guess which one they’re dealing with.
The second episode of SurrealEstate isn’t as strong as the premiere. It can be tricky working with younger talent because they might not have the skill as more seasoned ones. Regrettably, the child actors can’t quite achieve the levels needed to effectively convey the story. Which is a shame since sometimes freaky kids can definitely up the horror factor. Also, there is more of a reliance on jump scares rather than organically developing the suspense. In addition, the final showdown is underwhelming due in large part of the cheap costuming of the monster.
What’s more interesting is diving deeper into the employees of the Roman Agency. Like with any new addition, there will be an adjustment period and Susan’s methods of doing things don’t necessarily mesh with what Zooey, Auggie and Father Phil are accustomed to. It’s nice to see both sides making the effort to accommodate each other. Also, it is a pleasant surprise to see the introduction of Father Phil’s partner and why the agency receives the family discount.
Speaking of Susan, she’s having an easy time dealing with the supernatural side of her job. Maybe a bit too easy. The opening scene provides more context to Luke’s hesitation with this week’s case and reminds him they don’t always get it right. Susan’s scenes with her mother help ground SurrealEstate with a relatable problem, getting along with co-workers, and who hasn’t needed a therapy session with mom to vent. Their conversation leads to Susan trying to meet her colleagues halfway.
Tim Rozon continues to shine in his role striking both compassion and concern when dealing with the young boy. Luke finds ways to bond with the child to help put him at ease. We also receive more glimpses of his gifts including his ability to sense the paranormal and to converse with the dead. The latter skill leads to a big reveal to why Luke enjoys engaging in activities such as the batting cages and miniature golf. It gives him a chance to reconnect with what he’s lost.
For what it lacks in story, “The Harvey” makes up for with great character development.
New episodes of SurrealEstate air Friday nights on Syfy.
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