SurrealEstate Review: “White Wedding,” “The House Always Wins”

–Nothing demonic there.
–Well, something possessed her to buy those shoes.

SurrealEstate ends its first season with two connected episodes that solve some mysteries while opening up a portal to new directions for season two.

The most significant cliffhanger? We do not yet know if the show will have a second season.

Titles: “White Wedding,” “The House Always Win”

Cast and Crew

Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Gillian Muller

Tim Rozon as Luke Roman
Sarah Levy as Susan Ireland
Adam Korson as Father Phil Orley
Maurice Dean Wint as August Ripley
Savannah Basley as Zooey L’Enfant
Tennille Read as Megan Donovan
Jennifer Dale as Victoria Roman
Supinder Wraich as Priya
Romaine Waite as Leon
Darlene Cooke as Ruby
Sonia Dhillon Tully as Kamala Patel
Ifeowula Alaba as Anora
Alison Brooks as Rita Weiss
Cherie Oduwole as Johanna
James Ayelo Yacim as Isaiah
Chris Adams as Floyd Henderson
Rachelle Casseus as Darla Ripley
Kyle Golemba as Young Carl
Keaton Kaplan as Kyle Sommer
Laurie Murdoch as Michael Ireland
Juan Carlos Velis as Father Diaz
Tiffany Blom as Victoria, Roman’s mother
Greg Malone as the House

Premise

The impending wedding of Susan’s best friend portends death; Roman and his associates face the mystery behind the house haunted by (among others) a spirit claiming to be his mother.

High Points

The final episode accounts for several aspects of the show’s world that had remained unexplained, while both together give us a new and interesting perspective on Susan’s powers.

Low Points

I liked the wedding episode, though much of the solution was pretty predictable, despite the script’s attempts to misdirect us.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 Is a homicidal bustier original? These final two episodes of the season features a few original takes on vengeful spirits and haunted homes.

Acting: 6/6

Story: 5/6 They did a good job of answering some lingering questions, while still giving us some mysteries that could be explored in the next season.

Now we just have to hope for a next season.

Production: 5/6 These episodes highlight the show’s excellent use of locations.

Effects: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 The encounters with spirits in the final episodes vary in their impact. Only Roman’s received really weighty development, but they all at least felt like they meant something.

Overall: 5/6 I have a few questions about why Victoria was manifesting in that particular form, with that level of intellect. Emotionally, however, she was a kind of infant.

In total, SurrealEstate, “White Wedding” and “The House Always Wins” receive 35/42

Other Lingering Questions

Are there many portals like the one we saw? Why were people who died before the portal closed lingering in that particular location? (As far as none of them contacting Roman, I’ll assume the House somehow prevented them).

Will we ever receive answers to the other questions this episode leaves for a future season?

3 replies on “SurrealEstate Review: “White Wedding,” “The House Always Wins””

  1. J_W_W says:

    I didn’t really see much about this show until it was well underway. I wonder if it’s worth catching up on? Although it sounds like that might be impacted by if it’s renewed or not.

    Syfy has been hit or miss on shows lately. Expanse was amazing and then they got rid of it, and other shows suck but hang on.

    • lost says:

      The home network isn’t actually SyFy in this case. It’s CTV SciFi (what used to be Space). Which at least means the executives at SyFy don’t have the final say.

    • JD DeLuzio says:

      I think it’s worth seeing, though I found it took a couple of episodes to really get going. The overall arc holds together (individual plots are uneven), and it has a strong cast. But its fate remains up in the air, unfortunately.

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