As with pretty much all my write-ups, there are spoilers ahead. Be ye warned.
You can read my thoughts on Part 1 here.
Part 1 ended with the infamous rape scene, in which Rosemary is drugged and impregnated by a blue-eyed devil (“Equinsu ocha! Equinsu ocha!”) while a gaggle of vaguely bored partygoers look on.
We pick up Part 2 with Rosemary wondering what happened that night. Though she kept repeating, “This is really happening,” she didn’t quite seem to believe that statement in the harsh light of day. Still, something seemed amiss, and it wasn’t long before Margaux Castevet sensed that Rosemary was pregnant. You know what they say: Satanists are always the first to know.
We are then treated to many scenes in which a visibly ill Rosemary is struggling to make it through the day, while her entire “support group” tells her that everything is fine, that’s just how pregnancy is, it’ll all be fine, drink this Tannis Root shake really really fast your devil baby is fine.
This is where Zoe Saldana really shines. In my thoughts on Part 1, I talked about how well she plays paranoia. I would like to add “sick and panicked” to the list of things Saldana does really well.
While Rosemary tried not to die from her baby, her husband Guy was increasingly distant as he rode a tidal wave of success on the back of his new novel. “I know you say you hurt really bad, but I’m looking at a movie deal for this, so I’ll be going to this party while you shake and cry uncontrollably. Loveyoubye!”
Through all of this, the only person who genuinely cared about Rosemary was her friend Julie. Julie was able to convince Rosemary to see a non-Satanic doctor for a second opinion about the abomination growing inside of her. The doctor decides he needs to see a little more than he can from a simple ultrasound and schedules and MRI. Apparently ultrasounds can’t detect pure, unadulterated evil.
Guy does not like this one bit. He is mad that Rosemary would dare stray outside the cultish circle of the Castavets. And, for some reason, Rosemary immediately folds to his demands. That made no sense to me. He had not been supportive to that point, and she felt something was wrong. She was also a strong woman. It seems like she would have fought back harder than she did. It didn’t seem in her character to give in quite so easily, stranger-in-a-strange-land or no.
Even though Rosemary agreed not to get an MRI, Guy wasn’t taking any chances. He visited Julie, engaged in a little one-sided passionate necking, and stole her cross necklace. Apparently witches can’t cast spells while someone is wearing a cross. Good to know.
Not long after, Julie got got in a scene that was reminiscent of Final Destination. From the beginning of Part 1, I knew Julie wouldn’t make it out alive. At least she went out in a blaze of glory. So long, Julie. A woman so kind as yourself wasn’t fit to live in this world of devils.
After Julie’s untimely demise, Rosemary’s only confidant left in this world is Commissioner Fontaine, a policeman who believes something strange is going on with the Castavets. If there’s one thing I learned from Fontaine, it’s this: if you’re somehow able to survive a drive across a city while suffering from sweaty vertigo and bloody tears, make sure you look both ways when you cross the street once you actually get out of your car.
In a battle of the best deaths in this series, I’ll take Julie, but Fontaine is a close second.
From here, it pretty much takes the route of the movie (that is to say, the movie as I remember it). Sadly, it was missing the man casually proclaiming “Hail Satan,” while raising his wine glass. I loved that guy.
In keeping with Part 1, there was no subtlety. When Rosemary finally sees the baby, the camera makes sure you see that the baby has piercing blue eyes. Just like Roman Castavet! You know, in case you hadn’t been paying attention for the past 4 hours.
I loved the last shot, though. Rosemary looked beautiful walking along the river with her stroller. “What a lovely baby,” passerbys would say at the spawn of evil in the basket. “Won’t the end of the world be an adorable one?”
My thoughts on Part 2 are similar to those on Part 1: it wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t necessary. Zoe Saldana was amazing, and there were a few of great scenes, but I don’t understand the reasoning behind this. It didn’t add anything to the original, and it didn’t really forge its own path. It was fine, but, ultimately, unnecessary. I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it. For the most part, it was pretty forgettable. If you want to see it, I’ll encourage you to do so. If you have no desire to see it, I’ll encourage you not to. Wherever you fall, I’ll support your decision.
I hope a few of you watched this. I’m curious as to your thoughts on this. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you thought.
Before I go, I thought I’d dump some random thoughts about this episode here.
– There was a jaunty little montage in which Rosemary got her iconic haircut, only to have the scene end in blood. I laughed.
– While pulling organs out of a turkey, Rosemary finds herself suddenly very hungry for the heart, so she frantically begins eating, only to be disgusted with what she’s doing and throw it down. Saldana played that scene perfectly. The disgust was palpable.
– While digging through the Castavets’ apartment, Rosemary came across something that could pretty much be described as “Exposition Dump: The Book”. For a four-hour miniseries, they certainly needed a lot of things to speed up the plot.
– Rosemary needed to find more information about Satanism and witchcraft. So, naturally, she did an image search for “satan witches”. That killed me. “Surely this will tell me everything I need to know.”
– Fontaine’s death was a truly bizarre scene involving French dance pop, a sweating inspector driving wildly, and Jason Isaacs smoking a cigar. Seemed like it was played for laughs, but it was not a funny scene. Well, I don’t think it was supposed to be a funny scene. I laughed at the preposterousness of it all.
– Saldana’s post-labor freak-out was terrific.
– I was hoping for a different ending than the movie, where Saldana would kill everyone in the room, then go on a Columbiana-esque rampage, destroying any coven she comes across.