This week on Criss Angel BeLIEve, we watched Criss Angel prepare for Halloween by attempting to bring somebody back from the dead. There are about a dozen different things we could say about that, but here are five things we learned from last night's episode, "Raise The Dead."
01) Sometimes demonstrations are very hard to put together. We got a hint of this with "Bullet Catch," but understandably, "Raise The Dead" takes this to a whole new level. You can't just go and get a dead body, and even when you manage to find one, it's a whole other issue to explain what you're planning on doing with it. One has to feel for Spiro, having to lay this whole ambitious scheme out to folks who aren't just skeptical, but downright taken aback. Still, he keeps at it, and eventually delivers the most essential component of this demonstration.
02) Team Angel can and will have differences of opinion. Especially when one person's name toplines a project, other folks might assume their entourage is just there to do their bidding and agree with them all the time. While Criss's team have generally been supportive of (if a bit nervous about) his ideas, this week we saw him and Banachek butt heads for the first time. Not only that, but they handled their disagreement like a pair of mature adults, which is not always the case in today's society. To borrow a line from Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, "If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you."
03) If you're a professional magician, you might end up swallowing a lot of dangerous things. The closest this episode gets to a moment of levity involves Criss on Fremont Street, downing needles. This comes after we saw him swallow razorblades in "Cement Grave" and Ludacris's money in "Blind," before he cut it out of his arm. However each of these tricks are done, they all still involve him getting way closer to sharp objects than we would ever feel comfortable being.
04) Criss Angel is not a douchebag. Sorry, Supernatural. But if you're a cynic who's been judging Criss on his public image, you got a pretty revealing glimpse behind it in "Raise The Dead." Listening to him talk about why he wanted to go through with the demonstration showed us not only how driven he is when it comes to the craft of magic, but how passionate he is as a human being. And when it came time to do the deed, his insistence that everyone involved understand the gravity of his situation, his handling the whole process with the proper seriousness, and his concern for the volunteer he plucked from the audience all prove that Criss is a pretty good guy. We can vouch for that.
05) Remember to always appreciate your family and friends. This is more of a reminder than something new we've learned, but it bears inclusion because it's so darn important. The entire experience of this episode, whether it be the demonstration itself or various people's reactions to it, prompts the audience to think about life and death - specifically, how hard it is to lose a loved one and that feeling we've all had of wanting them back. It's worth taking a few minutes today, if you didn't last night, to reach out to those special people in your life and just say a few words, because we just got a wake-up call about how finite life is.