Series Review: Outcast – Season 1 (2016)


Exorcisms, an interesting subject for discussion. For the longest times it was a very common method of *ahem* pulling demons out of people who had been possessed by said demons. But for quite some time now it has also been seen as pretty taboo… except in movies, because in those they pop up all the time because that’s a cheap and easy way to get a scare out of the viewer. Sure, sometimes they can be okay like in the classic “The Exorcist”, but that’s about where the line goes.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Outcast”.

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) is a troubled young man. His life has been a real roller coaster, with a few ups and a lot of downs. Most of his problems have come from people near him being possessed by demons throughout his entire life. So with the help of Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), he seeks to find answers as to why all of this has happened to him. And from that we get a surprisingly interesting and compelling plot. Let me tell you this, don’t go into this and expect a straight-up spookfest, because that is not what “Outcast” is about. It’s more of a psychological drama with a demonic twist. Sure, there are scares in the show, but it’s not your typical horror bullshit. The story takes time to build the scary stuff and plot developments, and that is something I absolutely adored about it. It’s not just spooks and scares, but there’s actual human drama involved… which is awesome!

The characters in this show are all kind of messed up in one way or another and that makes them so much more compelling and interesting than most characters in horror movies/shows/games. Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes is absolutely fantastic in the role. You really feel that past in him, you feel that he’s troubled, all of it can be clearly seen in his eyes. You want him to solve all of these problems and have a good life, even though you suspect that it might never happen. I really do hope Fugit gets more recognition after his role here because he was truly fantastic. Philip Glenister was really good as Reverend Anderson, playing a man who slowly seems to be losing his faith over the course of the series, even though he keeps telling himself that Jesus is the fucking answer to the problems. Wrenn Schmidt plays Kyle’s adoptive sister and she is really good in her role too. We also get Brent Spiner (That’s right, Data from “Star Trek”) in the role of Sidney, a mysterious man who mysteriously showed up in a mysterious way for some mysterious reason. And he was really good in his role. The rest of the supporting characters were also really interesting and their actors did really well in their respective roles.

The music in the show was composed by Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, and Claudia Sarne. And if you like the music that Atticus Ross has helped compose for movies in the past, then I think you’ll like the music of “Outcast”. It’s dark, tense, and helps make scenes quite a bit more disturbing. So yeah, I think the music in the show is very well composed and perfectly works for it.

This show is based on a series of comics by Robert Kirkman. For those of you might not know, Robert Kirkman also created “The Walking Dead”. And not only did he create the comic, he also helped develop the show for Cinemax. And it’s a really well developed world they got here, it really feels like it has been lived in for some time. What I mean by that is that when a new show (or movie) comes along and sets up a world, it can sometimes feel like it just popped up there, and not like it’s existed there for a while. “Outcast” is one of those shows that really does feel lived in. I also like how this show is directed. It’s a really good looking show. What’s also fun to note is that the first episode was directed by Adam Wingard, the man responsible for “The Guest” (a movie I love) and “You’re Next” (A popular-ish movie I haven’t seen). There are also some computer effects in the show, but they look pretty good, mostly since it’s not something too advanced that they have to do.

This show has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100. And on it has a score of 7,8/10.

I was honestly not really interested in this show at all until some people I communicate with on twitter (@TheMarckoguy #ShamelessPlug) started saying some pretty good stuff about it. So when I checked it out, I was pleasantly surprised. The story is really interesting, the characters are great, the acting is terrific, the music is amazing, the scary stuff is really well done, and the directing is great. Time for my final score. BOO! My final score for “Outcast” season 1 is a 9,90/10. So yeah… it most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of the first season of “Outcast” is now completed.

Maybe I should have saved this for October #ShamelessTease…

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