Prodigal Son: Pilot
September 23, 2019 8:20 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Malcolm Bright is an acclaimed criminal psychologist. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. He ought to know, his father was a serial killer, known as The Surgeon. Now there's a copycat, imitating his father's methods. Bright may be the only one who can stop him.
posted by DirtyOldTown (10 comments total)
Comrade Doll said, with total confidence, about ten minutes into this pilot episode, that Malcolm's sister Ainsley is the killer. Not sure if she's right, but I wanted to log that somewhere in case she is.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:22 PM on September 23, 2019 [2 favorites]

Damn Michael Sheen for being so captivating, I'll probably keep watching this for the rest of the season.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:51 PM on September 23, 2019

I laughed at Mom's nonchalant delivery of "I had Luisa change the sheets and wipe down your restraints.", followed by "Quaalude?" She's my current favorite character - the rest seem fairly predictable so far, but it *is* just the pilot.
posted by Mogur at 10:11 AM on September 24, 2019 [5 favorites]

Comrade Doll's theory is that Ainsley is the mastermind behind one or more minion killers. She claims the overemphasis on how Ainsley is "the good one" and "without the issues" is telegraphing that shit hard.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:32 PM on September 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

It's true that Ainsley is the only one in that family who appears to have no problems whatsoever, *and* who claims to remember nothing about the night her father was arrested. Both ideas make me suspicious.
posted by Mogur at 2:00 PM on September 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Bellamy Young, who plays Malcolm's mother, is a whole twelve years older than he is.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:16 PM on September 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Ainsley stuff from episode one:
-as a young child, she watches her father's arrest
-walking with her brother, she comments cheerily about how she doesn't have any issues like Malcolm does... then she takes a mysterious call and lies to him about it
-Mrs. Whitly says Ainsley is perfect and never gives her any worry

Also, note Malcolm smarmily saying the killer has to be a man.

In fact, as he confidently describes the killer ... Ainsley calls.

Yes, it's definitely a bald, imposing man. Then Ainsley texts him.

At dinner with his family, he begins a sentence "This new killer..."

Cut to Ainsley making a weird, knowing face.
Guys, I think my spouse pegged this one right off the bat. (Before most of this was even on screen.)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:22 PM on September 24, 2019 [3 favorites]

Yeah I think Ainsley is also the Moriarty.

Honestly if not for Sheen, I'd nope out of this show. I may still, but I'll give it at least 2 more eps.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:48 PM on September 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

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