Outcast: A Darkness Surrounds Him
June 13, 2016 3:18 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

From the mind of The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman comes Outcast, the story of a man dealing with the demonic possessions that have plagued him all his life. In the premier episode Kyle Barnes confronts a demonic possession case that causes him to delve into the secrets of his own past. This episode has been made available on youtube by cinemax for american viewers.

Last week on AMC's the walking outcast.

The series starts strong with a gruesome scene of young Joshua killing a beetle with his forehead and discovering the flavour of his own flesh.

Kyle Barnes, the reluctant hero, begins to manage his affairs, starting with a trip to the grocery store.

Conflicted, Kyle searches out Reverend Anderson at the Austin house and reluctantly confronts the demon inside. Kyle is recognized and his role as 'chosen one' is revealed.

Pam from The Office's ex-boyfriend Roy Anderson (David Denman) as Officer Mark Holter
Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) as Unnamed.
posted by FallowKing (5 comments total)
I loved this. It is very dark, though. The opening scene with Josh is very intense and hooked me right up. It's scary.

Episode two isn't any lighter. The opening credits and most of the second episode had a "first season of True Detective" vibe to it.

I am looking forward to the rest of the season.
posted by cairnoflore at 1:37 PM on June 14, 2016

I enjoyed this, too. I was pretty astonished where they went with the possessed kid and I can't imagine it won't really upset some people. Justifiably, probably -- but for me it was just dealing with its theme in a very consistent way.

I noticed that there were no comments on this post for almost a day -- it's a problem with shows on less-watched cable networks, especially the premium ones, like Cinemax. The Knick is another Cinemax show and only the first season was posted here, none of the second season episodes, and the posts got low traffic even though the show is a pet project of Soderbergh, of all people. Mefites should be all over that. But they're not. Likewise, this is another Kirkman comic and you'd expect a fair amount of FanFare interest.

They're tonally very, very different shows, but both are horror sourced from comics, and I found Preacher to be disappointing and irritating while Outcast was a pleasant surprise.

Also, I had the experience I keep having with Wrenn Schmidt -- I see her in something and I like her a lot, enough to notice how much I like her. And then I see her in something else and I don't recognize her but have the same reaction of liking her a lot to the point of noticing how much I like her. This is the third time this has happened. Well, in this case, I did immediately Google the show to figure out who she is. (I've seen her as John's therapist/love interest in Person of Interest and the Jennings's new, young handler in The Americans. She was also in Boardwalk Empire, which I didn't watch.)
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:09 PM on June 14, 2016

I was sufficiently intrigued by the first episode that I'd be willing to keep watching, but the reviews I've read seem to indicate that the show spends most of the next few episodes rehashing and spinning its wheels kind of futilely. I'd have hoped for a little more rapid plot advancement in addition to the disturbing visuals.
posted by Scattercat at 6:12 PM on June 23, 2016

I liked this episode enough to binge-watch all available episodes yesterday and stay up last night to watch the most recent one. It is worthwhile to stick with it.
posted by biscotti at 7:33 AM on July 24, 2016

Yep. I think it's quite good. Maybe someone (me?) ought to post the other episodes.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:51 PM on July 24, 2016

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