Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Outcast (Cinemax)
Season 1 Episode 1
"A Darkness Surrounds Him"
Airs June 3rd, 2016
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Robert Kirkman


Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes
Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson
Gabriel Bateman as Joshua Austin
Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter
David Denman as Mark Holter

Review by Anont C.

From the creator of ’The Walking Dead', comes Outcast, a brand new horror drama series with supernatural elements. Adapted from from the comic written by Robert Kirkman and art by Paul Azacetta, the show focus on the idea of dark elements that has the potential to overshadow anyone for possession of their mind and soul. 

The pilot episode stayed faithful as much as the first issue of the comic itself; from dialogues, scenes and perspective angle views the comic medium had presented. As the story reminiscent of the movie The Exorcist, from its vibe presentation to its fright-moment that would shock any viewers -- while still leaving them in suspense to continue watching. The show utilizes a great deal of the idea of possessions from a dark element, presenting to the viewers what it may be like in an environment where a darker force may be at a higher power. 

What also makes this series interesting is the narrative story that only Robert Kirkman is known for delivering; as each of the cast has a great exchange of dialogues that answered the current situations for the viewers, while still leaving enough mystery for the viewers to speculate on future episodes. Each of the cast members also did an excellent performance on the show; Patrick Fugit as Kyle Barnes, as the protagonist of the show also demonstrated that he can be a great central character for the viewers to follow, and keeping the interest of the viewers to invest in the show.

The show itself can be highly recommended; however, it requires the viewers to subscribe to Cinemax, so it may discourage a few viewers to subscribe to it for the intense purpose of this show. But for those who are already a subscriber, this can be a show to tune in to, as this show has a great quality presentation that Robert Kirkman is known for delivering. The show will premiere Friday June 3rd, at 10pm on Cinemax; so if you're not a subscriber yet, this show may be a good enough reason for you to subscribe to it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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