Outcast - It's what's inside that matters
Season One - Review | Spoiler Free
I have an internal struggle. On the one hand, I hate being scared. But on the other hand I have a fascination with seeing how far I can push myself to watch scary shows. This is a life-long affliction and the struggle is real. I've come up with some great coping mechanisms to push through anything that gets too dark:
- If you're watching on your laptop, minimise the screen size and have a web browser open
- If you're watching on a T.V. and it gets scary, quickly check something on your phone
- Never watch a scary show in the dark
- Never watch a scary show if you're home alone
The list goes on...but you get my drift. Unfortunately I didn't really follow my own guide when it came to watching Outcast. I binge watched the entire season over the last 24 hours while being home alone and crossing well into the evening darkness. My imagination has now taken over and I'm 99% sure there is a monster waiting to give me a fright if my leg leaves the duvet for even a moment.
After coming off the high that was Stranger Things, I've been looking for my next must watch show. As a huge Walking Dead fan I decided to give Robert Kirkmans Outcast a go.
Outcast sits firmly in a category of it's own, as a drama / horror series. The basic premise of the show is about a young father named Kyle Barnes who searches for answers as to why he's been suffering from supernatural possessions his entire life. As more and more strange occurrences start to unfold in the fictional town of Rome, Kyle teams up with a Preacher that's known for his exorcism abilities. With each new discovery the pair make the story gets deeper and deeper.
Like most tv shows that give me the heebie-jeebies, as soon as you start to understand the characters and the forces of good v.s. evil it starts to take the fear away. A warning for the faint of heart - the first three episodes will probably require plenty of daylight and company to help you get through.
Each episode of the show is about 60 minutes long. This means there is plenty of time to explore the different characters of Rome. Which is mostly a good thing, as very quickly you'll learn that not everything is as it seems. Outcast has a lot of twists and turns that make this show a definite watch. Even when it feels slower the pay-off is genuinely worth it.
In true Kirkman fashion I can see a wider story/universe here that is much larger than just one season. Be prepared that not all questions will be answered in the first season.
If you're a Robert Kirkman fan then you'll be right at home with Outcast. It's scary, well written and will leave you thinking about the story for some time to come.
- Genuine old school suspense horror
- Great special effects
- A different take on an old genre of good vs evil
- Sometimes the pacing doesn't feel quite right
- Some big questions still need to be answered - It's a good thing Season 2 is already has the green light