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Outcast Premiere Recap: Was Cinemax's New Thriller Scary Good?
The answer is “Eh, probably not.” But, as mentioned in TVLine’s recent review, the series does have potential. So let’s go over the key points of “A Darkness Surrounds Him,” then you can decide on your grade, and we’ll discuss in the comments. Ready?
KID STUFF | The episode’s opening moments were not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach: Young, possessed Joshua Austin (Gabriel Bateman) squashed a cockroach against his bedroom wall — with his head — then went from licking up the guts to damn near chewing off his own finger. (Good, gross start, at least!) Since possession was apparently becoming pretty commonplace in Joshua’s small hometown of Rome, W.Va., the boy’s mom knew to run straight to Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) for an assist. Unfortunately, the preacher’s attempt to drive the demon out of Joshua was an “exorcise” in futility: The kid — or, rather, the entity inside him — kicked the crap outta the rev and gave his poor mom a bloody nose.
AMERICA’S MOST HAUNTED | Across town, Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit) was living in squalor in the home where, when he was a youngster, his possessed mother had often attacked him and locked him in the pantry. With some difficulty, adoptive sister Megan Holter (Wrenn Schmidt) convinced him to let her in, if only to marvel at the lack of nutritional value on display in his cupboards — “Do you even remember solid poop?” she asked — and drag him to Piggly Wiggly. He wanted her to give up on him, but, indebted for reasons as yet undisclosed, she wasn’t about to let him go on punishing himself for the incident that ruined his life. Which was? Far as we can piece together from this hour, Kyle’s wife, Allison (Kate Lyn Sheil), was at one point possessed, and he was blamed for harming their daughter.