Outcast Season 1 Episode 5 Review: The Road Before Us

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Is she or isn't she?

Kyle and Reverend Anderson face that question on Outcast Season 1 Episode 5 when they try to determine whether or not Kyle's wife, Allison, is still possessed by demons.

Suspicions Grow - Outcast

How many people in Rome are possessed by demons? It appears there are many more than what we might have thought. Heck, the whole town might be possessed for all we know. If Allison is, she's not showing it, but we'll get to her in a bit.

Reverend Anderson really thought he saved some of those possessed, but it turns out they were all faking it. If you think about it, is sort of funny. Not really, though.

There is no doubt the Reverend is shaken to his core. I'm guessing at this point, he's really starting to question his faith, especially after everything Kyle said to him after what happened with Sherry.

How could he not?

That man in there is praying for a miracle that you and I know is never going to come, because no one's fucking listening. If God is out there, he's laughing at you.


There is a definite pattern to these possessions. The people are not the same as they used to be, so it's almost a given they're possessed. Doesn't it make you wonder about the people around you? All the assholes in your life? Maybe they're all possessed. It's a pretty scary thought.

We know that Kyle has the "magic touch," but hwy does he have to be so violent about it? The way he creeped up to Brian and grabbed him, he nearly broke his neck. Is violence the only way to get rid of these things?

It was scary to watch Kyle do that, but nothing compares to what happened with Sherry when the demon took hold of Kyle. I could barely take my eyes off the screen during that scene. I was as mesmerized (and scared out of my mind??) as the Reverend. Honestly. That was such a fabulous scene.

But, I'm wondering, when Sherry grabbed hold of Kyle, was she really trying to suck the life force out of him, or was she trying to suck the darkness out of him?

I say this, because I saw black tendrils coming out of his mouth, though it was unclear if it was her trying to get into him or her trying to pull something out.

What is he an "outcast" of exactly? Heaven? Hell? And why does his touch burn the demons?

Which brings us to Allison. There is definitely something off with the woman. It seemed, based on Amber's reaction to her mother, that she has some sort of violent tendencies. But, after thinking about it, I wonder if her play acting was what she saw between her mom and dad?

The fact that Allison was able to kiss Kyle with no reaction must mean something. But, I'm not sure I trust that she isn't a demon. I can't remember, but didn't Kyle shake Sidney's hand at Norville's funeral? 

Maybe some demons are so advanced, they aren't affected by Kyle's touch.

I had thought that maybe Amber was a demon, but, if so, she's advanced too, because she wasn't affected when she hugged her dad.

Speaking of demons that Kyle may or may not have exorcized with his power of the force (aka violent beatings), what happened to his mother? And what about Joshua? Wouldn't you think Kyle and the Reverend might visit him to see how he's doing, especially after everything they know now?

Sidney did some visiting of his own this hour. What a creepy guy. What was the point of him lying down on the bed? Was he trying to draw some essence out of it?

I loved how he just walked right into Mildred's house. If was going to do that, why bother ringing the bell? Mildred trying to suck the life force out of the guy was actually funny. did she really think she would succeed if he's the head honcho? Is he the Devil?

What is the Merge? is it like the apocalypse? 

Mildred: Can't blame a girl for trying. I won't survive the Merge.
Sidney: You take your chances, my dear, just like all of us. Sometimes, you draw a short straw.

It's going to be interesting to see what Sidney has in store for the Reverend and Kyle, since it appears that those are the only two who will be able to stop the demon brigade at this point. 

But, I'm going to speculate and say that Megan, Mark, and Allison (if she's not a demon still) are going to join the good side. And Chief Giles. Definitely Chief Giles.

Giles is on a mission of his own. He knows something is going on, and Ogden knows he knows, and Giles knows that Ogden knows he knows. It's quite a standoff.

I'm going to let you to it. Wouldn't want that blight to spread to your whole grove.


Was there some sort of Satanic ritual going on in that trailer? It's going to be interesting to see what the woman they found via DNA samples says when they talk to her, and you know they're going to talk to her. Will she call Ogden out?

It's definitely heating up in Rome.

As I mentioned numerous times, I'm just loving this show. Everything is done so well, especially the acting which is beyond top notch. Even though the story is slow moving, it has kept my interest, and every week I want to know more.

So what do you guys think? Are you still on board? What do you think the Merge is? Will the Reverend recover from his failures? 

Hit the comments, share your thoughts, and speculate away!

If you need to catch up, you can watch Outcast online right here via TV Fanatic!

The Road Before Us Review

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Outcast Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Kyle: I need to know they're all right.
Megan: Of course they're not all right. After what happened? What do you think? It's all rainbows and unicorns over there?

You know that people can talk and walk and act normal and still have one of those things inside 'em.