Outcast Season 1 Episode 8 Review: What Lurks Within

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Did that hour fly by or what?

We learned a whole lot about Sidney on Outcast Season 1 Episode 8, but was what he shared really true?

Looking Out - Outcast Season 1 Episode 8

Before I dig into the story, I really need to give props to the entirety of Outcast. The writing, the acting, the editing...every aspect of this show is so superbly done. Each week I am pulled along with this fascinating story, and each week I am left wanting more.

I honestly can't believe there are only two episodes left. I am going to be ravenous for this show by the time next summer rolls around. Seriously.

Now back to the regularly scheduled review...

They say the devil is the Great Pretender and the Father of Lies. While I'd like to believe for a moment that some of these demons, including Sidney, have good intentions, deep down we all know it's false.

And, while Reverend Anderson might be looked at as a lunatic right now, deep down we all know he's the only sane one in town.

This hour was about Sidney. I thought it was sort of ironic that he was a carny before he became a demon. And not just a regular, fun carny, but a carny with a secret. How nice that he gave those boys some tokens "on the house" only to go home and give a popsicle to the boy he had locked up in a room.

This was the monster the Sidney we know "landed in." At least this is the story he told Kyle. And if you believe that shocking ending when the demon Sidney freed the boy and told him to "Run," well, you just might think demon Sidney is all right.

You land where you land, and I wound up with a real winner.


I don't buy any of it. Because in that amazing course of conversation between Kyle and Sidney in the jail cell, Sidney lied.

He told Kyle he never knew his mother, that he only heard about her. But, if you remember on Outcast Season 1 Episode 2, he visited Kyle's mom and it was clear he was there in the flashbacks when the mom was possessed and fighting for Kyle in that final scene before Reverend Anderson showed up at the door.

What Sidney is doing is lulling Kyle to sleep with these false stories. When everything is falling down around Reverend Anderson, everything is building up for Kyle. And it's all Sidney's doing. 

I know I've said it before, but think about how far Kyle has come since this series started. Each hour his life is getting closer and closer to how it was before. And the more normal it gets, the less he cares about the demons in town.

And this is exactly what Sidney wants.

Think about this: Ogden doesn't want his old wife back. He likes this new version better. She's more exciting. Fresh. It's so important to him to keep this new version that he's willing to help others make the change. He feels so strongly about it, that he's even convinced Giles to leave him and Kat alone.

And the only one who sees something wrong with it all is Reverend Anderson, who is now known around town as a lunatic. 

Once again thanks to Sidney. 

Remember what he told Mildred a few episodes back? He told her he'd take care of Anderson. And he certainly has done that. Him carving up Anderson wasn't a warning. He knew Anderson was tipping towards crazy and the carving just sent him over the edge.

Sidney has been setting him up all along. And at this point he's pretty much destroyed Anderson's credibility. 

I mean, no one showed up for church on Sunday. That's pretty scary. And after the crappy day the good Reverend had, it just got worse when he got home and was fired.

Yet, through all of it, he still stayed true to his belief that the town was being bamboozled by the devil himself.

You can sit there with your smug self-righteous looks on your faces, or you can open your fuckin' eyes to the devil in your midst.

Reverend Anderson

Unfortunately, no one is listening. 

And Sidney had other stories, too. Like the one about Kyle being a "flicker of light" for these demons. Why is that? Why are the demons attracted to Kyle, yet afraid of him?

It almost, and I repeat, almost, makes me think that maybe Kyle is the real devil here.

And why is Sidney being so kind to Patricia's looney tunes son? Is he going to use the kid to put the final nail in Anderson's coffin?

We're definitely being set up for something big these final two episodes of the season.

Other Thoughts:

  • That closing song was awesome. If anyone is interested it's Newspaper Spoons by Viet Cong.
  • Has anyone else noticed how similar Kyle and Sidney's cars are? They're nearly identical.

What did you think of "What Lurks Within?" What's going to happen to Aaron? Will Giles and Kyle finally wisen up? Will Reverend Anderson be heard?

Hit the comments and share your thoughts. If you need to catch up you can watch Outcast online anytime right here via TV Fanatic!

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Outcast Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

You don't get to choose. The saints are just as susceptible as the sinners.


You ain't seen no fight yet.