I don't know about you guys, but I couldn't take my eyes off the screen at any point during Outcast Season 1 Episode 10.
This hour was more dark, disturbing, and intense than any of the previous nine episodes. It seems almost impossible that a show so superbly done on every level could be any better, but Outcast outperformed itself with this fantastic season finale.
I loved how Outcast Season 1 Episode 10 mimicked Outcast Season 1 Episode 1 in the gore department at the beginning of the hour. Instead of a possessed Joshua eating a cockroach and his own fingers, we had a possessed Megan touching the dead eyes of her husband and peeling the skin off her hand.
I literally had to peek through my fingers to see what was going on, and I'm telling you, my knees really hurt during those scenes.
While I thought Wrenn Schmidt gave an outstanding performance on Outcast Season 1 Episode 9 when she first became possessed, her performance this hour was beyond brilliant. Everything she was experiencing as a newly possessed, I was experiencing right along with her.
I know I said it before, but she brought the real to the screen. She made me care about these beings/things/whatever they are when I really shouldn't have cared at all.
My absolute favorite scene was when she was in the park with her feet in the grass. Lenny had once described to Chief Giles about how these beings are like babies experiencing things for the first time. Reverend Anderson made reference to that idea, too, this hour.
Megan wiggling her toes in the grass really brought that point home. It was such an innocent thing to do, unlike the horrific thing she had done just moments before. The way she stood there so peaceful until the sprinklers came on almost made me forget she was possessed.
It also made me feel sorry for these things. I don't think they intend to hurt anyone. Mark just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. These things need an adjustment period, just like Lenny told Giles. That was the whole purpose of the trailer. But, now instead of the trailer they have a place in a basement somewhere to help the newly arrived.
And, it seems like more of them are arriving and quicker than before. Sidney said they are coming in daily. But, why? Why do they need to leave where they're from? And why is Sidney is charge?
I no longer believe these things are demons. Reverend Anderson had me convinced with his constant demon talk. They certainly appeared to be like demons. Remember Mildred? But, maybe they are what you want to think they are.
But, Anderson's failed exorcisms must mean something. He's a true believer, and he believes in his mission. He's not going to continue to fail unless there was a reason.
What really convinced me, though, was what Sidney said to Kyle about them not being able to stay where they are now. It was cryptic, but enough for me to lean towards these things not being from the Hell of Reverend Anderson's beliefs.
Yet, you have to wonder why Sidney is so intent on making the Reverend's life so miserable? Why carve a pentagram on the Reverend's chest? Perhaps, a misdirect or a diversion? Maybe to continue to lead him to his failed conclusions. To continue to lead him down the wrong path.
After all, his intent to destroy the devil has blinded him so much, he accidentally killed Aaron. Not that Aaron didn't deserve some sort of punishment for his annoying self, but I don't think being burned alive was it. I almost fell over when Sidney drove by as Anderson was talking to Patricia.
The knowing look on the Reverend's face, I'm surprised he didn't fall to his knees. And, I wonder if Sidney knew exactly what Anderson was going to do to the trailer.
It wasn't surprising that Amber turned out to have the same kind of powers as her dad, but, wow, did that kid come out fighting. I think her powers may be a bit stronger than his, and that's going to make for a very interesting season two, especially with all those people staring at them at the gas station. Friends or foes?
And, now that Kyle has a new partner, where will that leave the good Reverend? What will his purpose be now?
The other big question is what exactly does Sidney need Kyle for and what is this "Merge" we keep hearing about?
I know I gush about this show, but when something is so perfect, it's pretty much unavoidable. Everybody on the Outcast team deserves a standing ovation for their superb contributions to this outstanding show.
Outcast was on point all season and was, without a doubt, the best show of the summer. I can't wait to see what season two brings!
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