It should be noted that I have since moved to just updating the original review, this post was originally broken into seasons. I have tried to update further seasons below the intro. Starting with newest and working back.
OVERALL: It isn’t a bad show, season 2 seemed to wander off though.
A man who converts to a controversial following suffers from a crisis of faith.
BREAKDOWN BY SEASON
Worth it? Yes, but only barely
I am beginning to learn that maybe there is something to the “sophomore slump” meaning the second season of a show tends to not hit the same peaks as season 1. That isn’t to say I haven’t like the show, but you can see some changes that should have happened and didn’t and some that didn’t but should have.
I want to say first of all that the acting is just as good, if not better. Aaron Paul is someone a person can identify with even more, Hugh Dancy is becoming more unhinged and the rest just flow together better.
That being said the season was too long. They added three more episodes, but that just made the main point drag way too much. Instead of telling a story the writers had to fill time and that is what made it not as high up on my list. The single biggest plot issue I had was the disappearance of the whole investigating a murder storyline. I realize it is a little bit of a spoiler to say that, but there is absolutely nothing about it in the second season, as if the writers just cut it out completely. Maybe it will come back around in Season 3, but I doubt it.
Pros: Once again Aaron Paul is great, the rest do well in acting. The character and actor for Hawk is just growing on me.
Cons: Sometimes making a longer season doesn’t make the show better. Too much filler means it takes too long to tell the story.
Worth it? Yes, mostly.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a show about a Aaron Paul and a cult. I put it off watching it because it really isn’t my normal thing. Then one day I needed something to watch and thought I could blow an hour watching it. Now I have been binge watching it. What I didn’t really expect was how interesting it was.
A story about loss of faith, the prison of belief and how to deal with the in and out groups in your life was a lot better show then expected. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame has moved out form his younger sidekick role and he carries the show. He is surrounded by other great actors like Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan.
The show is fairly quick paced as it explores the cult of Meyerism and the issues of that kind of religious dogma and fanatacism. There is a foreboding of Jonestown or Waco in the subtext, along with petrified heirarchy that seems to insinuate itself into the movement. Followed by the search for truth, not only in religious subtext, but also in what is really happening behind the scenes kind of way. Is the movement corrupt, or is it just a few people? All of it makes it interesting for drama, and that is what it is good at.
Pros: Aaron Paul is great, the pacing is fairly quick and it ends at a good point.
Cons: I am unsatisfied yet again with the main female character. They seem to be following down that rabbit hole of a woman who can’t choose, who is unable to make up her mind. Hopefully next season they will fix that.