Outcast: season 1 episode 10 review – This Little Light
The season finale of Outcast titled “This Little Light” was nearly perfect ending to the season, giving just the right amount of answers to be satisfying, while still holding out on enough of the remaining mysteries to set the scene for season two. Below is our detailed and spoiler-heavy review.
Picking up right where the penultimate episode left off, the finale opens with newly possessed Megan, and Wrenn Schmidt gives another outstanding performance. Not only is she entirely convincing, but she actually manages to make viewers empathetic as we experience the newness of everything right along with her, now matter how gruesome. There’s a certain innocence to the newly possessed individuals that makes one wonder whether or not these beings are actually as evil as Reverend Andersons so fervently believes, and if they are in fact demons.
Meanwhile, Kyle and Anderson stumble upon a horrific scene at Megan’s house after receiving a frantic phone call from Amber. After finding Mark’s body and discovering the girls hiding safely in a closet, they wake Chief Giles at his home and plead with him to look the other way regarding the situation. For probably the first time this season, he’s not so easily swayed. Understandably so, considering a friend and colleague is actually dead this time. Ultimately, he decides to go along with it, though his hesitation should be appreciated by viewers. Mark was a massive loss, and one would like to think that his death continues to impact the series going forward and wasn’t haphazardly written in for mere shock value.
Anderson and Kyle leave the girls with the Chief’s wife and set out to find Megan. Trying to discern why they’re able to help some individuals and not others, Kyle comes to the conclusion that the amount of time they’ve been possessed seems to make a major difference in the outcome. The longer they’ve been inhabited, the less impactful his powers are on them. This finally resolves the question as to why a few are barely affected, while others are rendered comatose and some are able to be saved. They also suss out the fact that the newly possessed will gravitate toward something or someone that the find comfort in, leading them to Kyle’s house in search of Megan. Instead they find a note from Sidney, who not only has beaten them to finding Megan, but has also taken Kyle’s daughter.
Meeting Sidney on the side of a dark the road, Kyle is made to put a pillowcase over his head and is told to get into the trunk if he wants his daughter back. He complies, and is brought to the abandoned store that serves as a birthing center for the newly possessed where Kat and Lenny Ogden help them through their transition safely. Sidney locks Kyle and Amber in a closet, telling him they’re to remian there until they’re needed. Again, he’s told that he serves as a beacon to guide them. Sidney also reveals that the demons can no longer stay where they’re from, which is why they’re inhabiting the townsfolk of Rome. When Kyle asks where that is specifically, Sidney tells him “The Same place you’re from.” The insinuation here seems to be that Kyle is from someplace else. They do call him Outcast, afterall. But where was he outcast from? Surely not the Hell of Reverend Anderson’s beliefs.
After Sidney leaves, Anderson has a bit of a heroic moment where he busts in and kinda, sorta, but not really, frees Kyle and his daughter. Okay, he does manage to get in a few good punches here and there that serve as a distraction and enable Kyle to free himself and get Amber to a safe hiding place. Kyle then goes head to head with Megan, who evidently has a super strong mutant demon inhabiting her, because she puts up one hell of a fight. Kyle is on the losing end when Amber comes out of hiding, demanding that her aunt not hurt her daddy. The wee child puts her hands on her aunt, and viewers are hit with the stunning revelation that she has the same capabilities as Kyle when the biggest, most evil looking demon comes gushing out of Megan for what feels like ages. This is undeniably a fascinating turn of events, although it certainly raises more questions than it answers.
While Megan’s possession was entirely compelling, it’s timely resolution feelt appropriate. It will be interesting to see what’s in store for her in future seasons, and how she copes with what she did while possessed, and in what ways that will compare to Allison’s experiences. Additionally, it would be intriguing to see Holly become a more prominent character in the future.
Anderson, who started the season being adored by both townsfolk and viewers, effectively managed to alienate himself over the course of the season. When he ditches his bible and holy water for a good old fashioned crowbar this episode, he almost manages to save the day and redeem himself. Almost, but not quite. Deciding to rid the town of the devil once and for all, he sets Sidney’s residence on fire. Initially, this might not seem like the worst idea. However, at the end of the episode he runs into Patricia, who is on her way to file a missing person’s report on her teenage son. Not a moment later, Sidney drives by unscathed. The implication here is that Aaron was killed in the fire, having befriended Sidney and often spending time there. Anderson certainly had good intentions, but he had seen the kid there before and even confronted him about it, yet never considered he could be on the premises. Despite being unintentional, burning your love interest’s teenage son alive, no matter how ill behaved the kid was…traditionally, not awesome. You tried. Rev…but your holy war isn’t feeling so righteous anymore, and viewers are no more convinced in your faith than you are. Better luck next season.
The final scene of the episode sets the tone for season two in a unique way. We see Kyle and Amber on the road seeking to find a new home where their “powers” are unknown. The pair are stopped at a gas station, where Kyle assures his daughter that once they’re settled they’ll send for Allison, Megan, and Holly in order help them get better and keep them safe. This seems like a logical plan, and for a moment we’re tricked into thinking the season is ending on a high note. That is, until the pair attempt to head into the convenience store for refreshments, and all the patrons slowly stop and stare one by one. This is both perplexing and unnerving, setting up the possibility that the narrative could operate on a much larger scale in coming seasons.
Season one of Outcast was sublimely written and patiently executed, with an incredibly talented cast that brought a sense of realism to the story, something which is truly rare in series based on the supernatural. Additionally, it was brilliantly and stylishly shot without being overly flashy or distracting, and their use of music is both effective and extraordinary. While season two was confirmed well before the first season even debuted, it certainly can’t arrive soon enough. Tune in next week for our show vs comic comparison!
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