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TV Review: Outcast Episode S1E4 A Wrath Unseen

Outcast CinemaxThe intrigue intensifies in town as Anderson uncovers startling news about someone close to him, and Megan holds fast to her secret.

Outcast does so much with its time in this fourth episode. The series intelligently packs in so much information with a simple sentence or a small moment. Multiple characters are given so much depth and, at the same time, the episode manages to move the main story along, while giving a hell of a revelation to that too!

Based on the Skybound/Image comic by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, the series dives a bit more into the horror aspects of the show, even pulling out the “quick jump” scare a few times on the episode. It’s something that the series hasn’t done a whole lot, so pulling it out this far into the series is impressive (and shows some restraint for going the easy route).

The episode revolves a lot about Megan, and we learn much more about the person she noticed in the last episode. That has her showing off her strength and is used in ways that also adds to other characters and sends one in a rather interesting direction. That interesting direction also touches upon modern day issues concerning our police force. It’s a small touch, but one that’s fantastic to see in a show.

While Outcast is a horror show at its core, it’s so much more as this episode shows. Much like Kirkman’s other creation, The Walking Dead, the show is about the characters at its core. They may be dealing with the supernatural, but they’re also very human. Each episode has built upon the last and keeps on surprising in what might be one of the best comic television adaptations of the year.

Overall Rating: 8.35