Warning. This review contains several spoilers about the second season of the TV show “Outcast”!
On June 5 the second season of the show “Outcast” ended.
The first season of “Outcast” was a success and the show was already renewed on trust before it was even broadcast. The second season started a little earlier and was broadcast in spring as the first one began at the end of spring so most of its episodes were broadcast in summer 2016. The number of episodes was kept at 10.
At the end of the first season, Kyle Barnes attempted to flee from Rome, the West Virginia town where he lives with his daughter Amber, but soon finds groups of possessed people who are essentially guarding the town’s borders. Eventually, he decides to return to the town, where the situation becomes more complicated.
The beginning of the second season immediately marks the change in the show: the protagonists have to face the consequences of the first season’s events but it’s the style that’s different. Simplifying, the first season is in the style of “The Exorcist” while the second one looks more like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.
“Outcast” second season cast consists of:
- Patrick Fugit (photo ©the1secondfilm.com) as Kyle Barnes
- Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson
- Wrenn Schmidt as Megan Holter
- Julia Crockett as Sarah Barnes
- Madeleine McGraw as Amber Barnes
- Kate Lyn Sheil as Allison Barnes
- Brent Spiner (photo ©Gage Skidmore) as Sidney
- Reg E. Cathey as Byron Giles
For Kyle and his family, paradoxically, the latest events are a chance for a new beginning. For a long time, Allison was unable to accept what happened to her, reaching the point that she admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital but she can’t find the peace she was looking for and eventually is forced to make decisions about her future.
For Megan, the situation is even more difficult because she has fragmentary memories of the period in which she was possessed and killed her husband. In a moment of weakness she even attempts suicide and those events seemed to me to be handled somewhat hastily. After that, Megan tries to recover, also for her daughter Holly.
The relationships between parents and children are a key element in the second season of “Outcast” that is developed along with the series mythology. In Kyle’s case, in the first season the flashbacks allowed to figure out what happened to his mother and his relationship with his daughter Amber was developed. In the second season, Amber becomes a more important character revealing the powers inherited from his father but more and more information are given about Kyle’s father as well.
The second season’s style means, among other things, that there’s a strong perception of a plan by the possessed people that has been going on for decades. Sidney is heading towards what’s becoming more and more a clash to take over Rome and the factions start becoming clear.
The role of the police chief Giles becomes more important and since the beginning of the second season there’s the introduction of a group of people were possessed but were then liberated by another person who has the same powers as Kyle. Even among the possessed we start seeing a power structure that goes far beyond Sidney.
I personally prefer the second season’s style to the first one’s. I don’t find horror stories scary and I started watching “Outcast” because I got curious about it as it’s adapted from a comic book by Robert Kirkman, one of the creators and executive producer of “The Walking Dead”.
The second season gave me the impression of having a stronger story-arc in which from the start we start seeing plans in motion and characters who have their agendas. In retrospect, the first season seems almost a long prologue to the “real” story that introduced the more or less important characters and put the various plot threads in motion.
For example, in the first season, the character of Blake Morrow appeared, who seemed to be one of many possessed ones interesting just because he seemed to know more about Kyle’s nature than others. Instead, this character reappeared in the second season with a role that has become important.
In the second season’s last episodes the various factions are trying to accomplish their agendas until they reach the clash that ends in a cliffhanger. It’s an intense season finale in which more secrets are revealed but leaves many unknowns open about the future.
Perhaps the plot was based too much on secrets revealed and twists but overall this second season seemed to me better than the first one for the story-arc that looked stronger to me. At this point I hope the show will be renewed because it’s not a masterpiece but in my opinion it’s definitely enjoyable to watch at so I’d like to see how the story continues.