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Outcast

Season 1

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 1] A Darkness Surrounds Him
Shown 03 Jun 16

This is based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead , and has a lot of that show's hallmarks. It is dark, dramatic and slow-moving. The main difference is that instead of being about a zombie apocalypse in Georgia, it is about a spate of demonic possessions in West Virginia.

The protagonist is Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ), a dirt-poor redneck who lives in a small town in Appalachia. The town's minister, Reverend Anderson, is Philip Glenister (AKA Gene Hunt in Life on Mars ). This is certainly a better career move than the terrible UK show Demons .

The protagonist and the minister team up to work as exorcists. In a show like Supernatural , that would be good clean fun. However, this show has a more sinister undertone. Exorcism fiction normalizes the superstitions that corrupt modern society. Lazy minds blame satanic possession for things like child abuse and homosexuality. This is not something that people should be encouraged to take seriously.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 2] (I Remember) When She Loved Me (45 min)
Shown 10 Jun 16

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) is tortured by memories of his abusive childhood. His single mother was possessed by a demonic entity. Kyle is living in his abusive mother's old home because his ex-wife has a restraining order against him. Even though the wife was demonically possessed she still got custody of their daughter!

The Sheriff (Querns from Oz) and his deputy (Kyle's brother in law) investigate a strange sighting in the woods. Someone has been crucifying racoons. Is this a case of everyday critter-bashing, or something more sinister?

A creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ) is in town.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 3] All Alone Now (50 min)
Shown 17 Jun 16

JR Bourne ( Teen Wolf ) and Lee Tergesen ( Weird Science ) are buddies and co-workers. Then one kills the other's wife, in a disturbingly violent scene. Yes, it is mostly off-screen, but modern White Knight sexism dictates we should not see a female victimised on-screen. The result is that Tobias Beecher ends up back in prison. Well, since the local Sheriff is Querns we should hardly be suprised.

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) and Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) get called in to exorcise the killer. However, even if he is possessed and if the exorcism is successful, he would still have to live with the guilt ... and the prison sentance!

Kyle's over-protective foster-sister is having great sex with her husband the deputy. However, she has an important role in the plot. She discovers that a former acquaintance is in town, and she starts to obsess about him.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 4] A Wrath Unseen
Shown 24 Jun 16

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) visits Grace Zabriskie, upon whom he once performed an exorcism. However, he is now riven with doubts and thinks she might still be possessed.

The Deputy's wife has serious issues with a traveling salesman. It turns out that, decades earlier, he was a bully who gave her a hard time. The good news is, this explains why she is so keen to look after her foster brother: he protected her from the worst of it. The bad news is, she still has not gotten over what happened and someone from the regular cast is bound to take violent revenge on the bully.

Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) investigates the creepy satanic place out in the woods. At least he is taking it seriously, and now he has a prime suspect.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 5] The Road Before Us
Shown 08 Jul 16

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) takes his sidekick Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) to meet some of his success stories. But did the exorcisms actually work?

Kyle is obsessed with his ex-wife. He ignores the restraining order, and approaches the house directly.

Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) questions his buddy, the boss of the local Fire Department. He begins to suspect that a criminal conspiracy is at work, although he has no idea what they are conspiring to do.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 6] From The Shadows It Watches
Shown 15 Jul 16

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) and Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) have given up on exorcisms. They each take a different approach. Kyle gets a day-job, as a manual labourer fixing pot-holes in the local roads. The Reverend just watches videotapes of his old exorcisms.

The Deputy's wife discovers what happened to traveling salesman.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 7] The Damage Done
Shown 22 Jul 16

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) is about to conduct a ceremony to comemorate a group of local workers who died in a mineshaft accident. Well, this is rural USA where industrial accidents are a major cause of death. The Rev refuses to let Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) arrest the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ), although he does not hesitate to denounce the man as Satan in front of the entire population.

The cop's wife tries to pay off the blackmailer. But can he be trusted not to press charges?

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) might be in for a reconciliation with his wife. Yes, the good bit of the story is yet more domestic drama.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 8] What Lurks Within
Shown 29 Jul 16

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) is given his notice by the Church Elders.

Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) corners his Fire Department buddy whose wife is acting suspiciously.

We get flashbacks of the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ). It turns out that demonic possession actually made him a better man!

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 9] Close To Home
Shown 5th August 2016

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) starts another confrontation with the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ). Later he tries to help his girlfriend set her annoying teenage son straight. As always, he manages to let his violent temper ruin everything for him.

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) goes looking for his ex-wife. He has not seen her since she handed his daughter over.

Outcast Outcast [Season 1, Episode 10] This Little Light
Shown 12th August 2016

The demons have possessed one of the regular characters, upping the ante. Our heroes do not agree on the best way to save the day.

Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) goes looking for his daughter. This means another confrontation with the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day .

Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) takes a more aggressive approach, and goes out looking for trouble. He may learn to regret this.

The demons claim to be refugees. Are they telling the truth, or are they attempting an invasion? Either way, the Reverend wants to give these illegal immigrants a good old redneck welcome.

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Shown th April 2017 [Wednesday]

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    Season 2

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 1] Bad Penny
    Shown 3rd April 2017 [Monday]

    Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) has to clean up the mess from the previous Season's climax.

    Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) discovers that his girlfriend's son may have been inside the house he torched. He helps her put up missing posters, because everyone thinks the boy has just run away, but the the guilt is a heavy burden on him.

    Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) tried to make his getaway. However, it turned out that West Virginia is not the demonic epicentre of the world. There were demons in every town he went to, so he decided to stay home after all.

    The big reveal this episode is what the demons get up to when they emigrate to Earth. There are posters up for a strange religious group, reminiscent of The Plan posters in Battlestar Galactica (2003) ).

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 2] A Day After That
    Shown 10th April 2017 [Monday]

    Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) teams up with Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ). They know that the town is run by the demonically possessed, but they still think they can win if they find the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ).

    Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) is in jail, after having confessed his sins. The case is still under investigation - no murder without a body, it seems. There is a junkie in the next cell, and he provides stimulating conversation to pass the time.

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 3] Not My Job To Judge
    Shown 17th April 2017 [Monday]

    Sidney, the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ), is still in town. He is preoccupied with setting up his own church in a barn.

    The demons are still running the town, and there is not much that Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) or Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) can do about it. However, Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) has made other plans.

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 4] The One I'd Been Waiting For
    Shown 24th April 2017 [Monday]

    The kid with the burned face returns to his mother's home. Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) and Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) go looking for him. However, he is out for revenge and he is after them.

    Sidney, the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ), pushes his schedule forward. And since his enemies have given away their advantage, he now has the upper hand.

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 5] The Common Good
    Shown 28th April 2017 [Friday]

    Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) continues his investigation. Meanwhile, his ex-wife has committed herself to a mental asylum. She begins to understand that something unusual is going on.

    Sidney, the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ), pushes the Mayor to get rid of Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ). However, the Mayor offers Querns a deal. Whose side is he really on?

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 6] Fireflies
    Shown 5th May 2017 [Friday]

    This episode deals with the aftermath of the battle in the previous episode. Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) and Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) have both been retired from the fight.

    Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) continues his crusade single-handedly.

    Sidney, the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ) has problems with his own minion.

    This is quite an unappealing show. Just as The Wire has been described as a slower-paced version of The Shield, this could be considered a slow-paced version of Supernatural . The setting could also be compared to Justified, the show which made Damien Dork a much scarier villain than in the Arrow universe.

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 7] Alone When It Comes
    Shown 12th May 2017 [Friday]

    Someone has started to pick off the possessed. Sheriff Querns (Reg E. Cathey - Fantastic Four (2013) ) is arrested on suspicion, and held without charge or trial.

    Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) takes his daughter and ex-wife for a drive. They plan to get out of town, although they do not have much skill at eluding pursuit. There is only one road they can take. They have about as much chance as Rick's group did at the end of Season Six of The Walking Dead , which was also created by the same writer.

    Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) takes Kyle's sister to the barn in the woods. It turns out that there are TWO barns. One of them is for those currently possessed, while the other is for the formerly possessed.

    Sidney is having problems with his meat-suit, the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ). He starts coughing up blood, and then goes for a drive on narrow country roads without wearing his seatbelt.

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 8] Mercy
    Shown 19th May 2017 [Friday]

    Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit - Dead Birds ) gets back to town.

    Lee Tergesen ( Weird Science ) is executed for all his horrible crimes. Unfortunately the Doctor who administers the lethal injection also works at the local hospital, and he is a high-ranking demon. Soon the dead man is walking around town, and nobody notices that a convicted murderer is on the loose.

    Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister - Life on Mars ) gets to spend some time alone with Sidney the creepy thin man (Brent Spiner - Independence Day ).

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 9] This Is How it Starts
    Shown 26th May 2017 [Friday]

    Outcast Outcast [Season 2, Episode 10] To The Sea
    Shown 2nd June 2017 [Friday]