Prodigal Son (S01E01) “Pilot”

If you haven’t had the chance to watch this darkly disturbing gem of a show, you are surely missing out. Not only does it boast one of the strongest casts I have seen in a while, but the story is also engaging and leaves the viewer wanting more. This is merely the pilot episode of Prodigal Son, but it has left such an impact, that next week’s episode can’t come soon enough. (Spoilers Ahead)

Here we go

We are introduced to Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne, of TWD fame), who is a brilliant profiler. He specializes in the area of getting into killers minds and trying to figure out why they do, what they do. He comes by his talents honestly, as his father was one of the most prolific serial killers of modern-day times, The Surgeon (Michael Sheen). Boasting a body count of at least 23, unfortunate victims. Malcolm may be more like his father than he is willing to admit, but that doesn’t seem to be a bad thing as far as his career choice is involved.

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Malcolm, ready and willing to work. (Photo: Google)

Teetering on the edge of chaos, Malcolm is able to give a different perspective to the diabolical ideologies of a serial killer, although he doesn’t always seem eye-to-eye with his employers, he is good at what he does. When a job with the FBI doesn’t pan out, it doesn’t take him long to find a more befitting stride, tracking down a killer who is taking a few pages (quite literally) out of his father’s own books.

Like father, like son?

Viewers are given a glimpse at the nightmares that reside in Malcolm’s psyche. He was the one who turned his father in, saving the one man, Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips), who asks for his aid in a string of murders that closely resembles his fathers own misgivings. After all, murder doesn’t rest for anyone, so why should Malcolm take a day off? Peoples lives are at risks and he may be the only one to put an end to the mayhem.

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Father and Son. One and the same? (Photo: Google)

Unfortunately, it all comes back to his estranged father, Dr. Martin Whitly . Having no other choice but to reach out after ten, long years, it’s as though no time has passed at all. There is a fear that resides within his father, he is desperate to hold his son’s attention, hoping to win over his affections with the knowledge that only he possesses, the inner workings of a killer. It’s an offer he won’t be able to refuse for long, there’s always another murderer lurking in the shadows.

a life without fear

The show is dark, yet, you can’t help but laugh at the impeccable one-liners that flow seamlessly through these characters. And speaking of characters, the cast is nothing but phenomenal. Boasting such talent as Lou Diamond Phillips (A legend in his own right), Tom Payne (Jesus from The Walking Dead), Keiko Agena (Lane from Gilmore Girls), Bellamy Young, Aurora Perrineau, and who can forget about the talented Michael Sheen who ties it all together, in a neat little bow?

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The morgue and all its perks. (Photo: IMDB)

In the end, Malcolm proves to be reckless, bordering on the line of insane, but it’s effective in his line of work. Sometimes cutting off someone’s hand is what is needed in order to save a life. Prodigal Son is rather unconventional, but that is something that is sorely lacking on television these days.  Life and families are complicated.

It’s going to be interesting to see what else they do with this show. And yes, the bad guy is caught, at least in this round. There has to be some sort of win right off the hop, but this is just the beginning.

You can catch a new episode of Prodigal Son, Monday, September 30 on FOX at 9/8c.

This was the series premiere for Prodigal Son.