TV Club: Outcast buckles a bit under its “demon of the week” format

From the get-go, Outcast has taken a risk in balancing weekly episodic storytelling with something more serialized and slow-burning. For every visceral, immediate moment from the first two episodes, there are many more that will only make sense once the whole picture of Kyle Barnes’ life, and the supernatural space that Rome occupies, comes into focus. Those first two episodes largely succeed because of the balancing act. Those episode reveal just enough of the larger mystery of Barnes and Rome—there’s Barnes’ estranged family, his previously-possessed mother, potentially free-roaming demons, and a strange man in a black hat that may very well be walking Death—while also crafting tight hour-long episodes that can, relatively speaking, be enjoyed on their own. With “All Alone Now,” the cracks start to show.

It’s tricky to hold both serialized and episodic intentions in mind. It means that the focus of the narrative …

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