Review: 10 All Access’s “evil”

Katja Herbers (Kristen) and Michael Emerson (Leland) clash on Evil (c) CBS 2019

You’d be forgiven for thinking Evil (now streaming on 10 All Access) is just another cut and paste crime procedural drama show. There’s your team of investigators (including a  forensic psychologist and your stock standard tech guy) and a different case each week to solve. But what makes Evil different from what’s been done is that it’s not entirely a ‘crime’ series. Evil has strong religious themes behind it involving the Vatican and their trying to prove or debunk exceptional cases of miracles and demonic possession.

The opening episode for instance involves forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) meeting with a man, suspected of committing several murders but the topic of him being possessed at the time of his crimes brings her into contact with priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) who works for the Catholic Church investigating supernatural cases that pique the churches interest.

Michelle and Robert King, the minds behind Evil are also are the same pair responsible for the fantastic The Good Wife and The Good Fight so it’s no surprise that when Kristen is in court, the show shifts into a legal drama or when she’s at home with her four (annoying loud) young daughters, the show shifts into a family drama. And it may seem there’s a lot of ‘shifting’ going around, but Evil never really loses it’s focus as the legal and family themes become intertwined with the supernatural as Kristen finds herself at loggerheads not only with occult expert Leland Townsend (Michael Emerson) but also with a demonic presence that begins to greet her at night.

The only real let down from Evil is how quickly some of the story lines are wrapped up or never actually solved. The angel caught on camera in a hospital? Don’t expect too many answers on that one. The prophet who can see the future? Not going to spoil it, but that’s swept under the rug and shipped out to sea. It becomes a frustrating watch as you realize, with almost the entire episode done, they’ve still got to wrap the main story line up and you know it’s not going to be satisfying.

Evil on paper has a lot of promise and a likable cast that also includes Christine Lahti, Kurt Boggs and our very own Patrick Brammall. If you can get past the quickly wrapped up story arcs and Kristen’s REALLY loud children, you will find a tense science versus supernatural drama involving some really interesting cases.

Evil is currently streaming on 10 All Access