After a particularly intense demonic case last week, Evil took a step back to breathe this week, giving us time to get to know the characters a little better, while still delving into the supernatural. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at “2 Fathers”!
Spoilers Ahead: You’ve Been Warned!!!
Too Close to Home
Upon analyzing the sigils from the Vatican investigation last episode, David recognizes one of them as a symbol that his father uses in his paintings. Reluctant to see his estranged father again, but curious about what this means, he and Kristen embark on a journey.
Upon seeing his father for the first time in years, David (and Kristen) are a bit weirded out to find him living in a polyamorous relationship with two women, and participating in group séances that give off a real cultish vibe. David’s father, Leon confesses that at times a spirit “possesses” him when he paints, and that is the origin of the symbol.
Later that night, while on a drugged out bender during the séance, Kristen witness a young woman running into the tall grass and giving birth to what appears to be some sort of monstrous creature. However, much in Evil fashion, we still can’t be 100% certain if anything truly supernatural took place.
As both David and Kristen saw her at the party, but both were drugged and it very well could have been a hallucination. Ben also gets his own B plot, which is mostly a romantic follow with Vanessa from the previous episode.
She demonstrates that she truly does care for him by defying her own supervisors to defend him, but reveals a crazy superstitious belief that he has trouble wrapping his head around.
All the while, Kristen’s husband has returned, but she doesn’t even realize this until the very end, so we’ll have to wait until next episode for that reunion.
Serialized in the Wrong Area?
Thus far, the only plots and aspects of the series that seem to follow through are the romantic entanglements with Ben and Vanessa, as well as Leland and Sheryl.
It’s not that each episode isn’t interesting, it’s that it would be really cool to see these cases advance with time, or to have an over-arching storyline.
Perhaps the closest thing we have to this is the virtual videogame that Kristen’s daughters keep playing. As the season ramps up to a close, we can’t help but wonder what sort of epic climax it has planned.
Perhaps the series is merely waiting until then to have everyone from previous episodes come back, or perhaps this is just the nature of episodic television.
Not all Spirits are Evil
Despite the lack of inter-episode continuity, each one’s plot is still perfectly capable of being compelling, particularly this one.
The spirit (assuming that’s what it actually was) that’s been possessing Leon to paint isn’t some malevolent force, rather it’s the unsettled ghost of a slave who endure unimaginable horror in life, and only wanted to love her child.
While the “monster” birth scene in the tall grass is disturbing, it’s equally tragic as we realize that it represents the massive ugliness and horror that so many millions of slaves suffered for centuries.
Her ghost is the remnant of a mammoth injustice in the past, one which led to mothers being forced to abandon their children. Many were sold off to different owners, and these were just the fortunate ones who were permitted to live at all.
This poignant storyline has immense implications, and it almost feels like the episode itself doesn’t realize it, or go as far as it could. However, perhaps it’s for the best, as if it tried too hard it might come off as shoving an agenda down its audience’s collective throat. Instead, it subtly makes its point, while also disturbing us simultaneously.
And finally, the return of Kristen’s husband will certainly lead to a conflict that we all know has been long overdue. Not only will his long absence take a toll on their marriage (which is already has), but he foolishly meddled with the Oujia board in the video game, having no idea that he’s actually on a series titled Evil. Hopefully this all building towards something incredible!