Evil is coming. That's the brilliant horror series created by Robert and Michelle King, who were responsible for bringing The Good Wife and The Good Fight to screens. Evil is back for a second season to be aired on Paramount+ starting June 20th. This time, one of TV's best horror movies is bringing double the demons for some old fashioned horror fun in the sun.
For those who don't know, Evil sees forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (played by Katja Herbers) investigating strange events that could well be of a supernatural nature so that David Acosta (Mike Colter), a soon to be Catholic priest, can decide if the events are something for the church to involve themselves in or not. The cast also includes, among others, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Kurt Fuller, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, and Dalya Knapp.
Succeeding where so many similar shows and movies go wrong, the initial season of Evil managed to strike a near perfect balance between comedy and horror, equalling out the laughs and the scares while weaving its story of religious terror and explored the themes of ethics and morality. The first season came to a close on a particularly dark note, and the recent trailers for the new season seems to suggest that there is more darkness to come, with demons galore and apparently no expense spared on the special effects - always a bonus for this kind of series when we remember some of the underfunded atrocities of the past.
"EVIL is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. The second season brings evil closer to home. Kristin struggles with her darker nature after killing a man, while David suffers temptation as he gets closer to his ordination. Meanwhile Ben is visited by night terrors that prey on his greatest fears."
While there are many people who complain that there aren't many good horror series around, recent years seem to have found the genre having a renaissance of sorts, spurred on by the current love of all things Stephen King - who has numerous adaptations currently in production. Evil has been said to be the best series that Network TV has offered up since Hannibal or the TV adaptation of The Exorcist.
Whether it's the "monster of the week" format or the fact that the show seems to care as much about telling the story of each week's investigation without rushing to get to a big demon reveal or exorcism without a proper build-up, the series creates a unique kind of procedural supernatural crime fiction. How the show's move from CBS to Paramount+ will impact its viewership remains to be seen, but if you can manage to catch it, the series is one that is almost worth selling your soul for.