Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast
There are better movies of two hours length. I loved the actress'performance.
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
This is a good show to watch. Why is Hulu canceling so many good shows now??
Thoughtful and immersive character piece. The characters are almost without exception, exceptional. But every time they pull you in, Aaron Paul steps onscreen and shatters the illusion they've worked so hard to build. A cult leader? A father? Come on. Whoever cast him should be embarrassed. Maybe even ashamed.Aaron, please, for the love of all that is holy, stop whispering for no reason, appending "okay" to the end of every half sentence and titling your head 160 degrees on it's y-axis. Then go take an acting class and have some real life experiences to base your next performance on so that it's not just another 'Jesse Pinkman plays daddy'.
I love this show. I love how it shows the other side of how cults are on the inside. I could do without some of the odd spiritual stuff, but regardless, it's still a great show. The cast is great too and play their parts well. It really does show a different lifestyle and keeps you interested from start to finish.
The Path centers around a cult in upstate New York with various characters either falling deeper into it or adjusting to life outside of it. Weaving together an impressive number of existing religious practices and mythologies, creator Jessica Goldberg builds an impressively intricate religious world view for her characters from the ground up.At the center of it all is a family torn by various levels of devotion and a leader (Cal, played by Hugh Dancy) who ranks somewhere in the middle echelon of corrupt characters on TV. Part of the the theme is that corruption and shortcuts are hard to avoid when trying to build a big movement under the veneer of behaving with good morals. In this fashion, the show isn't just a political snipe at Scientology (that would be kind of easy) but a richer more universal commentary about all religious organizations and how they can blind people to abuse of power: You stand for good, is it that wrong to throw a little bad into the mix in service of the end goal? The family consists of Eddie (Aaron Paul, who throws himself into the role admirably) who's veering away from religious belief, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) who's veering closer to the center of the religious power structure, and Hawk (Kyle Miller) who's oscillating between the two ends. They also have a daughter but as of yet (halfway through season 2) she serves no discernible function. It's, again, a situation that can be topically applied to a great many religions where intermarriage is a problem.The use of side characters is also pretty well-placed: Emma Greenwell plays a former drug addict who's going in a journey of the opposite direction of Eddie and trying to rediscover herself in cult life. Similarly, Ali Ahn stands out as Sarah's sister-in-law who slowly pushes for power for her husband in the second season.The show might disappoint if you're looking for something that deals with religion and faith in the way that films like Silence, Seven Years in Tibet or Lost Horizon might. Instead it's about the bureaucracy of religion and the pratfalls of corruption.I didn't find it in the upper echelon of the most engaging things on TV but, for me, it was certainly watchable enough to stick with (it gets significantly more exciting in the second season). Enough ingredients are in place that it could really be someone else's cup of tea though.