Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV

Why the Horrors of ‘Evil’ Sound Unlike Anything Else on TV
Evil” began strong, smuggling complex moral, spiritual, and sociopolitical issues into its procedural format with wit and style, and it has only gotten deeper, more moving, and more frightening over the course of three seasons. By focusing on a team of three investigators — forensic psychologist Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), newly ordained priest David (Mike Colter), and tech expert Ben (Aasif Mandvi) — who the Catholic Church has hired to look into various unexplainable occurrences, series creators Robert and Michelle King are able to deliver a sophisticated inquiry into the nature of belief and the origins of evil on a weekly basis, in a show that’s often diabolically funny as well as heartbreakingly tragic and poignant.

When it comes to delivering the horror-show goods, the most recent episode, “Demon of the Road,” is a case study in what “Evil” does best. The three leads head out to a long stretch of lonely highway,
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