Still in withdrawal from shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal or True Detective (Season 1, obviously)?
Showcase has a new series that may hit the spot. Starring familiar faces from all three of those hit shows (Aaron Paul, Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan, respectively) and executive produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), The Path is a creepy mystery/thriller that centers on life in a religious cult and one man’s struggle to reconcile his faith with his reason.
Aaron Paul plays Eddie Lane, a young family man who’s married into the “Kennedys” of the fictitious Meyerist Movement. The movement (“we’re not a cult!”, its devoted members repeatedly protest) is all about light and love and helping those in both physical and emotional need – they’re even the first to make an appearance at disaster sites armed with water bottles and the message of their revered leader, Dr. Stephen Meyer. But after experiencing a supernatural (and drug-induced) vision, Eddie starts to question life on the compound and whether or not this “light” that everyone is supposedly in search of actually exists. He reaches out to a former member, triggering a chain of events that begin to unravel his family, community, and even his sanity.
Character-driven and expertly directed (the first two episodes by Mike Cahill, Another Earth and I Origins), it’s not long before The Path sucks you into its disturbing little universe. Hugh Dancy is fantastic as Cal Robertson, who’s filling in as a temporary leader while Dr. Meyer is away on a mission. He’s everything you’d want from a cult, er, movement leader – simultaneously compassionate and terrifying, all the while irresistibly enticing. Michelle Monaghan is Eddie’s wife Sarah who has quite obviously been drinking the Kool-Aid her entire life. Each episode unveils new characters and their histories, revealing (and explaining) a little bit more of all the darkness underlying the light.
Airs Thursdays at 9pm EST on Showcase.