Criticism of the “prodigal son”: the drama of Michael Sheen is bad, imitation “The silence of the lambs”

Tom Payne and Michael Sheen in “Prodigal Son”
PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Tom Payne and Michael Sheen in the “Pilot” series premiere episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Monday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: David Giesbrecht / FOX.

Criticism of the “prodigal son”: the drama of Michael Sheen is bad, imitation “The silence of the lambs”

A police profiler visited his father, the father of the serial killer, to ask him to help him in a twisted murder at the same time as part of the new extravagant procedure of Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver.

With a broadcast program, it takes some enthusiasm to be completely ridiculous. From the beginning, these one-hour dramas that sound serious, but are so serious that the only option is to laugh, you can alienate the viewers before you hook them up. . Certainly, there are wonderfully crazy success stories, but they usually evolve over time, pressing too hard to find that it works or accumulating so many stupid tics that recognizing them is the only way forward. “Prodigal Son,” Fox’s new drama that transforms the Clarice Starling / Hannibal Lecter family relationship, is immediately filled with crappy energy. Although Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver have thrown it all out and the kitchen is up for the first three episodes, his series of serial killers always feel more sad than “so bad that it’s good”.

Meet Malcolm Bright. Malcolm (played by a maniac Tom Payne) is the son of a serial killer known as “The Surgeon”. In the 1990s, Malcolm’s father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), was exposed as a mass murderer who reduced at least 23 people before being arrested. (The phrase “at least” is repeated enough to make it clear that there are more murders in the past waiting to be discovered.) Now, Martin resides in a cell that looks like a library, with a television and a phone (restricted).

Each facilitates the surveillance of their two children, especially their daughter Ainsley (Halston Sage), a journalist in New York, who usually conducts homicide investigations. But it’s not a family story, it’s a story of father and son. While Ainsley was too young to remember his father before being thrown behind bars, Martin remembers him very well. He is tormented by nightmares so vivid that he binds to his bed every night. Although he does not sleepwalk to nearby lakes with a block of cement, he trembles so violently that he could, for example, throw himself through a window and hang in the streets of Manhattan.

Frank Harts, Aurora Perrineau and Lou Diamond Phillips in “Prodigal Son”
PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Frank Harts, Aurora Perrineau and Lou Diamond Phillips in the “Annihilator” episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Monday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Peter Kramer/ FOX.

Given this uncontrollable and life-threatening behavior, you might think that Malcolm would look for a therapist (no!) Or avoid disturbing triggers (no, again!), That he would hinder any craziness, after all. Thus, when “Prodigal Son” is open, he is a criminal psychologist who works for the FBI and, at the end of the pilot project, he is an independent consultant for the New York police. Because? Well, they needed their expertise to “penetrate the mind of a serial killer” and in the minds of their father, the latter! The first murderer Malcolm must catch is an imitator assassin, who reunites him with his locked father.

From there, his 10-year break is slowly changing, since Malcolm wonders whether or not he is the prodigal son of his father, yes, they say in the title of the first episode, if his work is a healthy relief or a problematic crutch, and if your family keeps more secrets than those of your father’s homicidal surgeon. “Prodigal Son” has not found any possible plot that he does not want to explore, causing multiple romantic partners in the pilot project and joining the characters by all means necessary. He will not be bored, but for every new craze that presents itself to him, a persistent problem accompanies him.

With a broadcast program, it takes some enthusiasm to be completely ridiculous. From the beginning, these one-hour dramas that sound serious, but are so serious that the only option is to laugh, you can alienate the viewers before you hook them up. . Certainly, there are wonderfully crazy success stories, but they usually evolve over time, pressing too hard to find that it works or accumulating so many stupid tics that recognizing them is the only way forward. “Prodigal Son,” Fox’s new drama that transforms the Clarice Starling / Hannibal Lecter family relationship, is immediately filled with crappy energy. Although Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver have thrown it all out and the kitchen is up for the first three episodes, his series of serial killers always feel more sad than “so bad that it’s good”.

Meet Malcolm Bright. Malcolm (played by a maniac Tom Payne) is the son of a serial killer known as “The Surgeon”. In the 1990s, Malcolm’s father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), was exposed as a mass murderer who reduced at least 23 people before being arrested. (The phrase “at least” is repeated enough to make it clear that there are more murders in the past waiting to be discovered.) Now, Martin resides in a cell that looks like a library, with a television and a phone (restricted).

Each facilitates the surveillance of their two children, especially their daughter Ainsley (Halston Sage), a journalist in New York, who usually conducts homicide investigations. But it’s not a family story, it’s a story of father and son. While Ainsley was too young to remember his father before being thrown behind bars, Martin remembers him very well. He is tormented by nightmares so vivid that he binds to his bed every night. Although he does not sleepwalk to nearby lakes with a block of cement, he trembles so violently that he could, for example, throw himself through a window and hang in the streets of Manhattan.

Given this uncontrollable and life-threatening behavior, you might think that Malcolm would look for a therapist (no!) Or avoid disturbing triggers (no, again!), That he would hinder any craziness, after all. Thus, when “Prodigal Son” is open, he is a criminal psychologist who works for the FBI and, at the end of the pilot project, he is an independent consultant for the New York police. Because? Well, they needed their expertise to “penetrate the mind of a serial killer” and in the minds of their father, the latter! The first murderer Malcolm must catch is an imitator assassin, who reunites him with his locked father.

Frank Harts, Aurora Perrineau and Lou Diamond Phillips in “Prodigal Son”
From there, his 10-year break is slowly changing, since Malcolm wonders whether or not he is the prodigal son of his father, yes, they say in the title of the first episode, if his work is a healthy relief or a problematic crutch, and if your family keeps more secrets than those of your father’s homicidal surgeon. “Prodigal Son” has not found any possible plot that he does not want to explore, causing multiple romantic partners in the pilot project and joining the characters by all means necessary. He will not be bored, but for every new craze that presents itself to him, a persistent problem accompanies him.

Is this the casting? Payne is everywhere, trying not to find consistency in this chaotic track, while Sheen is too subtle for her moment Hannibal Lecter. Maybe the revelation is great, but it’s a stalemate in the first episodes. Maybe clichés are the problem? It is bad enough that they are trying to sell Malcolm’s “special ability” by saying that he is the only person to look at the crime scene from the murderer’s point of view, but that moments of small actions appear quite often to spoil nature. Unpredictable television really crazy.

Mix the film so dark, full of smoke and work by case, and “Prodigal Son” feels a bit incongruous to be left alone in case you find your rhythm. Some tonal adjustments could turn this dramatic crime into something nice, but for the moment, it’s just the craziest imitation of the “Silence of the Lambs”. (Yes, even more than that)