The Path (2016 - )
Unlike our beloved Zombie Honey Bella, I adore any and everything cult-related, even when it's a tacked on twist. Maybe it's because my only deeply-held beliefs are that Red Vines are better than Twizzlers, The Shining is over-rated, and people are way too hard on Keanu Reeves. Other than that, the odds of me EVER getting sucked into a cult are less than 0%. Which is why I was so excited for Hulu's new original series, The Path, a show that focuses on a sect of Meyerists (NOT Scientologists... the creators pinky promise) lead by Hugh Dancy's charismatic charmer, Cal Roberts.
But does The Path measure up not only to cults on film, but the creepiness of real life extreme religions?
Not yet... but it's getting there.
I joke about Meyerism's similarities to Scientology because they are many (afterlives full of gardens and light, climbing ladders of spirituality to reach a transcendent state in which one abandons their "physical being," some undefined body reading device, and even their own version of an SP, or suppressive person), but realistically, Meyerism is as insane as any religion. Their beliefs are just based in a 60s, hippy culture, and this is evident in people like Sarah, who grew up in the faith. The first two episodes of The Path inundate you with details about Meyerism, and how much you are willing to buy into will depend entirely on how charismatic you find Hugh Dancy's Cal.
|Which is to say... a lot.|
Even when The Path slows down and leads you into side stories that don't seem like they have staying power, it's the performances that keep you engaged. This is first television project back for both Dancy (Hannibal) and Paul (Breaking Bad), and Dancy is the one who is truly shedding his former skin and embracing something new. Even when his "we're not a cult" leader is spouting literal nonsense, there was never any question how and why these people ended up under his charge. The question I am anxious to discover going forward is just how Cal ended up as the face of Meyerism, but in an effort to avoid spoilers, I won't go into detail about Meyerism's former leader (except that he's played by Keir Dullea... HORROR BONER).
|Forced marriage counseling... Always helpful.|
Right now, the real wild cards are the main female characters, played by Monaghan and Greenwell. Neither are terribly sympathetic, with Monaghan specifically frustrating, especially if you don't find yourself of the religious persuasion. A lot of my faith in The Path is riding on the future characterization of these women, and whether or not they become as strong as the men.
|No spoilers but seriously... It's not Scientology.|
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