Critics praised the Paramount + Evil drama for its interesting themes and witty writing, as well as Mike Colter and Michael Emerson’s acting.
The Supernatural Drama Series Wrong, now in its second season, has drawn a positive response from critics. While opinion on the series varies, critics have widely praised the series for its treatment of religious themes, witty writing, and solid performances. The positive reviews helped establish the series as one of the most beloved network TV debuts in years and a modern, more religious version of X files.
Wrong is a procedural drama about allegations of demonic possession and other religious or supernatural events that are being investigated by the team of uncertain psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Westworld ‘s Katja Herbers), the fervent priest-in-training David Acosta (Luke Cage star Mike Colter) and skeptical handyman Ben (The daily show alum Aasif Mandvi). In addition to Case of the Week, the series includes longer story arcs and unsolved mysteries involving the sinister Leland. (Person of interest ‘s Michael Emerson) and the personal lives of the core trio. Wrong aired its first season on CBS in the 2019/20 season, then switched to Paramount + for its second season, which kicked off on June 20.
Both seasons were critically acclaimed. Wrong has a score of 92% on Rotten tomatoes and 77 on Metacritic. The show’s nuanced portrayal of religious faith and doubt in a modern context has been praised by critics. The characters in Wrong often go back and forth to find out whether or not a given event is evidence of divine inspiration or demonic possession or just trivial illness. This creates a more nuanced and empowering portrayal of exorcisms and possession claims than Conspiracy and other popular horror movie franchises. Through his characters, notably Kristen, Wrong depicts how many ordinary people struggle with religion or create their own altered belief systems. The AV Club‘s Saloni Gajjar highlights these themes in his review:
Wrong is compelling because the trio’s conflicting ideologies are challenged in each case, especially as Ben and Kristen’s work finally catches up with them. […] Yes Wrong the first season commented on the different natures of evil, the second season scrutinizes the innate fears that result, especially when the team is pushed by their opponent, Leland Townsend.
Richard Lawson adds Vanity Show:
In the nimble hands of the Kings, all this demonic becomes a metaphor for the disease of America today, especially the way the internet has smuggled horrible things beyond lax defenses and into our daily lives. . The most alarming suggestion on the show isn’t that something bad is happening to us, but that we are all terribly infected with it already.
WrongThe writing was also praised for its sharpness and humor. The series is created by Robert and Michelle King, who also used the network’s procedural format to create critically acclaimed works with The good woman and The good fight. Wrong is full of clever dialogue, daring visual gags, and stories from the headlines that previous Kings’ shows were known for. Reviews like IndieWireSteve Greene’s Steve Greene praised the show’s ability to nimbly switch between different tones and subjects:
The deeper “evil” penetrates into his mythology, the more he feels like a magician offering insight into how they do their tricks. […] Peel off the layers of CGI appearances and simple effects flair (each episode begins with an intricate pop-up book motif) and you still have the unsettling little touches of the series: a scream from a scrambled vocal recording or a noise. strange occurring just out of sight or a mirror looking back with a sinister smile. These are all threads of a bizarre tapestry that may not always make sense when you look at it closely. But take a step back for the full view, and there’s nothing quite like it on TV.
The Pittsburgh Tribune review‘s Rob Owen also praised the show’s horror talent:
“Evil” is the rare sight that is both often frightening – a fear of jumping was enough for my reaction to scare my dog ââsitting next to me on the couch – but in a generally sophisticated way. It’s not horrible like “Hannibal” and the weekly cases prevent “Evil” from turning into murky mythology.
The overall distribution of Wrong also received critical acclaim. In particular, Katja Herbers has been acclaimed for her portrayal of Kristen’s struggles of faith, professionalism, and family, while the sinister characters of Michael Emerson from Arrow and Lost were surpassed by his demon-inspired Leland. Wrong Also has a supporting cast full of great actors such as Christine Lahti and Dylan Baker. Allison Shoemaker season 1 review for RogerEbert.com Highlighted the show’s acting:
Herbers is excellent, and it’s all about Kristen and that visceral performance that âEVILâ is based on, but it’s not a one-woman show. Colter, a winning actor if not always fascinating, is well-made, open-hearted but still a number, guided by the purest intentions but stalked by personal demons (although they never seem to take the form we are in. waits, literally or metaphorically).
In The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum praises Herbers:
The cast are universally strong, especially Herbers, who with her warm eyes and disheveled suspicious demeanor make Kristen feel weird and a little dirty, like she’s burying huge chaotic emotions. She’s especially good at scenes with her four daughters, who keep tumbling down on the couch with her, chatting and laughing, with an organic family sweetness.
Like previous Kings broadcasts, Wrong goes against the trend of heavily serialized dramas while still being respected by critics and TV aficionados. Switching from a broadcast network to a recently rebranded streaming service might prove difficult, but the positive reviews of the second season should help draw more attention to one of the most unique TV shows.
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