Review: Evil



“7 Swans a Singin’ ‘” — Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate an insidiously addictive Christmas song that’s spreading among an increasing number of students, and the dangerous relationship between online influencers and their impressionable young followers, on EVIL, Thursday, Dec. 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (l-r) Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shakir, Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard and Mike Colter as David Acosta Photo: ELIZABETH FISHER/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Ally Richardson

Evil, is a supernatural drama TV series by Robert and Michelle King. It was released on September 26, 2019. It currently has two seasons with the third coming out on June 12, 2022.


Evil follows Kristen, a psychologist, David, a catholic priest in training, and Ben, the resident science guy. All of them are employed by the catholic church to investigate cases of possible demonic occurrences. The show has a format of a new case each episode which helps keep reliable structure within the supernatural ambiguity. Many of the cases involve the personal lives and families of the team. Their main adversary is Leland Townsend, a rival psychologist that Kristen met at her former job. The ideologies within the team consist of formerly catholic, currently atheist Kristen, devout catholic David, and atheist with a Muslim upbringing Ben. Saloni Gajjar of the A.V. Clud, observed: “Evil is compelling because the trio’s conflicting ideologies are challenged with every case, especially as Ben and Kristen’s work finally catches up to them. […] If Evil season one commented on the varying natures of evil, the sophomore season scrutinizes the innate fears that develop as a result, especially when the team is pushed by their adversary, Leland Townsend.”


Evil constantly toes the line between an explanation of something being demonic/supernatural or an outside factor like mental illness or lead pipes. Throughout the show, it takes its time choosing either side, with some cases ending with a plausible outside explanation that can never fully explain it, leading to a feeling of an underlying presence of the truly unexplainable. Every time you think Evil has finally committed itself to being solely supernatural, like when multiple characters have extremely vivid visits with supernatural demonic beings, it’s always explained away as hallucinations or some other reason. Religious people try to find meaning in the meaningless, whereas secular people try to find rationality in the irrational.


 Evil isn’t confined solely to the realm of Christianity, with one episode including a powerful type of Islamic demon called a jinn, specifically an ifrit. The jinn led to fighting within the team, fostered by a demon that plagues Ben, in the way that the devil wants to see all of them disagree and become polarized in the modern world. The scariest episode in the show (Room 320) is completely based on a very real fear, while there are some supernatural elements, the real fear comes from the true plausibility and execution of this level of torture based on race, causing some viewers to be deeply disturbed.


With the third season on the horizon, Evil is a worthwhile watch for those who enjoy the attempt to rationalize the supernatural and unexplainable.