Nice effects though.
Bad Acting and worse Bad Screenplay
As Good As It Gets
Loved this show (writing and acting) but... it was simplistic in the sense that Myerism is a fictitious example of just one of the many extreme cases that make the news, like Scientology. Since the show was such a slow burn, they could have expanded on the more mundane attributes of a "normal" religious movement (that never make the news), and I would have followed with even more enjoyment. For example, I loved scene where converts are loading up a SUV at a big box store, filling it only with TP. That's the reality of a living on a compound, with other things like a bigger fridge and clean water taking on larger importance than you would expect. Recreating mini-municipalities run by random volunteers on a tight budget is more difficult than one thinks. In-fighting, rumors, office politics and secret transgressions abound on the Path, as in real life. Makes me wonder if the writers took examples from many "cults" they might have researched, and mashed them all together. Regardless, good job!
I love this show. I got addicted to this show after watching the 3rd episode of season 1. I have now seen all 3 seasons of The Path. Every season is great. The character performances are very strong, especially with the 3 main leads. But it seems like every character performance is strong, even the few kids in the show performed well. The Path has tremendous character development from the 3 main lead characters to everyone else. Story is interesting. Are these people in a cult ? Are their visions real? I hope they renew the 4th season and beyond. I think this is one of the best shows out there. I would put The Path up against all the great shows out there, including Handmaid's Tale, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, The Terror, Westworld, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Counterpart, American Gods, Homeland, Vikings, The Americans, etc.
I fail to understand how a series could have such an incredibly well done first season, only to lurch off the rails by the middle-end of second season, and then totally go deep end bonkers by the third (stopped watching a few epi's in).
Has to be different writers. It's like the first season writing was replaced with a team whose only experience is in bad soap operas. SO disappointing.
The premise, story line development, characters/casting/acting were all amazingly well done Season One. Totally hooked.
Then Season 2: starts to come in with too many side stories, never going back to develop/conclude/weave into the rest of the story line..then characters begin to display neuroses by alternating between their previous development and then behaving perplexingly out of character. This is NOT the same thing as developing a nuanced character; the series HAD managed to pull this off in a stellar way Season One.
Then all the story lines became overlaid with a healthy dose of tawdry American soap opera on top of it..we the viewer left needing a pad of paper and pen to jot down all the inconsistencies, 180's, unexplained terms left hanging between characters, only to change with no explanation...UGH. SUCH a disappointment.
I love this show. I love how it shows the other side of how cults are on the inside. I could do without some of the odd spiritual stuff, but regardless, it's still a great show. The cast is great too and play their parts well. It really does show a different lifestyle and keeps you interested from start to finish.