New show adds creepy vibe to Fox

Alexandra Howard

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Fox’s new Prodigal Son adds a new and intriguing show to the network that is fitting for the fall season. Often new shows have a hard time catching fire, but this show hits its mark. With odd characters and scary crimes, this show will keep us interested. 

The intriguing pilot, premiering September 23, 2019, left viewers in shock. The main character, Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), becomes a consultant for the NYPD alongside his old time friend Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips). As a profiler, he uses his genius mind to find killers. We were shocked to find that he is so knowledgeable about serial killers, not because he’s FBI, but because his own father was a famous serial killer. His father, Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), now resides in an asylum after being caught. Bright often has to go to his father for help on his cases.

The main character is fun to follow, because he always has a witty remark. Tom Payne does an excellent job of creating a character with a fun, quirky attitude that interacts with each character in a different way. He seems to have hidden knowledge that makes him a little creepy and yet incredibly smart, so much so that he amazes people with it. 

The unhealthy relationship between Bright and his father figure Detective Arroyo contrasts with that of Detectives Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau) and JT Tarmel (Frank Harts). These people allow Bright to be more fun and humorous. 

Writers Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver created a new show that often reminds me of Castle. Both main characters become a sort of adviser to the police, having an odd insight into the way murder works. However, unlike the character Castle, Bright has a more frightening perception, as his own father was a murderer. Whereas, Castle is an author and did not learn about murder from a killer directly. This gives the show a new edge and makes it feel different than other detective shows. 

While the crimes pull the viewers in, seeing the dynamics between Bright and his parents, the nightmares, and the fear of having the same personalities as his father creates dread that leaves you on the edge of your seat. 

Although the show does have an eerie element, it is still funny. We see this in the way Bright talks to his coworkers. This keeps the show lighter, especially since the topic is solving murders. 

With snakes coming out of bodies and a serial killer who wants to bond with his son over murder, the show could not get more interesting. With only six episodes that have aired so far, the show has a lot more to bring to the table, and you sure do not want to miss it. Bringing new curiosity and drama, this show is going to be a fan favorite.