Adventures in Binging: ‘Prodigal Son’

This post is coming much later than I intended it to, but I binge-watched all of Prodigal Son. And by the end of it, I just found myself wondering why this show didn’t get picked up. Especially since I got so much of a response when I tweeted my thoughts on the season one finale. Regardless, if you couldn’t already tell, I really enjoyed the show.

The Premise

Still of Malcolm (played by Tom Payne) and Gil (played by Lou Diamond Phillips)

Prodigal Son follows Malcolm, a profiler and the son of the famous serial killer, Dr. Martin Whitly, as he helps the NYPD solve crimes. As much as he hates to admit it, talking to his father, who’s in prison, helps him with the overall process of catching the bad guys. But Malcolm’s still hesitant for two big reasons. First of all, his father’s a serial killer, and therefore untrustworthy. Secondly, he knows Martin’s lying about one of his past victims. Malcolm turned his father in when he was a kid, but only after he saw a girl in a box. The only problem is that he doesn’t fully remember what happened.

Final Thoughts

Malcolm (played by Tom Payne) talking to his father, Martin Whitley (played by Martin Sheen) in his prison cell

The first season finale was incredible. And I’m glad they continued the show after that. However, I will say I started to drop off during the second season. The show became much more procedural than it previously had been. But it did pick the drama back up near the end of the season. So, I couldn’t help but make comparisons with Lucifer. Specifically, before Netflix saved the show when it still aired on Fox. But much like how Lucifer left viewers on a major cliffhanger before Fox canceled them, Prodigal Son did the same. Which is why it’s understandable that there’s a petition out there for a streaming service to pick the show up. If you’re looking for a new show to watch and you’re into dramatic cop shows, this is definitely what I’d recommend.

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