The Path: Refugees – Demons (Review)

Aaron Paul as Eddie Lane in The Path

Cal’s demons come roaring out in ‘The Path’ this week when he welcomes the refugees that the church turned their back on last week.  Eddie ends up having to rescue Jason Kemp’s widow when she is spotted at the cabin where she has been hiding out.

Hawk’s IS girlfriend flees in the middle of the night when her mother freaks out about the movement. Mary confronts Cal about sending Sean away and it ends with her throwing a vase at Cal’s head.

Mary makes friends with a girl who works in the pharmacy on the compound and takes some pills to help her cope with Cal’s actions against Sean.

The tension level in this episode was high as Eddie continues to keep his involvement with Alison Kemp from Sarah and the rest of the movement (except for Cal). Gaines’ investigation gets  an official boost after Roberts brings the illegal refugees into the compound and the mercury rises further when one of the elders shows up to see Cal.

Abe (Rockmond Dunbar) “joins” the movement and already has a new “friend” interested in helping him in his journey.

Roberts’ actions have placed the movement in the spotlight. Police helicopters hover over the compound and the publicity is all negative. This helps amp up the stress levels of the elders and the other members of the “cult.”

Silas (Steve Mones) comes to see Cal right after the confrontation with Mary. The elder reveals that the movement is dead. The light, says Silas, is no more. Cal argues that he is the new leader, picked by Steven Meyer, who is dying of cancer. Silas responds that there may be a new leader but it is not Roberts, who he then calls a charlatan and an alcoholic salesman (like his father).

Cal reacts angrily, jabbing the broken end of the vase into Silas’ throat. The elder struggles with Robert and they both fall to the ground.

Silas dies.

Here, at last, is the demon that Calvin Roberts (Hugh Dancy) has been working so hard to hide. The innate oddness of the man, his impulsive gestures, his anger and that strangeness that pervades his every action  are now out in the open. This episode’s events reveal a man in constant turmoil with himself. An alcoholic who, at the end of the episode, looks set to drink himself into oblivion.

The knee-jerk reaction to Silas’ insulting remark seemed to surprise Cal as much as it did the viewer. Despite Roberts simmering underneath his facade of calm it was a surprising incident. it is somewhat of a dichotomy that the man apparently chosen by Steve Meyer, the movement’s founder, is so disliked by many of the elders.

Ironically, the personal turmoil the Eddie has been going through was shared with Roberts after their struggle when Alison escaped from Cal and the cabin.  He tells Cal about he vision and what he saw. After a short discussion, Roberts tells Eddie he must take “The Walk” a 250 mile journey of discovery, and that if he does not, Sarah will be told everything about the Miranda issue.

After the fight with Cal, Sarah and Eddie go to the gathering to vote on the refugee problem. Cal does not appear to state his case, he is trying to clean up the mess, and Sarah gives an impassioned speech instead. Eddie supports her and the couple seem to be tighter than before.

When the gathering ends, Sarah calls Cal and leaves an angry message asking why he wants Eddie to do The Walk in December.

Cal Roberts is a tortured individual who has always seemed a bit of a snake oil salesman. Practicing his delivery and motivational skills while driving.  The self-professed leader has never seemed quite right and the sense he has been hiding something (other than his knowledge that Steven Meyer is dying) has been apparent from episode one.

The death of Silas, and his message to Cal of the movement’s death, changes everything.  This is an intense and fascinating journey that show creator Jessica Goldberg is taking us on and it promises to get even better.

‘The Path’ airs Wednesdays on Hulu.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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