The Path: Why We Source – Pressure (Recap/Review)

Aaron Paul in The Path

The Path “Why We Source” increases the pressure on all the main players and at least one peripheral character gets thrown out of the movement. After Cal learns that a mole for the FBI  is in their midst he calls upon Abe, to help him sniff out the informer.

Sarah’s refusal to drop the water issue results in Hawk being arrested for domestic terrorism and Eddie comes to the rescue. Cal is not happy at this turn of events and later, when he asks Sarah about her meeting with Eddie she lies about her feelings.

In Juvenile Detention Hawk is accepted into another group of black inmates led by one of his cellmates. He also gets into a fight with a lad who crawls into his bunk.

Abe plants a burner phone in Shelby’s examination office to throw suspicion away from himself. It works brilliantly and the doctor is thrown out of the community.

Eddie gets together with Sarah to confront Libby, who will not return Sarah’s calls, and he puts DeKaan’s son Brendon on the phone to talk to her. This, and Sarah’s promise to stop testing the water, prompts the woman to drop the charges against Hawk.

Mary and Sean blackmail Cal into getting them a new fridge and the Meyerist leader learns that the baby Mary is carrying could be his. Sean is not, it seems, overly pleased with his part in the blackmail process and it seems that this action could have long term repercussions for the couple.

Cal lies to Richard, by omission, during the interrogations taking place in the movement. The pressure of his guilt, not just about the murder of Sarah’s mentor but of his writing the last three rungs of the Ladder, are taking their  toll on the leader.

Eddie and Sarah get together and have sex. Afterward they talk and he reveals that he is seeing Chloe. Sarah tells Eddie, when he asks, that she and Cal are not seeing one another. “I can’t see him that way,” she says.

Hawk is released from jail and when Eddie goes to meet him the teenager tells his father that they should have left him inside rather than call off the water testing.

Sarah goes to see the farmer with the sick cows. The man’s favorite cow is dying and he sticks the dying animal with a knife. The fluid that sprays over Sarah is black, not the color of blood at all. “It is poison,” says the farmer and Sarah screams her outrage as the scene fades to black.

Things are heating up in The Path. Abe shows that he believes the entire group to be corrupt. He also reveals to his boss that he wants to win. He cold-bloodedly sacrifices the movement’s medico in order to protect his cover and it seems clear at this point that he will do whatever is necessary to put Cal and Sarah away.

Eddie and Sarah’s continued contact will not end well for either of them. Sarah, who is already in a position of authority, much to Richard’s chagrin, will be punished severely she and Eddie do not stop breaking the group’s rules.

Cal is under the most suspicion and pressure, Kodiak is certain that their leader killed Steve, and when he breaks someone else could die, just as Silas did.

The Path airs Wednesdays on Hulu. As the second season progresses the movement is faltering without its comatose leader. Tune in and see what happens next to the cult of the light.

Cast:

Guest starring Allison Layman as Shelby and Molly Price as Libby DeKaan

The Path: The Red Wall – They’re Listening (Review)

Aaron Paul in The Path

The big climatic points in this episode of The Path “The Red Wall” had to do with Sarah pretty much selling her soul to get the needed funds to help the people of Clark and Eddie finally admitting that he was part of a cult.  Amazingly, Cal moves back a step to normal, but that is only after a check comes in to take the pressure off.

The sting operation fails because, as Abe points out, Lisa Jackson (their ace in the hole) was not properly vetted. Despite the Meyerist’s claiming to be all good and promoting a blameless life in the “light” they tape all the “unburdening” sessions.

Turns out that Lisa joined the cult, way back when, after killing a kid in a hit and run accident that she never reported. Rather than help the Feds to bust Cal, and Sarah, she folds when Lane starts to play the incriminating tape. Lisa passes on a note, “They’re listening.” This stops Sarah’s act of blackmail cold and ends the short meeting.

As a result the movement does not get that badly needed  tax exempt status and Cal now knows that they have an outsider in the organization. This will place Abe in jeopardy and could result in more unraveling of the group’s hierarchy.

Eddie’s arc continues to be the most interesting, followed closely by Mary’s and Sarah’s. For someone who realized, belatedly, that “there is no light” while still having visions of Steve and the late leader’s realization that Cal was the wrong choice to lead in his absence, Eddie is still one of the best members of the group in terms of guidance.

When Sean comes to see him, after the revelation from Mary that the child she is carrying is most likely not his, Eddie calms the distraught young man and helps him to return to his wife and profess his love for her and the unborn child.

Mary is still torn, presumably, between her infatuation with Cal and her new “love” for Sean. She is, self-admittedly, a damaged person who hurts those around her. Her struggle, however, has now become Sean’s as well but it may just be a matter of time before she succumbs to Cal’s pull again.

Sarah, without Eddie in her life, is taking a darker path. Cal Robert’s opening up and showing her Silas’ body has affected her deeply and she is reacting accordingly. She still loves Eddie but her place and fractured belief in the movement is tearing her apart.

In the meantime, Hawk is getting ever deeper into the spiritual side of the movement although he is not spending as much time with Cal as before. The boy is still, however, fascinated and attracted to the older woman in his life, Noa.

As this season plays out, it looks like Eddie may be the only one to come through in one piece while his family, the movement and Cal may fall completely apart. The big concern is for Abe as he looks to be dangerously close to losing whatever momentum he gained by going undercover.

The Path airs Wednesdays on Hulu.

Cast:

Guest starring Megan Byrne as Lisa Jackson

The Path: The Miracle – Game Changer (Review)

Aaron Paul as Eddie Lane in The Path

“The Path” follows Eddie’s journey as the rest of the movement freeze him out. Only Sarah keeps him from being expunged from the group completely, an act that will keep him from seeing his children.  Lane visits Abe at the hospital and prays for his daughter to heal naturally and to not need the surgery.  The infant is healed and does not need the operation, is this a miracle?

There are a number of miracles in this series.  Alison Kemp walking across the frozen pond/lake with stones in her pockets does not die, although the ice should have broken. This could be classed as another miracle. She really wanted to die after Sarah gave her Jason’s journal.

Eddie is having visions, or hallucinatory flashbacks, and it leads him to seek answers.  Heading to Peru he goes to Steve Meyer’s room and finds the dying man gone from his bed and standing. Alive, awake and very aware, Dr. Meyer has “returned from the dead” (so to speak) and this too could be classed as a miracle.

Cal has nurtured  the lie of Steve writing the last three rungs, which Sarah has discovered is not true,  and after telling the compound that Meyer will be arriving, he has changed it to Steve’s essence is there.

Mary recognizes the damage in Cal; the darkness, and the two finally have sex. Mary is drawn to the bad part of Roberts and always will be; just as he is drawn to her.

Sarah tells Cal that their relationship will always be on a professional basis and then starts investigating Silas’ disappearance.  She learns that Roberts lied about his whereabouts and she breaks into his office and laptop. She now knows that Cal wrote the last three rungs on his own.

Roberts marries Mary and Sean, re-inducts Alison Kemp back into the movement and accepts Hawk into the group properly.  Cal tells the group that Steve is now pure light. He also declares Sarah and himself as “Guardian’s of the Light.”

Summer uses her invisible light pen to write messages to her father and one can easily imagine the UV light used with the pen being a huge plot device in very short order. Cal’s murder of Silas guarantees a lot of physical evidence at the crime scene.

Sarah will obviously keep channeling her inner Nancy Drew until she learns the truth about Silas and Cal may be moved to do something desperate to protect his lies.   Roberts and Sarah has declared an uneasy alliance, of sorts, but she has declared war on Cal by letting him know that she will find out what happened to her mentor.

Cal Roberts is a dark and damaged man. His immediate goal is to take over the movement by hook and by crook.  Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul) who has decided that the movement is “fairy tale bulls*t” is having visions and may well be responsible for a miracle.

Abe Gaines (Rockmond Dunbar) is now in an awkward position.  Even while Eddie told him that “The Light” was rubbish, it was his prayer that, presumably, saved Gaines’ daughter from life threatening surgery.  Abe is no longer investigating the movement but he must be torn. 

Now the battle for the Meyerist Movement is between Cal (Hugh Dancy), Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), Eddie and Steve Meyer (Keir Dullea). Meyer, who may just be in remission, is at least cognizant and may be ready to dethrone Roberts. 

(If he is really there in the room at all. Eddie has been hallucinating a lot, is that really “Doc” or is it another vision?)

Cal told the comatose Meyer of his plans. Medical experts have postulated that coma patients can hear everything going on around them. Did Roberts’ news upset Meyer enough that he fought free of his coma, via the light? (Again assuming that Eddie did really see Meyer in the room.)

Roberts is dangerous.  It has been pointed out by elders in the movement. All that remains is to see how the danger will manifest itself when the truth comes out.  The only miracle may well be Sarah surviving her investigation into Cal’s murder of Silas.

“The Path” airs Wednesdays on Hulu.  Tune in and get caught up in the movement.

The Path: The Shore – Cal, Eddie and Hawk (Review)

Cal (Hugh Dancy)

A drunken Cal works to depose of Silas’ body in ‘The Path’ this week. Eddie and Hawk travel together and memories come flooding back for the father as they walk along the shore of the Coney Island boardwalk. Gaines gets a shock when his boss reveals that he is handing the Meyerist case over to the attorney general’s office and Sarah has a damned scary dream that can also be seen as a vision or a portent of bad things to come.

Cal backslides by drinking while he buries Silas and then cleans up. He brings Sean back to the compound for Mary and Nicole is having her baby.  Roberts goes to Sarah for help and she gets too attached.

Before the leader’s return, Sarah finds the Pacamamma idol that Silas brought with him and it is this that she saw in her dream.

Eddie is overwhelmed with memories of his brother as he and Hawk eat clam rolls and talk about  life, the walk and love.  Scrapping up a handful of change, Eddie urges Hawk to call his IS girlfriend.

Gaines (Rockmond Dunbar) is invited to dinner, along with his wife, by the division head and his colleagues believe that Abe is in for a promotion. At the meal with Abe’s boss, the man orders for his guests and then reveals that Gaines is losing the case.  The agent does not react well and after raging at his superior storms out. 

At Coney Island, Eddie sees his dead brother as Hawk talks on the phone with Ashley.

Nicole is having problems with the birth and when the infant is finally delivered the baby girl is not breathing.  Cal freezes but Sarah gives the newborn mouth-to-mouth and the tiny baby girl begins to cry. Sarah then does Cal’s “job” and welcomes this new soul into the world.

Mary (Emma Greenwell) and Sean (Paul James) share a moment of light where he asks about Cal and she tells her lover there was nothing between them.  Before they have sex, she starts to flush the drugs down the toilet but instead takes one, a flake, and puts the container back. 

Cal and Sarah react to their feelings for one another and when Sara wants to stop, Cal tells her that Eddie has been lying to her. She searches for evidence and finds the burner phone with  Alison Kemp’s (Sarah Jones) phone number on it and Eddie has called her a number of times. 

The warning of the Meyerist elder early in the episode was that Cal would destroy the movement through his recklessness. A movement that Silas told Roberts was dead. It may well be that Cal will be the beginning of the end for not just the movement but for Sarah’s family as well.

The walk for Eddie and Hawk is a path of discovery for both of them as Eddie relives his life before the movement and Hawk realizes that he may have to leave in order to be with Ashley.

Abe Gaines will no doubt continue his undercover integration into the movement. This cannot end well for the agent but the little we have seen of Abe shows him to be a “type ‘A'” personality.

The Pacamamma idol of Silas’ cannot bode well for Cal, or the group, and Mary’s keeping the drug and still taking it is another portent of bad things to come. With Sarah’s temper, finding that phone, thanks to Cal, Eddie may not want to return at the end of his walk.

In all likelihood the Cal enforced walk may end early and Eddie, if not Hawk, will return to face the wrath of Sarah. In conversation with Roberts, Sarah tells him that  alcoholism is his “rock to bear.” One wonders what Sarah’s rock is.

She is a complex character, perhaps even more so than Cal, with his rage, impulsiveness and psychosis.  For all her “leadership” qualities in the sect, she does have a deep seated anger and, apparently, a problem with jealousy.  Is this her rock to bear?

‘The Path’ airs Wednesdays on Hulu. Tune in and see where this movement heading.

The Path: Season One Premiere – A Cult by Any Other Name (Review)

The Path premiered on Hulu Wednesday bringing season one out with a flourish of foreboding and tendency to disturb. The Meyer Movement, a cult by any other name, may not rely upon the Almighty to bludgeon believers into behaving, but it does have a “Jim Jones” feel to it.

Aaron Paul as Eddie Lane in The Path

The Path premiered on Hulu Wednesday bringing season one out with a flourish of foreboding and a tendency to disturb. The Meyer Movement, a cult by any other name, may not rely upon the Almighty to bludgeon believers into behaving, but it does have a “Jim Jones” feel to it.

The founder, we learn, is comatose in Peru while his “right-hand” man Cal  Robertson (Hugh Dancy) tells the members that the man is “on lockdown” transcribing the last three rungs on the ladder.  Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan) was born into the movement and could be seen as “royalty” per se. 

Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul), Sarah’s husband, returns from a Peruvian  retreat, the same place that Dr. Stephen Meyer is laying unconscious hooked up to medical machines and a drip,  where the participants take hallucinogens in order to feel the light. Lane’s trip is not a pleasant one.

His dead brother, who committed suicide, shows Eddie, through an “out-of-body” experience that the leader is either in a coma or brain dead in a hospital bed. This trip upsets Lane and he returns from the retreat with his faith badly shaken.

He contacts someone who tells him that the movement is a lie and Sarah believes that Eddie is cheating on her which is called “transgressing” by members of the movement. Cal is the charismatic yet disturbing leader of the “East Coast chapter” of the cult.

The man is deep and capable of great violence. Cal is also, apparently, taking lessons on salesmanship, or selling techniques, to make him a more potent recruiter to the cause. Robertson has history with Sarah, the two were lovers before Lane came on the scene and he offers to help Eddie’s wife if she needs him.

The Path feels more “evil commune” than religious cult.  It fact, the “movement” is not, in essence a religion at all, hence its title of movement. Based loosely, it seems, on a variation of meditation, the “I’m okay, you’re okay” therapy of the ’70s and 80’s and a sort of zen psychiatry (with a measure of vegetarianism and warped “flower power) the cult, or movement, feels like Waco on E.

There is, however, an undercurrent present from the start, when the Meyer Movement group go to aid victims of a  community leveled by a tornado  in New Hampshire. A small convoy of three SUVs  roar into the flattened neighborhood, horns honking. Mary, a girl who is either in shock or suffering withdrawal (later it is proven to be the latter) watches the vehicles approach.

Once the movement members arrive, they begin to pick and chose survivors to bring back to their town. One of these “adoptees” is a young lady going through withdrawal and she along with a baby and few others are taken to the movement’s compound, in essence  they are kidnapped.

Monaghan’s character believes that her husband has cheated on her and insists he take the “program” a 14 day brainwashing exercise. Eddie denies an affair as he is in fact meeting with a former movement member whose husband was murdered, she says, by the cult when he attempted to leave.

Eddie does not reveal this to his wife.

Abe Gaines (Rockmond Dunbar) is intrigued about the movement and its taking people in from the tornado struck community.  He places the group on a special watch. In the movement, Mary tells Cal that her father sold her to his friends for sex starting when  she was a child. 

After this, Cal takes Mary to  see her father  and beats him into the hospital. Eddie learns that his contact’s husband was murdered.

Robertson is called to a rich believer’s house where the couple ask his movement to cure their son of drug addiction.  The boy’s mother is the believer and her husband is not. By the end of the program, Cal kidnaps the young man and tells the father that he does not want money, but his faith.

Hawk (Kyle Allen) Eddie and Sarah’s son wants to leave school and gets into a fight after visiting a female classmate’s house.  Eddie verifies that   his contacts husband  is dead, although records indicate he committed suicide and   Lane  panics.  He  decides to admit to the “affair” rather than keep talking to the late Jason Kemp’s wife. 

Cal does an interview on local television and later tells the unconscious Stephen Meyer about it.  Eddie completes his 14 day brainwashing program and admits (lies about) having an affair with an old flame.  Three men from the movement arrive at the house of Miranda Frank (Minka Kelly), the old flame in question, and take her away. These look to be the same three men who met Jason Kemp’s widow at her grandparents. 

Mary, who has been obsessed with Cal from day one, shows up after the beating of her father and performs oral sex on Robertson. He stops the young woman and suggests that she join up with another young man, a novice named Sean Egan.

The group target the miserable  and lost of society in order to grow their membership.  Using a method called the “ladder” the members climb metaphorical rungs to get closer to enlightenment.

The Path is a disturbing look at a pseudo religion based on sociology and psychiatry where the members attempt to be so open with their feelings and emotions that it mimics a sort of hive mentality.

Dancy proves to be mesmerizing as “the man who would be king” and Paul is convincing as the member whose vision has placed him in danger. Monaghan is forceful and equally convincing as the lifelong member of this movement.

Show creator Jessica Goldberg gives the viewer an unsettling look at organized brainwashing and what feels like a not too far-fetched story of new-age religion. Director Mark Cahill manages to frame many shots as though  the camera is spying voyeur, a move that makes the audience feel slightly uncomfortable.  It adds to the ambiance of menace quite nicely. 

The Path airs Wednesdays on Hulu. This promises to be an excellent little thriller try not to miss it.