"Faith Versus Science"
The new CBS series EVIL is about a female psychologist and a Catholic priest-in-training who investigate and evaluate violent criminals to see if they’re mentally fit to stand trial, with the priest believing in supernatural reasons for the criminal’s actions.
Dr. Kristin Bouchard is the pragmatic psychologist, and David Acosta is the priest-in-training who believes that demons could actually be fueling many of these crimes. In the pilot episode, Dr. Bouchard examines a man named LaRue, whom she believes is mentally ill. In their first meeting, Acosta offers Bouchard a Cross and tells her the “Our Father,” the Lord’s Prayer, will help her ward off evil. The two are initially in opposition, with Bouchard attributing her strange supernatural encounters to science, and Acosta attributing them to a supernatural battle between good and evil.
The pilot episode of EVIL, a new fall series on CBS, grapples with the demonic side of the supernatural, but the conclusion offers a bit of hope. As a priest-in-training, David Acosta, assesses the miraculous occurrences of the supernatural, as well as demonic influences and hauntings on people. He invites a pragmatic forensic psychologist, Dr. Kristin Bouchard to join him on his next mission to investigate a miracle. Though Bouchard says she doesn’t believe, she’s interested in exploring the supernatural and seeing what else may be unexplained by her scientific mind.
The pilot episode of EVIL is well-written and produced. It follows a similar, yet more violent, standard for CBS programs. The episode presents a strong Christian worldview. Christ and prayer are the only hope against the demonic forces behind the rise of evil in the world. The pilot episode positively explores the supernatural world, but extreme caution is recommended due to violence, scary elements and some sexual references. For example, a demon harasses and assaults the lead female character. Also, the pilot episode of EVIL shows some gory pictures of dead bodies.