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Cult (2013) 1x01-1x03 Reviewed

You’re Next
This forgotten show sees the show within the show ‘Cult’ feature a cultist turned cop (Alona Tal) chase cult leader Billy Grimm (Robert Knepper). Grimm has a dark reputation and is psychopath enabling. Tom Amandes plays the show runner and he seems happy the show has some crazy devoted fans.

There is mumbling and a reporter named Jeff, who seems like a poor man’s Jensen Ackles. Jeff’s brother Nate babbles about the show within the show and the plot is distinctly vague but it is intriguing. It seems like Hollywood TPTB are mocking fans and fandom culture. Nate stares in trepidation. This was not a generation defining masterpiece but it is okay.

Jeff has huge simmering resentment for Nate. Was Nate in a sinister situation? Why do people have such special reverence for the show within the show? Something is super wrong. Have people violated conventional moral and social thinking? This was an intriguing failure of a show. The show within the show has a weird catchphrase.

There are comments by a network guy that the show within the show isn’t popular. Why hasn’t the show within the show’s creator ever been seen in public? Nate vanishes. This show has an unpredictable narrative that is mysterious and gripping. Jeff and some woman who works on the show visit a fandom café where crazed fans hang out. Wouldn’t all this be online? It is revealed Jeff was disgraced and fired after fabricating a story and as a result the police hate him. There are dread warnings, a mysterious CD, a reveal and an abduction.

Best Lines:
“Everybody else is lying.”

“Aggressive contact.”

“Street pharmaceuticals.”

“Pissed off drug dealers love to leave messages.”

“Loves the fan passion.”

“You never should have put it in!”

In The Blood
What is the weird symbol? This show has weird opening credits. The show within the show doesn't explain why the cultist turned cop has taken against the cult. Why do the show cult carry out such horrific cruelty? The show worker doesn’t seem to do her job as she is always hanging around Jeff. Nate left a journal devoid of coherence and literary grace. Spoilers are discussed. Jeff provokes an armed man and annoys a tech girl.

There is a symbol. Jeff is a jackass and he has swaggering bravado. He feels morally justified to harass a widower. There are negative consequences to Jeff’s prying. Jeff shouts narcissistically and his aggressive attitude provokes chaos. Jeff has no friends or family only selfishness and egotism. The show worker thinks the show within the show creator caused her father to disappear 10 years ago. There is a cult out there that has been around for 10 years? The show within the show creator, Steven Rea, is weird. Sadly this ep leaves one terribly, terribly bored.

Jeff is always drawing attention to himself and he has terrifying moral certainty. He learns something about an unfriendly cop. This ep was wilfully suspenseless. I’m interested in the slowly revealed truth and the fact that the actor who plays Billy Grimm is getting a bit too method. I don’t care about Jeff’s macho suffering because of his impersonality. Jeff is sure of his eternal rightness. What does the cult believe? Why is Jeff such an egomaniacal monster?

Best Lines:
“One of mine now.”

“You put a disk that looks like this in your laptop?”

“Coded script pages. Locked editing rooms.”

“True believers in what?”

Being Billy
Why does the show within the show have global fascination? Why in the show within the show do people stay under the control and direction of Billy Grimm? Who is the cult girl? Inherently rotten people re-enact scenes from the show. Is Nate really missing? Nobody noticed cult girl abducting the network guy in 1x01? Has nobody noticed he is missing?

Nate’s girlfriend shows up. Jeff fancies himself as having steely resolve. College kids play a game based on the show. Kelly, the orange cop on the show within the show annoys. There is mumbling and Kelly has clumped mascara. Meanwhile cult girl romances the actor who plays Billy Grimm. There are terrifying possibilities. Who prints out stuff for a wall of crazy? Wouldn’t it all be online?

The Billy Grimm actor is grimly delighted to have an obsessed Number 1 Fan. People see messages in the show. There is sour triumph and nobody notices the intensity of fans responses to the show within the show. A baddie flaunts their ambition to join the cult. Cult girl is uncompromising. Nate’s galpal shrugs off the unspeakable ordeal of nearly being murdered.

Nobody has courtesy and respect. Where’s the weird cop gone? The show worker finds what could be sound clues in the show. Or are they just things unbalanced people perceive as messages in the show? Why are apparently decent people doing terrible things? This is an okay meditative study of obsession and dissonant details.

Best Lines:
“Starting to get pretty strange.”

“Some very scary people.”

“What’s with the look?”

“What is it about this show?”

“Anger will age you.”

“The one rule that matters.”

“Made contact.”
“Contact with who?”

“What I’m willing to do to be one of them.”


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