Messiah: Season 1 Reviews

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January 16, 2020
Messiah begins as an absorbing thriller, but begins to lose its steam about halfway through. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2020
Despite some sluggish episodes, Messiah is an absorbing watch, pushing numerous highly contemporary buttons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 14, 2020
Thematically, it is suffused with the kind of hope that emerges from healthy distrust of formulaic piety. And if it manages to make you uneasy, you might feel the better for it.
January 11, 2020
Messiah invites people of faith to reflect on what it means to remain steadfast in a tumultuous world and how the times in which we live affect who and what we believe in.
January 8, 2020
Is it worth suffering through 10 tedious hours of this series to arrive at that ambiguous ending? As Steve Carell's Michael Scott once famously said upon hearing that Toby had returned to The Office: "NO GOD. NO GOD, PLEASE NO, NO, NO, NOOOOO."
January 8, 2020
With its melodramatic storytelling and excess of side characters who break the show's focus, Messiah nearly runs out of ideas once it's done establishing a zeitgeist none of us have seen before.
January 8, 2020
In an echo of the beloved X-Files mantra, it's odd how much Messiah makes you want to believe. We're crying out for a beacon of hope and, in troubled times, any Messiah will do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 6, 2020
The show keeps from planting firm ideological or political beliefs, which is a good thing. But the plot feels lacking as far as stakes go.
January 3, 2020
It is by turns exciting, dull, plausible and ridiculous. And if you can suffer past the extended dawdling in the desert -- or deserts; there's more than one -- it will likely keep you engaged to the end.
January 3, 2020
Messiah has an interesting premise that ultimately falls short due to bland storytelling and unnecessary subplots.
January 2, 2020
Ultimately, Messiah fails in many aspects. Some of the storylines don't mesh well, but the central messages of the does have some resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
January 2, 2020
The problem is that Al-Masih's Jesus qualities are communicated with such a crashing lack of subtlety that we know from the outset that she is on the wrong track.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 2, 2020
Whether this is the case, or an elaborate multiple bluff is in play, Messiah is potent stuff packed with fine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 2, 2020
So much is so right about Messiah that it makes the eventual collapse into paranoid politics and alt-right clichés all the more painful.
January 2, 2020
All of these storylines find each member of the show's ensemble cast going through a journey of sorts, and this is where Messiah shines.
January 1, 2020
It's not that Messiah is bad, but there's really no compelling reason to watch it.
December 31, 2019
All of this is told so blandly and straightfacedly as to deny any metaphorical reading or symbolic resonance.
December 31, 2019
If you're not on the fence and you're eager to watch Messiah...enjoy. My saying it's a badly made show doesn't make it exist any less.
December 31, 2019
Yes, the series has taken us all over the globe. Despite all that physical movement though, it's largely failed to deliver any kind of dramatic or emotional progress.
December 30, 2019
Messiah introduces a character who might be divine, then keeps elbowing him off screen to focus on meandering subplots.
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