I have been a Stephen King fan for decades, and for the first decade or so, movie adaptations for the King didn't do his work justice, with a few notable exceptions. By now, I could watch a different Stephen King A-list movie every night for a month and still not near the finish-line, and thankfully so. This particular gem is an HBO presentation of one of Stephen King's more recent works, and, although I just finished watching the first segment so far, it rings true to my recollection of the book, so that is a VERY GOOD sign.
HBO's "The Outsider" is a hybrid of a procedural police drama and supernatural monster story. It starts out as a grim police drama and then gets more and more strange as the show proceeds. A very uncommon detective is brought in, and the posse of otherwise level-headed police professionals go on a monster hunt. The writing and acting are top-notch. The pace of the story is sometimes glacially slow, however. But if you're willing to wait until the later episodes for the real action to occur, it's worth watching "The Outsider."
Based on Stephen King's best-selling novel of the same name, "The Outsider" begins by following an investigation which at first seems like it will be simple and straightforward but things change as it leads into the gruesome murder of a young boy by a seasoned cop. When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads the investigators to question everything they believe in
Whether a fan of the Stephen King book of the same name or not, you'll find this to be an absorbing thriller. It's a slow-burn for sure, but the superb acting and storytelling will keep you engrossed. I think this is superior to many previous efforts to adapt King novels for the small screen. Highly recommend.
Almost halfway through the series, and have to ration out the episodes. I am trying not to binge watch, but this is so good. Not your typical Stephen King story, but great all the same. If you enjoyed the Mr. Mercedes series, you will enjoy this one. Highly recommended!
I thought this adaptation to King’s novel was just stellar. I hope they adapt If It Bleeds for the second season. It’s a shame they (HBO) could not tie in the story from Mr. Mercedes (this is probably due to the different networks owning the rights).
The show did not need to be 10 episodes it could have been condensed into 8 but other than that it is a thriller that keeps you on your toes right until the very end. And there is a decent amount of special features for a tv show that allow you to go more in depth if you choose.