“Evil” centers on a team that assesses supposedly supernatural events for the Catholic Church, including possessions, miracles, and other strange occurrences. The trio includes Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a lapsed Catholic forensic psychologist, David Acosta (Mike Colter), a priest-in-training, and Ben Shakir (Aasif Mandvi), an atheist contractor. Each character has a very different perspective on the possibility of the supernatural, but in the course of their work, they often find themselves treading a fine line between belief and skepticism, a position the show uses to explore the nature of faith — and a theme familiar to anyone who enjoyed “Midnight Mass.”
“Evil” even features the appearance of some very questionable angels, which are reminiscent of the “angel” Father Paul smuggles onto Crockett Island. However, in tone, “Evil” diverges sharply from the Netflix series, with a quirky vibe that often means it’s just as funny as it is frightening.
Still, the show takes its subject matter seriously, smartly pondering the question of whether faith or science can more successfully explain the presence of evil in the world. And after moving from CBS to Paramount+ in its second season, the show has been able to lean even further into the strange, often horrific nature of its premise. With exceptional performances by its three leads and a supporting cast that includes ace turns by actors like Christine Lahti and Michael Emerson, “Evil” is wickedly engaging entertainment.