Hulu’s The Path
Season 3, Episode 3: “Locusts”
Directed by Michael Weaver
Written by Julia Brownell
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “A Beast, No More” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “De Rerum Natura” – click here
Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan) and others interview new potential members, people who’ve tried everything to feel whole. She’s also still visiting Dr. Jackson Neill’s (Raúl Esparza) class, where she’s occasionally asked about the Meyerist movement. He’s perpetually curious. Even if she sees it as condescending.
Over at his place, Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul) feeds the guy he caught snooping around in the woods, the young man with the swastika tattoo. His name is Logan, and he’s a lost person; the tattoo was given to him by his brother, to survive in juvenile detention, it isn’t necessarily something he believes. “We do not tolerate hate,” Eddie tells him.
In Florida, Cal Roberts (Hugh Dancy) can’t continue his existence there, he lets Mary Cox (Emma Greenwell) know. He urges her: “I can‘t be this person anymore.” I knew it wouldn’t take long before he wasn’t able to live that life.
Around the table with the council, Eddie makes the case for accepting Logan into the movement. Felicia (Adriane Lenox) and Gab (Deirdre O’Connell) don’t want to bring him in with such open arms, whereas the new leader wants to “show him the light.” The others agree this young man has to pass a test, so they can asses his “damage.”
Lilith Stevens (Sarita Choudhury) and daughter Vera (Freida Pinto) are getting things prepared for an apocalyptic event. Looks like they’ve got a sort of bunker, beds, every last little thing that might be necessary to ride out a terrible event. However, doesn’t that seem odd? I’m a little confused. Perhaps that’s the point.
We see more of Hawk (Kyle Allen) leading things at the interfaith space. He finds that people are feeling uneasy about the kid with the Nazi tattoo. Nobody wants to say anything to him because of his father. Joy (Stephanie Hsu) explains simply it’s an issue of race for many of them; Hawk doesn’t have to worry because he’s white.
In an evaluation room, Sarah starts with Logan, who’s a bit freaked out by the whole process. She begins with the basic questions about belief in God, spirituality, so on. Slowly, the questions “go deeper.” He talks about his awful family, his loneliness. Then he tells her about a pet chicken his brother gave him as a boy, before his brother forced him to make the bird do a cock fight, and it died.
When the evaluation is finished it’s obvious Logan hasn’t passed. Sarah wants to send him off to Child Services. And Eddie’s promised the council they wouldn’t accept the kid if he was too damaged, though he struggles with believing someone is beyond being helped. Once, he was very troubled, too. Although supposedly he got a 97 on “the Ode,” whereas Logan got a 28.
Around the compound, Eddie gets a little help from Logan in the garden, but when they’re walking around together people are watching, judging. He gets a good mouthful from Nicole (Ali Ahn). Everybody, of course, assumes the kid with a Nazi tattoo is a Nazi. Can’t really blame them. So much tension going on in their movement currently. Gets worse once Sarah turns up, telling Eddie she won’t let their daughter be around if Logan is there.
Hawk goes out with Joy (Stephanie Hsu) and Caleb and some of his Christian pals. Before long, the conversation turns to Hawk’s relationship, and there’s also the mention of his former girlfriend, plus his chosen one father. There’s also a bit of suggestion maybe Caleb is into Hawk, as well; anyone else catch it?
When Cal tells Harold he and Mary are planning to leave, things don’t exactly go well. The football player isn’t happy, especially since they signed a contract. Soon he relents, offering to do a nice dinner for the couple before they go. They get together that afternoon, they toast together. Only Harold gets angry and dark, he burns a bunch of money on the BBQ, he jumps into the pool and just about gets violent with Mary. Cal breaks it up and leaves, not before he tells the guy to go ahead and kill himself if that’s what he wants to do. Shit, that was an uncomfortably tense few moments. As they’re getting in the car, Mary runs back inside, stealing one of Harold’s World Football Championship pieces. That could have any number of serious consequences.
Out on the town together, Sarah meets Jackson for sushi. They get to know one another, talking about childhood, the usual date-type stuff. When he presses her about her beliefs, she mentions the hypoxian cleanse, which he, like anyone rational would, likens it to auto-erotic asphyxiation. It may take a long time, but the beginning of her questioning her faith is right there, gradually forming. Maybe Jackson will be part of her enlightenment. Maybe.
A bunch of the young people are out drinking, having a fire. Logan’s woken up by them and he asks if they’ll keep it down. This starts an altercation. When it all goes sideways, Hawk attacks the guy, who then beats him down, stomping him. Next morning, nobody’s happy. Eddie apologises to his son, and this was Logan’s “one fucking chance.” The young man has to leave. So, the Meyerist leader takes him back home to his family. Scared this may cause bad things down the road, in some way, shape, or form.
Sarah’s looking through old boxes. She finds photographs and film reels from the 1970s. Maybe she’ll discover some faces she didn’t know were kicking around. Such as Lilith – where does she come into the whole picture? She’s over telling Vera that “the martyrdom is coming.” Oh, my. That sounds positively frightening to me. Specifically because she tells her daughter: “Eddie has to die so we can live.” Holy fuck.
Meanwhile, Cal and Mary are going back to New York. He tells her they owe him, that he earned everything there, that Steve owes him. This will become wildly intense.
And on his doorstep, Eddie receives a box with a note. Inside are tons and tons of locusts. They fly out into the air above the compound filling the sky.
What a fantastic episode, one of my favourites of the entire series, honestly. Because Season 3 has come out with an even more involving mystery than anything we’ve seen from the first two seasons, which is saying something, as I loved Season 1 and 2.
“De Rerum Natura” is next time.