FOX’s “Prodigal Son” holds complex characters, twisty plots


Antonia Gutierrez, Staff Writer

“Prodigal Son” was first released in September of 2019. It is a show set in modern day New York. Tom Payne is the leading actor, and he plays Malcolm Bright, son of infamous serial killer surgeon Dr. Martin Whitley.
The show follows Bright as he works as a criminal pathologist who helps the NYPD solve crimes. I was skeptical about this TV show at first because I thought this show was going to be just another crime show like “Criminal Minds” or “Law and Order,” repetitive and overdone, but that is not the case. The lead character struggles with PTSD and other mental illnesses because of his father.
While the entire cast is exemplary, Bellamy Young who plays Jessica Whitley is probably my favorite character because she is very dynamic. You want to love her for everything that she does for her kids but simultaneously hate her because she seems so controlling at times.
Throughout the series, Bright has to help solve crimes but also deal with his father and his own issues. A little background information, Bright’s dad was arrested when he was young. The arresting officer is still working for the NYPD as a detective who hires Bright on the side when he needs help.
Keep in mind that this is not a super realistic show. Bright always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and he can always time things perfectly, something that doesn’t happen in real life. It does make for good drama in a show, but sometimes it’s a bit predictable. Still, the most recent episode was full of plot twists that no one could see coming, and for this reason alone, worth investing the time into this new show.
Prodigal Son comes out Monday nights on FOX or Hulu.