But, of course, when religion and isolation are thrown together, extremism is eventually born. The show doesn't shy away from that. The positive and negative implications -- and inevitable reactions, whether awestruck or violent -- that can come with the introduction of a possible second coming of Jesus to the mix is profound and predictable.
Al-Masih and his holy caravan eventually make it to the nation's capital. It's here where the show falters a bit, introducing Dermot Mulroney as the President of the United States. His inclusion in the story seems rushed, and maybe not even necessary, as all of his scenes feel like they could've been knocked out in a day.
There's a moment where Al-Masih gets a bag put over his head and is kidnapped, only to find himself in a secret location with the president, you know, so they can have an off-the-record chat. A plot point like this probably would have worked on the small screen a decade ago. Now, however, it feels a bit ham-fisted. That's maybe what's to be expected when a TV show brings the whole "what if Jesus Christ came back" scenario to today's fickle audiences.
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The season's final moments present Al-Masih as a sham, revealing his true Iranian identity to the world. An orphaned boy, taken in my his con-man, magician uncle, this new information shocks the world. Felix's newfound purpose comes crumbling down around him and his family; Eva's investigation stops dead in its tracks, leading her to face her own dreary existence. But on the other side of the world, Al-Masih is presented in a holy, sun-lit, Jesus Christ-y filter. It's here where, after a secret deal made with The White House and the Israeli government, the plane carrying Avrim and his Messiah prisoner crashed. According to a random boy who found his body, the Israeli Intelligence officer was dead, only to be resurrected by Al-Masih.
That brings us right back to the start: Is this man the second coming of Jesus, a criminal, or is he something else altogether? For the love of all things holy, if the show gets another season, there better be an answer or two waiting for us on the other side.