IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33%
When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins. As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he’s performing miracles, the global media become increasingly beguiled by this charismatic figure.
Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world’s geopolitical order. As the story unfolds, multiple perspectives are interwoven including that of an Israeli intelligence officer (Tomer Sisley), a Texas preacher (John Ortiz) and his daughter (Stefania LaVie Owen), a Palestinian refugee (Sayyid El Alami) and the journalist (Jane Adams) who covers the story.
The Guardian says that Dehbi plays the role of the young preacher with “grace, charm and passion” – and fantastic cheekbones – and that the series resembles Homeland, with a divine twist. “Perhaps the fact that the show becomes so harrowing so fast, and is compelling throughout, is a sign that we are hardwired for hope,” writes the reviewer, and perhaps that’s enough to pull you into a series like this, one that has become controversial among critics in the handful of days since its debut.