Fox’s Prodigal Son: First trailer for the Tom Payne-led series looks surprisingly good

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Tom Payne attends the Audi Celebrates The 68th Emmys at Catch LA on September 15, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Tom Payne attends the Audi Celebrates The 68th Emmys at Catch LA on September 15, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Audi) /
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Despite possessing a premise eerily similar to that of NBC’s Blacklist and ABC’s Castle, there’s a unique quality to Fox’s upcoming series entitled Prodigal Son. It stars Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Michael Sheen.

Before the trailer for Prodigal Son was released, we didn’t have a lot of faith in the Fox series. The plot synopsis gave us the feeling that it would be another generic crime drama but that’s not the case after all. And while the plot description does sound similar to shows from the past, there’s definitely something unique about Prodigal Son, evidenced by the surprisingly good trailer.

The new Fox series will be headed up by former Walking Dead star Tom Payne. He’ll lead the cast as Michael Bright, a disgraced FBI profiler who winds up working with the NYPD. Bright’s main point of contact in the NYPD is Gil (Lou Diamond Phillips), a recent widower and devout detective. Gil will serve as somewhat of a mentor to Michael but that relationship could change as the season progresses.

As for the trailer, it reveals quite a bit more about the plot. For one, the audience learns from the start that Michael’s real father is a serial killer known as “The Surgeon”. He’s murdered over twenty people but the NYPD needs his help now that a copycat has risen up—one that inadvertently reunites Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen) with his son. They’re shown becoming reacquainted after years of not speaking but there’s a lot to unpack.

What’s of most interest is how Martin Whitly sounds slightly less devious than he does when the police first captured him. The glimpses of Martin in the present day are brief but the audience can see a clear distinction between The Surgeon and the elder Mr. Bright. Could it be that he’s softened since his run as a serial killer?

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In any case, the copycat killer appears to present more of a danger to New York than Martin Whitly does. The situation has become so dire that Gil is teaming with a convicted serial killer’s son. Michael has attributes that make him ideal for the job but his connection to The Surgeon might present a serious problem further down the line.

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The rest of the trailer shows a montage of Gil and Michael Bright investigating crime-scenes, putting all the pieces together. But the real moment of interest comes when Michael faces the reality of his situation, which is that his father shaped and molded him to be the prodigal son. Does this mean Michael is destined to journey a similar path?

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