Evil Season 3 Episode 6 Review: The Demon of Algorithms
If Evil Season 3 Episode 6 has taught us anything, it’s that we should be terrified of the intrusive nature of social media and viral video apps.
“The Algorithm Demon” is a little less personal than recent releases, but it still draws attention to a subject that touches us all, whether we know it or not.
For those who aren’t paying attention, you don’t have to be aware of letting evil into your life because the internet has your number, appealing to your lowest desires.
It all started with a case that no one thought was worth investigating. Well, except Monsignor.
I hate to say it, but I’ve been fascinated with possession videos in the past. I’m not a TikToker, but I used to go down the YouTube video rabbit hole, following leads to see what turned up.
Now that we as a society have become addicted to social media credibility, people will do anything to gain acclaim, no matter how fleeting.
In news last week, an idiot on the edge of Vesuvius dropped his cell phone into the crater while taking, you guessed it, a selfie. But his addiction to the phone was so bad that he went downstairs to pick it up, which is when things went wrong.
Now this guy survived, but if you don’t think the news reports and online coverage probably stoked his ego just enough to try such a stunt again, you might still be blissfully unaware of the power of likes and comments. .
Once the door opened to the world of online possessions, our reviewers were intrigued. Ben was also worried and posted his own video against the girl’s stupidity, hoping he could save others the physical costs they used to achieve the same effects as the magician who started it.
That’s how they found themselves working with a mother begging for help with an entity believed to be terrorizing her children.
Is it surprising that the terrorist is the mother? Her children were scared to death and physically mutilated. The fact that it came into the hands of their mother will have lingering effects far beyond any actual possession.
The person they trusted most in the world had turned against them because seeking validation from strangers was more important than them.
The biggest surprise was that the entity knocked on his door after being discovered because the culprit was not the police. I would have turned those tapes over to the authorities. Surely these children have other parents who would take better care of them than this sad excuse for a mother.
How messed up do you have to be in your head to want so much attention that you’re ready to live-stream yourself attacking someone with scissors? Guess we just have to open TikTok to see the sad realities of it.
Taking these cases opened doors for Kristen, Ben, and David to examine themselves.
Kristen: Do you get a lot of vidtap notifications?
Ben: All the time.
Kristen: It’s addicting, isn’t it? I sat down to watch a video and stayed there for an hour.
Ben: It’s the algorithm. The only way for them to make money is to stay on it.
David: Isn’t it kinda weird how he tries to predict who you are?
Kristen: Yeah, like he thinks I’m a heavy drinking mom.
Ben: Maybe you’re a heavy-drinking mother.
Kristen’s rabbit hole led her first to alcoholic mothers and all the way to abusive mothers who wanted to kill their children. David’s search has taken him from solitary priests to much darker places. And I couldn’t help but wonder if David was enjoying those likes on his uploads a bit too much.
What they discovered was that what they wanted to see was soon overtaken by relentless suggestions of increasingly alarming content.
Well, that’s the American way. When in doubt, go for violence and sex.
When the influencer-seeking mom tried to blame VidTap for taking over her app, downloading and live-streaming on her own, Ben reached out to a colleague who gave him the details of the algorithm.
You hesitate so much over a video or ad, and the algorithm notes your behavior, using that momentary lapse of time to suggest more of the same, even if you only hesitated out of morbid curiosity.
In fact, as stated above, this curiosity is what keeps you online and looking for more content. This is exactly what computer engineers want you to do, and their programming detects and exploits this behavior.
It’s crazy to think about, but that’s where we are right now. Computer interference went beyond motivating behavior to impress us. We think we’re free to do whatever we choose, but everything uses technology to force our hands to think and behave in ways that will make them the most money.
The next time an IT manager or news agency tries to tell you they’re watching over you, reconsider where you were going and ask yourself why you care about what someone is saying. Is it really an interest, or is it an irresistible need to fit in and be seen?
Unfortunately, it seems David is wandering off, going where evil wants him to go instead of where he wants to go.
The demonic Kristen is back. This time she was sporting a sexy schoolgirl outfit. David could see through her antics, but as she pressed he was sucked into the socket as expected. It is no different from computer algorithms and feeds on David’s reactions.
David walks straight into the open door each time. I bet if you analyze the times you take the wrong path, you’ll recognize David’s behavior.
But David’s demon is not metaphorical. David’s brain is sucked out by a demon. Where does that lead him? How does he use what he gleans directly from his skull against himself?
It seems that not only does David fall into his trap, but he also enjoys his stay.
Sister Andrea heard a commotion in her room, and part of me thought that when she opened that door, David would be struggling in bed, either with a real demon or pretending someone was with him.
Turns out it was actually worse than either notion. The demon looked like a human/mosquito hybrid and fed on David’s brain, just like you would expect a regular mosquito to feed on your blood.
For my review of Evil Season 3 Episode 5, I was worried that Sister Andrea would frolic with evil as there is often a demon by her side. Her reaction to David’s predicament erased those fears.
However, David’s aggressive stance towards Sister Andrea showed that David is far too susceptible to demonic manipulation.
This brings us to Leland. When the Archdiocese cleared Leland of any wrongdoing with Lexis at school, Kristen had to lay down the law again with her daughters. The girls decided to take matters into their own hands.
They can see how upset Kristen is about Leland, and she’s right to be. But she doesn’t have to worry about her daughters. They are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves.
Using the Bumblebee app, they tried to trick Leland. At first it didn’t work out, but they were prepared.
Their next plan of attack was to call the Church and Leland by name. THIS caught the Monsignor’s attention.
Finally, we no longer need to wonder why Leland is a trusted member of the Church. What will be interesting is whether this carries over to others.
Leland: Your Eminence. It’s disgusting. Someone is trying to trick me.
Monsignor: Leland, I must thank you for your months of service.
Leland: Monsignor, that’s a lie!
Monsignor: It doesn’t matter. You know better than anyone that the Church cannot be held responsible in this matter. We will, as always, give you a positive recommendation for your next ventures, but I must ask you to leave right away.
Leland: You’re going to be sorry.
Monsignor: It’s a rare day when I’m not sorry.
Maybe when Leland walks into a room, everyone will know he’s not supposed to be there instead of letting him pass unchallenged. Unfortunately, Leland is more likely to double down on his torture techniques regarding Kristen’s family.
It was obvious that Sheryl would help Leland and Edward get the better of her son-in-law, but that never crossed my mind. Andy never left town. It was obvious, however, as soon as Kristen called him, and he didn’t respond meaningfully.
Sheryl is a threat. She is worse than all the men put together because she hurts her daughter and her granddaughters. She is actively working to destroy their family.
It’s crazy, and you know what really struck me? She only arranges for Edward to give Kristen and the girls an extra $250,000 at the time of Andy’s “death”. What the hell, Sheryl? I was thinking more in the ballpark of an additional $2 million. It might help ease their suffering. Offering $250,000 for the education of five girls is a joke.
How crazy am I taking Andy’s death for granted while wishing Kristen more money? I do not know. Is there any hope for Andy in his current situation?
Maybe Leland will be so mad at his dismissal from the Church that he’ll show his hand. After her “call with Andy”, Kristen must know that something is going on. Will she follow what’s bothering her?
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