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Hand of God - S01 E05

Drama . Crime
 

KD goes to jail to find out who ordered Jocelyn's rape. Pernell joins Bobo at a men's-only retreat to convince the DWP chair to help with the Brooks plan. Pernell struggles to reconcile his new faith with his love for a call girl, just as he must compete for Tessie's affection. Paul and Alicia audition for a powerful televangelist, while friends from Paul's past threaten his success.

 
Episode Title: Welcome the Stranger
Airs: 2015-09-4 at 12:00 am
  • Ed Bark

    Hand of God’s strengths are its elongated scenes, enabling the characters ample time to play off one another.... The wheels keep turning but can take too long to get rolling while the plot hits some ruts in the road.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The show’s reach may exceed its grasp, but the cast succeeds in selling a farfetched premise.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Four episodes in, I can't say I've warmed to Watkins' dark and not always coherent vision. But there's a crackling electricity between his characters that's kept me watching.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    [A] fascinating, if uneven, new drama,

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    There are enough flourishes surrounding Pernell’s visions to maintain viewer interest, but after a while the pilot feels like a slog.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Hand of God, while smoothly made, nice to look at and mostly well-acted, is also a cautionary example of the pitfalls of the new style of serialized drama. It’s trying to do several things at once, but it doesn’t feel particularly layered or complex.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Despite frequent predictability and other issues, though, we do get pulled into the story. Even if we don’t always believe the characters, or huge swaths of dialogue, we do want answers, to the crimes, yes, but also to whether the judge is a nutcase or the only sane person in San Vicente.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    It’s clear Watkins has ideas to spare, but he struggles to make meaningful drama with them.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Dillahunt and Corinealdi are the only members of the cast who manage to shine through the deeply flawed writing. It’s not even so much the writing, which isn’t bad on its face, but the ideas behind it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Sims

    There’s a much more entertaining but less intensely violent show buried in Hand of God somewhere.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    Watching the first hour of Hand of God, the performances are solid but the shocking moments fail to connect dramatically.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Very little that happens is done subtly, and more often than not, the scenes build to a physically and/or emotionally violent crescendo. It’s not boring.... But it’s awfully wearing, like having your nose rubbed in malevolence and turgidity, without offering up enough character drama to make it worthwhile.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Amazon is currently in the "spare no expense" stage of original-content production, and it shows everywhere but in the story. Perlman is a strong and deceptively supple performer, but he isn't a miracle worker. Even bad crazy guys need a gleam of humanity, and Pernell has none. Delaney is mostly sidelined, as are Royo and Tal.... Dillahunt's ability to show this, to swing KD from brutal violence to soul-searching, is miraculous. It just isn't enough.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Hand of God’s bleakness doesn’t serve any greater purpose, and all the bluster says nothing about the nature of faith or revenge. Like its main character, the show ostentatiously wallows in sin and then tries to pass it off as genuine redemption.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    This is a show that's unnecessarily bleak, far too impressed with its own edginess, and completely predictable to anyone who's watched television before.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Created by writer Ben Watkins, Hand of God has the pace of a pulp novel anxious to keep an audience watching, heedless of believability or motivation.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    It's a rough-edged, cold-blooded, sometimes downright disgusting portrayal of one family's struggle to understand the difference between reality and delusion in a time of crisis.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    A thoroughly ill-conceived and unpleasant series.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It looks good. Sadly, that polished exterior hides a filthy, vile interior.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review