As part of ONE37pm's ongoing effort to review the most hyped new shows, this week I'll be doing a review of Hulu's 'Under the Banner of Heaven.'
Don't go to Wawa and don't grab your hoagies. This is not Mare.
Based on the book of the same name by John Krakauer and the real-life 1984 murder of Brenda Lafferty and her only 15-month-old daughter, Under the Banner of Heaven aims to forge a murder mystery into a larger examination of the Mormon church by honing in on the main detective in charge of the case, portrayed by Andrew Garfield.
The only thing is that something's missing—and I don't even necessarily know what that "something" is. There's nothing hooking us in right now; there are no huge cliffhangers to keep us wanting more. Maybe it's the slow pacing, or maybe it's simply the fact that Garfield's Jeb Pyre just doesn't have the same interest factor that someone like Kate Winslet's Mare Sheehan had on Mare of Easttown.
It's also entirely possible that I just put too high of an expectation on this show to fill that Mare-less gap in my life. But to that point, it's a sense of relatability that we got with her—we've all chowed down on a good cheesesteak or two and downed a few beers like Mare would, but not all of us are engrossed in the Mormon church and pray next to our desks at work on a daily basis.