Hulu’s horror anthology series Into the Dark finally completed its twelve month, twelve episode season with its September 6 episode “Pure.” Each episode ordinarily revolves around a holiday or notable day in the month it airs, so why did the show pick the obscure “Daughters’ Day” over the much more obvious Labor Day for September? Apparently, it’s so the series can force its feminist, anti-Christian message.
The episode focuses on a teenage girl named Shay (Jahkara Smith) traveling with her father Kyle (Jim Klock) and half-sister Jo (McKaley Miller) to a father-daughter Purity Retreat. Essentially, it’s a weekend where young girls promise God and their fathers to remain abstinent until marriage. Because the event involves religious faith, family connections, and girls not having sex before marriage, it’s treated as out-of-touch and creepy from the start. But don’t worry, folks, it gets worse.
Jo is rebellious against the whole affair and encourages Shay as well as their bunkmates Kellyanne (Annalisa Cochrane) and Lacey (Ciara Bravo) to sneak out of the camp one night. On their way out, she leads the others to summon a demon on account of the story she heard about the demon Lilith in contrast to the “male revisionist history” of the Bible.
No one writing this episode seems to comprehend the irony of using female revisionist history to insult the Bible. Then again, no one involved with this project seems to understand anyone who follows the Bible.
The rest of the episode backs up Jo’s perspective with awful depictions of religious fathers. For one thing, they openly admit to forcing girls into virginity while turning a blind eye towards male promiscuity, as shown through prominent member Kyle who had Shay through an affair. “[Men] don’t need to be monitored the same way women do,” Lacey’s pastor father states. “They are not as easily fooled.” A demon can be bad, but at least they don’t seem to be sexist like Christians.
The fathers are also so forceful that they even lock their girls in cages for daring to meet with boys and disagree with them. It’s this move that causes Shay to pray to Lilith for help. Since Shay is revealed to not be a virgin, her pleas to Lilith for protection work, and all hell breaks loose.
Lilith possess Shay and enacts revenge on all the men. What follows resembles a horror scene, but somehow the show wants us to view it as empowering since the girls are now “ready for war.”
Honestly, minus the appearance of an evil demon, this story isn’t that different from how modern feminists think the world works. Feminists have been known to demean all men as inherently evil, and even more of them despise and ridicule Christianity as a tool control women. If anything, the appearance of Lilith is only another step in the their ideal world.
This season of Into the Dark has come to an end, but another season is just on the horizon for October. And with that comes another year for liberal parables. Things aren’t looking good for the rest of 2019.