Mark Holt

markholtfilmAnother main character from Outcast‘s first episode, A Darkness Surrounds Him. When Kyle Barnes is “forced” to attend a family dinner by his sister Megan, he’s treated with ill-concealed hostility by her husband, Mark Holter, portrayed by David Denman. Mark is described as a skeptic who would never believe such a thing like demonic possession, but he has no problem in believing that Kyle used to beat his wife and child, hence the (understandable) hostility. His short temper will most surely cause this cop some troubles throughout the series, just as it happened to his comicbook counterpart, who as for the moment differs for him only in the surname, which has been slightly changed from the original Holt. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Mike Holt’s early life: he was born and raised in Rome, a small town in West Virginia, where he most likely spent his entire life. With some unborn rage to channel and the firm commitment to be useful to the society, Mark grew up to become a police officer, a respected member of his community and a relentless law enforcer. Still a young cop, he met Megan, a girl from a famous charitable family of the town, and he fell in love with her, embracing, along with her plain qualities and strengths, also the dark shadows casted by a past of abuses suffered from one of her adoptive brothers. The two became adults together, and they eventually got married like everybody was expecting in Rome; soon after their marriage they had a daughter, Holly. Things became a little bit difficult with his wife when, as a police officer, he was called to investigate on a case of domestic violence involving Megan’s beloved adopted brother, Kyle, who had allegedly beaten both his wife Allison and his baby daughter Amber: seeing the woman and the child bloodied and wounded, Mark had no doubts about Kyle’s guilt, but the man managed to get along with it thanks to Allison herself, who divorced him but refused to have him prosecuted for his markholtcomics1crime. Mark, however, didn’t forget, and he started treating Kyle badly, despite his wife insisted that her brother was different from this, and that he was a good man to the core. Mark, who still had his good reasons, still didn’t trust Kyle, and was more than relieved when the man decided to leave Rome and to start a new life somewhere else, far away from his wife and from his daughter. The tension he had to endure with Megan, however, exacted its toll, and Mark started drinking: first a few beers a day, then more than he could count (or remember). Soon, he was facing a serious drinking problem.

As if his problems weren’t enough, Mark knew that Megan was still keeping contacts with Kyle, but there was some sort of silent agreement between them: he would have not asked, and she would have not said anything. Then, suddenly as he had disappeared, Kyle Barnes came back to Rome, and of course Megan had to bring him home with her: coming back from work, Mark found Kyle with Holly, and he wasn’t happy at all. He started arguing with Megan, but Kyle, who overheard the conversation, left without eating with them, thus “solving” the situation. Later that same night, Mark Holt was called back to service because of weird reports from Hume Farm: when he arrived on the spot, he found that the family’s boy, Joshua Austin, had clearly received a severe beating…and Kyle Barnes was on the scene, with bloodied hands. Holt was sure he had exactly what he needed to put the man behind bars, but Joshua’s mother, Betsy, retreated all charges, leaving Kyle once again unpunished. Mark told his brother-in-law that he was keeping an eye on him, and left with the ambulance that was bringing Joshua to the hospital. He tried to discuss the case with his colleagues, but they confirmed that they could do nothing against Barnes if there were no charges nor witnesses against him. Not much time later, while patroling, Mark spotted Kyle punching a man on the streets: this was the final drop, and Mark interrupted the brawl more than intentioned to bring Barnes to jail…until he told him that the man he was beating was Donnie, the same one who had repeatedly raped his wife when they were kids. Without thinking it twice, Holt markholtcomics2turned, and started beating Donnie as well, thrashing him pretty badly, then he kicked him out of town. In a weird effort to reconciliate with his brother-in-law, Mark offered to pay Kyle a drink, and the two finally had a proper talk, at the end of which the cop admitted to himself that he may have been wrong about him, and that he was a good guy after all. The reconciliation had a perfect timing: back home, Mark found out that his wife was acting really strange, manifesting the same symptoms that Kyle ascribed to demonic possession. Maybe he wasn’t wrong about this as well.

Mark Holt is a good man, despite his short temper and his alcohol problem. Righteous to the core, he firmly believes in his duty to protect the weak and to preserve the order in his “perfect” community. Mildly religious yet rational, he believes in what he can see, and always follows evidence for building up his convictions…but his world is about to become much wider than before, thanks to a man he has always considered a deranged and dangerous lunatic.

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  5. […] him and kicking him. A police officer arrived on the scene to interrupt them…but the cop was Mark Holt, Megan’s husband: when he understood who the man with Kyle was, he started beating him as […]


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