ogdenfilmFinally at the end of the characters appeared in Outcast‘s pilot, A Darkness Surrounds Him, and we close with the one that will most likely be the less relevant. When we see Anderson playing poker with some friends (and winning), among them there’s Ogden, portrayed by Pete Burris. He’s the one forced to fold his hand, and also the one who appears to be the most relieved when the preacher has to interrupt the game and to run to his church for pressing matters. In the comics, his role isn’t much bigger than this (at least for now), and there’s not much to say about him. Let’s see together.

Ogden, first name unknown, was one of the most known citizens of RomeWest Virginia. Born and raised in the town, as most of the people from Rome he spent his entire life there, and he dedicated all his time to serve his city. He entered Rome’s fire department, and after spending many years as a fireman he was made the chief of the department, thus becoming one of the most influent and powerful men in town…as influent as powerful as anybody could be in Rome, of course. With his charge and responsibility, it was only natural for Ogden to frequently meet other people with similar role, and luckily enough he ended up befriending them, creating some sort of “elite group” who enjoyed the mutual company. Along with Ogden, in the group there were chief of police Brian Giles, local preacher ogdencomics1Reverend Anderson and mayor Arnold: the four men regularly met to play poker together, and to joke altogether about the many weird things that happened to them in their everyday lives (the only one who took it more seriously than the others was Anderson, but he was a pleasant company nevertheless). Ogden learnt of most important things happening in Rome through this meetings, and followed as a spectator the lives of his friends.

The poker games often gave the men the occasion to have also “challenging” discussions, especially when Chief Giles questioned Reverend Anderson about matters of faith and spirituality. The main problem for Ogden, who wasn’t exactly interested in this kind of discussions, was understanding when the preacher was serious and when he was joking. Once, for example, Giles was asking Anderson something about guilt and sin, and about God‘s judgement on humans’ actions; the Reverend bluntly answered that he could masturbate all he wanted without worrying about God watching him, and both Ogden and Arnold laughed at it…the only one who didn’t laugh was Anderson, who remarked that he was deadly serious about it. Wanting simply to play poker and to enjoy his time with his friends, Ogden himself played coy when this kind of conversation involved him directly, and never indulged Anderson’s questions. When, during one of the Reverend’s debates with Giles, the first tried to involve Ogden, asking him if he believed that God intervened in human’s lives by messing around with people, the fireman answered that the Good Lord most probably would have preferred if he didn’t express his opinion on that particular ogdencomics2topic, and resumed playing, without paying any more attention to the matter. Despite Ogden believed his message was loud and clear, Anderson never gave up on him, and each time they met and played together (even the night after Anderson’s arrest and release) the preacher tested his patience…not that this helped him to win the game, by the way.

Ogden is a calm and serious man, who doesn’t speak much and who’s totally committed to his job. His only occasion of distraction is the usual poker game with his friends, and he plays just as stoically as he does with everything else, with total concentration and absolute attention.



  1. […] Ogden […]

  2. […] been introduced, and another minor one. In A Wrath Unseen we see Chief Giles hosting his friend Ogden and his wife to a dinner at his place, and for the occasion we also meet Giles’ wife, Rose, […]

  3. […] as Anderson’s other friends (namely the chief of police Brian Giles and the fireman chief Ogden). There was one slight detail that differentiated Arnold from all the other players at the green […]

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