The show has the smell of "mid-season filler" all over it. The writing is lazy and rushed to reach the next plot point as conveniently as possible. Except in the most obvious instances.
They deal in conspiracy theories and yet "it's a constellation" was the last thing they thought of? That was the first thing that came to mind when it was shown glowing in the dark of the watch. How obvious a clue did they need?
Ironically the ease with which characters suddenly speak multiple languages did not come in very useful when Edwards was pleading with the old woman in India. For some reason he had to overly emote his intentions in a foreign language, even though FBI woman was next to him. He could have just asked her to translate all the time instead of standing there like a tourist trying to find the nearest toilet.
I'm expecting a trip to Vatican City with Charles Dutton in which at a vital moment he will suddenly start speaking Italian to the surprise of Edwards, with the story "My grandfather was in the Mob, he used to speak Italian whenever we went to see him."
The red river prophecy was also utterly hilarious. The swell of music, slow camera pan and fear-laden expressions that accompanied people dumping fish guts made no sense. Is the show trying to say that in India the fishermen have never dumped waste in the river in 2000 years?
One thing that was genuinely funny in the right way, was the brazil nuts. I did laugh at that so it was good the show was at least acknowledging some influences. More intentional humor and less po-faced seriousness would make the show a lot more palatable. I was really hoping that the wife had been dissolved in the bath tub too. That would have been edgy and unexpected.
At least it's a short run. I can't see this getting much better, but it will pass the time seeing how they connect all these elements into something that makes any kind of sense. In this case transdimensional aliens with glowing skulls might be a bonus.