Midnight, Texas: Blinded by the Light

"I'm no different from everyone else in Midnight."

This is the second episode in a row that I thought should be a lot more powerful than it was. Come on, Midnight, Texas. You're starting to make me nervous.

In theory, this should have been an awesome episode. One of the Midnighters is a serial killer who also killed Aubrey? That's awesome! A perfect recipe for drama and relationships being both strengthened and broken.

So why did this episode leave me so cold? Did we not get enough screen time with Connor? We only really knew him as Creek's little brother. He never really interacted with anyone else, and whenever he did interact with Creek, it was nothing memorable or special. Maybe if he was more integrated into the cast as a whole, the big reveal would have been more impactful. Like say if Bobo was actually the killer. (Yeah, yeah, I know. I just don't trust him!) As it stands, the reveal wasn't even a shock.

Creek's dad was captured far too early for him to actually be the serial killer. It was obvious that he was either in the wrong place at the wrong time or that he was covering for someone. And when he didn't immediately protest his innocence, it became clear that it was the latter.

The one good thing about this was that it developed Creek beyond just being Manfred's love interest, and I've been waiting for that to happen for awhile. Finally her storyline didn't involve their secret romance, even if it did mean that she essentially lost her entire family. Honestly, I found myself siding with her dad during their final confrontation in the church. He was placed in an impossible situation. No one wants to lock their child away, even if they were a psychopath. Creek made some very fair points, but I still ended up thinking less of her for cutting her dad off so harshly.  

The other major plot was everyone else learning about the Veil fraying. It was about time. Granted, I don't know what kind of heavenly police force is going to come after Joe, but the Reverend was completely in the right to tell people what was going on. Fiji was being taunted by a demon, for crying out loud! That's not something that you can just ignore.

Now that all of the other plots are officially done and over with with the discovery of Aubrey's killer, all that we have left is the apocalyptic portal to Hell. I just hope that we get some more information on what's happening soon. We're into the second half of the series and still have very few details to go off of. And that's kind of a reoccurring problem with this show. It's stingy on the details.

I am excited to see where Midnight, Texas goes next, however. Now that Joe has revealed himself to be a fallen angel, I'm curious to see how the show pulls in other divine elements. If they can handle angels well, then that gives me hope for their demons and Hell Gate. Mostly, I just hope that Chuy rides into town to save Joe and we can finally find out what he is. (Please be a demon. Please be a demon.)

Random Thoughts

Joe's wing design changed, right?

No Mr. Snuggly. :(

That was quite a quick and brutal execution by Lem. That shocked me more than anything.

Manfred self-medicates when he sees too many ghosts. Did we know this already? It seemed to appear out of the blue.

Honestly, I'm surprised that more teens don't show up and cause trouble in Midnight. Especially around Halloween. That was a fun sequence, though.

A month has passed since "Bad Moon Rising."

I really like how Fiji says "My Goddess" as opposed to "My God."

Quotes:

Teen: Hey, let's go check out that greenhouse. Could be that the witch is growing some dank weed--
Fiji: Excuse me?

Bobo: You talk to Fiji?
Olivia: I talk to Fiji all the time.

Teen: We're gonna burn you at the stake, Sabrina you middle-aged bitch!
Fiji: I am not middle-aged.

Manfred: So was I the only one not in the loop?
Olivia: Nope.
Fiji: I did not suspect that.
Lem: Well that explains a few things.
Bobo: So he's an...
Reverend: Angel. Joe is an angel.


"Blinded by the Light" was a decent enough episode. It just didn't hit me as hard as it should have.
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An Honest Fangirl loves superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, and really bad horror movies. And sometimes she writes about them.

3 comments:

Billie Doux said...

Yeah.

The Joe reveal was a lot of fun, and I missed Mr. Snuggly. But the Connor reveal felt like it was out of the blue, and I thought I was paying attention. I'm starting to think the problem with this show isn't the actors, nearly all of whom I really like, or the concept, but the writing.

Onanymous said...

We've seen Manfred taking pills before, but that was after a possession, not just from seeing spirits.

The bruise on his cheek actually got darker as time passed. Good continuity there.

I was also wondering about Joe's wings. I kinda remember them being attached to his arms when they were first revealed, but we only saw them from the back, so I might be mistaken.

An Honest Fangirl said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that Joe's wings became his arms? I'm not sure why they changed that. Maybe he'll need to both fly and carry things in the future? I don't know.

I've been trying to figure out what exactly it is about the wiring that's bugging me. Because I agree, Billie, I think that's where the show is falling down. I think that it's their handling of the plots. Something is off about it: the pacing, the set up, the reveals, something. Maybe a combination of all of the above.

I do think that some of it has to be with the lack of information that we have, which I mentioned in the review. I'm still not sure what species Olivia is for instance. This lack of information also hurt the Connor reveal. It came out of the blue and didn't have the proper set up. He flipped the switch from normal teenager to psychotic serial killer very, very quickly. And that's a very drastic switch.