Deadly Class “Rise Above” Review


DEADLY CLASS — “Rise Above” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus, Lana Condor as Saya, Liam James as Billy, French Stewart as Scorpio Slasher — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

In Kings Dominion, no one is truly safe. Never has that been more true after the events of last week’s episode! When everyone is struggling as it is to keep the truth about Chico’s murder under wraps, you have an emotionally unstable Maria who finally reveals that she is bi-polar. A recipe for disaster when she needs comfort, and willing to take out anyone who seems to get between her and that sliver of happiness. In general there are dangers outside the school, obstacles within the school, and even troubles that these students bring to themselves. Deadly Class leaves you looking forward to things getting worse before they get any better.

This week’s Deadly Class jumped right into Chester’s Origin as Fuckface, and the truth behind what really happened with Marcus and that boys home. Honestly, if you were to ask my opinion on the story? Marcus still somewhat deserves to be where he is now. He may not have been the one to directly kill all of those kids, but being someone willing to go halfway there is just as good as any reason. The whole scene was once again brilliantly executed by the animation used from the comics. For how things spiraled out of control when Marcus found his time to escape, the animation was able to capture so much of that and more. Especially the exact moment where Chester got all of the scars he wears now. It is an accomplishment when the voiceover and atmosphere created in the background can consistently set such a scene successfully.

Seeing more of Chester/Fuckface in general was the kind of twisted turn that this series needed when everything for the most part has been tame. Fights, trips, and attacks aside, there was for the most part structure to all of these actions. However, nothing is proper about the way that Chester does things. This is a psychopath on the edge who has an enthusiasm towards what he does that no one else can share. At this point you could say that he captures everything Master Lin looks for and much more through his views of killing as an artform. What caught me off guard was a certain someone you didn’t think would still have a role to play, and yet did having the most obscure conversations with Chester. Ultimately you could say that he was just talking to himself, and that made his psychosis that much more intense from an outside perspective.

How Marcus’ confession about Chester to Saya leads them on a citywide manhunt was entertaining for the methods they had to use to accomplish this task. Off the bat, it was crazy that they would have to bring the Scorpio Slasher of all teachers along with them. This guy already doesn’t like Marcus, and then to add his instability on top of that makes him a walking wildcard. If finding Chester wasn’t dangerous enough, it was just as bad waiting for this guy to show them why having this kind of freedom is a bad idea. Overall, I was just happy to see more of the Scorpio Slasher. It helps when every opportunity is taken to show that these teachers aren’t one-dimensional or characters to simply see every once in a while. They represent corners of this world that the kids have yet to fully explore. Despite Billy being along for the ride, it shook things up when he wasn’t the main source of entertainment.

DEADLY CLASS — “Rise Above” Episode 106 — Pictured: (l-r) Liam James as Billy, Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus, French Stewart as Scorpio Slasher — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Master Lin and his sister, Master Gao, have brought something different to the show from the books. In the books you didn’t see much of her, but here you have Gao upfront and center as an obstacle for her brother. Their dynamic so far has brought the kind of focus to the school that is necessary when the kids have been experiencing their own misadventures. Through her involvement we came to understand so much about the school, Lin, and their family all at the same time. It was a smart move to inform us of many things that would have taken more time to explore in other ways.

Somehow they still found a way to Maria’s decent into madness. I found it thrilling to see just how this would reflect her actions both on her own and with her continued studies. Whether it was the lack of restraint shown in a quick but memorable action sequence, or the way that Chico’s family has been pressuring her to find his killer, you really wanted to see where that breaking point would be found. That will be a point we still have to work up to, though for now there was only excitement for every moment where that facepaint comes on and the good girl goes away. Willie also managed to find some character development on his own. It made sense that of all the kids in the core group, he would be more on his own and trying to figure out his place in this world. This girlfriend of his was the next best person to introduce to Willie when he has become so disillusioned with the idea that he can become anything more than reputation. Those who have read the books know how this will end for Willie, but it still makes you wonder how things might change for the show.

Deadly Class “Rise Above” had a lot of stuff going on this week. Normally I would say that a show is doing too much, but all of these moving pieces were so engaging and character driven. Inside or outside of the school the dangers keep growing, and you want to see just who will crash and burn first.

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