Deadly Class “Saudade” Review
There are certain points in the story of Deadly Class that readers have been looking forward to since the start of this series. This just so happens to be one of those points. On one hand there is an adventure to Vegas! And yet there’s so much more to this adventure than just going to Vegas or the mission to kill Billy’s dad. For all the hype that went into this episode, I couldn’t help but feel impressed by the turnout.
From the start of this episode we jumped right into the fun of this roadtrip. You couldn’t have asked for a better pairing than Marcus, Billy, Willie, Saya, and Maria. Maybe Willie didn’t seem like the kind of guy who would off the bat jump for the chance to go to Vegas, but his presence meant that he has made it to that point where he doesn’t have a problem being Marcus’ friend. As for the rest of them? This was just another chance to either see them being just kids once more or letting loose outside of the atmosphere of Kings Dominion. Everything about this trip lived up to the excitement of this show. When you think about an unlikely coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of unsanitized 1980s counterculture, this is exactly the kind of thing you want to visualize. A world where kids definitely could get away with a trip to Vegas, where they could score all sorts of drugs, and where they could actually have the opportunity to pull off a mission to kill someone’s dad.
This episode was a big one for Marcus for a number of reasons. It was one thing to know that he would get himself into the worst acid trip ever, it was another thing entirely to see how this sequence of scenes would play out. I was blown away by the animations they used to capture what he was seeing. Well actually, what they were all seeing. Most of us will say that the comic-style origins are a choice which makes Deadly Class one of the best comic adaptations, and this just took things a step further through everything that would go through a kid’s mind when on this drug. It was a good mix of trippy while still attaining some of the comic art at the same time. With that said, I loved the way he he and every one of them reacted to the drug. It was either extreme in Marcus’ case, or it was very natural for the rest of them. The fact that they were able to keep this up consistently throughout the episode was even better for the panic that this also created for everything that could go wrong because they were not in their right minds.
Now who could have thought that Billy could make you cry two weeks in a row? Liam is on a role playing Billy so far for a kid who you would have assumed to be a joke at the start of the series. His mission to kill his dad came and went, but the impact was there when this obviously was not something that Billy could put his heart into. He doesn’t kill because he wanted to, he was doing this because that was the only way that his mother and younger brother could have a future. It was a messy fight as well which worked matched this state of mind perfectly.
The big thing about this episode was the fact that Chico was following this group from the very start. Some may have wondered why Chico would be involved in this episode, and the answer was pretty clear from the start. He was there to prove just how obsessive he is about Maria, and how far his sense of possessiveness can really go. His fight with Marcus was intense, it was entertaining at one point even, but all the same chilling because this far from the school anything could happen with this guy. This was another scene to admire for how close it was to the books. Not too close, but the changes were nothing that you could argue with. How the Chico situation concluded will leave some jaws on the ground when this is one of the first real turn of events for the series that should tell us all what is really at stake dealing with a bunch of assassins in training.
As the trailer showed, this was the episode where Marcus would finally encounter Chester again. I did not feel let down by the entrance he made one bit and it added to the execution that Marcus was pretty out of it even then. This scene played out for the most part like in the book with some additions. We got just enough of a taste of what to expect from Chester and his mission for vengeance by the end of the episode. This should leave enough room to anticipate more from his involvement down the road.
Deadly Class “Saudade” was everything you could hope for and more when it came to this groups first real adventure outside of the school. They may not have all gone to Vegas for the same reason, but they all had one heck of an experience that they won’t soon forget. Not when a couple of surprise guests crash the party to remind us of the kind of lives they live.