Midnight, Texas “Bad Moon Rising” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Bad Moon Rising” Episode 102 — Pictured: Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: NBC)

Again it feels nice to have a show like Midnight, Texas to look forward to each week. It has drama, it has action, and it has the full package of fantasy elements to keep you at the edge of your seat. Manfred may be a psychic, but like us even he wasn’t prepared to learn that there are things beyond communicating with the dead to worry about. The pilot episode introduced us to our misfits, what makes them stand out, and the mystery that seems like it pull them closer than they have been before.

Midnight, Texas “Bad Moon Rising” grabs your attention from the start. The first episode ended one way, and this second episode picks up with a scene that definitely gets you wondering what kind of messing Manfred and company get themselves into. From the title of the episode it could be assumed that what come now may have something to do with the Reverend being a weretiger. You know I think I might have skipped over some details not to have realized this wasn’t a werewolf we were dealing with. Quite creative if you ask me. Way better than going with the werewolf. Now it didn’t take too long into the episode to see where he might become a problem. Someone let him loose or he let himself loose by the look of that first scene, so the question is how this situation came to be. The answer did make me facepalm a bit, though worth it to see Lem and Olivia in action.

Transitioning into the second episode I enjoy where Manfred goes from his introduction to this town and its people. We could easily lose interest if this was another case of a psychic who has to convince everyone around him that he can do what he says he can do, but the town creates unique opportunities to be around people off the bat who are just as cool if not more. It also would have been too easy for Manfred to simply accept finding a place like Midnight to be home, so the struggle to find his place here was necessary. Not only that, but for the fact that he also comes off as the reluctant hero. Most people in his position might be more than happy to throw themselves into the hero role, yet he shakes things up where it does take some motivation to do the right thing and for the right reasons.

Before this episode I actually thought that Manfred’s situation might drag on a little bit longer. The one dealing with his new home haunted by spirits. How they approached this from the start was cool because on one hand this experience emphasized the troubles that come with Manfred’s powers, and one the other hand this was that point to prove to Manfred himself that Midnighters look out for their own.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Bad Moon Rising” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Peter Mensah as Lemuel, Parisa Fitz-Henley as Fiji, Yul Vázquez as Rev. Sheehan — (Photo by: NBC)

As for the rest of the cast, the us versus them mentality continues to develop and they are all the stronger in character dynamic for it. It helps a lot for a series like Midnight, Texas when these characters already have a history together. It is only Manfred who you are really trying to integrate into this world. Again we go back to that concept of Midnighters looking out for their own which stands out more than anything else. As individuals we know a little more about some of the characters, though nothing more ore less. It at least shows a solid sense of pacing that you have to take account of for a series like this. We don’t need to know everything about them right away. Just enough at a time to keep you invested in what more there is to explore about them and their pasts. I mean lets take Fiji for example. This is a wiccan who not only does real magic, but has a talking cat as well. She stole the spotlight this episode for what we now know she is capable of, well her and Manfred when he puts his experience to use.

The involvement of the cops does add its own flavor to this. So far they represent that outside perspective of the existence of these monsters and the danger that comes with drawing the wrong kind of attention. The struggles they face comes naturally for the position they find themselves in. They aren’t the enemy, but it is hard not to see them as an obstacle. Now as normal as Bobo is, I did wonder what made him like the others. For now, we at least know that he is not the guy to mess with. The muscles aren’t for nothing and it does make you want to get the full picture.

Just another day in Midnight, Texas which feels like the message they were trying to send us with “Bad Moon Rising”. This town is full of troubles and secrets which will keep you coming back for more each week. As long as they take advantage of the potential in storytelling, this isn’t a show to overlook.

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