Midnight, Texas “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay” Episode 205 — Pictured: François Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: NBC)

A week without Midnight, Texas was as painful as can be. This is a strange Fall season for so many shows constantly missing one or two weeks. Painful because this is an intense season for the Midnighters. Not to say that the first season wasn’t, but these characters are going through some big changes and you don’t want to have to wait for a whole two weeks just to see what happens next. Nonetheless, good to have Midnight, Texas back on the air. Especially since this is the week to shake things up apparently.

For this week they were quick to jump into everything wrong with Kai’s presence in Midnight. While this storyline hasn’t had the build-up I was expecting it to, there was no denying that something needed to happen to further increase suspicion of his intentions by setting up shop here. Of course it had to be another murder in the hotel. Not as if that wasn’t the problem to occur every other time, but this time around there was a twist to the importance of the person who died. That was what set the wheels in motion. Everything from the fear that Manfred would get caught looking too deeply to the intense scene of when he almost poked the wrong bear was thrilling. He proved himself a bit more capable than usual on his own to get the job done while experiencing a new power in action. My only disappointment was that this wasn’t the episode where Manfred and Kai would clash. This was more build-up to that point that I can’t argue with. Its better that this clash happened because of the mistrust in Kai rather than the troubles that come from a love triangle. There’s still no telling whether or not this is a means to an end for Manfred, but it certainly is producing results when he would never have gotten this close to answers without the kind of access that Patience gives him with an office space on ground zero.

The big shocker was Lem’s decision made this week. It certainly came out of left field and created all sorts of outcomes for the guy when his fortune is put to the test. The painful part here is that I can’t really say what he did without spoiling this for those who have not seen the episode. What I can say is that he had the experience of a lifetime since he now knows what it means to rely on other qualities of himself to help those in need.

They were pretty vague about saying that Olivia’s past comes back to haunt her. I don’t think we need to talk in circles about this part. Obviously they mean that this is the moment where she finds out the manipulations that have occurred behind her back. All of which would ultimately take her to her father. You look at the promo images, and even at the promo itself, and you knew exactly who and what would get her from point A to point B. I enjoyed being caught off guard by what she discovered about her father’s plans. It was the same feeling that Olivia shared when this was not at all what you would have pictured from a man who was going to such great lengths to either have her daughter monitored or brought back to him. I’m not going to lie, what she stumbled upon gave you chills because there is no force on this Earth that could get her into an ugly Christmas sweater. So the kind of help that she needed to escape that was exciting since it required the same kind of force in return.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay” Episode 205 — Pictured: Arielle Kebbel as Olivia — (Photo by: NBC)

All of this led to some character development from Olivia that was a long time coming. Plenty of characters I wouldn’t mind having arcs play out steady, but Olivia has needed a wrap-up more than most. Too many questions can become a problem at a point. Especially when you get in the way of yourself enough that it is one step forward and two steps back.

Fiji’s desperation attempt to save Bobo took us into new territory for her as a witch. I appreciate any episode where they further the world of magic through Fiji’s boldness to always try something new and different. In this case, she is turning to Light Witches for help. Where this turned to was excellent for the fact that we finally came to understand what has been holding her back from finding a solution to this curse. Seeing those black eyes, you could guess what this involved dabbling in, but the reason for this was just as good. Not only that, but the introduction of said person who has led her down this path. Despite this being a big thing for Fiji, I do like how dynamic her involvement is around the town. She can do this, do that, and still accomplish a lot which helps her in the process.

It was a tough pill to swallow that we somewhat lost a character by the end of this episode, but the truth about this Midnighter set them free from a shroud of mystery that kept you from really being personal with them. Sucks that such a moment could be so fleeting at the same time. However, couldn’t have come at a better time for the sake of another character who needed to grow in the process.

Overall, Midnight, Texas “Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay” was a roller coaster of emotions. Some storylines were met with satisfying conclusions, we had yet another goodbye that should change things for the town, and then there’s the build-up to the actual big clash to anticipate next week.

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