Midnight, Texas “Last Temptation of Midnight” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Last Temptation of Midnight” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Joanne Camp as Xylda, Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

As one trouble is dealt with more arise. Learning of the veil weakening or that Angels might come for them was the least of the Midnighter’s problems. The trouble is what comes for them until that moment of escalation hits. Fiji is still dealing with the demon, the others are still finding their strings pulled by the growing darkness spreading, and the one person who has been the most helpful decides to bail on the town after getting his heart broken. Quite the full plate they have to deal with.

An episode with a stronger focus on Fiji is just what we needed. It may be at the cost of her sanity having to deal with this demon and the effect it has on those around her, but sooner that something happened now than too late. It was the best time to also press the fact that there really is this demon. It’s not enough to say there is one giving Fiji grief, other people clearly needed to fear it as well for the danger to become real. If there’s one character you want to see more of in the spotlight, I will say it had to be Fiji. Manfred is hesitant, but Fiji is quick to always try to help someone in need. That is the one quality about her I appreciate the most since that is not common for a wicca. The cliche is normally that someone like her will take on a more punk/goth presence while either isolating herself or being a nuisance through rough interactions. All you can ask for is when they think outside the box to try to give you something you haven’t seen too much of before.

With everything going on with Fiji, the way they tackled this tension between her and Bobo was smart. It never distracted us from what was important. I like these two when they are together, but it is great to realize when you need to slam the brakes and ease back into something workable for them.

For everyone else it was smart that this sort of acted as a wake-up call. Like what Fiji was going through, Lem and Rev finding their hunger increased to dangerous levels was inevitable. I liked the way they handled this build up of fear towards the Rev, though I do think they could have handled Lem’s hunger a bit differently. They created some drama there that could have been avoided if there was more truth towards the deterioration of his self-control. It probably could have been a good thing to hold off on the truth bomb she dropped on Lem’s lap, but I was able to overlook this when things hit a boiling point. With that said, hopefully soon we will also see what happens for the Rev when he approaches the next full moon.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Last Temptation of Midnight” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Yul Vázquez as Rev. Sheehan, Parisa Fitz-Henley as Fiji, Francois Arnaud as Manfred, Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Dylan Bruce as Bobo — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

As surprising as it was to jump into Joe’s story last week, it was more enjoyable to finally dive into Manfred’s past. They took us through some key moments in his life that came out of necessity. His childhood, times with his grandmother, it was much more than we were taking before as words. He goes through some stuff here on his own, though it was needed. I’m not going to say I like to see the guy suffering, but out of everyone he needed the biggest slap in the face to get right in his life. I was worried with how they would handle Manfred’s separation from the rest, though this detour took him exactly where he needed to go. There has been a habit of calling Manfred the hero of reluctance, yet this was his time to shine and let his role truly sink in.

This supernatural was a little weak, though like others he still did serve a purpose. The demon had to make his presence known and this supernatural accomplished just that in the most demonic of ways. I’ll give him credit that he did have the strength to intimidate, he at least had a voice which carried weight, and thanks to him we now have a name to this demon which is a step in the right direction. If you ask me, I think this demon is probably the same one we are seeing in Joe’s painting. Only time will tell if that is the case once all these details begin connecting.

There were some high points and some shaky bits with Midnight, Texas “Last Temptation of Midnight”. For the most part we are still on the right track placing characters right where they need to be and getting everyone up to speed on what they need to be bracing themselves for. At this time it comes down to execution of events more than anything else.

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