Midnight, Texas “No More Mr. Nice Kai” Review
Oh boy, things are really heating up in Midnight, and that usually means that we are one bad moment before things spiral out of control. Relationships tested, trust tested, and so much more that has been building up to this point. Of course nothing grabs your attention more than the idea that Manfred and Kai will eventually clash over both romance and motivations for being in Midnight. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
Very quickly they jumped into Manfred’s plan set in motion to expose Kai’s plans in Midnight. I found it very interesting that this wasn’t the only thing that Manfred or anyone involved had to worry about. I mean, what would cause Kai to suspect anything is happening between Manfred and Patience? What on Earth would actually bring Creek back so soon? There was even another string pulled that led to an odd coincidence. It was all little things that have quickly become much bigger than you anticipated. The overarching plot to this episode was brilliant since it was something you never saw coming. With so much personal problems to deal with, that made it way to easy for the most unsuspecting threat to walk freely without notice. Suspense was their best friend with this one and it paid off big time since these were just the nudges needed in order for certain stories to finally kick into another gear.
“No More Mr. Nice Kai” was all you needed to read in order to know that more Kai was what you had to look forward to. It goes without saying that we don’t get enough screentime for this guy who does in fact have mischievous intentions. We don’t know what he’s doing with all those powers he takes away from supernaturals, we don’t know who he intends to enact this assumed vengeance against. He is just one big shroud of mystery. This was the perfect episode to begin peeling back those layers. This also includes getting a better understanding of the kind of relationship shared between Kai and Patience. For everything that she says is wrong with their relationship, it was about time that we could actually see that for ourselves. The line that Kai was willing to cross for what he thought was a betrayal is more than enough to kick-off this war between himself and Manfred that we have all been waiting for. It does go without saying that this episode probably held the most dialogue from Kai than he has had in any other episode. We do need to see more from him than the charade he puts on.
Personally I have to say that I wasn’t too excited to see Creek again. She had her story, but she clearly did not fit in a place where most could get knocked down and get back up. As I said before, I grew fonder of Patience because she has a genuine sense of wonder to the supernatural. She has just as real problems, and just as much to offer as someone who doesn’t stumble as easily.
Fiji taking this dark path in order to protect Bobo was quite the chilling scene. The kind of ritual she did to make this happen felt familiar and satisfying as someone who prefers a traditional touch to magic. The set-up, the casting of the ritual, and lets not forget the physical means in which she gave herself to this dark path was thrilling. Your reaction was pretty much the same as Bobo who was not at all prepared for how messy stuff like this can get. The small things definitely popped out whether it was Fiji’s attitude, her slight change in appearance. They gave us a lot to stew on when this is not something that will come without a price. What I appreciate about most stories involving magic is that they never forget the saying that no magic comes without a price or some cost. I only hope that this story for Fiji doesn’t cross too far into the cliche of witch gone bad and having to eventually be dealt with.
Given all of the relationship drama, to some extent it did make sense that Walker would inevitably cause friction between Joe and Chuy. This was probably the one story that was dragging on the most. It was only a matter of time before Joe got too close to Walker, and it was only a matter of time before Chuy was able to read between the lines. Between the trailer and promo images, it was a no-brainer that this would end with Chuy losing control of himself again. It was intense, and at the same time heartbreaking that one person’s negligence could lead to this sequel to the disaster that we got in the first season.
Midnight, Texas “No More Mr. Nice Kai” lived up to the name in the worst of ways. There was no one Midnighter who wasn’t put through the wringer by the series of events that unfolded this hour. Every twist they threw our way was handled perfectly because they were not things you could have seen coming. Not with everything else that seems so big that you can’t imagine being blindsided. Not by the loss, or by the surprise visit that served nothing more than to stir the pot.