Midnight, Texas “Patience Is a Virtue” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Patience is a Virtue” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Lee as Theophilus, Jaime Ray Newman as Patience — (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Where originally it was last week’s episode that you may have been looking forward to, it actually turns out to be this week’s episode of Midnight, Texas. You thought you knew the direction that this plot was taking. Just when you had things figured out, we were all hit with a one-eighty when the true villain was revealed. What started out as a fight that felt like it was on equal footing, quickly turned into one where everyone had to prepare for the worst.Including us when it is clear now more than ever that no one is safe.

Manfred and Kai’s team-up was a big turning point from where things have been heading between these two. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit awkward at first. We’ve honestly been looking forward to these two clashing for so long that it was hard to imagine the two of them fighting on the same time and for the same goal. As much as it hurt for me to get the twist we did when Patience turned out to be the enemy, I can give credit where it is due that the best thing you can ever ask for in a show like this is the ability to expect the unexpected. That was exactly what we got as you would have never considered that Patience was the twin to this great evil, or that she was the one orchestrating everything going wrong in this town. This could have easily broke Manfred and Kai, but I enjoyed that this was just another kick for them in a different direction. Where they were driven to destroy one another, now they had a singular target. Their plan for stopping Patience was creative for who this involved asking help from.

The scene to follow added so much clarity to this plot when we could finally understand what set things in motion for us to end up in this situation today. Patience’s story was understood, her motivations, and what we had to fear from her returning the power in which she lost. The same discovery we got from Delilah as well. It was an engaging experience to understand how it is that the likes of Patience is left free to roam the Earth while she has been nowhere in sight.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Patience is a Virtue” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Dylan Bruce as Bobo, Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Peter Mensah as Lemuel — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

How the rest of the Midnighters worked to stop Fiji and Patience was thrilling. Their first engagement was executed perfectly to set the tone for what’s to come, and everything after that was great for the build-up. Just like in the first season, there was the interesting process of how they prepare themselves. The weapons they pull up, the way they fortify their strongholds, and other things they try to dig up to create an advantage. Where Bobo and Olivia personally turn to for help was fascinating for the response. These two are the most human in contrast to the rest of the Midnighters. They really thought outside of the box, even if they weren’t one-hundred percent on what they were putting their faith into in order to bring back Fiji. The fact that Bobo and Olivia could turn to magic for help made a statement that it does hold value in this world. I’m glad that with each passing episode this season we have pushed the boundaries in what to expect from magic and spells. As for Lem and Joe, it catches you off guard to see what they accomplished on their end versus what was in store for them when obviously they are the kind of power players you want dealt with if you want to get what you want in Midnight.

It was a chilling performance from both Fiji and Patience. It spoke to the skills of both actresses playing then when they were able to flick the switch to go from someone who couldn’t hurt a fly, to two bad *****es. They dropped the charade and there was nothing but embrace for the darkness. It made things fun because Fiji did a lot of things that she would not have normally done as herself. Being good left her with a lot of limitations. Not just through the spells she could or would use, but the things she would do to solve a problem. She got terrifyingly clever for better or for worse. I think all of this worked so well because she and Patience were simply having fun being bad. Not to mention the response from everyone else was heartbreaking seeing that they were not able to get through to this version of her without a conscious.

I was left with many feelings after the way they decided to leave us on a cliffhanger this week. This is one of those situations where you brace yourself for things to get worse before they get any better. However, by the end of this episode you are left truly wondering how in the world this group could reach better. The unthinkable happened, and you wish it wasn’t real. It may not be as it seems on the surface, but for now there’s the panic that bold didn’t end with Creek’s death.

Midnight, Texas “Patience Is a Virtue” put the Midnighters through the wringer. They must have asked themselves what the best way was to break our hearts, because they did it unapologetic. Overall I would say perfect writing for the villains, captivating dramatic moments, and so much supernatural goodness that they took advantage of from start to finish.

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