Midnight, Texas “Riders on The Storm” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Riders on the Storm” Episode 109 — Pictured: Wraith — (Photo by: John Golden Britt/NBC)

Right now Midnight, Texas is like a game of chess. All the pieces are still moving in the right place, but still there is a long way to go for this group of supernaturals to be ready for what lies beyond the veil. There are still secrets to be revealed for some characters to be able to move forward and others who still have to confront what is holding them back between each other. I’m just glad that with each passing episode we are making progress without taking steps back because drama.

Despite what Fiji is going through, this is the episode I’ve been waiting for to get to know Fiji. Call it karma, but it was only about time where she would be proven wrong that her problems could become others’. This was definitely the first time where you could fear her as much as fear for her well-being. With that said, I do hope I speak for everyone when I say that the best thing they could have done for Fiji here is not turn her into a damsel in distress. Sure they do need to protect her, but not once do they not stress that she would rather put a stop to this without others getting hurt for her.

Seeing a younger Fiji was like looking at a different person. I really questioned what kind of person Fiji was before she came to Midnight. There’s something too good about her to think that there was something she was running from. Surprisingly what brought her to the town wasn’t quite as tragic as most stories. Not a bad thing of course since you want to show difference with this cast. When it came to addressing her being a witch, this was a point of interest for me. Witches are come from a different world where one is never the same as the other. Especially when it comes to the kind of magic you do, the source of your magic, how far that magic runs deep in your family. I loved the dynamic she shared that was similar to what Manfred had with his grandmother. Someone had to show her the way and she had a sweet presence.

Fiji’s secret was quite the sting when she was forced to reveal this to the group. Not only was it one she wasn’t willing to give up willingly, it was the first time that they really had to call someone out to be forthcoming. Her truth solidified my admiration for their approach to witches in this world. We knew she was strong, though there had to be more to her than just the power alone. I mean I did cringe just because it was not the kind of secret you would tell just anyone or a group of friends so open. Now the other half of her truth was heartbreaking because it explained a lot about the way she carries herself currently. It also made it quite obvious as to who was coming for her this time around.

MIDNIGHT TEXAS — “Riders on the Storm” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Francois Arnaud as Manfred, Parisa Fitz-Henley as Fiji — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

With this episode comes another threat which signals the coming of Colcannar. This one wasn’t as present as others, though I enjoyed the fact that the danger was coming from a supernatural sandstorm. This was the perfect push for these Midnighters to tap into a power that they wouldn’t have dared before. There was no solution that they could come to with brute force or by ordinary means. The dynamic between Fiji and Manfred is something I looked forward to seeing again after the time she exorcised his house. Especially when Manfred continues to deliver on why Gypsy magic is not to be overlooked or underestimated.

The problems of everyone else pretty much took a backseat this time around which wasn’t too much of a problem for me. That’s not to say it wasn’t nice to get progress from Manfred and Creek, or and update on how Olivia and Lem might move forward. We could have lost Creek in particular to her depression, but there’s much more to like about a character like her that can rise above the tragedy of losing family.

Midnight, Texas “Riders on The Storm” is that point of escalation that they struck with perfect execution. It was straight to the point about the importance of Fiji to this demon and how a weakening veil might just crumble sooner. Another character we know more about, and the exploration of dark magic makes the supernatural world richer. Crap has now hit the fan and will determine who really has what it takes to rise to the occasion.

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