Midnight, Texas “To Witch Hell and Back” Review


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “To Witch Hell and Back” Episode 203 — Pictured: François Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: NBC)

Tough times are undeniably ahead for the Midnighters. It took no time in the span of two episodes for us to see exactly where things will go wrong with these new developments.Dark magic plaguing a naive Bobo, biting off more than you can chew with a vampiric connection, and lets not forget a hotel run by a shady character. That is only a start too. As I said last week, it’s a whole new set of problems that they will either see coming, or they won’t.

After last week’s twist about Kai’s full potential to heal, there was no way that this wasn’t going to be the topic of discussion for the Midnighters. How they were all split on this was intriguing. Every perspective made sense since it means something different for everyone to be supernatural. Some can coast by day-to-day, while others might fear for the next time that they become a liability to everyone else. Not only that, but the strongest person around here up to this point was a witch. Now we have someone who can take that kind of power right out of you, and most still don’t know much of anything about Kai. That can become worrisome. Getting Madonna Reed back added another perspective to the mix that I always enjoyed about Midnight. She may not be the only human next to Olivia, but she has her own mysteries and sense of authority about what should pop as a red flag.

Fiji’s mission to discover what’s trying to kill Bobo takes her to some crazy places this week. While I found myself questioning the kind of storyline they chose for Fiji and Bobo, I couldn’t argue with where it took her after. One thing I enjoy most about shows like Midnight, Texas is the magic. Fiji is a witch, but the kind of magic that was more consistent from her last season, so far wasn’t too present this time around. I almost feared that they were trading a lot of that sense of wonder for romance. This situation challenged her to step outside of her comfort zone, even if that meant taking Manfred along for the ride. I was a bit more shocked that he would get himself tangled up into the kind of madness that he did. The magic he decided would help her best was a bigger gambit than their last collaboration. To say that they cut it close again was quite the understatement. All of it was worth it for the answers they got. Well worth it depending on how you look at it since this lead to one of the most crushing scenes on the series so far. I felt bad for Bobo, because it was how the truth was revealed to him that hits hardest.

With that said, how things ended this week for Olivia and Lem wasn’t as significant as last week, but I did appreciate that they didn’t lean too hard into their troubles. I feel like there’s always room for a better approach towards this new connection of theirs without a heavy hand in this having to do with Olivia’s need for space.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “To Witch Hell and Back” Episode 203 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Lewis as Joe, Josh Kelly as Walker — (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

This thing with Joe demon hunting again was a point of interest for the territory that we have stepped into. Vampires were something that seemed like more of the norm when it came to hanging in large crowds and attracting unwanted attention. It was good to shake things up and show that the same could be said for demons as well. Tossing in Walker was still a questionable development for Joe when honestly I would have preferred more work put into the thrill of demon hunting. I get that they wanted to do the love triangle from a different angle, but it is all the same at the end of the day. That’s not to say that they didn’t give us plenty of demon hunting in this episode, because they really did. Getting some tag team action out of Joe and Walker was refreshing for the way that they fight off evil. The knife, the gauntlet, and both are good on their own in combat. They may not be doing flips and stuff, but its the kind of action you expect from angels/hunters versus demons.

There was a lot of things going on with this episode, but I suppose it wasn’t too much trouble to also toss in a story for the Rev. Honestly, I didn’t think we would see this much of him in the second season. I also thought he would have had a larger role beyond what was seen up to this point too. They made up for a lot of that this week. The truth he shared with Lem about his past was both heartbreaking and shocking. It was not the kind of origin story you expected to take the place of what was also his departure from Midnight, Texas. His story was sincere, as well as the reaction to this revelation in how he came to be where he is now. Speaking of people who we didn’t see, we didn’t see Kai at all this time, and that was all right. I feel like we’ve gotten enough mystery out of him for now. Right now it was the smart move for us to get to know Patience better, to find out where she fits in all of this. From the start of this season they made it quite obvious that something would develop between himself and Manfred, and I do appreciate the way they are easing into this.

Midnight, Texas “To Witch Hell and Back” was full of emotion that you weren’t quite prepared for this early in the season. Some wheels had to start turning, and they pulled no punches in how that needed to happen. Heartbreak, a departure, and plenty more that you know will lead to some dark places. They were not trying to make it easy for us this week.

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