Thoughts on The Midnight, Texas Series Premiere
I’ve scrolled past Midnight, Texas many times before last week and truthfully just from the promo image it was never something I had given a second thought. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough at it, but that’s easy to do these days. Plus it wasn’t as if NBC was promoting this like they should have, which is a bad habit with many of their shows. I was quick to write this off as just another drama. It only took taking a chance on finding a new show where I gave this a chance. I was looking for something fantasy, and what just so happened to be there? Midnight, Texas. So then I gave it a watch and somehow it ended up being exactly what I was looking for.
My first thought watching Midnight, Texas was that I was getting a Haven vibe from it. Not a bad thing either as there are plenty of fantasy series where you have a town like this serving as the focal point for the supernatural. I mean a powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits, a witch who owns the local wiccan shop, a mysterious assassin with a weapon for every occasion, an angel who knows all of Midnight’s secrets having been around for millennia, a wise vampire with a long history in Midnight, and Rev. who is also a weretiger? You couldn’t ask for a better cast of fantastical characters grouped together. Not a single one of them normal and have something more to offer than what is simply human error. Off the bat I found myself drawn to Manfred because he is not your average psychic. Most of them just talk to the dead and don’t have a true engagement with them. With Manfred they take a big step forward to give him the full experience. The good and the bad of this life.
The rest of the characters quickly grow on you as well. There’s much we don’t know about them, but there’s plenty known of what we can expect from them. A creative approach was taken to each of them as well to break them from the mold. The last thing you want to see in the pilot is more of the same. Characters like Lemuel made that statement right away when he is not your average vampire. Does he have fangs to suck blood? Sure, but he has his own method of satisfaction which makes you wonder what more he is capable of.
As far as plot, that didn’t fully blossom as there was more introduction into their world more than anything else. The introduction is the priority and I felt properly welcomed through understanding what makes this town special, what makes it dangerous, and that there are no limits to what can pop up. With that said, the us versus them mentality also grabbed my attention instantly. Its a concept we haven’t had pushed to this extent before. We may think all these characters are cool, but the outside opinion of them shakes things up. They are pretty much monsters and it is cool to see what happens when monsters really look out for one another. My only fear is in the way romance might become a distraction. A show like this you tend to invest in for the action and mystery, though you can see where they might spend some time on other extracurricular activities. Doesn’t always have to be a problem, and I hope it doesn’t become one since there’s nothing to assume too much of from the first episode only.
Overall it feels nice to have a show like Midnight, Texas to look forward to each week. It has drama, it has action, and it has the full package of fantasy elements to keep you at the edge of your seat. Manfred may be a psychic, but like us even he wasn’t prepared to learn that there are things beyond communicating with the dead to worry about.