The folks of #MidnightTexas make dusting vamps look easy. S1E3 Review: Lemuel, Unchained

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Midnight, Texas: Lemuel, Unchained
Original air date: August 7th, 2017
Warning: Spoilers

MIDNIGHT TEXAS — “Lemuel, Unchained” Episode 103 — Pictured: Peter Mensah as Lemuel — (Photo by: John Golden Britt/NBC)

Midnight, Texas  is keeping a great pace with the episodes. Again I felt the action and background stories were perfectly balanced. It is reminiscent to Buffy, the Vampire Slayer or Wynonna Earp–in the sense that there is a threat introduced and eliminated in one episode, while building up to one big bad.  I like this formula, it keeps it fun and keeps the story moving. I don’t want to say it is exactly like these other shows (it’s not), but like those shows it truly is special. Midnight is creating a great ensemble of characters that, I think, we will look back in a few years and use it as an example to judge other shows.

There was some amazing fight choreography this episode–the move in which Olivia dispatched Pia was amazing. Olivia is bad-ass, I have a new respect for stiletto boots and she is quickly becoming my favorite character of the show. Manfred’s dusting of the vampire in the hardware store was equally epic. So here’s to the stunt team, actors, and stunt coordinator that made these scenes look good.

I love that the residents of Midnight are quick to respond when there’s danger and they’re very pragmatic about it all–a nest of vampires moves in, no worries, just sharpen stakes and see if they are needed. What Creek said to Connor when he asked if they should be worried was perfect, “No, we should be prepared.” I think that needs to be Midnight’s town motto.  Again, all the key players of Midnight ban together and eliminate the threat.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Lemuel, Unchained” Episode 103 — Pictured: Arielle Kebbel as Olivia — (Photo by: Ursula Coyote/NBC)

Zahn McClarnon was perfect as Zachariah (but I love him in everything he does) and I enjoyed how the show told Lem’s backstory. His one line (this was episode was full of powerful one-liners), “Still a slave,” was the best way to explain and humanize a vampire’s thirst for blood, I think.  His self-awareness, and the fact he didn’t kill her, is why Xylda gave him the power to feed off energy. Lem doesn’t abuse this power–Zachariah would have. It seems that Xylda was extremely powerful; it will be interesting to watch Manfred grow into any powers (besides being a medium) that he might possess.

The audience learned first hand about Lem’s origin as a vampire and what his life was like before he met Xylda. But we also learned that Joe is a fallen angel. That should be an interesting story to hear more about. In his interaction with Rev, he reiterates what he said at the end of the last episode–the veil in Midnight is fraying. It will come down to staying and fighting, or leaving. He says he and Chuy might leave–but I think they will probably end up staying.

Fiji did get the best line of the night, when Bobo said her idea seemed more like science than magic, she responded, “Who’s to say they’re not one in the same.” Love it! And I think it shows how Fiji approaches her magic–she studies and takes from various magic practices and creates her own style.

Fiji and Bobo worked well together and they hugged, but then Fiji was firmly placed in the friendzone. At the end of the episode, the interaction between her and Bobo was hilarious–it was just so awkward, I felt it in my soul. I’m sure everyone but Bobo knows Fiji has romantic feelings for him; I’m just surprised Mr. Snuggly didn’t give him a scratch, or a bite.

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