Mr. Snuggly Lives!! #MidnightTexas Review S1E8 and 9: Last Tempation of Midnight & Riders on the Storm

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Midnight Texas: Last Temptation of Midnight & Riders on the Storm

Original air dates: September 11th & 13th, 2017

Warning: Spoilers

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Last Temptation of Midnight” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Joanne Camp as Xylda, Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

Midnight, Texas has never been short of action—but man did they step it up with these two episodes. First the battle between Lem and Olivia was epic. I want to bow down to Caitlin Dechelle (stunt double) and to Arielle Kebbel for making Olivia truly bad-ass. The moment she used her momentum to run along the wall was amazing. I loved the scene’s choreography, as well. The result of the fight I’m a little less enthused; in the next episode, Olivia said she was going to leave Midnight. I hope she changes her mind, and soon since we only have one episode left.  

Then with the next episode, those wraiths gave me the creeps more than anything so far. We never got a real close look at them; to me that made them way scarier. My imagination fills in the blanks and I imagine on closer inspection they look like cross between a Dementor and one of Imotep’s mummies. Just having them lurking about in the sand storm was so spooky and I loved it.

We know the name of the big bad—Colconnar, and knowing a demon’s name is always half the battle. Manfred is back and knows why Xylda was so insistent that he be in Midnight. He may not have believed Joe when he said he was the one to lead Midnight in the fight against evil, but he sure did listen to grandma. I wouldn’t wish any spirit to be stuck in limbo, and as happy as I am that Xylda found her light, I will miss her. I liked her snarky comments and tidbits of wisdom. With Xylda gone, Mr. Snuggly is going to have to pick up the slack.  Speaking of Mr. Snuggly—did I get teary-eyed when I thought he might die? You betcha. (I think my dog thinks I’m way too emotional). When it turned out to be Manfred, I wasn’t too concerned– I knew he wouldn’t stay dead.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Last Temptation of Midnight” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Joanne Camp as Xylda, Francois Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

We also learn why Colconnar wants Fiji—not only is she a powerful witch, but she is a virgin witch. To a demon that’s like apple pie with ice cream. This is straight from the Midnight, Texas series of books and I was curious to see if this would be brought up in the show. Now that it has, it makes me wonder if the ritual to close the veil will be the same? My guess is probably not—in the books, Fiji had most of the power. With the series, the power is more divided—in both cases the other town’s people were important, but here I think it is going to be more so. Each character has a strength to them– human and supernatural– and I think those strengths combined are going to be exploited to their best advantage to end Colconnar.

We get to see both the past of Manfred and Fiji in these episodes. Manfred’s grandmother raised him as his mother couldn’t understand his gift of communicating with the dead. Fiji had a much harder go of things; she spent time in a mental institution before reconnecting with her aunt and learning her true nature. Emotions tend to get the best of everyone, but she really needs to keep them in check. When she got too hot and heavy with her boyfriend, Jeremy, he got too hot (literally), and she sort of cooked him. I can see how that would make one squeamish about trying it again.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “Last Temptation of Midnight” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Yul Vázquez as Rev. Sheehan, Parisa Fitz-Henley as Fiji, Francois Arnaud as Manfred, Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Dylan Bruce as Bobo — (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

I am angry with Fiji—of course it was the ghost of Jeremy that told her to give herself willingly to Colconnar, and of course she believed him when he said by doing so it would spare everyone else.  Really, Fiji? You’re buying that load of bull? There is no way Colconnar is going to leave everyone else alone. I know this was used for dramatic effect—but did we need it? Okay she thought Manfred was dead, and that she did it—but still. Having said that, I do think Parisa’s performance was spectacular. I felt her embarrassment—how hard would it be to announce to a room full of your friends something that deeply embarrassed you?

The flashback explained why she was still a virgin, and I didn’t mind it—but in this case, I liked the book better. I have tried not to compare them too much over the course of the series, but I’m about to now. In the book, Fiji was worried about not being attractive to the opposite sex, mostly because (gasp) she was full-figured.  Sometimes, things don’t always need to be so dramatic, sometimes just normal human emotion is powerful enough. Instead I was reminded of Rogue from X-men. Just having a younger Fiji that felt out of place in the world, awkward around men as she was learning about her abilities, would have been just as powerful of a story.  Like the Wraiths, sometimes less is more.

Like I said, as it is I didn’t mind it. My hope for the final episode is that Fiji is planning on going to Colconnar with the hopes of figuring out a way to destroy him, not because she has given up. I also would like if the other Midnighters get there to help her, as oppose to a rescue mission for a damsel in distress. Ah man—only one more episode left, I can’t believe we are reaching the end. I hope it isn’t a permanent ending, but only a season finale.

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