In Midnight, Texas 1×07 “Angel Heart” Joe’s past comes back to haunt him when another angel comes into town.
Joe (Jason Lewis) is forced to face his past and tell the other Midnighters the truth about who he is on this week’s episode of Midnight, Texas on NBC. But he’s not the only one as Chuy (Bernardo Saracino) comes back to help. More secrets are revealed as the group comes together to save the town and each other from a vengeful fallen angel. This wasn’t the only thing going on as the revealing of secrets led to the dealing of relationships too. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) and Lemuel (Peter Mensah) discussed the idea that their relationship couldn’t last forever. Not with Liv getting older, and Lem staying the same age forever. Bobo (Dylan Bruce) and Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) were dealing with their situation as well, as Bobo tried to help Fiji with her demon problem.
Meanwhile, Creek (Sarah Ramos) is still reeling after the shock of learning the truth about her family. Manfred (Francois Arnaud) does his best to comfort her, but has problems of his own to deal with. Especially when he is informed of what Joe and Rev (Yul Vazquez) believe to be his destiny. They think it’s going to fall on Manfred to fix the veil and save not only all of Midnight, but the world too. But is this something he is going to be able to handle? It certainly doesn’t seem it as he attempts to make his way out of Midnight following his breakup with Creek.
So, let’s break it all down! But first, meet our roundtable!
Angel (@angeliiiiique) – 27 year old fan girl and huge shipper!
Sonya (@sonya707207) – Single mother of 4 and helper of other mothers of children under 6 at a drug and alcohol treatment center
Agnes (@czmieli) – Student, tv series addict, and lover of Fiji’s cat since the first episode!
Kat (@CheshireKat_92) – When she’s not working, she’s writing on her blog! She’s also an avid reader in her free time, hopefully while spending time in the sun!
Alicia (@aliciadenise) – Young at heart nerd and loving full time parent! Also a big tv and UFC lover!
1. Creek seems to be pushing Manfred and the others away. (Understandably). Will she realize she needs the others or will she continue on her current path?
Angel (@angeliiiiique): I honestly couldn’t care less about what Creek does. In the books, she leaves town and never comes back after her brother is killed. She should do that on the show as well.
Sonya (@sonya707207): I believe Creek is very stubborn and has serious trust issues. It’s going to be easiest to take her pain out on the ones she loves most. I don’t think she’ll come around until the veil opens up. She may even start to blame the Midnighters for all the bizarre things that will happen.
Agnes (@czmieli): She will, but now Creek needs time. Really, her arguments were good and true, she needs to find out who she really is without being sister, daughter or girlfriend. She has to be a little selfish now in order to get things right and heal herself. Of course Midnighters should be there for her and they will. As for Manfred, poor boy is clearly in love, and now also hurt. But he will come to his senses. Their story line is quite good right now, I think many people can relate to that kind of relationship drama. Of course with the exception of supernatural beings and murderous brothers.
Kat (CheshireKat_92): Creek makes me shaky. She really could go the either way. She blames people for what happened to her brother and for not knowing about his serial killer tendencies. I believe it’s her way of deflecting because deep down she feels like she should’ve known. She has a lot to cope with right now and I’m pretty sure family therapy won’t fix it. I think it’ll get worse before she comes to terms with her family being messed up. So I’m sure there’s bound to be some lashing out. However, I don’t think she should be alone with it. I hope that her friends try to keep helping her. Whether she realizes it or not, that is helping her because they aren’t letting her go and that will bring her back even if she may not ever be the same.
Alicia (@aliciadenise): Creek will continue on her path until she realizes she is not alone and her family has always been there. They just aren’t blood.
2. When Bowie first tries to get information from Manfred, she hears multiple voices in his head due to Xylda being inside him. But do all of them belong to her? Or does Manfred have voices of his own stuck in there?
Angel: Nope, pretty sure there’s more, but do they all belong to him? Not sure.
Sonya: The voices are his and hers I think. Xylda’s are more intense, and she knows how to control them on another level, as she is wise beyond her years. She also had many years of experience.
Agnes: I thought that this was only her voice or maybe combination of hers and his. Manfred is seeing dead people, just give him a break already! He has his demons, for sure, but as for the voices, I don’t think so. By the way, I’m no expert in accents, but Francois as Xylda was really fun to watch and hear!
Kat: Oh tricky question. Let’s be honest. We’ve all got at least one voice in our head we argue with. Maybe it sounds like your mom, usually referred to as your conscience, but when it comes to Manny that gets tossed out the window. He communicates with dead people and grandma did jump in there. But you have to take into account that maybe Bowie heard the voices of other dead people. The ones he’s been trying to keep away. It could’ve been the magic of his family line warding off the celestial barbarian. But it could be he’s cracked and a complete nut. I’m going with it being Manny’s gift and that it confused the celestial. He’s been hearing, seeing and miserably avoiding a lot of dead people and having grandma partying in his head helped scramble up his thoughts too.
Alicia: I think most of them do belong to Xylda. But I think he has a few of his own too. The dead are with him always. Sometimes he is open to listening. Other times he is not.
3. Liv and Lem discuss their relationship and what happens when Olivia starts to age. She says she will walk away. But will Lem let her go so easily when that time comes?
Angel: I think Lem respects Olivia enough to respect her decision, but I don’t see her not turning at some point on the show. Whether it’s her changing her mind or her dying and Lem refusing to let her go, I think it’s going to happen at some point. I honestly hope so because Lem and Olivia’s relationship is my favorite in the books and on the show and I refuse to see them separate. These two are made for each other and make a great team. I refuse to see this being destroyed. I’d be so mad at the show if it ever happens! They better respect the books!
Sonya: Lem has loved and lost many times, but what he has with Liv is too powerful. I don’t think he’ll just let her walk away.
Agnes: Lem will respect her decision because they’re couple goals and please, please, please don’t mess them up! They love each other but she has a strong opinion on this. Of course, we can fantasize about possible scenarios in which she will be turned (Liv in danger! Near-death experience, etc), but for now, it’s a no and Lem knows that.
Kat: We’ve discovered Lem isn’t your ordinary vampire. He doesn’t care who he feeds off because he doesn’t require blood all the time. But he shows humanity, proving lust to quench hunger doesn’t rule a vampire’s life. He loves Olivia deeply, though he doesn’t always say it. It’ll be difficult for Liv to walk because of how she and Lem work accept each other. It’s a connection he’s never found before. I don’t see Lem giving up easily. But Olivia has a strong head on her shoulders. She isn’t the type to give in. She’s an assassin and that requires accepting tough circumstance without blinking. Now, could he turn her against her will when she’s ready to walk away? It’s possible. He cares enough to be selfish, but I think he may let it stew.
Alicia: No I don’t think so. With her line of work or because of what is coming, I think he might have to save her because he can’t lose her. He loves her!
4. Things are still a bit strained between Bobo and Fiji but he opens up and tells her he loves her anyway. Will the knowledge of Bobo’s feelings for Fiji help them move past their issues?
Angel: Like I said in my previous roundtable, I still can’t get behind this relationship. I’m trying, I’m so trying, but it happened so fast. They already say “I love you” when they only started “dating”. I just, I just can’t get behind this relationship yet.
Sonya: Hopefully, Fiji and Bobo will be able to work through everything. But it probably won’t be until the veil is dealt with.
Agnes: I don’t get it, didn’t he JUST have a fiancee and was so in love with her? I know when he found out about Fiji’s feelings for him, he started to look at her differently, but it’s too soon for big words like that. At least I thinks so, but other than that things are going slowly but to the right way. Just be there for her, man, and don’t run off the town! (Yes, Manny, I’m talking about you!)
Kat: I’m siding with Bobo. He disagreed when Fiji said her secrets couldn’t hurt others. How would she know? Bobo’s secret is out and he’s dealing with the fallout. Yet she hasn’t met him halfway. He didn’t let this get to him though. Bobo admitted how much he cares and that wasn’t easy. Bobo is trying to prove himself and she’s stuck on this. His family doesn’t make him who he is. Any woman would faint for somebody so caring and honest. But, her point is valid. What happens if his family comes to Midnight and casts judgement? Or tries to hurt her and everybody else? Fiji has a right to worry, but I wish she’d give him some credit. Hopefully they get over this mountain and back to being a couple. While I know this is only season one, these loving hearts were meant to find one another.
Alicia: As soon as the demon crap gets taken care of. I get there is a demon harassing her but jeez you have a hot stud muffin who loves you. Let him distract you or something!
5. Joe is able to pull Chuy back to him with their connection. Will there ever come a time Chuy could use his inner demon in a more controlled manner? Or will the veil crumbling ruin any chance of self control?
Angel: First of all, their love is beautiful. I love them so much, and they love each other so much and I just love it. The scene when he helps him turn back was beautiful and I cried a little. To answer the question, I genuinely hope Chuy will find a way to control himself. I don’t want them to have to kill him at some point. Plus, having a demon on their team can be useful. They just have to find a way to make the turn back to human easier and less painful.
Sonya: Chuy is way too powerful and a good person will go bad before a bad one goes good. At the end of the day, the series will kill off someone, and I think Joe will have to kill Chuy to save Midnight in the final battle.
Agnes: I just love them, I had to write it down for public information! I think that sadly he won’t be able to control his demon side now, when the vail is so thin. But he has the best supporter aka boyfriend aka guardian angel Joe Strong! Oh man, I’m a complete fan girl for them, sorry!
Kat: Is there an AA meeting for that kind of thing? I want to believe Chuy’s demon side can be controlled but I don’t think it can. Not unless he and Joe figure out how to keep him grounded. However, I was impressed and my heart got warm and fuzzy when he expressed how dangerous he was and didn’t want to hurt anyone. That feeling grew when he was forced to leave due to the veil crumbling. Chuy is sweet for a demon (odd combination, but I like it). He and Joe know his limits. If he stayed he would’ve hurt people. If there’s control to be gained on his demon half, I don’t think he can be in Midnight to get it. It’s turning him and he was losing that internal battle. With time, I think he’ll have himself together for when Midnight’s big battle approaches. The fight for the town will take everyone.
Alicia: If there was a way to practice to control it I think he could. But that is too much of a risk if you ask me. The fact he lost control because his man was in trouble will make him more susceptible to losing control with the veil thinning.
6. Fiji is just about at her wit’s end with everything going on. The demon presence in her home is getting worse. When will it be dealt with? And how will the other Midnighters help with the problem?
Angel: Probably in the season finale, I think.
Sonya: Fiji is going to have to deal with the presence in her home until the veil is dealt with. I think her safety is at risk, but Bobo will be there for her.
Agnes: My poor baby Fiji, I hope the Midnighters will help her soon. Things are getting serious, she’s afraid of being in her home, come on! I’m so angry that Manfred left, he should return the favor now and help her. I think there might be consequences after tempting the demons with mirror on this episode.
Kat: This is Fiji’s big battle. It’s stretching her good will and lighthearted personality. Stressing her to have breakdowns. There might be a possibility she’s going to burst and the magic at her fingertips is going to do damage. Not everyone will be able to help her with this demon. It’s a problem that requires certain talents. Unfortunately it rules out Bobo and Olivia. His adorableness and her secret armory won’t help unless those weapons were blessed by the Pope at some point. The ability to talk to dead people and suck energy might be useful. Maybe a job for Manny and Lem. Manny should help anyway. That thing was in his house first! He needs to help Fiji finish what they started.
Alicia: When the veil breaks is when it will be dealt with. They will come together and fight it.
7. Manfred takes off after Creek calls an end to things. How far will he get before he heads back to Midnight?
Angel: Not too far since he’ll come back in the next episode!
Sonya: I don’t think Manfred will come back for a while, which is only going to cause more issues for Creek. He has never had so much responsibility and is running scared.
Agnes: He will be back, for sure. As for now, I kind of get him. Stopping demons and leading the army might be a little to much for someone whose heart just broke. All these feelings must be overwhelming but he’ll come to his senses. Man up, Manfred, this was your chance of getting a new start, a home. Fingers crossed for you, boy.
Kat: Town limits. That simple. Let’s be real. Once you enter Midnight you never leave. Manny won’t get far. There will be something inevitably pulling him back whether he likes it or not. It could be his conscience, grandma or just some supernatural entity that won’t let him leave. I’m banking on grandma. Joe has planted the “you are the chosen one” on Manny. He’s joined the long list of characters that have been deemed. I can’t blame him for trying to leave. Chosen ones have a tendency to end up dead. Ask Buffy. But they save the world! Who doesn’t want ‘hero’ inscribed on their gravestone? Manny’s would say ‘he saved the town and had great hair while doing it’. He’s not used to having a purpose and it was overwhelming on top of Creek breaking things off. Manny will man up.
Alicia: Manfred won’t make it far before he realizes danger is coming and he is needed. He was only staying because of Creek. Now that’s over he needs to learn he’s wanted and needed in Midnight. Honestly, anyone else think Creek is being a whiny witch? Suck it up! It’s not like your home life was great. So, you learned your brother was a psycho! Not too much of a surprise if you ask me!
Final Verdict: We know Manfred is going to come back to Midnight, but things are heating up so he better get his head in the game.
The writing just keeps getting better. Things are eased into in such a way that you are just pulled into the story deeper each week. The acting definitely doesn’t leave anything to be desired either. We’ve got fairly new names and others who have been in a wide array of projects! But you would never know it from the way they are not only onscreen, but also together. This group of actors is so talented and they are showing us some serious squad goals!
But no show is without flaws, even one as great as Midnight, Texas. What bothered me with this episode was the situation with Creek. I completely understand why she’s so devastated after everything with her family and the loss of her brother. What I can’t understand is why she continues to push Manfred away even after telling him she loved him. Now more than ever, Creek needs someone to lean on and she’s smart enough to realize that. It’s understandable she would be nervous about how fast the relationship with Manfred has progressed, but this is Midnight. She should be used to strange by now.
Next week, we are getting a special two-night event. What’s not to be excited about there? Midnight, Texas is giving us everything we could ask for and more and we are here for it!