Things got heavy in Midnight, Texas with “Blinded By The Light” as they were hit with the trifecta of a murderer, a demon, and a secret that could tear Midnight apart at the seams.
Things got messier this week in Midnight, Texas on NBC as the truth about Aubrey’s (Shannon Lorance) murder came to light. Along with who’s been killing young women for months. But it certainly wasn’t who you’d expect as we all got a shock when it was revealed to be Creek’s (Sarah Ramos) brother, Connor (John-Paul Howard). We were led in the beginning to believe it was Creek’s father as the Midnighters wanted to dole out some swift justice, especially Liv (Arielle Kebbel). Good thing they didn’t, or they would’ve killed the wrong man. Or maybe they would have been doing some more good, as Mr. Lovell has been covering for Connor the entire time. Another part of why he wanted Creek to stay away from Manfred (Francois Arnaud) so badly. Can’t have ghosts of his son’s victims telling Manfred what Connor did to them all.
Things only get worse as the demon returns to Fiji’s (Parisa Fitz-Henley) home and we still have no idea what he wants from her or why. Joe(Jason Lewis) and Rev (Yul Vazquez) have a disagreement when Rev wants him to tell the other Midnighters the truth of what he is and what’s happening to Midnight. The veil is becoming non existent and it’s attracting all forms of the supernatural right to our favorite town. This definitely spells trouble as Joe is forced to not only tell the Midnighters the truth, but reveal his secret when he saves Creek from Connor. As Lem (Peter Mensah) dispatches of our murderer swiftly, the group is left wondering about the future. What does this mean for Midnight and all the supernatural beings who have made it their home?
Now let’s meet our roundablers of the week!
Lori (@Lorthecybrwench) – I live on the East Coast of Canada. I worked for years looking after the elderly and am now going back to school. I’m married, have two children and a wackadoodle cat named Martha. I’m the definition of “contradiction in terms”.
Agnes (@czmieli) – My name is Agnes, I’m proffesional fangirl and I love Fiji’s cat!
Alex (@highspeedmerge) – Sci-Fi fan, FEELS parkour expert, and lover of all things TV.
Kori (@KNWZumba) – Big hearted animal lover! Lover of music and all things dance!
Ethan (@BennettWitch18) – Loves the supernatural genre, especially if Witches, Witchcraft or magic is involved! Contributor of the Midnight, Texas fandom!
1. Manfred seems to be taking an awful lot of those pills. Is it time for him to just stop taking them and embrace seeing the dead? Or will that only make the problem worse?
Lori: He’s using the meds as a crutch. I think he’s using the pills for other reasons. He’s not willing to fully embrace who he is yet.
Agnes: Addiction plot, me gusta! He’s taking the easy way out, but we could see the pills weren’t enough anymore and probably won’t be. So he should definitely face it and embrace seeing the dead. It’s going to be hard, fighting addiction always is, but he has the best support in the world right now. True friends. It’s not like the dead are always evil, some just need help to find peace. Maybe he should focus on that!
Alex: I don’t think the pills are a sustainable way to continue to function, but honestly? If I was seeing spirits, demons and victims everywhere I went, I’d eat the pills, the bottle, and the pharmacy they came from. Even though things seem to be getting worse because of the veil fraying, he could go to Fiji for help. Maybe for something more natural as a way to treat either the head pain or block the onslaught of visions.
Kori: I think the pills could eventually be an issue, as an excessive amount of anything can become addicting. However, he might need to take it to keep the edge off. I am wondering if it could potentially be such a problem that it might affect his abilities.
Ethan: I’m not really sure. To me, its a classic example of someone, superpower or supernatural, that seems to be denying their abilities. Potentially in a very harmful way. I believe they’re pain killers, and he’s said before that possession or hijacking takes a physical toll on him. But it would seem if he embrace his gift instead of fighting it at every step, things could possibly get better for him. Look at Xylda; she seems pretty chill, even deceased.
2. Things are still tense between Bobo and Fiji. Do you think this is going to change anytime soon? Will he be the one to protect her from the demonic force in her home?
Lori: I have two thoughts on this situation. The first, is Bobo part of the demonic team? The other is that I think Fiji is letting her romantic feelings cloud her judgment. She has the power, but her loneliness and lack of romance could be the weak link in her chain.
Agnes: Well, he’s going to try, but at the end I want Olivia to be Fiji’s saviour. I love their dynamic and friendship. As for Bobo, he got closure about Aubrey tonight, so from now on he can focus entirely on Fiji. Things are awkward now, but won’t be forever. Patience, Bobo, she already had a crush on you. It’s your turn now to win her.
Alex: I appreciate the space between them because it’s giving them time to process. Not only in general, but especially between them. It might have been “TV realistic” to have her forgive him because he was so earnest and saved her. But it’s more “actual realistic” for both to be rocked a bit by everything. Their bond is strong and they’ll feel their way back to the blooming romance that was happening. With danger on the horizon, that romance may not come before things like saving their friends and continuing to breathe. As for protecting her, I think Fiji can protect herself. If she and the rest of the Midnighters can figure out what exactly is going on. When it comes down to it, anyone in the group would protect Fiji. Given their close relationship, Bobo may be first in line.
Kori: Fiji’s mind is all about the demon. I don’t think there is any room for the tense feelings between her and Bobo. Bobo is very concerned on their relationship and wants to go back to the way things were. I do believe his feelings are genuine and he will do everything he can to protect her.
Ethan: Given time, things will change again. Fiji needs her own space to reconcile when Bobo lied. Well, more or less hid the truth about his past and family. As far as the demon goes, I think he’ll try to protect her the best way he can. As a witch, if Fiji is struggling with a demon, I think the best he’ll be able to do is just be there to support her, emotionally maybe.
3. There seems to be a pretty good bond between Bobo and Liv. We got to see them have a few heart to hearts and team up this week. What do you think of their bond? Will Liv help Bobo with Fiji?
Lori: I think their paths crossed before they settled in Midnight. There doesn’t seem to be any romantic chemistry between them. But like all characters in Midnight, their back stories have back stories. Anytime Liv has the opportunity to throw it down, she will!
Agnes: Love for Fiji is the one thing that connects them so they could team up. Sadly I can’t sense a bond or friendship here. Liv said that from now on there’s only up for Bobo to earn Fiji’s trust. So I think she gave him a green light to win her friend’s heart. But if he breaks it, Olivia’s gonna kill him, so he’s been warned.
Alex: I really dig Bobo and Liv pairing up. But in the interest of full disclosure, I’m head over heels for Olivia anyway, and she’s been a badass with everyone she’s paired with. Considering the closeness that exists between her and Bobo, they’d both go to the mat for the other without hesitation. That seems to be a hallmark of everyone in this town and with strong personalities, it’s even more apparent. Olivia will definitely help Fiji and if by helping Bobo she can help Fiji, then she’ll definitely help Bobo.
Kori: I really don’t give Bobo and Liv much thought. They seem to be two friends working together. I think, if anything, Liv might put in a word or two about Bobo to Fiji. The same as she did talking about Fiji to Bobo.
Ethan: There’s not many pairings I don’t like and this one is no different. Olivia has her sweet moments and she’s Fiji’s gal pal, so she’s going to look out for Fiji. I think secretly, she’s rooting for them too. I do want to see more of Bobo and Olivia interacting, given their fighting skills and familial issues. They can related on a more personal scale than most of the other Midnighters.
4. There’s a clear separation in how the Midnighters want to deal with situations. If they can’t stick together, how will they be able to defeat what’s coming to Midnight?
Lori: That’s exactly what this demonic force is counting on. Divide and conquer. As the veil continues to separate, the Midnighters need to remember their common thread and that will make them strong against the evil.
Agnes: Even now there are still many secrets, but I think everything is on it’s way to working out. They’re going to team up and trust each other in a classical battle between good and evil. I can’t wait! Team Midnighters!
Alex: Given a big enough situation, they’ll pull together as a team. Each one is headstrong in their own way. There may be disagreements on some of the logistics, and some rogue behavior. But I think those situations occur because they feel safe and trust that the others will be okay. That they’ll take care of what they need to take care of on their ends. For a Big Bad? These Midnighters have each others’ backs without question. I can see Olivia, Manfred, maybe even Rev, stepping up as a leader to make sure everyone pulls together. Instead of fracturing off to do their own things.
Kori: I think it is a matter of coming together and keeping communication with one another. We have seen that when they work together and communicate, they do things well. However, if lack of communication is there, they’ll most likely have a very rough time with what’s to come.
Ethan: Even though they’re a team, a family of sorts, they have their own values and secrets, agendas, expectations, and loved ones to protect. Ultimately, I don’t see them not coming together. Just like Joe’s apprehensiveness to reveal himself. At the end of the day, they will do what’s right to save Midnight from the demons and other threats. “Blinded by the Light” also seemed to bring clarity and understanding to the Midnighters. Most of the Midnighters past’s have, for a lack of a better expression, come to light. Understanding where they came from will help push them where they need to go in order to save Midnight and each other.
5. Creek’s father has been covering for Connor all this time. I understand it’s his child, but shouldn’t he have done something to protect his daughter too? Why sit by while he killed so many people?
Lori: I still believe there’s more to the Dad’s story than simply sitting back and watching Connor kill people. He could be the evil portal. Maybe the Dad protected Connor because he had the same heart as him. Or maybe Creek is more pure of heart and the Dad couldn’t accept that. Notice that with each new episode there are always more questions?
Agnes: He definitely should have! So I support her 100%, I even think she could say some worse things to him, you know, scream and shout and give him hell. He doesn’t deserve a word from her now. He acted as if he had only one kid and was absolutely the worst to her. I get it, it was hard, he reached for alcohol. But boo-hoo, he is a grown man and there are always consequences. Poor Creek lost them both that night, but at least Manfred seems to really care about her. She’s not alone.
Alex: I have to check my instinct to yell “BECAUSE OF ANTIQUATED PATRIARCHIAL BULL”. That’s my gut reaction. But that’s probably for a much larger discussion. I will say Creek comes across as capable and strong. If he could only devote energy to one, the father would choose the serial killer over the capable child. Even knowing it was wrong and he might pay for it, that’s the choice he made. I wish they’d fleshed out the father better. Let us believe more of him than thinking he was an abusive drinker. There may have been the slightest twinge of sympathy. My heart broke for Creek and I hope Manfred and the others can be there for her. The father got in over his head, thinking he could control and contain his son. Every soap I’ve watched taught me communication early on alleviates SO MANY ISSUES down the road.
Kori: Creek’s dad is very unsettling. He should have at least had his son committed, especially when he figured out he was responsible for the killings. Instead he drank and spent more time controlling Creek and forbidding her to see Manfred. That part still confuses me. It does not make any sense. None that I could see anyway.
Ethan: Shawn is an interesting character. He tried to protect Connor from himself and, sadly, failed. I believe he felt Creek was stable and strong enough to protect herself. But he became too distant from her in response to Connor’s actions. That and harboring dark secrets made him a bit of a cold man. In his own way, he tried to protect Creek from Manfred, but even that was for Connor. Family is obviously important to Shawn. He lost his wife and his son was a psychopath, but he didn’t want to lose him. To be honest, it never should’ve gone as far as the first kill. The best thing to help Connor would have been having him committed or sent away. Hiding him didn’t solve the problem. As a result, at least two girls were killed and a domino effect of other lives were ruined.
6. Joe has finally revealed his secret to the others and they all naturally accepted him. Will this make the bond between the Midnighters and Joe stronger?
Lori: I don’t think so. He kept it a secret. Why did he? And what’s with Chuy? What is his secret? They may be thinking their friendship with Joe was based on a lie. Joe feels that someone is coming for him. Could it be that he was a fallen angel that wanted to do good and it is the demonic force that is coming for him? I think the Midnighters will err on the side of caution.
Agnes: Yeah, I think it will. But now I want to know what supernatural powers Chuy has! Is he some kind of demon? Fallen demon, redempted one? Oh, that would be perfect, my shipper heart wouldn’t take it. As for Joe, it’s good that his secret is out. Now, Midnighters can focus on teaming up against all that’s evil. He’s in danger, but they will protect him. Right? Please don’t let him die!
Alex: Definitely. Though they may have some follow up questions and get on him a bit for not revealing himself sooner. Even though he did it when he knew they were ready. Given what they know about the veil, I think they’ll just be grateful he has powers. However, he’s still keeping secrets a la Chuy. That may come back to drive a wedge between the Midnighters. We’ll just have to wait and see next week.
Kori: I think so. Joe was just trying to protect everyone as long as he could. But I do think he’ll now open up on who and what he is. This will definitely make the Midnighters stronger.
Ethan: I don’t see why it wouldn’t. He’s an angel, albeit fallen, trying to protect the one he loves. Even his willingness to expose himself and save Creek demonstrated that and I think we’ll see that come full circle in “Angel Heart”. I don’t think they’ll hold it against him for keeping the information about the veil a secret.
7. Lem took care of Connor quickly and quietly. Was this the best way to handle things? Or should something different have been done?
Lori: Swift Justice. If you are not part of the solution, you are the problem. What else could Lem have done? They don’t need the police snooping around. Something had to be done. Lem is a problem solver.
Agnes: It was the best way for them, but not the best in general. But I kind of get why he chose to end it quickly. Drawing attention wouldn’t help them now, when the veil between worlds is so thin. They have so many problems already. Lem’s a smart guy, he did what had to be done. I hope that eventually Creek will move on, but I feel like her dealing with that is going to be interesting. Or at least hope so!
Alex: Of all Midnight, Texas has done during its’ first season, this is the first that didn’t sit well with me. It genuinely bothered me that Lem killed Connor. Especially since he could’ve drained his energy and knocked him out. A huge thrust of the season has been justice for Aubrey, but part of that was actual justice. Given it was Creek’s brother and he attempted to kill them both, instant revenge would feel good. Knowing Connor killed multiple women, there might’ve been satisfaction in vengeance. Even a way to protect Creek from other’s knowing about her family. Normally, I’m all for Midnighters taking care of their own and serving justice. Like with white supremacists and vampires. But not here. I would’ve preferred turning Connor in and giving victims’ families closure. I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll reconcile these feelings soon. But for now, this sits heavy with me.
Kori: I think the way Lem handled Connor was just fine the way it played out. Quickly, quietly, and cleanly.
Ethan: That is the Midnight way, right? I think the Midnighter’s acting as judge and jury in this, and the other few situations, is interesting and in my opinion, acceptable. Yes, they all have dark pasts, but they don’t hunt to kill, relatively speaking. Connor was a threat, even as a teenager. Given his feelings towards what he’d done, I think that was the most humane way to deal with the situation at hand. Not everyone can be “fixed” or find the light, because he had already given into the darkness.
Final Verdict: Well, the good news is that it can only go up from here, right?
This episode came out to be my favorite one so far. The way the tension was written between Bobo and Fiji was flawless. You can really feel his desperation to be back in Fiji’s good graces. But the timing of everything is working out seamlessly. The relationship between them has been a little rushed and this time of giving each other space can only be good for them. It will certainly make things more natural.
Now let’s talk about where things went a little to the wayside. First of all, we need more Lem! I understand that our favorite vamp can only come out during the night, but it seems these past few episodes have neglected him a bit! A majority of the action is taking place during the daylight hours, when it would be way more exciting to watch during the night! Sure, Lem came and saved the day and we loved that! But some story progression with him and Olivia would be much appreciated.
Things are going to heat up next week from the looks of things! We will finally get to see a little insight into The Rev. That man is a complete mystery and I just want to know more about where he comes from and how Midnight came to be his home. We may also get a bit more insight into Joe and why the secret of what he truly is was so important to keep hidden.