In our Midnight, Texas two night event, we discover a bit more about Fiji and her secrets.
Manfred (Francois Arnaud) doesn’t get far before returning back to Midnight, Texas during the two night event on NBC. But things have escalated further for the others as the veil becomes basically nonexistent, causing the Midnighters to really lose it. Especially Lem (Peter Mensah), who loses control of himself and attacks Olivia (Arielle Kebbel). Creek (Sarah Ramos) seems hurt by Manfred’s leaving but doesn’t take long to switch things up and save his butt for a change. Manfred also gets the opportunity to finally learn about what he can do to fix the veil and save Midnight. But in the process, we lost him for a few minutes and got a glimpse into just how much the others care about him as they seem to be devastated at the thought of him no longer being with them.
These aren’t the only problems as we have a face ripping killer running loose and a wraith that has aimed it’s anger at Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley). This gives us a a little insight into her past as we realize why it’s after her and who it actually is. Seems like maybe she was wrong when she told Bobo (Dylan Bruce) that she didn’t have any secrets that could come back and hurt the others around her. But she decides to take care of the problem herself and goes off with the wraith, who turns out to be a person from her past that she had unintentionally harmed. The season finale definitely leaves us with some questions that need to be answered. Such as, what exactly this ultimate evil wants from Fiji besides her magic.
So, let’s meet our roundtable and break down this event!
Heidi (@StewartHeidi) – Mother, loyal shipper, and die hard romantic!
Alex (@highspeedmerge) – Sci-fi fan, FEELS parkour expert, and lover of all things TV!
Kim (@kim_reiche) – Single mom from Yorkshire. I struggle with anxiety, so I watch a lot of TV as well as writing my own screenplay to help
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!
1. So the guy taking people’s faces off was terrifying! What did you all think of our latest baddie? Did he terrify you as well?
Heidi (@StewartHeidi): The faceless man was unnerving. His whole mind set on pain and fun was only slightly more terrifying than the claw on his arm that he cuts people’s faces off with. His reaction to Manfred already knowing his plan was fun to see though! The scene where they finally take him down had me doing a double take, it felt like the timeline was off. Manfred made it back to Midnight in a matter of minutes. Olivia had time to pack and cut her hair before Lem walked upstairs and everyone managed to walk outside at the exact right time to fight the faceless man. Only on TV. Not to mention Manfred giving the ghosts orders, that was some “old trick” Manny!
Alex (@highspeedmerge): He was definitely super creepy. Creepier for me was the collection of faceless corpses he was carting around with him. Also, I wonder, did he try on everyone’s faces or just take them off? If he already had a face, why keep trying on other people’s faces? Why not just kill them and bring them to Midnight to burn? Did he only kill men because he was a man or did he kill women too and then just have a woman’s face on a man’s body? How did his faceless face not stay bloody when putting all those bloody face masks on? But honestly, I didn’t really give that guy any thought.
Kim (@kim_reiche): The demon that took peoples’ faces off was completely terrifying! But he’s proving that he and the rest of the spirit’s residing in hell are truly a force to be reckoned with.
Kat (@CheshireKat_92): Faceless man, well I no idea what he looks like. Kidding. He was interesting. The story about this baddie was given to us right away and that doesn’t happen often. Usually you wait a whole season. I was also sad about what happened to him, but not enough to side with him. Was he scary? No. But I am curious about coming to a head with everything. Midnight won’t be the same after all of this.
2. Well, Xylda is gone and we also got to learn a few truths about her. How she died and why she sent Manfred to Midnight. Now she’s crossed over. Are you going to miss her? How will Manfred get along now that she’s really and truly gone?
Heidi: Manfred’s mom left him, for his own good, but left him none-the-less. Xylda was the only family he had before coming to Midnight. I think this whole veil dropping is keeping him preoccupied, but we saw how much he misses her when he asked about her to the Shaman instead of asking about the veil when he “died”. Xylda believed he could save everyone, he wants to prove her right. I’m going to miss Xylda a lot, she was funny, and gave great advice. It was nice to see Manfred step into his own this episode, leading, taking responsibility. Good look for him!
Alex: Luckily for Manfred, in a way, I believe that the loss of Xylda won’t really hit him. There are so many other more immediate things going on in Midnight and with the Midnighters that the immensity of her loss hasn’t really been felt yet. He was able to stave off the grief of losing her as a person because she was with him in that trailer all the time. Now that even her spirit is gone, her guidance and support and humor and company is gone as well. I think that Manfred will finally be hit with the grief of her loss. Being at Midnight and forging the bonds with the Midnighters will be a good support system for him and he’ll get through it because he won’t have a choice.
Kim: Xylda’s story is one of a sweet and caring grandmother who tried to protect her grandson from the backlash of his gift in his younger years. In doing this, she accepts she deprived him of learning what his gift can truly accomplish. Manfred had a very close relationship to his grandmother. She was the only mother figure he truly had growing up. So of course he’s going to hit some bumps in the road without the guidance that he once relied on. But I do think he has learned so much since finding Midnight. The Midnighter’s will help him find his true potential close the veil.
Kat: I’m totally sad she’s gone! I didn’t think it would be so soon! I started to get FanFiction-y in my head about story ideas- what ifs and all that. I’m going to miss her terribly and I hope we see her cameo in future episodes. Yes, I did assume Midnight, Texas is getting renewed, again. I think it’ll take Manny some time to move forward. You don’t quit a habit overnight. Who knows, maybe he’ll meet somebody new who can help him out.
3. Lem is probably the epitome of self control. So if the veil has gotten to the point that it makes Lem lose it, how are the Midnighters going to deal with it? Now Olivia says she’s leaving Midnight. Do you think she will really be able to?
Heidi: Ever since young Xylda gave Lem an alternative he’s been keeping a tight lid of himself. It was actually fun to see him go all blood thirsty. Reminds us that even though he’s a Midnighter, he’s still a vampire. Olivia got to see exactly what she’s up against with him. I think it scared her, and she wants to run, because like Manfred that’s her normal. No I don’t think she’ll leave, or if she does I believe she’ll come back. Midnight is her home now, as unlikely as it may seem. She built a family, a home and I think when the battle is over, if they don’t lose too much she’ll want to stay and help re-build. The fight between Lem and Olivia, WOW! Great job everyone, that jump kick rolling off the bed had me jumping out of my chair!
Alex: I don’t have any answer other than “they’ll get through it together”. Luckily for them, they’ve built a system of trust and support and as long as they keep communication open, they should be able to check on each other. Especially as the veil continues to tear, it’s beneficial not everyone in Midnight is supernatural. That’s a drawback since that makes them “weaker” but if the Midnighters work together, It’ll be okay in the end. Might be bumpy getting there though. I’m not going to entertain the thought of Olivia leaving. Maybe a quick break like Manfred. But given Olivia’s history and friendships she’s made, I don’t think she has it in her to leave. Her instinct is to protect and while that also means protecting herself, I don’t think she’ll leave. Her relationship with Lem may shift but I she’ll stick around.
Kim: Lem lost his control and attacked Olivia, but when Manfred holy water on him he realized what he had done. If that can help them see sense, why can’t they do this once the veil has lifted? Would that not work? Also, I don’t believe Olivia will leave Midnight. She, like Manfred, moves around a lot and has stayed longer than they thought. She has a big connection with Lem and in all honesty, I don’t think Lem would let her leave!
Kat: Lem’s the best at self control. When he lost it I was concerned because he doesn’t want to lose Olivia. So it’s going back to whether he would accept Olivia’s leaving. Well, she’s leaving. He wasn’t perky about it. Also, side note, loved her hair! In order to help him, I know it’s a last resort to kill him, but it’s an option. He understands that. I don’t think it’ll come to that. If need be, he’ll be forced to exit like Chuy. We care about our Midnighters. As for Olivia leaving? We saw Manny ‘leave’. It’ll be for a little while. But she’s never been in a place for so long. Olivia will be dependent on herself instead of Lem for emotions, she won’t drag away like she believes. She cares about everyone even though she’d deny it. Her bromance with Manny is just blooming!
4. It looks like Fiji lied when she said her secrets couldn’t come back and hurt anyone. But instead of letting the Midnighters help her deal with the situation, she goes off alone. Will the others be able to get to her before the worst happens?
Heidi: I feel for Fiji, that confession must have been really hard to say in front of everyone. To live all those years knowing what being with someone can end like, it’s easy to see why she’s been keeping Bobo at a distance. She loves him, and she’d never be able to live with herself if she hurt him. I think Colconnar knows Fiji is the only one strong enough to stop him, so he’s manipulating her to get her out of the way. I’m sure Manfred and Bobo will track her down before it’s too late. Let’s not forget Mr. Snuggly! He had some great scenes this episode, and he misses aunt Mildred!
Alex: Midnighters do everything together and come together for every problem each of them has. It always makes me shake my head when a character thinks “we’ve handled everything else together but THIS needs to be alone”. That NEVER works. Or it’s a temporary fix that comes back to haunt them. I trust them to not kill Fiji because I don’t think they want the fans to burn the world and salt the Earth. Which is what will happen if anything happens to Fiji. As far as everyone getting to her before the worst happens? I’m not sure. Having Fiji turn dark or get taken to some demon location where she has to be rescued, opens up good story lines in a second season. Fiji is the heart of Midnight and t would be interesting to see that foundation shaken and see how everyone, deals with that aftermath.
Kim: Will the others be able to get to Fiji before the worst happens? Well that’s a question I cannot find an answer to. Midnight Texas is so unpredictable.
Kat: We saw her grow a rainforest in one of her flashbacks. Willow from Buffy would be impressed. Trouble will be happening but I’m afraid it could be Fiji being the trouble. She may unleash that power and it could hurt people if she can’t tether her emotions. So I’m not worried about her, but about anyone in her way. It may be a close call when the Midnighters get to her. That’s how it always goes though, right?
5. Manfred got the answers the group needs in order to fix the veil. What do you think the Shaman whispered to him? What is the group going to have to do to restore Midnight, Texas back to the way it was?
Heidi: I’m trying not to guess, but i’m pretty sure it all has to do with Fiji. But I did love watching Manfred and Fiji collaborate and share their talents, Gypsy magic and Witchcraft magic. I had major Nick and Trubel flashbacks from Grimm!
Alex: 100% he was asking about his hair. Did you see the Shaman’s gorgeous hair? Forget the veil. All that dust and wind have to be murder on hair. You can’t save the world with bad hair. As for what the group will have to do to? They need outside help. If this veil is going to tear open and release demons, as much as I love our Midnighters – the issue is bigger than them. These supernaturals have been around a while and have access to ancient cheat sheets. When it comes down to it, they’re going to need to pool resources to stop the veil from being destroyed. Then again, Buffy and the Scooby gang destroyed the Hellmouth and saved the world. So, I also have faith (yes, yes I did.) our plucky Midnighters might be able to do whatever needs to be done.
Kim: Everyone in Midnight is unique in their own way, from witches to weretigers. It’s been said Manfred will be the one to close the veil. I think maybe it’s a combination of everyone. There’s dark magic being introduced now so maybe that plays a part in closing the veil? Maybe Manfred wasn’t only told how to close the veil but how the others can control themselves in order to do it together?
Kat: Manfred learned something he can’t share with the group because it could hurt and break them. He’ll keep it to himself until the last minute and if so, it’s something that could break our heart. A major death. That’s if we overthink it. It may be information to who we’re dealing with and how to stop him. The theories are endless. There will be sacrifices if the group hopes to get their sweet, quaint, and dusty town back.
6. We lost Manfred for a little bit there and how the rest of the group reacted to it. Do you think this will help bring the group closer together now that it’s obvious how much they care for each other?
Heidi: When Manfred went down like that my heart almost stopped. I think Olivia’s reaction surprised me most, Joe had to stop her from fighting to bring Manfred back. Creek’s reaction was adorable! I loved her faith in him, how she trusted him to come back to her, watching her talk to him even though everyone was there, laying on his chest waiting. I’m guessing once all of this is over they will each go their separate ways needing time and space, but I truly believe they’ve found a home together as a group, a family. They’ll all come back together in the end, it’s where they feel safe, they need and trust one another.
Alex: This is an interesting because as a group, as a whole, they’re closer than ever. They’re all willing to put their lives at risk for the others and willing to ask for help when they need it (mostly without hesitation). However, we have fracturing in the group with Lem and Olivia splitting. The tension between Fiji and Bobo, and while Creek panicked when Manfred “died” and promised to get back together with him, they still have issues. I doubt Creek found herself in the 2 or 3 days her and Manfred were apart. But like with any strong friendships, especially found family, they’ll stay close and get closer as it gets time to fight the final Big Bad.
Kim: The Midnighter’s have turned in to a family, they accept each other and have each other’s backs. We saw the pain in the Midnightners when Manfred died. We have seen them team up when new demons have emerged throughout the series. I think they are already close and care for each other.
Kat: They rely on each other and that network is amazing. Everyone has something to bring to the table. That creates relationships nobody imagined. Losing Manny helped the group realize they’re not invincible. People can die. Same thing with Lem when he helped Bobo and with Chuy. They can die and that can be scary. They realize that. I haven’t seen Olivia freak out the whole season like she did when Manny dropped to the ground. Yes, she seemed calm, but she hurried and fumbled to give him CPR. So I see that as her panic face since doesn’t do emotions a lot. The group is vacuum tight. I think they’ll be pretty careful about where they go from here, especially since our high-powered Wiccan walked into the sandstorm with the faceless creep.
7. We learned a lot about Fiji’s past. Maybe part of why she keeps herself a tad closed off as well. Do you think she went off with Jeremy in part to punish herself as a result of not only what she did to him, but also what she feels she brought down on the others?
Heidi: Fiji always knew Colconnar wanted her specifically, but the veil was dropping with or without her. I’m not sure she thinks everything that’s happening is her fault, or that she brought it down on the others. But I do believe she thinks she can save them. After watching Manfred fall, remembering Jeremy and believing she can save the rest I think she’d sacrifice anything to not be responsible for the death of any more people she loves. It makes sense now why she’s kept Bobo at arms length, I think the whole thing about his past only reminded her of her own. That (more than his past) is what’s been keeping her from acting on her feelings.
Alex: Yes, definitely. Earlier, Fiji was talking about how tired she was and that weariness combined with everything else pushed her to sacrifice herself to save the others. But at the same time, they never showed what Fiji and Manfred discussed when they were together with their dark magic secrets. While Manfred seemed distressed to find Fiji gone, there’s a chance Fiji went willingly. Maybe there’s something she can do to prep so whatever the others are going to do will work. It felt like she was giving in and up a little bit. Strong characters have moments of weakness all the time so it’s not out of character. But I also trust Midnight, Texas to let Fiji stay the strong character she is and this “sacrifice” isn’t really her giving in.
Kim: Fiji is a strong witch. She holds a lot of guilt for what happened to Jeremy. She killed her boyfriend by accident because she couldn’t control her powers. Seeing Jeremy again has brought the guilt back and she feels as though she owes him. The veil was going to open regardless of what she did and Fiji doesn’t understand that. Fiji feels she brought it down on the other’s and can protect them if she follows Jeremy. But the real question is, why is Jeremy in hell?
Kat: Most certainly. Guilt is shitty that way. It festers and spreads like the Black Plague. This is the only way to fix it in her opinion and nobody gets hurt. Fiji thinks she’s protecting everyone. But it’s a heavy weight to carry on your shoulders. She feels it’s her mistake to fix because that’s what she does. It’s just a bit personal. Not to mention it’s tied to her past when she didn’t have control over her emotions. So she doesn’t want that to happen again. Which brings the tiff with Bobo into perspective big time. She doesn’t want what happened to Jeremy to happen to him. While she feels guilt for Jeremy, there’s a little for the group also. Not a lot because we’ve seen a lot come to Midnight. It happens. People handle it. Fiji is trying to repent for Jeremy and protect everyone else.
Final Verdict: Fiji is trying to give herself up as a sacrifice to save the town, but we all know none of the others, especially Bobo are going to stand for that.
The writing on this show has done nothing but improve as time has gone on. If we don’t hear some news of renewal soon, we may just go as insane as the man ripping peoples’ faces off. Okay, we won’t go that crazy. But we do need some news about a season two asap! Every week has just caused us to fall into this rabbit hole a bit deeper and now we can’t find our way out of it. To be honest, we don’t really want to.
But there were some flaws in this episode, as with any television show. As close as it is to perfect, it just can’t be. Fiji has known about what she did to Jeremey since the moment she did it. So why and how could she stand there and be so awful to Bobo about his secrets? Especially since his had to do with his family and where he came from, not exactly things that he can change about himself. This isn’t to say that people can’t have their secrets, because they should be able to. No one should have to tell another person every single little detail about themselves.
As if anyone needs a reason to come back and tune in for this show again next week! But just in case, we will give you another one. It’s the season finale! That’s certainly something that can’t be missed, even if you aren’t quite caught up yet! That’s something we definitely recommend you do if you aren’t already.