Midnight, Texas Review: Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)

Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1, “Pilot” threw us right into the world of Manfred Bernardo, a psychic coming from a long line of psychics and gypsies. His grandmother gave him the idea to move to Midnight, Texas and he took his advice. He just so happened to move there at the exact wrong time. Now, he’s in the middle of the mystery of the death of his landlord’s fiancee. I’m always up for a new supernaturally based show, and this certainly seems right up my alley.

Moving To Midnight

I like the whole mystery surrounding the move to Midnight. Why exactly is he on the run from a guy named Hightower? How is his grandmother connected to Hightower? What kind of mysteries and secrets lay in his family’s past that will end up being revealed before this is all over?

This would be a different story if he were just some random guy that happened to stumble across the town of supernaturals. Instead, he and his family history have clear ties to the town, even if he doesn’t know every single thing about it yet. 

The Midnighters

I’m interested to see how the show will be able to incorporate all the different ‘Midnighters’ into the show and have them all develop into full-fledged characters. All of them have their distinctive personalities and abilities. In just this episode, everyone was introduced and given a little bit of time to explore what they were all about.

Fiji’s definitely a character I’m going to get to like. Even though she would’ve caused more trouble than good by destroying the police car, it was admirable that she was willing to help her friend by any means necessary.

Joe is the most mysterious one of the bunch at the moment. He appears to be some kind of angel and, with a house full of dead spirits and something evil brewing underneath the floorboards, some angelic assistance is gonna be needed and very much appreciated.

Lemuel was certainly entertaining. I was caught off guard by the vampire aspect of his character. He’s of a different breed, one that leeches energy, as opposed to blood. He can drink blood as was shown and I liked how he ‘took care’ of the guy that wanted to try and threaten Bobo.

The Mystery Of Aubrey

What actually happened to Aubrey? Did Bobo actually have something to do with the murder of his fiancee? Is he just an innocent man that’s being framed for some reason or another? What about Audrey was so bad that even Fiji’s cat didn’t like her? Why was she just left out in the open like that, especially in a place where her body could be easily found?

I’m not entirely sure how the mystery will be able to stretch through the entirety of the season, especially when Manfred can talk directly to her. I have a feeling that the house full of spirits will come into play to help elongate things a little bit. That’s not something that’s easily ignored, even if he’s the only one that can see them.

Other Thoughts

  • What’s so special about the full moon that The Reverend will be out of town for a few days? Is he a werewolf?
  • Manfred either needs to get better control or drop the whole ‘dead spirits need permission’ act when it’s obviously ineffective.
  • I’m willing to bet that Hightower is a supernatural creature as well.

Overall Grade: A- (This was a really good premiere, and I’m definitely anticipating how all of this is gonna unfold. There were some parts that were a little bit cliched for my tastes, but it wasn’t enough to take me out of the episode. There’s a whole lot of mysteries that have been laid out, and I’m willing to stay on the ride until they’re all dealt with.)

What did you think about this episode of Midnight, Texas? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Midnight, Texas airs on Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.



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