Midnight, Texas Season 2 – The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy

By Miclpea
***SPOILER ALERT***
Do not read if you have not seen Episode 202 of Midnight, Texas
Directed by Tim Andrew, Written by Brynn Malone

This episode continues the momentum from the premiere episode as the residents deal with life in Midnight. Viewers may remember that Manfred (François Arnaud) said that the spirits who inhabit the hotel would eventually run the new owners out of town. Well, the spirits did a bit more than that when they murdered a guest! Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and Bobo (Dylan Bruce) discovered that the dead plants are a harbinger of some malignant force that is trying to kill Bobo. The psychic connection between Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) and Lem (Peter Mensah) is starting to cause friction between them. And the appearance of Walker Chisum (Josh Kelly) starts Joe (Jason Lewis) remembering his past as a demon hunter. The residents of Midnight, Texas have some serious problems.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy” Episode 202 — Pictured: François Arnaud as Manfred — (Photo by: NBC)

This episode puts Manfred back in his element as he deals with the threat of the vengeful spirits. The title refers to the spirit of the jealous husband, Bruce Baker (Hans Christopher), who murdered his wife, Carolyn Baker (Kristen Rakes), before committing suicide. He planned to keep his wife trapped with him for all eternity in the hotel. Thankfully, Manfred, with the help of Fiji, came to the rescue.

It is interesting to note that neither Patience (Jaime Ray Newman) nor Kai (Nestor Carbonell) are surprised that there are spirits in the hotel. Their only surprise is that the spirits have the power to kill one of their guests. Also, Manfred has usually been able to defeat the spirits on his own in the past but these spirits are beyond his ability to defeat without blocking all spirits. This should have been a warning sign for Manfred that a new, powerful force is present in Midnight. Also, Kai’s and Patience’s casual acceptance of spirits should have been another red flag for Manfred and the other residents that Kai and Patience are more than they appear.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy” Episode 202 — Pictured: (l-r) Nestor Carbonell as Kai, Jaime Ray Newman as Patience — (Photo by: NBC)

But this episode is more than a monster-of-the-week episode. After Carolyn Baker’s spirit was released from captivity, she revealed a secret to Manfred about the Luceros that directed Manfred to the picture in Kai’s study. Manfred finally started believing that Olivia’s suspicious nature might be right this time. The final nail in the coffin was when Manfred looked behind the picture in Kai’s study and found the head in the cage. When he tried to touch it, he relived a moment in the head’s past before he was powerfully repelled and knocked unconscious. What is puzzling is that of all of the inhabitants of Midnight, only Olivia is suspicious of the Luceros. There are several red flags about the Luceros: Kai’s healing gift, their casual acceptance of ghosts who kill, Kai walking on water, and Kai’s ability to make a supernatural human. But, like most people, the inhabitants of Midnight are so involved in their own problems that they can’t see the potential danger in anything or anyone else.

In all fairness to Bobo and Fiji, their problem really is life and death. Fiji finally convinced Bobo that some force is trying to kill him now that he and Fiji have moved in together. Bobo’s initial reluctance to accept that “something is out to kill him” is puzzling. It is Midnight and nefarious forces trying to kill them seems almost ‘de rigueur’ for anyone living in Midnight. The only possible reason that Bobo would be reticent to believe that his life is in danger would be because he is so happy being with Fiji and he doesn’t want to believe that there is anything that can ruin their happiness.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy” Episode 202 — Pictured: (l-r) Dylan Bruce as Bobo, Parisa Fitz Henley as Fiji — (Photo by: NBC)

Meanwhile, Lem and Oliva realized that there is a major downside to their psychic connection. Lem can’t stop himself from ‘saving’ Olivia, while she is angry that Lem is not respecting her space. Olivia is an assassin who is more than capable of taking care of herself; as such, she resents Lem interfering. This might be the first crack in their marriage. Lem clearly respects Olivia but the connection makes him involuntarily want to interfere in her life and save her. The irony is that in saving Olivia, Lem allows another person to die.

Joe is not without problems either. The fight that Joe and Walker Chisum had with the demons rekindled Joe’s desire to kill demons. Joe was created to fight demons and he is like an addict who has fallen off the wagon. When Joe recovered his demon-killing blade from Bobo, he was clearly happy to hold it again. The big question is, what will this mean for him and Chuy? It does not seem possible that this recidivist Joe will be able to separate his demon killing and his love for Chuy, who is a demon.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “The Monster of the Week is Patriarchy” Episode 202 — Pictured: (l-r) Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Peter Mensah as Lemuel — (Photo by: John Golden Britt/NBC)

What happens next? Will Bobo and Fiji discover what is trying to kill Bobo? How will they stop whatever is trying to kill Bobo? Will the cure be worse than the disease? Why did the head repel and render Manfred unconscious? Whose head is it? Is it “alive”? What will happen between Joe and Chuy now that Joe has returned to killing demons? How will Olivia and Lem work through the intrusive nature of their psychic connection? Will Lem allow Kai to turn him human to stay with Olivia? There are so many questions at this point. I will say this again, don’t make any assumptions about where the different plotlines are headed. The showrunners have promised more surprises and I know that viewers will not be disappointed.

Miclpea

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