FoCC Review: Midnight, Texas Season 2 – I Put a Spell on You

By Miclpea
***SPOILER ALERT*** Do not read if you have not seen Episode 204 of Midnight, Texas
Directed by Rob Greenlea, Written for Television by Ken Hanes

The title of this episode refers to Fiji’s (Parisa Fitz-Henley) latest effort to save Bobo (Dylan Bruce) from her family curse. Spoiler Alert-It doesn’t work. However, by the end of the episode, her second effort to save Bobo leaves him “dog tired.” In this episode, there is also a new weretiger in town, who causes an uproar among the supernatural inhabitants. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) is still suspicious of Patience (Jaime Ray Newman) as well another new person looking for her daughter in Midnight. There are many new developments to discuss but, first, let’s take a quick recap of the episode.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “I Put a Spell On You” Episode 204 — Pictured: Sydney Wease as Mary — (Photo by: NBC)
  • A strange woman on the run gives birth to a weretiger baby, Mary, in the Midnight church.
  • Mary (Sydney Wease), because of her heritage, matures at a phenomenal rate.
  • Fiji tries a new potion on Bobo to make him forget her. It works for a while but his love for her overrides the potion.
  • The grandmother of the abandoned child runs a fight club pitting supernaturals against each other
  • Lem (Peter Mensah) finally gets a chance to let loose when he is thrown into the fight cage with other supernaturals
  • Viewers see the maternal side of Olivia as she fights to protect Mary.
  • Patience shows a very sexy side of herself as the townsfolk try to save Mary from her grandmother.
  • Manfred (François Arnaud) and Patience finally consummate their relationship.
MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “I Put a Spell On You” Episode 204 — Pictured: Peter Mensah as Lemuel — (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

The temporary introduction of Mary in Midnight, Texas gives the writers a chance to show a new side of Olivia. Olivia because of her harsh childhood has no love for her real family. The Olivia, with whom fans are familiar, is tough as nails assassin who has a vampire as a lover. However, the introduction of Mary proves that Olivia is more complicated. Although Mary, who is now a teenager, drives Olivia to distraction, she still manages to bring out the maternal instinct in her. Mary’s story of a dead mother is reminiscent of Olivia’s own story. Also, when thugs come looking for Mary’s mother and Mary, it brings out the need for Olivia to protect her. Unfortunately for Mary, the thugs are not the only ones looking for Mary’s mother.

Mary’s grandmother, Grace Barrone (Rondi Reed), also arrives in town looking for her. Olivia is suspicious of her but it takes Manfred talking to the ghost of one of the thugs to reveal what a truly despicable human being she really is. In a show with demons, Grace proves that humanity does not need any help to be evil.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “I Put a Spell On You” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Jason Lewis as Joe — (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Grace runs a fight club with captured supernaturals that she controls with torture collars. Mary’s mother is Grace’s daughter. After Grace kidnaps Mary, she reveals herself to be an utter bigot who hated her own daughter because of her affair with a weretiger. Grace plans to raise Mary to fight in her cage matches. This draws a parallel with Olivia again because Olivia’s step-mother pimped her out!

Eventually, Mary, her father, and the other captured supernaturals are released. But, to free the supernaturals, Patience has to show her sexy side and Lem finally gets an opportunity to let loose. Lem is truly awesome in the cage fight against the other supernaturals. But viewers also learn that Lem has a paternal side when he takes Mary to stay with him and Olivia. For a small time, Lem and Olivia have a chance to play parents. It turns out that they are really good at it.

Meanwhile, viewers see a sexy side of Patience as she seduces the guard at the coroner’s office and the gypsy guard at the campsite of the supernatural fighting ring. However, the problem with Patience showing her sexy side is that Manfred sees it too. It finally pushes him to try and kiss her. She initially pulls away but returns to his trailer later that night. Their relationship feels organic as she is the forgotten housewife and Manfred the spurned lover. Their relationship is natural but such a bad idea. Her husband can take away Manfred’s power! Manfred and Patience are not the only star-crossed lovers.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS — “I Put a Spell On You” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Peter Mensah as Lemuel, François Arnaud as Manfred, Jaime Ray Newman as Patience — (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Fiji’s solution to her curse is to give Bobo a potion to make him forget her. It works for a short time but their love is too strong. Eventually, Fiji does what her aunt did and turns Bobo into an animal (a dog instead of a cat). Poor Fiji and Bobo! It is a short-term solution which will have its own consequences. Bobo and Fiji are a beautiful couple who deserve happiness. Perhaps, Fiji should try to disrupt the curse instead of trying these short-term solutions which do not work and only tempt fate. Of course, since this is Midnight, Texas, the cure might be worse than the actual curse.

Charmelo and Snyder continue their extraordinary work as showrunners as viewers learn more about the characters of the series. The temporary introduction of Mary gives them a chance to showcase qualities of the characters viewers have not previously seen. There is plenty of action, suspense, and revelatory behavior by many of the characters. However, the Piper has to be paid. What happens when Kai finds out about Patience and Manfred? How long will Bobo remain a dog? Why did Olivia’s father want some of her blood? And let’s not forget the possible triangle of Chuy, Joe, and Walker. How will that get reconciled? Midnight, Texas is building toward a tremendous season finale. As I remind viewers each week, do not assume you know how this will end. There are many surprises in store in the coming weeks. However, I will say this, keep your tissues handy.

Miclpea

I love going to conventions around the US. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I write for Friends of CC and I have written a science fiction script with a friend.