***SPOILER ALERT*** Do not read if you have not seen Episode 209 of Midnight, Texas
Directed by Nick Gomez, Written for Television by Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder and Evon Twohy
The season finale for Midnight, Texas is bittersweet as the season finishes on a dramatic high note but NBC announced that it has canceled Midnight, Texas. The incest twins, Colconnar, and the Trickster could not defeat the Midnighters but the ratings could. Here is a quick recap of the series finale.
- Patience resurrects Theophilus.
- Theophilus and Patience round up all the “light” witches to turn them dark. They also enslave all of the townspeople.
- Patience turns Joe into a dark angel by feeding him the ashes of Chuy
- Olivia is captured trying to escape.
- Manfred is alive and working with Walker. Kai disguised himself as Manfred and sacrificed himself.
- Theophilus’s body starts to fail him since it is Kai’s body, not Manfred’s body.
- Lem’s blood temporarily heals Theophilus’s body.
- Olivia is to be burned at the stake for escaping but she and Lem concoct a final solution.
- The Trickster delivers pizza and offers Bobo a chance to save the town.
- To save Olivia, Lem turns her into a vampire.
- Bobo makes a deal with the Trickster to give Fiji a soul.
- Delilah is released from the painting.
- Theophilus and Patience are defeated and imprisoned in the painting forever.
With the resurrection of Theophilus, the episode starts a mad dash to the end. Remember for the last couple of weeks that I told you to bring tissues, now you know why. In the series finale, the Midnighters rallied and defeated the dark witches but the eventual cost is very high! Innocents are dead, Joe leaves Midnight, and what should be a happy moment is tainted by a deal made with the Trickster.
One of the most interesting transformation from the start of the season until the finale is the change in Patience (Jaime Ray Newman). She has gone from the neglected southern belle of a wife to the first dark witch, who is in love with her brother. Jaime Ray Newman is excellent as she totally camps up the role of Patience/Hypatia, the original dark witch. Her snarky remarks, as she tries to calm her brother or when she battles Delilah, are hilarious.
While at times Patience is campy, viewers must never forget that she is an evil witch. She expertly manipulated both Kai and Manfred by pretending to be a damsel in distress. As an immortal, Patience expertly used the knowledge that there is a need in men to save the damsel. She manipulated Kai into securing supernatural essences to resurrect Theophilus and she seduced Manfred into being her patsy, the vessel for a resurrected Theophilus. Remember that only Olivia was correctly suspicious of them while deluded Manfred suspected the wrong Lucero. However, the greatest issue and the truly lasting effect of the incest twins was what the Midnighters has to do defeat them. Olivia became a vampire and Bobo made a deal with the Trickster.
Theophilus decided to have Oliva burned at the stake for trying to escape. In order to have a chance for survival, Olivia asked Lem to change her into a vampire. This did save Olivia from being burned alive but she had to agree to a major life change which she had previously rejected. If the series had been renewed, future episodes would have to explore what this meant for her. Also, viewers would expect to see the consequence of Bobo’s deal with the Trickster.
Bobo made a deal with the Trickster to get a soul for Fiji which would put her back on the side of the Midnighters against the dark witches. It would also bring back the Fiji he loved. However, there is no such thing a “good” deal with a Trickster or the Devil. Bobo agreed to a deal where the Trickster would steal a soul from a person that neither he nor Fiji had ever met. In the final scenes, Fiji told Bobo that she was pregnant. She at one refers to the fetus as the person “they don’t know.” In an epiphanic moment, Bobo realizes with a look of utter horror that the Trickster had fulfilled the bargain but in a horribly cruel fashion. The Trickster had stolen the soul of Bobo and Fiji’s unborn child! Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the series, viewers will never see how this will unfold or the terror it will bring to the marriage of Bobo and Fiji as well as to the town of Midnight.
When the dust finally settled on the series, the Rev left Midnight as a human, Chuy is dead, Creek is dead, Joe is leaving Midnight to atone for his sin of killing Addie, Joe reconciles with Walker, Manfred is the de facto leader of the Midnighters, Olivia is a vampire but she is at peace with her choice, while Bobo and Fiji are having a child. There are clearly so many more stories left to tell about the town of Midnight, Texas. The Trickster is an incredible character who is almost an anti-Deus Ex Machina. Exploring the Trickster in future episodes would be great fun as he is, in many ways, the greatest evil because he appears to be so innocent and helpful. However, it cannot be overstated that he is not human and his agenda is not a human one.
It is unfortunate that the series is not being renewed as the viewers can be sure that the Trickster and hopefully Delilah would be back to make the lives of the Midnighters very interesting. And what about the unknown unknowns-the characters we haven’t even met? The saga of Midnight, Texas has only begun.