Midnight, Texas - Season One Review/Rant (Spoilers Galore)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Midnight is a safe haven for those who are different, but with the presence of outsiders, the residents band together and form a strong and unlikely family. (IMDB)

This show has me very torn. Individually, without much thinking, the characters all are very interesting. However, when you actually start thinking about things, they quickly become problematic to the point where it has me questioning if I will watch additional seasons.

Quick note: I have not read the books, and as of right now, I have zero intention of doing so.

This show has all of the elements of the kind of show that becomes insanely popular on Tumblr, so when I noticed a lack of attention, I decided to figure out why it did not seem to be talked about much.  So, problem number one? The lead character, Manfred Bernardo (played by Fran├žois Arnaud), is repeatedly described as a "gypsy". This word is known as a racial slur to the Romani and is very much like having a black character frequently described using the N-word. This issue was the base of the majority of the complaints about the show that I found. At no point during season one is it pointed out that this slur...is, in fact, a slur. I also noticed quite a bit of anger and hurt when it was revealed that Chuy is half-demon. (Chuy is also a gay Latino.)
Things that really annoyed me, outside of all of the issues above, included the relationship between Bobo and Fiji and the relationship between Olivia and Lem. At the beginning of the show, Fiji is Bobo's best friend who happens to be in love with him. Bobo is completely oblivious to this fact until...suddenly he has feelings for Fiji...after his fiancee has been murdered. He acts as if he is head over heels in love with her and it happens far too fast. As for Olivia and Lem, they have an interesting relationship that involves Olivia using Lem so she doesn't have to deal with fear (If you are a fan of the Nevernight Chronicles, this would be like Mia having a romantic relationship with Mr. Kindly). As things progress and demons are closer to taking over, Lem becomes an abusive asshole (but its totally okay, because Hell was basically opening right? He couldn't control himself.) that manages to convince Olivia to marry him even though he beat the shit out of her because she did not want to be turned into a vampire like him.

Quite honestly, the more I think about it, the more I wonder why I watched this and how I was entertained at all.

Rating: 4/10