Impressions: Midnight, Texas

Network
NBC (US)
Release Date
July 24th, 2017
Episodes
S01E01 “Pilot”

Midnight, Texas is a new show based on an existing universe created by writer Charlaine Harris, whose other novels have been adapted into a series people may be more familiar with: True Blood.

I will openly admit that I haven’t read the source material nor watched its sister show, so forgive me if I seem ignorant about the works it’s based upon. Despite my ignorance (or because of it), I found myself quite interested in the characters’ backgrounds—the setting, not so much.

Midnight is a small Texan town and has become a haven for an assortment of mythological beings. Why have they chosen to settle there?  Its geographical location is supposed to be special for some reason, so it might be interesting to see what the reason for this is.

Arielle Kebbel as Olivia, Peter Mensah as Lemuel in Midnight, Texas

The town’s residents are intriguing to me—that may or may not be related to the fact they’re all fantastical. Manfred Bernado (Francois Arnaud) is a psychic who flees to Midnight because he is being hunted by someone or something, it’s not clear which. Who or what is hunting him and why? Lemuel (Peter Mensah) is a vampire and appears protective of his community, whether they be human or otherwise.

One of the humans the vampire appears to have a bond with is Olivia (Arielle Kebbell). She is someone who either can’t leave the town or doesn’t want to. If it’s the latter, why is she hiding out in the middle of nowhere?

Joe Strong (Jason Lewis) is a man who can sprout angel-like wings. So is he a regular angel, or a fallen one? Fiji Cavanagh (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is your run-of-the-mill witch who lives with an obligatory cat. Cavanagh is notable because she can communicate with her feline housemate through telepathy (either that or they’re a shapeshifter). The mythological beings shown so far are fairly typical for a supernatural series. I do wonder if more original creatures will be introduced as the plot unfolds.

The possibility of finding out more about these characters is what will keep me watching. And here’s hoping the real mystery behind the town of Midnight will be an interesting reveal.

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Andrew Yeh is an avid consumer of television. Thanks to the Internet, he is now able to watch as many shows as he wants whenever he can! His other passions in life are video games and anime. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University, which is an experience that provided him with a deeper appreciation of the media.