Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot

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Welcome to Midnight, a small town full of some very interesting "people." 

It's hard to tell how much Manfred actually knew about his new home before arriving, but he already fits right in. 

Given that he has abilities of his own, he mostly takes what he learns of his new neighbors in stride. 

A Small Town - Midnight, Texas

Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1 set us up for several mysteries to be solved, some bigger than others. 

The main one, of course, is Aubrey's murder. 

It's probably safe to say Bobo didn't do it. It's never the first guy they arrest or the most obvious suspect.

That doesn't mean he doesn't have motive. He admits to fighting with his fiancee before she disappeared, and there is definitely some attraction brewing between him and Fiji. 

Of course, that also provides a motive for Fiji. 

Olivia: Fiji, why aren't you jumping already?
Fiji: That's not what I was thinking. I was admiring his cooking techniques. And don't make that dirty.

She's in love with Bobo, and we saw first hand that she's a very powerful witch. But again, she's probably too obvious. 

At this point, it's impossible to guess who the murderer is. We don't have nearly enough information. Everyone could be a potential suspect, except probably Manfred, since he just arrived. 

Manfred has his own serious situation. He's not in Midnight by chance. His grandmother, who just so happens to be dead, convinced him he will be safe there. 

So far that's debatable. 

A dead body was found right after he arrived, and he's already managed to get himself knocked out and kidnapped by Olivia. 

Olivia may be one of the few humans in this town, but she makes up for it by fighting with style. 

Olivia Dressed to Kill - Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1

While she may be human, she's still hiding something. Who is her dad, and why does she think Manfred was sent by him?

Lemuel is not an ordinary vampire. He can sustain himself by leeching energy from people rather than drinking their blood. A polite vampire would ask first. 

This may take place in the same world as True Blood, but he's no Bill Compton. 

The Rev made a comment about being unavailable during the full moon, so he's some sort of wereanimal. 

All in all, the pilot wasn't terrible. We have a central mystery to follow, potential romances, and a cast of fun characters. 

Creek and Manfred just met and are already close to jumping each other, but Manfred may want to watch out for her dad. 

Bobo's grieving, but that doesn't stop us from seeing the chemistry brewing between him and Fiji. 

But, to be fair, the show is a little bit hokey. 

Manfred being hijacked by dead people felt a little off.

Mr. Snuggly - Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1

Then there's Mr. Snuggly, Fiji's talking cat who isn't exactly Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but I suppose every witch needs her familiar. 

There's a lot of cheesy special effects, and it's not hard to see why NBC pushed it to summer. It feels like a better fit. 

You could almost say that they tried to cram too much into the pilot, as there was a lot of set up, but that's usually pretty standard. 

We also don't know how much they plan to tackle this season. There are 3 books after all. 

What did you guys think of the pilot? Are you ready to invest in Midnight, Texas? Do you have any early guesses on the murderer?

I should mention that I have read the books, but am trying to approach the show as if I haven't. You never know what will be changed. 

Be sure to hit the comments and let us know if you'll be back for more! 

Pilot Review

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Stacy Glanzman was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in March, 2019.

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Midnight, Texas Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Xylda: You'll be safe in Midnight.
Manfred: That would mean a whole lot more coming from someone who wasn't dead.

Olivia: Fiji, why aren't you jumping already?
Fiji: That's not what I was thinking. I was admiring his cooking techniques. And don't make that dirty.