MIDNIGHT, TEXAS Review: “Virgin Sacrifice”


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MIDNIGHT, TEXAS blows out season one with a kitchen sink finale, “Virgin Sacrifice.” Fiji’s life and love has been at stake for the entire third act of the first season. Fiji doesn’t take any aggressive action for her defense, but she isn’t a damsel either. She is the town healer and one of the most selfless characters on the show, she needs to be convinced to let the team fight on her behalf.

Last week ended when Fiji walked into the sandstorm with the wraith leader, Jeremy. Though she has many friends, she’s also staring down the barrel of a life void of intimacy, with a talky old cat that doesn’t really like her. None of this is easy to deal with, much less fair. However, there is a vampire bus full of people who are not willing to let her go. Joe fought these demon types a thousand years ago and warns them all to weapon up.

Rev. Emilio helps out by consecrating the weapons and blessing holy water. Other than that, he’ll have to hide at sundown, they’re expecting a full moon. Lem is ready to do as much as he can, which isn’t much during the day. Manfred believes he is the key, according to his grandmother’s vision and Joe’s prophecy. The Shaman he questioned in the spirit world told him to defeat Colcannar he would need to “know evil.” Of course it’s vague, a thousand years and a million cultural differences separate them.

MIDNIGHT TEXAS -- "The Virgin Sacrifice" Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yul Vázquez as Rev. Sheehan, Peter Mensah as Lemuel, Francois Arnaud as Manfred, Jason Lewis as Joe -- (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

Team midnight divides into two groups when they hit town. Olivia provides protective sniper fire while Creek and Bobo rush to Fiji’s house. Joe, Rev. Emilio, Lem and Manfred make a run for the pawn shop. Both teams kill several wraiths, but more appear. One group of wraiths builds a bonfire of small animals for their big evening event involving the craftiest virgin in town. Bump on the animals, they did not look fresh.

Creek and Bobo make it to Fiji okay, Oliva fired a path all the way to the porch for them, but nobody covered her run. Lead wraith Jeremy materialized and gave her nasty abdominal burn; think third degree plus hell radiation.

Fiji is uncomfortable with her friends risking their lives, and Olivia getting wounded, trying to save her, but she gets busy whipping up one of her healing salves. Manfred calls Creek to see if Fiji is safe but Olivia asks her not report her injury, she wants Lem and Manfred to focus on how to beat Colcannar. If Olivia isn’t pure John Wayne, no one is. Bobo and Fiji have their own different ideas about how the virgin sacrifice might go down.

MIDNIGHT TEXAS -- "The Virgin Sacrifice" Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Ramos as Creek, Dylan Bruce as Bobo, Arielle Kebbel as Olivia -- (Photo by: Karen Kuehn/NBC)

Olivia’s burns get worse, she needs real hospital attention. Creek snags a little VW and speeds her to the nearest emergency room. This is when Bobo and Fiji address the virgin in the room. Fiji plans to give herself over to Colcannar, then try and destroy him like Jeremy. Bobo suggests they use the little time remaining to remove her from his queue altogether. He’s all in, even after hearing about Jeremy, so credit where credit is due. Fiji admits she’s considered Bobo from time to time but always more of a dinner and a scary movie type date setting. Painful, fiery demoncide and the apocalypse wasn’t an option she’d considered. Truth Fiji… no one’s first time is how they pictured it.

Meanwhile, the pawnshop team thins a little. Rev. Emilio gives moral support and blesses weapons until evening when he chains himself safely to Lem’s basement. Joe fades into the background until needed. Lem helps Manfred put meat in his plan which is something like this. Manfred browses the pawnshop items for tethered spirits. Of those, he plans on inviting the darkest spirits into his body to fight Colcannar in return for moving on from their pawnshop arrest. Without his pills, this selection process gives Manfred an unholy migraine, Lem helps by providing a flask and several items he knows were involved with sinister events; witch torture, family massacre, dark voodoo type stuff.

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS -- "The Virgin Sacrifice" -- Pictured: Francois Arnaud as Manfred -- (Photo by: NBC)

This is all very cool, but it happens a little too fast to be edge of your seat . Manfred invites a half dozen of the pawnshop’s nastiest spirits to test drive his body for a while when he takes on Colcannar on main street. Colcannar appears and sends his wraiths to escort his virgin witch to his special bonfire. He isn’t going to burn her, he plans to evil seed her. Manfred and his internal band of evil spirits puts up a short fight. There’s a little back and forth, Joe and Lem both help briefly, but eventually Manfred gets the right evil spirit to send Colcannar back to hell and reset the veil.

Lem rushes to the hospital to join Creek and Madonna outside Olivia’s room. She’s very weak, but hanging on. Lem goes into her room, opens a vein, and gives her a few drops of high-octane vamp blood. Olivia wakes up and tells Lem how she really feels about him. Out in the hall, Madonna’s on her cell talking with Olivia’s father, updating him on her situation and cautioning about visiting Midnight anytime soon. Unacceptable, Madonna!

The season ends with Rev. Emilio performing Lem and Olivia’s wedding ceremony in his chapel packed with the Midnight crowd, even Chuy returned. Everyone dances, drinks, and goes off to bed with their partners. I would have preferred an ending without the extra cheese, but the whole town wakes to the rumbling of a busy construction crew. Miss Pratt of the MNA company introduces herself and monologues her plans to renovate the hotel, build, and drive tourism to Midnight. Is it too late to thin the veil a little?

Season 1, Episode 10 (S01E10)
Midnight, Texas airs Mondays at 10PM on NBC

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