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Midnight, Texas: Season One

Director:
Niels Arden Oplev, David Solomon, Steve Shill, Milan Cheylov, Nick Gomez, Mairzee Almas, Kevin Tancharoen, Greg Beeman

Writer:
Charlaine Harris (based on the books by), Monica Owusu-Breen, Turi Meyer, Al Septien, Liz Sagal, Brynn Malone, Mark Kruger, Larry Caldwell

Starring:
François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Sarah Ramos, Yul Vazquez, Joanne Camp, Bernardo Saracino, John-Paul Howard, Bob Jesser

Other notable appearances:
Zahn McClarnon

Running time:
42-43 mins per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Medium Manfred Bernardo (Arnaud) is on the run from his past and, based on the advice of his ghostly grandmother, seeks sanctuary in the town of Midnight. Manfred quickly discovers he is not the only supernatural misfit who calls Midnight home and when the town is under apocalyptic threat, he steps up with the others to try to defend it.

The book trilogy by Charlaine Harris upon which Midnight, Texas is based is one of my favourite series of books. I didn’t even realise this series had been created until I saw the DVD set for season one and snapped it up. I’m so glad that I did. 

I found the television journey into Midnight to be quite delightful, especially given that many of the places shown on the screen were almost identical to what I had envisioned when reading the novels. Some of the characters had undergone changes, big and small, but overall they were still the same characters I know and love. Some I even appreciated more in their onscreen version. 

The characters are versatile and mesh well together. The chemistry between the actors is a bit stilted early on, but it’s rare to find a first season of a television show where this can’t be said. 

The story brings together a ‘monster of the week’ style with several overarching stories intwined throughout. I loved the recurring themes of even supernatural beings needing to be reminded that they should ask for help. It’s something with which I feel a lot of people can identify.

If you’re a fan of supernatural shows with a bit of cheese, a bit of humour and a lot of saving the world, like Supernatural, Grimm and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then Midnight, Texas is well worth a look. I also highly recommend diving into the book trilogy by the queen of modern urban fantasy, Charlaine Harris.

Rating:

“That’d mean a whole lot more coming from someone who wasn’t dead.”

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