Midnight, Texas: “Last Temptation of Midnight” (Recap) – Pour one out for Zelda

Why am I always here for the villains of the week? This week is no exception to that concept. Let me just tell you guys, ‘Face Off’ is one of my favorite John Travolta films.
This contains big time spoilers. If you haven’t watched the episode, I am advising you turn back now. Save yourself.**
The episode, Last Temptation of Midnight, begins with a faceless demon murdering and taking the face of a local priest. Literally, he takes his face to wear. See that ‘Face Off’ reference makes sense now, right? Manfred and Zelda continue to drive out of town, with her begging him to return to Midnight. Apparently, she had a vision before she passed away and Manny’s destiny is to be a Midnighter. #smallgoals I wish it was to be more interesting, but do tell us Zelds what is exactly is his destiny? In a flashback we see a young Mans and Zelds just after his mother dropped him off to her trailer. Zelda tells Manfred why his mom left him with her. Zelds explains she can help cultivate his gift. In present time their trailer breaks down on the side of a deserted Texas road. Again, his gift didn’t see that coming, but ok.

Back in Midnight one of the locals steals one of Fiji’s daggers to take her own life; but the witch stops her. The demon that has been stalking Fiji has decided to stalk the civilians as well the supernatural Midnighters. Fiji has a Norma Rae moment and says not on my watch. Olivia tells Bobo, Manfred might be on to something with this leaving town stuff. Um, not so much Olivia. You’re the only interesting woman on the show. You can’t leave. In just not his day news, traveling on the same road as Manfred and Zelda is the demon from Face Off. He now has a growing body count.

Creek asks Lem to take away the pain by vamping her, but Olivia basically says ‘no bitch, the boy is mine.’ It was an out of character move from her. What’s up with you Olivia? We also find out more of Zelds and Mans backstory, after he passes out by the side of the road. Zelda talks him to returning to Midnight and being the man she raised him to be. We say good-bye to Zelds because she is tethered to the broken down RV. This scene is a little sad. I like the character, but she says she is moving on and Manfred must as well. 😭 Bye Zelda, we hardly knew ya. ⚰️Unfortunately for Manny, he is picked up by the face stealing demon. Well this isn’t good, Manfred is boring but he has a nice face. Psychic vibes must be contagious, because this is exactly what the demon says before he pounces on Manfred.

Remember last recap when I predicted Lem would turn Olivia? Yeah, well this episode he keeps getting really close to biting her neck. It’s clearly the demon doing. 🤔After a struggle with Face Off Manfred ends up in a pile of bodies on the back of a truck. He does manage to call Fiji to warn her about the demon coming to Midnight.
Meanwhile, the demon already in Midnight posses Creek and Lem. It makes Creek want to kill herself and turns Lem into a Lost Boy. He goes after Olivia forcing them to fight each other Mr. and Mrs. Smith style. Fiji and Manfred get to Creek before she puts us all out of our misery. Manfred also holy waters Lem back to reality. I think the relationship with Olivia and Lem might not recover. It’s tough when your boyfriend tries to eat you. (I know, but it stays.) This is tragic because OliviLEM are the interesting ones on the show.

During the weekly Scooby gang showdown with the villain of the week Face Off, Manfred uses his old school yard trick to get the dead victims to drag faceless to hell. Cool, but once again it’s anticlimactic as hell. I think the problem with this show is they are trying to squeeze too many character story lines into these episodes. The more important elements like these “battles” get rushed in the process. Honestly, we get it Creek’s sad, but we didn’t need her this episode. We didn’t need the Preacher either, who cares that he’s anemic. Me too, but I wasn’t on the show. There’s a new episode tomorrow night, so I’ll be back Thursday with another rant recap.

Wednesday…

“Riders on the Storm” – An apocalyptic sandstorm engulfs Midnight concealing wraith-like demonic spirits heralding the arrival of a demon from Hell. Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) knows this demon wants her and Bobo (Dylan Bruce) vows to protect her, while wondering why the demon has targeted Fiji and no one else. Manfred (François Arnaud), Joe (Jason Lewis) and the Rev (Yul Vazquez) dig for answers from the past, but when the storm gets too dangerous, Manfred leads the Midnighters to an unlikely hiding spot outside of town. Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) confronts Lem (Peter Mensah) about their relationship, and Creek (Sarah Ramos) helps Manfred when he needs it most.