Jul 31 2017

Midnight, Texas – “Bad Moon Rising” Review. All Hell is About to Break Loose.


Season 1, Episode 2

Air Date: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10/9c on NBC



“It’s Midnight; you don’t need to pretend you’re normal. Let your freak flag fly.” – Xylda


Still want to visit Midnight after watching last week’s series premiere? I know I sure do…but I’ll need to repack my overnight bag. Silver bullets? Check. Dream Demon catchers? Double and triple check. “Bad Moon Rising” is the tip of the rapidly fraying rope that binds hell, and evil is spilling out left and right. The saying “all hell is about to break loose” seems fitting.

Manny uses the skull of his ancestor to help Fiji but I think he’s going to need to more than that to scare off whatever is after Fiji — (Photo by: NBC)

More secrets are revealed, along with a few deaths in “Bad Moon Rising.” When you have a feral tiger and a murderer on the loose, what’s a demonic monster thrown into the mix, right? I knew Manny (François Arnaud) conjured up a few more spirits that he would have liked when trying to help Aubrey (Shannon Lorance) figure out who murdered her, but something very evil has hitched a ride and is firmly planted under Manny’s house. Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) does her best with the exorcism but whatever is beneath Manny’s house wants her in a bad way. I’m fearful for Fiji. It’s going to take a lot more than spells, potions, and old skulls to keep this demon at bay.

Grandma Xylda tries to reassure Manny that Midnight is a safe place…but he’s definitely going to have to fight to keep it that way — (Photo by: NBC)

I hope we learn more about Manny’s family history, especially his grandmother Xylda (Joanne Camp). She’s been a wealth of knowledge and quite a resource for Manny. Besides, I’m sure he’s going to need more help now that he’s used up some powerful magic to help Fiji.


Oliva, Fiji, and Manny watch as the tiger transforms into a familiar face — (Photo by: NBC)

Reverend Emilio Sheehan’s (Yul Vazquez) big secret is revealed in “Bad Moon Rising.” And now that the cat’s (pun intended) out of the bag, I’m sure we’ll learn even more about “the Rev” and his presence in Midnight. His spidey-senses about something being off in the town are spot on. I think whatever Fiji did in Manny’s house, which coincidentally awoke the demon, is only the beginning. The fact that the demon calls to her directly is disturbing on so many levels. Heebie jeebies – I got them.

So many juicy tidbits are floating around in “Bad Moon Rising,” but the main one is Joe’s (Jason Lewis) painting. It tells a dark and frightening story about what’s happening in Midnight right now. The so called “prophecy” involving Manny is quite intriguing. Could Manny be the key to sealing the veil between the living and hell in Midnight?

Officer Gomez escorts Bobo to a holding cell full of Sons of Lucifer gang members… but Bobo proves he can hold his own and then some — (Photo by: Ursula Coyote/NBC)

Bobo (Dylan Bruce) is still in jail, accused of murdering his fiancé Aubrey. Manny gets a glimpse of Aubrey’s murder as it happened but the killer is wearing a “Sons of Lucifer” (S.O.L.) mask making it difficult to tell who it is. The bigger question is why does S.O.L. leader Peter Lowry (guest star Evan Jones) want Aubrey to get close to Bobo in the first place? There is more to this rivalry than meets the eye.

Officer Tina Gomez (Lora Martinez-Cunningham) learns the hard way that she should mind her own business. I’m not sure if I would have walked toward the growling noise…um, hello, it’s growling! If it’s making guttural sounds like a wild beast, I’m walking in the opposite direction, especially in the town of Midnight where peculiar things have been known to happen. I wasn’t too fond of Gomez, but she doesn’t deserve to go out like that.

I’m eager to learn more about why Lowry is set against Bobo. And now that both Sheriff Livingstone (Sean Bridgers) and Officer Gomez are no longer with us, who is going to be running the investigation into Aubrey’s murder? Things are starting to heat up in more ways than one.

Let me know what you thought of “Bad Moon Rising.” Leave a comment below or tweet me at @judybopp.


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Judy Manning

Dream chaser extraordinaire! Judy is a tad sarcastic and kind of goofy! She is an avid admirer of all things supernatural, paranormal, and mystical. She finally came around to zombies, but NO clowns...she loathes clowns. She loves to read, write, and watches way too much TV. She enjoys many genres of film and music of the Trance/Electronica variety (and let's be honest, most music from the 80s). She also has a wicked sweet tooth. Cupcakes beware.

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