WARNING: THERE MAY BE SMALL SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED YET.
The kids and I have started watching Midnight Texas. Although the IMBD page lists the “creator” as Monica Breen… all of us readers know it was really created by author Charlaine Harris. (Yeah, that isn’t annoying at all… And Harris is only mentioned under “Trivia,” but I digress…)
The book series is billed as a mystery, and the show certainly has a mystery element, but it is really about the town and the inhabitants and their struggle to survive in a world that is far from accepting of them. The first show starts with the main character, Manfred Bernardo, a psychic, on the run from someone named Hightower and looking for a place to hide. His dead grandmother suggests Midnight, Texas. Yeah, Manfred sees dead people.
This ability plays big in the first episode and for the record he sees people as they died. So, if you are a believer in Harris’ mythology here, plan to die pretty. The people Manfred sees have missing parts and bloated parts and foul-looking water bubbling out of their mouths.
In addition to a psychic, Midnight boasts a vampire, a bounty-hunter, a witch, an angel or two, and at least one shapeshifter. I won’t go into anymore detail than that as roles are defined and revealed as the shows go on.
For the most part, the kids (15 year old boy and 18 year old girl) and I are enjoying the show. We are all big paranormal fans of one type…not always the same type, but Midnight hits the intersection of our Venn Diagrams enough, and it is nice to have something we can watch together.
There are definitely some hokey parts and none of us are a fan of the vampire. We also have issues with the shapeshifter who was revealed in the second episode. Let’s just say the animal he shifts into isn’t what any of us would pick for a middle-aged white guy who dresses like some old West villain. Or maybe to be more accurate, for the animal he shifts into, we would have liked to have seen a bit of ethnic diversity… But the witch is pretty good and the idea of the town fun. Overall, we are liking it and will continue to watch. How about you?