Wednesday, January 23, 2019

REVIEW: 'Deadly Class' - Marcus Wrestles with Confusing Feelings Over Killing Someone in 'Noise, Noise, Noise'

Syfy's Deadly Class - Episode 1.02 "Noise, Noise, Noise"

Marcus, dealing with guilt of killing Rory, has a party at Shabnam's and all the school is invited.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. Premieres and finales may feature longer reviews. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of Syfy's Deadly Class.

"Noise, Noise, Noise" was written by Rick Remender and directed by Adam Kane

Willie is really the only character who gets more dimension in the second episode. That's surprising because for the longest time he is just puffing his chest about the homeless guy that he killed. He just keeps bragging about it over and over again to prove that he is not weak. He has to remain strong in the eyes of his fellow students. No one can learn that he is actually a pacifist because that would then make him an easy target. Of course, Marcus and the audience are fully aware of that fact. Marcus is constantly rolling his eyes at Willie. However, Marcus is also just completely clueless and doesn't care what happens to him or anyone. He sees himself as an outsider who desperately wants to fit in. The world is the problem though. It's because of this unfortunate existence that he is isolated as much as he is. He hates bullies and he's now in an environment that promotes bullying. The teachers even have the students fight to the death just to see who can survive. That's absolutely brutal. It means that Marcus can only befriend the creepy older guy who also happens to attend this high school party. Even then, it's not a close connection because they seem to talk at two different intellectual levels. There is just the understanding that they can get high together. Moreover, Marcus is the one carrying the guilt of killing someone. It's the guy he wanted to kill. That honor wasn't taken away from him by Willie. He just doesn't get any of the credit for doing it. Master Lin can see through Willie's story as well. He knows that he either had help in the murder or someone else did it entirely. That is only confirmed in the end when Saya says that Marcus is the one dealing with the emotional consequences instead of Willie. However, Willie still does walk away with a stronger explanation for the way that he is. He puts on a tough exterior because he is a legacy student. But he also sees himself as responsible for his father's death. That animated sequence is absolutely brutal. Sure, it's still the show being very expositional and taking its time in introducing the many members of this ensemble. But it's still important information to have that lets everyone see Willie in a new way. Of course, that's just a small component of this hour as well. It's all building to Marcus attending the funeral of the man that he killed. In that moment, he had a choice for how to express his emotions. He chose to once again speak out about how despicable this man was. His family didn't accept that truth. Lin does though. He even mentions that the police were connecting him to multiple murders throughout the city. And so, the world is a better place because Marcus took action. That's the lesson that Marcus is learning here. It's just being told in a blatantly obvious way that isn't landing as strongly as it should. Sure, things are incredibly tense when Lin's students are fighting for survival after being poisoned. That continues to prove that Marcus belongs in this environment. However, he continues to push against that notion. He sees this as the best outcome he could have for his life. And yet, he will remain in danger here as well because Lin learns that he wasn't responsible for the fire at the boy's home. He belongs here but it's based on a false assumption of what happened in his past. And now, someone is seeking vengeance on him for whatever did happen there. That means that Marcus will stay front and center moving forward even though the show really needs to do more with its supporting cast.