The 1980s was the hey day of the high school dance drama and Deadly Class really uses the well-known setting to its max potential with King’s Dominion’s annual “Sleeping With the Fishes” Legacy-only dance.
It comes in shades of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Heathers, and even Carrie. The cliques come into play, especially as the Rats experience the “tradition” of Hazing Week.
There’s a moment of redemption in the name of loyalty.
And it all ends with the right couple slow-dancing out to Chris deBurgh’s “Lady in Red”.
But first, there’s backstory.
This episode’s animation plays out immediately after the recap, giving us a glimpse into the history between Marcus and his violent, bestial boys’ home roommate.
The character, Chester Wilson aka F-Face in the graphic novel, so far unnamed in the show but played by Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines) gave Marcus his most noticeable scar and we know he’s looking for him, possibly because Marcus messed up HIS face in return with either the fire that burned down the home or the dirty bomb we see in the animation, or both.
Meanwhile, Marcus is having an effect on the faculty of King’s Dominion. His talk with Poisons professor, Denke, reignites the flame of social justice in the would-be anarchist and he tenders his resignation to Lim, knowing full well that it’s not as easy as that. He leaves Marcus with a few words of wisdom:
It’s gonna get worse, not better. Keep your head down. Pick your battles. Save your time for maximum destruction. Play ball at King’s until you learn what you need and then get the f— out. Before finals.Jürgen Denke
With Denke on his way out (and, seriously, he’s my new favorite TV teacher so I’m super bummed about that) we get introduced to a couple of new ones as well as another look at DeLuca in Hand-to-Hand Combat class which focuses this week on blow darts. Foreshadowing much?
Viktor uses the opportunity to get close to Petra again. After their encounter at Shabnam’s house party, he’s looking to get her to attend the Legacy dance with him. She turns him down but when Brandy Lynn gets in her face about it, she decides to attend out of spite.
It seems that King’s Dominion’s curriculum runs on a bit of a seminar system. In Fundamentals of Psychopathy, the class is taught by an actual psychopath. Known as the Scorpio Slasher (French Stewart, Mom) his
résumé boasts forty-one kills and no bodies with a rumor of cannibalism.
He and Marcus do NOT hit it off to say the least.
On the other end of the spectrum, we get Master Zane (Christopher Heyderdahl, Pure) teaching Atypical Combat Skills. Despite Marcus giving away the group entrance, he ends up incapacitating Zane with a phone cord and earning the gold star much to Maria and Saya’s disgust.
Maria convinces Chico to let her attend the dance with Saya as a girls’ night out. Most girls’ nights out don’t include knocking over a liquor store for strawberry wine but whatever.
And that brings us to the dance. So many truths revealed in such a short time. Chico, of course, shows up to try to ruin Maria’s time, telling Saya that Maria’s been working her. Whether or not Saya buys it is up in the air.
Shabnam seems to find some comfort on the dance floor with a much taller partner while other background but familiar characters seem to enjoy cutting loose.
And Petra has a good time until it turns out the whole thing was a set up by Brandy Lynn and her gang with Viktor facilitating. Humiliated, Petra joins the Rats up on the roof where Marcus decides it’s time to stop sidelining it.
There’s no point in having friends if you’re not going to stick up for them.Marcus
Putting together the blow dart skills and the Mellow Yellow elixir from Poisons Lab, the Rats infiltrate the dance, taking out Viktor, Brandy, and a few choice others.
Chico grabs a hold of Marcus but Willy steps up and publicly defends his until-recently-secret buddy. Master Lin and the monks arrive before Willy’s pacifism starts showing and declare the dance over.
Like many 80s teen films, it’s all about the relationships and “Snake Pit” wraps these up quickly. Saya and Maria remain friends (yay!). Willy and Marcus patch things up (woot!). Billy and Petra get to slow dance (double yay! and a wa-hoo!).
Master Lin and Denke don’t get as happy an ending. The school’s trustees give Lin the task of terminating the Poisons prof. They have it out over a glass of wine laced with potassium chloride. Lin pulls his finishing move and Denke gets away. Which means he COULD come back. Got my fingers crossed on that.
We get another teaser/stinger scene right before they cut to credits. Yukio (Sam Jin Coates), a background Kuroki Syndicate jerk-face, returns to his room to find a box containing a large amount of $100 bills and a picture of Saya.
Looks like trouble’s coming for the Yakuza princess.
Deadly Class airs Wednesdays on Syfy at 10/9c
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Maahra Hill Talks The Irrational
I’m a Jesse L. Martin stan back to the OG Mothership Law & Order (pour one out for Lennie Brisco, y’all), although I admittedly tapped out on The Flash at a certain point. This season, Martin has been back in his old NBC stomping grounds with The Irrational, a different,…
George R. Olson, Tim Rozon, and Sarah Levy Talk the SurrealEstate S2 Finale
[Spoilers for the SurrealEstate Season 2 finale.] How’s everyone doing after the finale? As we close out the second season of SurrealEstate, some of our merry band of misfits are scattering to the winds–Zooey to law school, Phil to the Vatican, and Augie back to his think tank with Rochelle,…
Previewing SurrealEstate Season 2 Finale + Revisiting the Season with George R. Olson
[Warning; General spoilers ahead.] Strap in, SurrealEstate fam, because we’ve arrived at the Season 2 finale, and it’s a doozy. As we saw in the closing moments of last week’s episode, Susan is back. But because we have one more episode left, it’s not as simple as all that, as…
Tyler Hynes Talks Through His Eight-Film Hallmark Holiday Library
Things you realize when you have to re-record your shows on a new DVR – just how many Hallmark movies your people have done. Fan favorite – and one of ours – Tyler Hynes has done eight Christmas movies for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries since 2018. Alongside…
Spencer Creaghan Talks About Creating SurrealEstate’s Signature Sound
SurrealEstate is winding down its second season, with two episodes left, and just as in Season 1, Spencer Creaghan’s music continues to be a character unto itself. And every week, he shares tidbits with the fans via his s social media channels, something he started to help give them an…
Andrew Walker Talks Christmas Island and the Magical Hallmark Community
[Warning: Spoilers for Christmas Island.] Now that the Screen Actors Guild strike has been resolved, we’re able to resume regularly scheduled programming and interview our favorites and yours. Up first, earlier today, I spoke with Andrew Walker about Christmas Island, which premiered last weekend and encores tonight and through the…
George Olson and Danishka Esterhazy Talk SurrealEstate “I Put a Spell on You”
[Warning: Spoilers for the episode.] Tonight’s fun new SurrealEstate found Luke caught up in an especially bewitching woman, Kay, played by Tara Yelland, Susan trapped in her house, and Zooey learning the ropes. In the next part of my conversation with showrunner George R. Olson and producing director Danishka Esterhazy,…
Danishka Esterhazy Talks SurrealEstate: “The Butler Didn’t”
[Warning: General spoilers for the episode]. Tonight’s new SurrealEstate, “The Butler Didn’t,” follows the team as they investigate the years-earlier mysterious death of a woman whose ghost now reenacts her hanging by dropping over the banister from the second floor to terrify anyone on the landing or at the bottom…
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk the From Season 2 finale
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale.] How’s everyone doing after that finale? While we wait and wonder and hope for a third season announcement, soon, here’s what Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders had to say about their parts of the finale, and where they hope they get to go next….
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk From Season 2 + A Season Finale Preview
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] It all comes down this, #FROMily. As Sunday’s episode wraps up Season 2, we begin with the aftermath of the terrifying onset of seemingly simultaneous attacks on Julie, Marielle, and Randall, which accelerate the “We gotta get out of this place” of it all. Sara comes…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…