Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, Merry Deadly Class! The Deadly Class pilot episode is now on SYFY for the ultimate viewing, but, of course, The Daily Fandom had to cover it because it’s the giving Christmas season we all love, right? This is the show we have been waiting for — we still have less than a month for the official release (January 16th, 2019), but SYFY gave us the best Christmas gift of the season. Without further ado, does the Deadly Class pilot live up to the comics?
We have a few up-and-coming powerhouses starring in this show: Benjamin Wadsworth as — the main character — Marcus Lopez Arguello; Lana Condor (Lara Jean, you know her, right?) as Saya; the great Benedict Wong as Master Lin; María Gabriela de Faría as Maria; Luke Tennie as Willie; and Liam James as Billy. We have a set of reoccurring castmates, but this makes up the main cast you will see in each episode. All of the characters from above appear in this episode.
The comic, however, is by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, Rus Wooton, and Lee Loughridge. The Deadly Class pilot (and entire series) is created by Russo Brothers, who you should know by now; but, if you don’t, they directed Infinity War, Endgame, Arrested Development, an episode of Agent Carter, Civil War, and The Winter Soldier. It’s safe to say that Marvel adores them, so why wouldn’t any other publication? Precisely.
‘Life Isn’t A Dress Rehearsal’
We know Russo Brothers ruined our lives with the Infinity War and we still haven’t come back whole. Nonetheless, we have Deadly Class now to keep us sane, or insane, whichever comes first. If you know the source material — which is great, by the way, and you should read if not — you know this show is following suit. If you don’t know about it, the general synopsis is this: Marcus, a teenaged orphan, is living on the streets.
After thinking that he murdered his entire orphanage and burned the place down, he was enrolled in the ‘School of Assassins.’ The school is run by Master Lin and composed by children of all statures; mob boss kids, mass murderer kids — all leading the same fate as their parents. Sadly, Marcus’s life has come with turmoil after turmoil. This leads him to become isolated from humanity and eventually being content with that.
Both of his parents died in a horrible accident when he was young. This is when Marcus is placed in an orphanage. Throughout his tenure in the orphanage, he was abused, treated poorly, and degraded. This eventually drives him to commit multiple acts of brutality. Eventually, the entire series covers each enrolled character’s downfall. It seems as though the series is relying closely on the source material, which is going to make for a magnificent series.
Welcome To The Deadly Class Pilot
Since this is a show derived from a source, the acting plays a huge part in revealing the characters from the comic book medium it comes from. Therefore, if you have read the series or even one volume of it — the acting will bring out the characters we have only seen in one medium. That is where we land, in our dark hole of praise; the acting, especially Marcus, is remarkable. The character that Benjamin Wadsworth plays is psychotic (the soundest way to put it) and to play a character like that is a gift. Wadsworth truly delivers on the Deadly Class pilot. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming to look at the entire fifty-four minutes he’s on the screen. (It’s an added bonus!)
The other main characters we get a glimpse of are just as omnipotent. They create the scenes of what we will deal with this entire season, just like the comics do. In comics, panels create pages that create scenes. The series is similarly directed in that way and it works. There is a scene in the Deadly Class pilot where we see a flashback in an off-comic-book-form style and it’s artistic. Honestly, releasing this episode early before the show premieres was a quality marketing move. The Daily Fandom knew we were going to tune in, but this just solidifies that we will be watching every week at
Do You Want To Be Apart Of The Deadly Class?
This pilot episode puts any other comic adaptation to shame. It creates immeasurable character development, violence (in a good way), and enough backstory for non-comic readers to get into the series. If you haven’t read the comic, this episode gives you plenty of backstories to jump right in. It doesn’t cover the entire backstory in-depth as the comics do and could, but it gives enough to understand where Marcus comes from and how he has arrived at the present time. Nonetheless, each character is defined, shaped, and made whole in just one episode. How is that possible?
The Russo Brothers have just created a masterpiece of a pilot episode, and I can die happy now. The characters are spot-on, it gives you enough backstory to the point where you don’t have to pick up the comic series (but you should anyway!), and the production and directing are out of this world insanely good. In terms of television shows, this was spotless. There were no issues, nothing to complain about; just pure enjoyment and cinematography for the fifty-four minutes you were watching. Each character is defined, unique, and has enough screen time to give them depth.
If you don’t want to do anything else this holiday season, watch the Deadly Class pilot. It didn’t disappoint me one bit. And hopefully, it won’t be for you either. Get to watchin’!