Deadly Class season 1, episode 8 review: The Clampdown


Violent teenagers do exactly what you think when locked down in Deadly Class.

In a fairly large diversion from the story in the comics, everyone gets locked down at King’s Dominion assassin school, while Headmaster Lin gets to the bottom of two students’ deaths. From producers Rick Remender and Wes Craig, writer and illustrator of Deadly Class, the comics the hit show on Syfy is based on, this look at class warfare and teenage angst has been doing a pretty good job of keeping the audience entertained, with plenty of violence and sensuality, just like high school was supposed to be.

Snitches gonna snitch and haters gonna hate

Last episode, the gang broke a psychopath teacher out to help them combat the dangerous Chester, the actual killer of everyone in the boys’ home that Marcus has built his King’s Dominion reputation around, and Maria killed Yukio, a member of Saya’s Yakuza clan, in retribution for Chico’s death, which she caused.

This episode starts out with Shabnam telling Master Gao all about Marcus’ dealings, including showing her his journal, in her chambers where the furniture is held up by nude people, for some creepy reason we haven’t learned yet. Gao is an added character that, while adding suspense, hasn’t added much in the way of a deeper plot. Saya gets attacked by Juan, Chico’s friend, in the halls, and this causes Headmaster Lin to put the school into lockdown, sending random students into random rooms until he finds the killer of Chico and Yukio, which happens to be Marcus’ girlfriend.

DEADLY CLASS — “Noise, Noise, Noise” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Lana Condor as Saya, Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

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Big-time drama amongst friends and possible threesomes

With various groups of the students stuck in rooms together, things are bound to get hectic, and they certainly do. Marcus, Willie, and Viktor are in one room, Billy, Petra, and Lex are in another, Saya, her Yakuza friend, and Shabnam are in another, and Brandy, Juan, and Maria are also locked in together. Lin’s sister Gao threatens his daughter if he doesn’t find the killer, and so he ends up interrogating Marcus, who finally tells him it was Maria.

This comes after he is forced to watch footage of his family from when he was a child, as well as footage of them after they were killed. Lex tells Billy and Petra his backstory, which is told in the animated segment of the episode: Lex stole his honorable dad’s dockworker keys and, with his brothers, were robbing the place, when they were caught, and one of his brothers was shot and killed.

Lex dropped the keys, which led the cops to his father’s house, where his dad lied and took the blame, which made Lex feel terrible and run away to San Francisco, where Saya found him and brought him to King’s Dominion. Lame backstory. Petra tells both the punkers that she wants to have a threesome, which they are uncomfortable with.

DEADLY CLASS — “Snake Pit” Episode 102 — Pictured: (l-r) Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus, Maria Gabriela de Faria as Maria, Lana Condor as Saya — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Even more friendly fighting and failed fornication

Everyone gets ready to fight, after poison is whispered in their ears, and at lunch, Maria attacks Saya. Gao pulls Maria to the sid, and has her strapped to a chair. Warping Marcus’ confession, Liu tells Chico’s father, El Diablo, that Yukio killed Chico over drugs. El Diablo is upset, but accepts this as truth. Saya’s Yakuza friend finds Maria in the chair and is about to kill her when Saya shows up and stops her, freeing Maria but acting cold and distant, which makes sense if you found out your friend killed your other friend.

Billy and Lex can’t get it together to have the threesome with Petra, who finally convinces them to get down to business, and as soon as they do, the lockdown is ended, which upsets the punk rockers greatly, obviously. Brandy and Viktor tell Gao what they know about Marcus and Maria, which foreshadows some hard times for the lovestruck couple. The episode ends with Marcus gathering the crew on the rooftop and coming clean about Maria, Chico, and Chester coming to ruin all their plans.

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There were some good moments in this episode, although it seemed like a lot of filler. The threesome bit was particularly entertaining, since that’s a fantasy most high schoolers entertained at one point or another. Gao has been irksome this whole time, not only because she is an added character, but she seems to just make things harder for everyone, which isn’t really a problem except that things are harder for everyone. Action-wise, this could be the least impressive episode so far. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.