“Noise, Noise, Noise” capitalises on some of the promise shown in the season premiere, expanding its focus a little as the students attend the quintessential crazy house party.
This recap of Deadly Class Episode 2, “Noise, Noise, Noise”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Well, it turns out Deadly Class is really rather good, and is actively attempting to capitalise on all the promise shown in the season premiere. Which is good, obviously. It’s nice to be right, and it’s even nicer to have yet another great show airing; between this and The Passage, early-2019 seems like a good place for weirdly offbeat genre shows, and I’m here for it. “Noise, Noise, Noise” made some real effort to bed these characters into their wacky environment while also maintaining what was fun about the premiere: Namely, how it tips high-school clichés on their heads.
This week: The house party. We’ve already had the usual fare; cliques to watch out for, lessons to fret over, and the crippling panic of where to sit in the cafeteria. But the house party, as anyone who grew up like me will tell you, is the big one. It’s where inhibitions are abandoned and steam is blown off in sometimes frighteningly elaborate ways, and the students of King’s Dominion need a bit of a break – especially Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), who was one of the few students to successfully complete Headmaster Lin’s (Benedict Wong) murderous homework assignment, whether he gets the credit for it or not.
Because the class are useless, Lin decides to put them through their paces by poisoning them all and having them solve a riddle; anyone who doesn’t succeed dies. It might be a bit much, but I’m sure most teachers have thought about something like that at some point. It was also a standout of “Noise, Noise, Noise,” and reminds me how much I enjoy the unpredictability of Deadly Class. At any moment, even in an ostensibly safe place, absolute chaos can break out.
There’s no real threat of any major characters dying in this sequence, but it helps to establish who the main characters are going to be. Everyone else is expendable. Thus far the main cast – Marcus, Saya (Lana Condor), Maria (María Gabriela de Faría), and Chico (Michel Duval) – have been treated rather unevenly, and some are more interesting than others. (The whole Maria/Chico abusive relationship subplot is pretty tedious). But in “Noise, Noise, Noise” other second-string players are really starting to make their presence felt: Willie’s (Luke Tennie) backstory shone a little light on his newfound pacifism and why it’s so important he takes credit for Marcus’s kill; Billy’s (Liam James) unreciprocated affection for Petra (Taylor Hickson) is charming, as is Petra’s burgeoning relationship with Viktor (Sean Depner), whose hilarious Russian stereotype is so over the top that it never gets boring; and Shabnam (Isaiah Lehtinen) makes for some welcome chubby dork humour.
I also like Marcus’s relationship with Lin, which is a weird perversion of the typical student/teacher dynamic; Lin knows that Marcus really killed Rory last week, and he sees a protégé in him. All the affection and guidance that Marcus has been starved of throughout his life is being given to him by Lin, but in service of making him a better, less compassionate killer.
A literal goat-******* caps of “Noise, Noise, Noise”, which proves that Deadly Class is still somewhat reliant on a shock factor that has to be a little overboard just to stand out from all the craziness happening at school. It’s a necessary issue in a show based on villainous, murderous teenagers, but it also taps a promising new story thread regarding who really killed the kids at the boys’ home. Curiouser and curiouser! More next time.
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Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.