An action-packed episode that also doubles as a Breakfast Club homage, “Mirror People” was Deadly Class riffing on high-school clichés for all they’re worth.
This recap of Deadly Class Episode 4, “Mirror People”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Thus far, Deadly Class has taken great pride in flaunting (and sometimes subverting) various high-school clichés, which are really what the anarchic SyFy series burns for fuel. And there is no more quintessential high-school cliché that the shared detention, in no small part because it conjures thoughts of The Breakfast Club, which is the quintessential high-school movie. “Mirror People” is explicitly an homage to that film, although admittedly one that includes a lot more weird s**t, just to keep up appearances.
The detention roster is as follows: Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), of course, Saya (Lana Condor) and Chico (Michel Duval), Petra (Taylor Hickson) and Viktor (Sean Depner), whose relationship is frosty after the previous episode’s shenanigans, and also Jaden (Michael Mitton), a sacrificial Star Trek redshirt extra, blessed with a name. You can probably guess what happens to him, but first we need to get there.
As always, it doesn’t take much. The antagonists of “Mirror People” are members of the Kuroki Syndicate who’re on the trail of Saya, and are keen to break up the happy mess-around fun of our Breakfast Club riff. Those scumbags! It amounts to a fight in which Jaden is predictably killed while a couple of the other characters are injured, and then amounts to another fight which Headmaster Lin (Benedict Wong) gets involved with. I like the action in Deadly Class well enough, but am I the only one who finds it a bit too zoomed-in?
Either way, the Kuroki assassins are temporarily vanquished, which is good for Saya as she seems to be related to them, which doesn’t bode well for the future. But what does bode well for the future is the next item on the high-school cliché docket: A road trip! It turns out Billy’s (Liam James) abusive, gambling-addict father – who sold him to King’s Dominion to clear a debt – has taken his beatings one step too far. The solution? Well, this is Deadly Class, after all, so Marcus and Billy are going to go and kill him.
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