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Review of "Deadly Class" 3/17/18 by Suzanne
airs Wednesdays, 10/9c on Syfy

I meant to review this show back in January, but I fell behind in my reviews. I got the opportunity to interview someone from the show, so I binge-watched it this weekend. I really enjoyed it. I'll admit that sometimes it's a little violent for me, but it's comic book violence, and not as bad as some of the Marvel shows on Netflix.

The characters are really great. Everyone is damaged in some way, and you don't really know who is good or bad. Some are better or worse than others. The "hero" is Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), who has suffered a lot of loss. We see him in the first episode when he almost kills himself, but he's "rescued" by these people from this assassin's academy, King's Dominion.

Based on a comic book, the show centers on the students in the academy as well as their backgrounds, plus we also learn about the headmaster Lin (Benedict Wong, "Doctor Strange"), his sister, his family, and some of the other teachers there.  As Marcus becomes involved with the other students, events spiral out of control, and he's also hunted by a former bully from his boy's home (which he was accused of burning down).

There are a lot of layers, and way too much to get into here, but the show doesn't disappoint. It has humor, angst, and lots of action. Everyone here is, as Willie would say, "Frontin'"  Nobody will admit who they really are.

Set in the 1980's, the show does a great job of taking the comic book and expanding it. Whenever a character talks about their history, we see it acted out in mostly-black-and-white cartoon form. The people who created and wrote this show, also created the comic book (although they did have help).

I only have two more episodes left to watch, and I know they'll live up to my expectations. Syfy is showing a marthon of all the episodes Wednesday morning, so you can catch up there or On Demand. Wednesday night is the final episode. They're also live-tweeting with the actors during that last episode.  Don't miss it!  They haven't yet renewed the show for a second season. I hope they do renew it because it's very good.

Check out my interview with Tom Stevens (who plays Chester "Fuckface" Wilson).  He was a real hoot!

MORE INFORMATION:

 Announced today during DEADLY CLASS' New York Comic Con panel, SYFY's upcoming series will premiere on Wednesday, January 16 at 10/9c. Set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, DEADLY CLASS follows the story of Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), a teen living on the streets who is recruited into Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where the world's top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital. Based on the best-selling 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, DEADLY CLASS is a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Benedict Wong as Master Lin
· Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus
· Henry Rollins as Jürgen Denke
· Jack Gillett as Viktor
· Lana Condor as Saya
· Liam James as Billy
· Luke Tennie as Willie
· Maria Gabriela de Faria as Maria
· Michel Duval as Chico
· Ryan Robbins as Rory
· Sean Depner as Lex
· Siobhan Williams as Brandy
· Taylor Hickson as Petra
· Tom Stevens as Chester

CREW INFORMATION:
· Adam Targum as EP (Pilot)
· Anthony Russo as EP
· Joe Russo as EP
· Lee Toland Krieger as EP/DIR (Pilot)
· Mick Betancourt as EP (Series)
· Mike Larocca as EP
· Miles Feldsott as CRTR/EP
· Rick Remender as BOOK/CRTR/EP
· Wes Craig as BOOK

GENRE(S):
· based on a comic book
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Chipmunk Hill
· Russo Brothers Productions
· Sony Pictures Television
· Universal Cable Productions


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