Deadly Class: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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Deadly Class contains it all. Diversity, violence, teen angst, and not a single character who feels like a waste of screen time.

CreatorRusso Brothers
Director(s)Lee Toland Krieger
Writer(s)Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott
Air Date




Genre(s)Action, Drama
Good If You LikeTeenagers Behaving Badly

Possible Love Triangles

Teen Drama That Includes Violence & Manipulation

Introduced This Episode
MarcusBenjamin Wadsworth
Master LinBenedict Wong
SayaLana Condor
MariaMaría Gabriela de Faría
ChicoMichel Duval
BillyLiam James
WillieLuke Tennie

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The Introduction

Marcus has had quite the rough life. His parents died when he was 9, partly because of Ronald Reagan, the home he got sent to tortured him and may have done some things beyond that. Also, for quite some time, he has been homeless. How? Well, reportedly he burned down the Sunset Boys Home. Thus, he ends up on the radar of the King’s Dominion. A school ran by Master Lin that trains killers who are either from legendary gangs, like the Cartel, Yakuza, big names like that, or nobodies like Marcus.

Now, as for how long you are in that school and things of that nature? Well, that’s hard to say. All that is clear is Marcus, being the new boy, has already gained quite a lot of attention. There is Saya, the daughter of a Yakuza family who may or may not have an interest in Marcus – unless he is simply part of an assignment. There is also Maria, a member of a cartel gang who, like Saya, may or may not have an interest in Marcus. Well, she definitely has an interest in him when it comes to maybe killing Chico but as for romantically? Marcus is called a rat, his rank since he isn’t a “legacy,” so maybe he is just a new pet for now?

And while there are many others like Billy, who is also a rat, and one of Marcus’ first friends, alongside Willie, who was sent to King’s Dominion by his O.G. mom, we don’t know a huge amount about them yet. However, all signs point towards us not only wanting to learn more but craving to.

Collected Quote(s) or .Gifs

Happiness is just the absence of pain.
— Marcus


Marcus Doesn’t Get Lost In The Mix

Marcus' (Benjamin Wadsworth) face.
Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth)

A lot of times, in show’s like this, the lead of the show is the least interesting. Often, they just seem like our gateway to an intricate world. One filled with characters who have an unexplainable interest in them – especially those of the opposite sex. That isn’t the case here. Between the strange way Marcus’ parents died, him talking about assassinating Ronald Reagan, picking fights with people like Chico and the boost the ladies of King’s Dominion give him, you’ll definitely want to see what the young sir may do next. Specifically, if he may find a way to be able to sleuth between the various sects in King’s Dominion by earning their respect.

The Ladies of King’s Dominion

Let’s face it, over the last couple of years men have become increasingly dull and the women of any show you can name have become the driving force. For Deadly Class it is Maria and Saya. Two characters who, yes, seem like potential love interest for Marcus, but it might not be out of love. With the way Saya talks to Master Lin, it seems she is on assignment when it comes to Marcus. Now, whether that assignment is learning the art of manipulation, networking, training someone, being a spy, or she has a genuine interest in him? Well, who knows?

Same goes with Maria, though her story does have a connection to Marcus, she too has her own problems. If it isn’t Chicho who wants to treat her like property, it is this assumed truce that barely maintains the peaceful balance in King’s Dominion. Something which she may very well be for destroying, since she wants Chico to die, and might be, like Saya, trying to use Marcus so that she doesn’t have to get her hands dirty. Thus presenting the idea that each character is the main character of their story. It’s just we so happen to be following Marcus around primarily.


Willie (Luke Tennie) looking over his shoulder.
Willie (Luke Tennie)

It’s hard to not have a soft spot for a Black kid who is supposed to be this hard ass thug but is a self-proclaimed pacifist. There is something funny yet also sweet about it. Also, depending on how this show handles Willie’s culture, it should be interesting to see him tow the line between putting up appearances and being honest with himself. Especially if we ever get to meet his momma and see her go face to face with Master Lin over her boy not becoming hardcore.

The Inability To Decide If Someone Is Friend, Foe, Or A Manipulator

One of the big time selling points of this show is that you can’t really tell who is Marcus’ friend, and who is either an enemy or someone manipulating him. Take Willie, for example. Willie and Marcus kill someone together but it is Marcus who gets his hands dirty. Who is to say Willie wasn’t using him to do his dirty work so all he had to do is help get rid of the body? I mean, isn’t that what Maria wanted? A boy, dumb like Marcus, with nothing to lose, trying to gain it all in one day? Who better to take advantage of?

Hell, as noted with Saya – considering Master Lin and her have a strong relationship, who is to say he isn’t grooming her to bring the best, if not worse, out of people? Maybe students get personal tasks to improve and for some reason, Master Lin picked Marcus for her target? This inability to say whether someone is simply looking out for themselves, or there are true alliances, is what is going to make the drama of this show vastly interesting.

First Impression: Positive (Watch This)

King's Dominion school crest.

This is the type of show which makes you want to read the comic so you can think you know what is coming. Well, until the writers change something and then you are up in arms. Which is all to say, patiently waiting week after week might be quite hard. For while no lead character dies this episode, there is the slightest vibe this might be the kind of show which may kill one or two every two to three seasons. Maybe for shock value, or there might actually be a proper build to it. It’s hard to say. All that is for sure is this pilot brings about the idea of a lot of potential and we can only hope season 1 meets it.

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