Deadly Class: Season 1, Episode 6 “Stigmata Martyr” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

A mixtape Marcus gives to Maria for their one month anniversary.
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With Chico’s death comes immense pressure on everyone, especially Maria. But, with being in the troughs of love, why worry about the dead?



Network
SyFy
Director(s) Paco Cabezas
Writer(s) Maggie Bandur, Alex Ebel
Air Date 2/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gabrielle Kelcey Mawema
Gao Olivia Cheng

Love Is In The Air: Gabrielle, Willie, Marcus, Maria, Petra, Billy

Gabrielle (Kelcey Mawema) smiling.
Gabrielle (Kelcey Mawema)

After the events of the last episode, relationships become a bit of a big deal. Marcus and Maria have now been dating for a month, Willie meets a girl named Gabrielle at a comic book store – where Marcus now works, and Billy? Well, he is playing hard to get with Petra. Though, if you ask her, he is just being an ass.

Who Should Really Be Running King’s Dominion?: Master Lin, Gao, Brandy

Thus far, we have only known of Master Lin having a father who he inherited King’s Dominion from, and we’re told he had a dead wife and child – which we learn is a lie. What is only recently discovered is that he also has a sister: Gao. You might be familiar with her. She is the rule enforcer and seemingly makes sure King’s Dominion, if not various gangs, cartels, what have you, stay in line. But, similar to Brandy, because she had brothers, she got passed over for the job she perhaps wanted more.

However, unlike Gao, Brandy saw the sexism in her family’s organization and handled it. Not by words, of course, but by taking out those who would impede her succession. All with a few explosions and the Dixie Mafia being left with no other choice.

The Life & Death of Maria & Chico: Chico, Maria, Saya, Marcus, Chester

A picture of Maria's mother and father - non animated.

Maria’s backstory is animated in this episode, and it helps you fully understand why she wanted Chico dead. First and foremost, he is the person who killed her father. Secondly, his family, getting retribution from being stolen from, killed her siblings, set her pregnant mother on fire, and she only survived because Chico thought she was clever. From there, you know the story, she was used as bait, because no one would suspect her, and I think it is safe to assume worse.

All of which likely caused, on contributes to her being bipolar. Which, with Marcus in her life, showing her what a good relationship can be, it leads Maria to go off her meds. In doing so, she begins to feel a roller coaster of emotion Saya isn’t able to manage and no matter how tough it is for her, she recruits Marcus into helping. However, jealousy drives Maria to shoot an arrow at them for she fears losing Marcus. For if it isn’t him getting herself something for their one month anniversary, it’s them not having sex yet. Pushing the idea, because of what she knows about relationships, maybe he doesn’t care.

But, with their time together ending with sex, she may be a little assured now. However, the good times won’t last forever, and Chester is going to make damn sure about that. For with having Chico’s head on ice, and knowing all about Marcus’ life, he plans to expose him. Why? Well, between Marcus getting the fame for burning down the boys home, having a cute girlfriend, all of that? Chester feels like the life he could have had has been stolen. So he wants retribution.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Yukio gets named by one of Maria’s, formerly Chico’s, soldiers for his activities which could, eventually, cause trouble.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who prescribed Maria her medication? Who is her psychiatrist or is she self-medicated? What person out there knows her secrets?

Highlights

Maria

Maria noting she is scared all the time and doesn't want to be scared.

Deadly Class doesn’t seem like the kind of show which would bring you to tears, but I must admit really taking in Maria’s life got me teary-eyed. Breaking it down, up until Marcus entering her life she has known nothing but trauma. Her whole family was killed in front of her – violently. Her father crucified, mother, who was pregnant, set on fire. Then her brothers, perhaps uncles, killed one by one. All by Chico, who shot her dad, and the cartel.

Following that, she lived just because she was bright and because Chico had feelings for her. Can you imagine that? Your family gone, you’re basically kidnapped, and then there is Chico who is the main one keeping you alive. Someone you have to feign feelings for, who technically raped her for any consent she gave likely was out of fear, and even when far from home, she is still a captive.

Which makes her whole relationship with Marcus and her PTSD driven bipolar disorder a real gut punch. We may never know, fully, what she went through, but her mind is forever changed, and unlike Saya, she can’t suppress and move forward. She feels too deeply for that. Making this Marcus relationship what could make you cry tears of joy. For the first time in Maria’s life, she can like and love someone because that is how she feels and not for the sake of survival.

Yet, there comes the tears of sadness for what Chico has made her correlate with expressions of love. Because she thinks her bipolar disorder stemmed from being with Chico, she goes off her drugs and has a manic depressive episode. Due to her relationship with Chico, arguably she deals with her past abuse by being a bit hypersexual and thinking Marcus not being aggressive is a sign he may not love her. And then, because Marcus isn’t the type to stalk and be obsessed with her, just seeing Saya alone with him drives her to want to shoot an arrow at their direction. Perhaps feel unsafe and like they could end at any moment, and that is when the waterworks really turns up.

Low Point

Billy & Petra

After the moment they had at the dance, perhaps you thought they could become your punk/goth OTP. However, Billy is deciding to be trash to allure Petra, and she is so over him at this point. Yet, hopefully, Marcus will eventually call him out on his bullshit.

On The Fence

The Saya Treatment

With Marcus clearly with Maria at this point, there is the question of what will be done with Saya? Clearly, she isn’t trying to participate in a love triangle, and seems willing to sacrifice her feelings so Maria can be happy, but does this mean all we will see is her suffer? Be a good friend to others while she is silent about her pain, loneliness, and desires?

Master Lin’s Secrets

Gao (Olivia Cheng) making herself comfortable at Master Lin's desk.
Gao (Olivia Cheng)

Between his family being alive, and Gao his sister, we get a handful of reveals about Master Lin this episode. However, I feel that the Gao reveal and his storyline got drowned out because of Maria. Here is hoping when the show gives him the spotlight, they can deep dive into his past and the truth.


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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisDirector, Writer, and Introduced ActorsTopics & Focused Characters
Season 1, Episode 9 “Kids of the Black Hole”In the penultimate episode of Deadly Class season 1, choices are made. The kind which kills one person, and there surely will be others.
Director(s) Wayne Yip
Writer(s) Rick Remender, Miles Orion Deldsott
Air Date 3/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
Shu Theresa Wong
  • Preparations to Take Out F*** Face: Petra, Billy, Lex, Saya, Chester
  • Your Lying, Cheating Heart: Saya, Marcus, Maria
  • Loyalty Is Paid For In Blood: Master Lin, Brandy, Viktor, Diablo, Shu, Nahia, Master Gao, Saya, Marcus, Chester
Season 1, Episode 10 “Sink With California”Deadly Class comes to a bloody end with a few unexpected deaths and the family in disarray.
Director(s) Adam Kane
Writer(s) Rick Remender
Air Date 3/20/2019
  • A Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Master Lin, Nahia, Billy, Petra, Lex, Saya, Maria, Chester, Marcus, Diablo
  • So Much For Family: Saya, Maria, Master Lin, Nahia, Master Gao
  • And So It Ends: Maria, Marcus, Diablo, Shandy, Chester, Lex
Season 1, Episode 8 “The Clampdown”Chester seemingly won’t be the only thing Marcus has to worry about. So, with trouble ahead, he tries to heal old wounds amongst his new family.
Director(s) Ami Canaan Mann
Writer(s) Rayna McClendon
Air Date 3/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Juan Juan Grey
Riku Doralynn Mui
  • Trouble Brewing: Shabnam, Master Gao, Master Lin, Brandy, Viktor, Maria, Saya, Juan, Marcus
  • Someone Is Going To Say Something: Master Lin, Master Gao, Maria, Saya, Marcus, Riku
  • The Truth Will Set You Free & Bring Us Closer: Master Lin, Marcus, Diablo, Maria, Saya
Season 1, Episode 7 “Rise Above”Diablo comes around to hasten the investigation, Gao learns Lin’s secret and the end of the boy’s home and the rise of F*** Face is revealed to us.
Director(s) Anthony Leonardi
Writer(s) Dave Anthony

Hilliard Guess

Air Date 2/27/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nahia Viva Lee
Scorpio Slasher French Stewart
Diablo David Zayas
  • You Can’t Have It All: Master Gao, Master Lin, Nahia
  • You Could Be Free: Gabrielle, Willie
  • You Owe Me: Marcus, Chester, Chico, Diablo, Maria
Season 1, Episode 5 “Saudade”They say when drunk you speak the truth, but when high on acid, does that mean you instead see and hear the truth?
Director(s) Adam Kane
Writer(s) Rick Remender
Air Date 2/13/2019
  • Do Drugs Responsibly: Marcus, Saya, Maria, Willie, Billy
  • Bye Bye Daddy: Marcus, Billy, Master Lin, Chester
  • … What Just Happened?: Chico, Maria, Saya, Marcus, Willie, Billy
Season 1, Episode 6 “Stigmata Martyr”With Chico’s death comes immense pressure on everyone, especially Maria. But, with being in the troughs of love, why worry about the dead?
Director(s) Paco Cabezas
Writer(s) Maggie Bandur, Alex Ebel
Air Date 2/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gabrielle Kelcey Mawema
Gao Olivia Cheng
  • Love Is In The Air: Gabrielle, Willie, Marcus, Maria, Petra, Billy
  • Who Should Really Be Running King’s Dominion?: Master Lin, Gao, Brandy
  • The Life & Death of Maria & Chico: Chico, Maria, Saya, Marcus, Chester
Season 1, Episode 4 “Mirror People”Marcus steps up to be there for Saya and Billy, and these alliances will come of great use as Chester gets closer and closer to King’s Dominion.
Director(s) Alexis Ostrander
Writer(s) Miles Orion Feldsott
Air Date 2/6/2019
Introduced This Episode
Yukio Sam Jin Coates
Chester Tom Stevens
Shandy Brian Posehn
  • An Opportunity To Reconcile: Marcus, Chico, Petra, Viktor, Saya, Master Lin
  • There In Your Time Of Need: Master Lin, Saya, Marcus, Maria, Willie, Chico
  • We All Need Friends: Chester, Sandy, Billy, Marcus
Season 1, Episode 3 “Snake Pit”With a legacy dance on the horizon, hazing hits King’s Dominion hard. However, it isn’t as difficult as the decision Master Lin is forced to make.
Director(s) Adam Kane
Writer(s) Krystal Houghton Ziv, Kevin Rodriguez
Air Date 1/30/2019
Introduced This Episode
Viktor Sean Depner
Brandy Siobhan Williams
  • A Complicated Sisterhood: Saya, Chico, Maria
  • The Princess & The Russian: Petra, Brandy, Viktor, Marcus, Billy, Willie, Mr. Denke, Chico
  • It’s Hard To Say Goodbye: Mr. Denke, Master Lin
Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”Deadly Class contains it all. Diversity, violence, teen angst, and not a single character who feels like a waste of screen time.
Creator Russo Brothers
Director(s) Lee Toland Krieger
Writer(s) Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott
Air Date

OnDemand

1/16/2019

12/20/2018

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

Possible Love Triangles

Teen Drama That Includes Violence & Manipulation

Introduced This Episode
Marcus Benjamin Wadsworth
Master Lin Benedict Wong
Saya Lana Condor
Maria María Gabriela de Faría
Chico Michel Duval
Billy Liam James
Willie Luke Tennie
Season 1, Episode 2 “Noise, Noise, Noise”How Willie got his rep is revealed, why Saya is so focused on Marcus, and the show shifts its tone to remind us that there are friendships had in secret.
Director(s) Adam Kane
Writer(s) Rick Remender
Air Date 1/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lex Jack Gillett
Petra Taylor Hickson
Shabnam Isaiah Lehtinen
Rory Ryan Robbins
Mr. Denke Henry Rollins
  • A Friendly Competition Between Girls: Marcus, Chico, Saya, Maria
  • Even A Rat Needs Friends: Marcus, Lex, Petra, Billy, Willie, Shabnam
  • The Insider: Master Lin, Saya, Marcus, Rory

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