REVIEW: ‘DEADLY CLASS’ Pilot Packs No New Punches


“Male fantasy mainstream melodrama bullshit” - Marcus

The pilot for Deadly Class dropped on YouTube ahead of the regular series premiere. The series is based on the comic book of the same name, created by Rick Remender. The series promises to be full of angsty teenagers, studying the Deadly Arts and practicing them on each other. Unfortunately, the Deadly Class pilot doesn’t stray from the teenage drama status quo.

The set-up for Deadly Class is like a twisted, Reagan-era Harry Potter. Homeless teenager Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) gets recruited by King’s Dominion High School. King’s Dominion trains the next generation of killers, under the tutelage of Master Lin (Benedict Wong). The pilot focuses on Marcus’ struggle to find allies in the hyper-violent high school. It’s a very familiar origin story, and the Deadly Class pilot doesn’t stray far from the formula.

The set-up for the series is pretty basic. A teenage boy enters a new world, but he quickly rises to the top. After only a couple of days, Marcus shows up the school bully, gets into a love triangle, and somehow factors into Master Lin’s secret master plan. The dark assassin twist is an interesting new take, but it doesn’t spruce up the plot that much. The core story in the Deadly Class pilot is still very well-trod territory. The blood-red coat of paint doesn’t add enough to the high school story tropes.

There’s some good acting & directing in Deadly Class, to be sure. The series definitely has a unique style. However, the pilot doesn’t give many of the actors a real chance to shine. There’s also a shockingly low amount of action in the pilot. For a series focused on teenage killers, there are very few exciting fight scenes. Because the pilot has to introduce everyone, it makes sense that there’d be little time for action. But the series is called Deadly Class. There’s little to suggest these kids are all that deadly.

Deadly Class
Lana Condor, María Gabriela de Faría, Benedict Wong, and Benjamin Wadsworth

That said, it’s just a pilot. There’s so much work a pilot needs to do for setting up a show. It makes sense that Deadly Class won’t get into all the action right away. What makes this pilot disappointing is how unoriginal that set-up is. The pilot doesn’t promise enough of an edge to keep watching. It’s entirely possible that the rest of the seasons will blow expectations away. However, it’s probably only the diehard Deadly Class comic book fans that will stick around.


Niko Gutiérrez-Kovner | The Latinx List • All Accents Welcome

Niko Gutiérrez-Kovner sits down with his parents for a conversation about Latin Heritage Month and representation in TV and film. ABOUT THE LATINX LIST The Black List has teamed with Hulu for the 2020 Latinx List, which focuses one-hour and half-hour original pilots written by at least one Latinx writer and featuring a Latinx or…

Downloads • This is How U Hulu with Brad Hall

Watch Brad Hall use Downloads on the Hulu mobile app to boldly go beyond the warm embrace of Wi-Fi. Hulu (No Ads) plan required; select content available for download SUBSCRIBE TO HULU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click the link to subscribe to our channel for the latest shows & updates: START YOUR FREE TRIAL FOLLOW…

The Ride | FX on Hulu

Award-winning. Fearless. Included in every Hulu subscription. Stream your favorite FX series and more on #FXonHulu. Subscribe now for more FX clips: Select new FX Originals, exclusively on Hulu including Devs, Mrs. America, A Teacher and The Old Man. New Seasons of the most current and new FX original series will premiere on Hulu…

Batman’s Most Iconic Batmobiles | HBO Max

When you have money like Batman, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t have one of the coolest cars around. Take a look at the evolution of the Batmobile through the years. Subscribe: Be the first to know more: HBO Max: Like HBO Max on Facebook: Follow HBO Max on Twitter: Follow…

RBG – Full Documentary (Official) • Hulu

Hero. Icon. Dissenter. #RBG, a documentary from CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures, celebrates the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #ThankYouRuth To learn more about cases the Supreme Court has heard, check out these additional documentaries on Hulu: The Fight: Loving: Hail Satan?: Slay the Dragon: ABOUT RBG At…

Drag Queens Trixie Mattel & Katya React to The Babysitter: Killer Queen | I Like to Watch | Netflix

Drag queens Trixie Mattel and Katya react to scenes from the Netflix film 'The Babysitter: Killer Queen', in this episode of "I Like to Watch". Watch The Babysitter: Killer Queen, Only on Netflix: SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries…

New on Netflix | October 2020

Here's what's coming to Netflix in October! Halloween - 0:12 Drama - 2:40 Comedy - 4:21 Nonfiction - 6:08 Family - 7:17 SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of…

‘The Prince’ Ep. 4 Preview | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

After Monet’s agreed to do business with him, Tariq initiates his play to control the drug market on campus, while insulating his and Monet’s involvement. Don’t miss an all-new episode of #PowerGhost this Sunday on #STARZ. #PowerGhost #PowerBook2 #PowerNeverEnds #STARZ Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more Power: Get your special offer of…
Jon Barr
Jon Barr is a writer, actor, and TV phanatic. Yeah, like the Philly Phanatic. Because Jon's from Philadelphia. Well, he lives in L.A. now, but, he WAS- you get it.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here