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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 16, 2019
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  • Summary: Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) was living in the streets when he is selected to attend Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where crime families from around the world send their children to learn to become assassins in this Russo Brothers executive produced-series based on the Image ComicsMarcus (Benjamin Wadsworth) was living in the streets when he is selected to attend Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where crime families from around the world send their children to learn to become assassins in this Russo Brothers executive produced-series based on the Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Megan Vick
    Jan 16, 2019
    85
    You'll like Deadly Class from the beginning, but it takes a beat for you to actually fall in love. There is one exception to that statement. Lana Condor, who became an internet sensation last summer as Lara-Jean Covey in Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, is an immediate stand-out from this remarkable cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Terrones
    Jan 14, 2019
    83
    Deadly Class takes a beloved genre and offers a new take. With touches of humor, layered characters and creativity to spare, this is a series that resonates.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 17, 2019
    75
    There’s certainly a spark from time to time. But for now, Deadly Class is failing to live up to its potential. It’s messy and hollow.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 15, 2019
    60
    Deadly Class doesn't make much sustained sense, either as practical reality or pointed satire. (It is, in any case, no way to run a school.) But it has rude energy (and many bad words) and a certain conviction, and possibly what seem like bugs in its system will prove to be features instead; the creators do not seem unaware of internal inconsistencies in their creation. And many viewers won’t see a problem.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 16, 2019
    50
    The pilot, which also introduces the animated flashback sequences that represent easily the series' best element, presents enough potential plot avenues and appropriately satirized '80s targets to offer hope that Deadly Class would turn out to be more than a bloody high-school goof with the profundity of a freshman's depressive diary scribblings. It mostly does not, though I wholly expect that to be more than enough for some viewers.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jan 14, 2019
    50
    It’s a frustrating run of intoxicating highs and off-putting lows, at least in the early going. ... As it stands, uncertainly, at the starting gate, it’s poised somewhere between pass and fail.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jan 16, 2019
    33
    The series repeatedly asks its audience to rationalize murder. It weighs the value of human life in summary judgments doled out by anyone willing to act. Episodes reframe those decisions, but without definitive emphasis. At best, it’s a murky portrait of extreme ideas. At worst, it’s irresponsible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 14, 2019
    10
    Do not listen to the critics! This show is a breath of fresh air, in a time of the same old drama teen angst trash getting critical acclaim.Do not listen to the critics! This show is a breath of fresh air, in a time of the same old drama teen angst trash getting critical acclaim. Music, mood, and characters truly encapsulate the vibe of antiestablishment teens of the 80s. Don't sleep on this show, and please do not let it get canceled because of these mindless spineless critics, who spoon feed the public what they are told! Enjoy, you won't regret it! Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Great Show-will be a classic. Rick Remender is the best story teller from comics and now TV I can't wait to see the next episode
  3. Feb 13, 2019
    9
    It's awesome! The music, the scenography, acting, dialogues, problems that the show touches - it's all perfect. Technically (but justIt's awesome! The music, the scenography, acting, dialogues, problems that the show touches - it's all perfect. Technically (but just technically), I can't watch it though, because I live outside of UK/USA or whatever. Would love to see this on Netflix! Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2019
    2
    I think there were some good elements, but for the life of me I can't remember any. (Oh, wait, Henry Rollins FTW.)

    I spent the episode
    I think there were some good elements, but for the life of me I can't remember any. (Oh, wait, Henry Rollins FTW.)

    I spent the episode alternately tense that they might kill off any given character, and then disappointed when they didn't because I realized I hated every single one of them and I want them all to die.
    It is hard to decide if the young actors are incompetent or the terrible dialog is just impossible to deliver well. I suppose it could be both.

    Stylistically it feels like a cross between a rip-off of Fight Club, The Warriors, and a roll in a dumpster. It's not a badly done period show so much as tired and dated. The biggest problem is the original comic is firmly rooted in the 80s and there is no way to update it without gutting it. Yet a good gutting is what is needed. I would have started with the narration which reaches David Lynch Dune levels of awful.

    I will now bleach my eyeballs and take a shower.
    To be fair about it, I'll still watch one more. Syfy has a proud tradition in recent years of soft rebooting new series between the pilot and episode two.
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