Deadly Class season 1, episode 4 recap: Mirror People


Deadly Class heads to detention in this week’s episode.

What’s a better way to get a group of teenagers into a room than to send them to detention? Deadly Class pays homage to The Breakfast Club in “Mirror People” except with a lot more murder. While the hour could have been just a filler episode meant to flesh out the cliques at school, it winds up being one of the strongest yet. We get to know Petra’s, Billy’s, and Saya’s pasts when outside threats come after the people they care about.


After the antics from last week, Petra, Marcus, Victor, Saya, Chico, and Boyd are all in hot water. “Mirror People” assembles the teens in a library where Master Lin admonishes his students for their sloppy behavior. Of course, all of the kids don’t believe they’ve done anything wrong. Petra got vengeance on a Nazi who deserved it, Victor took part in a cruel joke, and Chico thinks it’s hypocritical he’s in trouble but Willie isn’t. Marcus and Saya don’t bother speaking up because the former knows he did take part in the Legacy Ball attack.

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: (l-r) Lana Condor as Saya, Taylor Hickson as Petra, Michel Duval as Chico, Benedict Wong as Master Lin, Michael Mitton as Jaden, Sean Depner as Viktor, Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Lin confiscates all of their weapons, including Saya’s beloved katana, before locking them in the library for two days. Within hours, the kids become restless about being trapped. Marcus doesn’t actually seem to care though since he can spend this time sketching and doing a psychological breakdown on his fellow students. He believes Chico has become so unbearable because of the way he’s been raised. Chico disagrees and Saya thinks any messed up traits they possess they’re actually born with.

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Realizing they only have a couple bags of chips to last two days, everyone begins to worry about food. Luckily, Petra has the perfect plan. She knows there’s a secret room where Lin leaves all of his confiscated items. While the rest of the group want to go for food, Saya is only interested in finding her katana. Marcus gleefully picks the lock on the library door to impress her but she finally tells him the truth. Marcus is her pledge which means everything he does reflect upon her.

The Heist

Shockingly Deadly Class makes it pretty easy for the group to make their way to the forbidden room. No monks see them and Marcus easily picks the lock to let them in. Inside is a room full of every student’s dream. The place houses plenty of explosives which Victor happily goes through. Petra uses her talents to create some junk food experiments which blow Boyd’s mind while Marcus and Chico actually spar with foam sticks. Saya is the only one who’s unhappy because her katana isn’t in the room.

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: Lana Condor as Saya — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Marcus isn’t about to let her be a sad sack while everyone else has fun. He finds a dirt bike and the group assembles their own mini Evel Knievel get up for her. Chico bets a hundred dollars that she won’t make it over the jump, but she clears it easily. Marcus is up a hundred bucks and Saya is actually beginning to enjoy herself.

Unfortunately, their fun is cut short when two people from the Kuroki Syndicate drop by. They have killed the security upstairs and the monks in order to get to the kids. Not only that, one of them possesses Saya’s katana. The kids don’t stand a chance and chaos ensue. Petra gets stabbed in the back, Boyd loses his hand, and Victor gets sliced across his abdomen. Saya is able to get all of the kids out of the room just in time.

However, to ensure their safety Chico tosses Boyd to the Kuroki assassins where they promptly murder him. Marcus is furious but Chico points out they don’t have any medical assistance. How was Boyd going to survive with a missing hand? While it might not have been the most empathetic or compassionate thing to do, it may have saved everyone else’s lives. They’re not out of the woods though, with Petra and Victor quickly beginning to succumb to their wounds.

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: (l-r) — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

The Escape

Saya reveals the true reason the Kuroki has sent assassins to the school. They want to drag her home to her brother and don’t care about the bodies left behind to do so. Chico doesn’t care and would prefer if Saya just surrendered herself. Marcus refuses to stand by and allow this, no matter how he feels about her, he knows they’ll kill everyone else just to leave no witnesses.

Naturally, Chico couldn’t care less and he finds a vent to escape through. When Saya and Marcus try to follow, he locks the gate behind so they’re trapped in an empty room. Saya thinks she should turn herself in and give Marcus the chance to find help. However, he’s still not planning on leaving her behind. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much of a choice when the assassins sneak up on him. He’s hit across the head while Saya loses consciousness.

Thankfully, Master Lin returns just in the nick of time. Deadly Class gives us a bit of insight about his home life where we learn he has a wife who escaped from King’s Dominion. He’s upset about Jurgen’s departure and worries about what will happen when his boss’ discover what happened. He has more pressing concerns when he returns to the school to find his monks slaughtered and the Kuroki trying to kidnap Saya. Slowly drawing his weapon, he engages in a fight with one assassin while Marcus attacks the other.

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: Benedict Wong as Master Lin — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Deadly Class does a great job showcasing the different fighting styles between Saya and Marcus. She’s been trained her whole life for this and it shows throughout these scenes. Meanwhile, Marcus is tossing plates and anything he can get his hands on to try and gain an advantage. Eventually, he’s able to grab onto an assassin while Saya plunges her katana through his heart. She breaks down immediately over her cousin’s death but quickly recomposes herself before anyone can notice.

Petra & Billy

We get two new backstories in this week’s Deadly Class and they’re equally heartbreaking. As Petra lay dying in the library, she tells Victor the truth about her childhood. Her father was a religious nut who eventually proclaimed himself the new Messiah. He lived in a sex den where he slept with women whenever he wanted. Meanwhile, her mother began to become more reclusive and young Petra couldn’t understand what had happened.

On her birthday she checked the fridge for a birthday cake but found a mason jar containing her mother’s eyes. Her father forces her to look at the eyes and Taylor Hickson delivers one of the most moving performances yet on the series.

"Once you see a soul leave, you no longer fear death."

It’s the mantra she’s lived by since that moment but we can tell she’s afraid to die. She needs Victor to stay awake so neither one dies alone. While he was a complete jerk to her in the last episode, we’ll be shocked if he isn’t a little more empathetic now. Who wouldn’t understand her pain after learning about her past?

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: (l-r) Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus, Liam James as Billy — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

Billy isn’t in detention or school after he receives a phone call from his younger brother. He hurries home where his mom is making mac n’ cheese with mayonnaise. Billy is furious because he thinks his dad has lost it again. Turns out he’s right, his old man is an abusive piece of work who couldn’t care less about either of his kids.

When Marcus returns back to school, he heads to Billy’s room where he finds his friend bruised and bloodied. Turns out, Billy’s dad proceeded to beat him after he tried to go back to school. Like Taylor Hickson, Liam James gives an equally moving performance of a boy trapped within an abusive family. He didn’t have the heart to hit his father despite receiving a beating. However, he’s worried his mother and brother won’t be able to survive his abusive antics. Deadly Class reveals Billy is actually being trained at the school to join a gang who his dad owes money to.

Unlikely Alliance

Maria and Willie don’t get much to do in “Mirror People” but take the time to form an alliance of sorts. With Chico in detention, she asks for Willie to get her a passport so she can finally escape. He’s able to pull through and hides it within one of Marcus’ favorite comics to hand to her. Unfortunately, Chico does get away early and she doesn’t have the chance to get away. At least she’s able to pocket the passport before he notices so there’s a chance she escapes him at some point this season.

DEADLY CLASS — “MIrror People” Episode 103 — Pictured: Tom Stevens as Chester ‘Fuckface’ Wilson — (Photo by: Katie Yu/SYFY)

The other weird alliance is Marcus’ old roommate and the middle-aged party guy from earlier this season. The latter opens the door to find his “brother” whose face is half burned off. By the end of the episode, it seems like the two have taken up residence at Shabnam’s parents’ house. It seems like he’s closer than ever to finding Marcus and King’s Dominion.

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“Mirror People” ends with Billy asking Marcus to accompany him on a trip to Las Vegas. He needs help killing his father and wants his friends to join. Based on the promos, it looks like Saya, Willie, and Maria will also be tagging along. A bunch of killers-in-training heading to Vegas, what could go wrong?

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