'Deadly Class' Season 1: 5 villains on the new Syfy show you simply can't ignore
If you thought it's hard to classify villains in a world full of killers; here are five who will make you rethink your definition
Caught up in a world full of killers, is it difficult to identify villains? Syfy's 'Deadly Class' does not think so. The pilot episode premiered January 16 with raving reviews and its second episode titled 'Noise, Noise, Noise' is slated to air January 23. But we already know who the villains are among the group of assassins, killers, and children of mafia bosses. These are they:
Hardly halfway through the pilot episode, we meet Chico, the leader of the Soto Vatos, the group to which his girlfriend Maria Salazar belongs to. As soon as our bad boy protagonist, Marcus Lopez, enrolls in King's Dominion, he attracts the wrath of Chico, simply because his girlfriend looked interested in him. Maria, who has ties with Mexican Cartels, is interested in Marcus and uses her good looks and popularity to manipulate Marcus to get rid of Chico.
The only problem is that Chico is "top dog" of the school, and Marcus, the newcomer, is a "rat," with no ties to mafia royalty. As a vagrant orphan with a mistaken reputation of a "killer," it is more than obvious that a fight between Chico and Marcus will not be of any delight. As Chico challenges Marcus to a one-on-one, the school bets one of them will surely die and that, of course, would be Marcus. The minor tiff they have at school gets interrupted by the school's headmaster, Master Lin, and thank god for that.
Just because Chico does not like Marcus, does not qualify him to be a villain. But here's the thing, he is extremely abusive to Maria and threatens her in ways that make us gasp. Not to give away spoilers, but comic fans know the kind of villain Chico is, after all, it is Marcus's first real antagonist. And there are more to follow.
Coming across as a major bully slash jerk, Viktor happens to be the son of Stalin’s most infamous assassin. Mostly a lone wolf enrolled in the school to earn his father's respect, Viktor's problems aren't just focused on Marcus, he has a problem with all the "rats," the first-generation killers who rank bottom in the social hierarchy of killers, especially in King's Dominion.
In the comics, Viktor is a major antagonist for a good portion of the series as he actively works in opposition to the protagonists in order to further his academic pursuits at school, because, as mentioned earlier, he is there to earn his father's respect.
However, as mentioned earlier, and just like in Chico's case, just because Viktor does not like Marcus, does not qualify him to be a villain. But he is when he tries his best to toy with the "rats," especially Petra, the goth girl.
Let me rephrase myself when I mentioned Chico is the first villain Marcus encounters. It is actually Rory and the reason he does not instantly pop to mind is because Rory is dead. He is not only Marcus's first antagonist but also his first real kill. After attending King's Dominion, Marcus believes Rory is the homeless murderer who "deserves to die."
Entrusting the task to Willie Lewis, the "tough guy" and a member of the Final World Order, Marcus is ready to have Rory killed. Except, a last-minute change comes as Willie reveals he is a pacifist and Marcus himself has to kill Rory.
Rory was a villain who openly killed other homeless people to have a monopoly on the streets. He even snatched Marcus' family photograph, the only thing he had left of his dead parents. Rory was so typical a villain, when he died, Marcus was made to attend his funeral and his eulogy for Rory was another kind of murder, entirely, which made Rory's daughter spit on him.
Chester ‘F**kface’ Wilson
We meet this ultimate villain towards the end of the pilot episode where he is seen performing beastiality. As he turns around, we see his scarred face, and that, we understand, is because of Marcus' history. Wilson was in the same boys home as Marcus was before he took to the streets of San Francisco. The home was set on fire, which many believed, was Marcus' doing.
Wilson thirsts for revenge and carries Marcus' picture to track him down. Described as a villain "built like a linebacker with a distinct face, he is vile and volatile, and ready to take down anyone in his path to vengeance.”
Marcus, being the protagonist, wants to kill the then president of the country, Ronald Reagan. The latter, hence, would qualify as a villain in Marcus' view. After all, it was his idea to cut off funds from the mental health facilities, which resulted in the death of Marcus' parents, as a schizophrenic woman named Barbara Salinger, decided to jump off from the Golden Gate bridge and landed on Marcus' parents.
Criticisms of Reagan's administration include the handling of the AIDS crisis, the massive wealth gap in the wake of Reaganomics, increased homelessness and cutting funds from mental health services. In the comics, he is portrayed a villain as it was published by Image Comics, which unlike Marvel or DC, isn't conservative or neutral in its depictions of various presidents. However, it's still debatable if he qualifies to be on this list.