'Deadly Class' Season 1: From 1980s pop culture to Lana Condor wielding a sword; here are 5 things to expect

Syfy's latest teen mob series is slated to debut on January 16. Here's the lowdown on what to expect from the comic-book-turned TV series action thriller


                            'Deadly Class' Season 1: From 1980s pop culture to Lana Condor wielding a sword; here are 5 things to expect

It's the first month of 2019 and time to get back to school, only this time the curriculum includes mastering the art of killing.

King's Dominion in 'Deadly Class' is one such school, where Marco Lopez Arguello (Benjamin Wadsworth) gets enrolled after being accused of a murder that he did not commit. "The school trains killers to master the deadly arts," says the school's headmaster, Master Lin (Benedict Wong), as the trailer opens. "It's dedicated to the self-liberation of oppressed people... people like you," he tells Marcus, as he gears up for what's to come — it's everything that the school does not allow "no disobedience, no drugs, and no sex." 

While Marcus is in for the unexpected, so are we. Here are five things to know about the show before it premieres on January 16.

1. You won't be the one to see it first

Syfy released the entire premiere episode almost a month ahead of its debut, so fans have already watched the pilot episode on Syfy's site as well as on YouTube. The countdown has already started for those who heard it was "really good" from those who watched it first. Since the show already aired, the first episode will be available commercial-free via Syfy On Demand, online at Syfy.com, and the Syfy and USA app.  

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2. What the show will be about?

'Deadly Class' follows a group of students at King's Dominion, a high school dedicated to master the art of killing and training the world's gangsters, mob bosses, and assassins. It is, in fact, a school for the children of the deadliest people in the world, including criminal kingpins, CIA and FBI agents. Marco Lopez Arguello, is the protagonist, who joins the new school, finds himself in a world where he has to learn how to survive by himself.

The show is set in the world of San Francisco circa 1987 and features a plethora of pop culture references from the killer '80s-inspired soundtrack to President Ronald Reagan's America. Based on the graphic comic book series of the same name, 'Deadly Class' is said to be the author's Rick Remender’s "love letter to the lost generation", as he believes that no one has told the story of growing up as a teenager in the Reagan era.

Two trailers of the show have already been released.

3. Who stars in the show?

(L-R) Maria Gabriela de Faria, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Liam James and Luke Tennie arrive at SYFY's new series 'Deadly Class' premiere screening at The Roxy Theatre on January 03, 2019, in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
(L-R) Maria Gabriela de Faria, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Liam James and Luke Tennie arrive at SYFY's new series 'Deadly Class' premiere screening at The Roxy Theatre on January 03, 2019, in West Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Benjamin Wadsworth stars as Marcus Lopez Arguello, a homeless teenager with a dark past.

Lana Condor as Saya Kuroki, a trained assassin. 

Maria Gabriela de Faria as Maria Salazar, a member of a prominent crime family.

Luke Tennie as Willie Lewis, a son of a famous gangster. 

Liam James as Billy, who becomes friends with Marcus.

Michel Duval as Chico, the leader of the Soto Vatos and in charge of one of the biggest crime families. 

Benedict Wong as Master Lin, the headmaster of King's Dominion.

4. Comic fans will not be disappointed

Here's why. The series is being co-run by Rick Remender himself along with Miles Orion Feldsott. There is no way the show can sway from the graphic comics, it is only going to expand. Added to this, the show is adapted by famous names like Anthony and Joseph Russo, the two brothers renowned for the comic book adaptations in Hollywood such as 'Avengers: Endgame.'

5.  Expect real historical references and figures

Yugoslav Nationalist Gavrilo Princip (1894 - 1918) as a teenager with his father Petar, circa 1907. In 1914 he assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, precipitating a chain of events which led to World War I. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Yugoslav Nationalist Gavrilo Princip (1894 - 1918) as a teenager with his father Petar, circa 1907. In 1914 he assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, precipitating a chain of events which led to World War I. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The pilot episode focused on Master Lin recounting the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb who pulled the trigger on both the Archduke and his wife, Sophie. This narration laid the premise of the series, Marcus' own deadly ambitions and the possible consequences of them as he plans to kill the Gipper, Reagen's most famous movie character based on a Notre Dame football player, George Gipp. The show also heavily focuses on the government-funded mental health care facilities of the '80s.