S3: Continues to be warmingly observational and comedic, with people at its core
This show is unlikely to fill the gap soon to be left by Game of Thrones in HBO's income column, but I love that they make it and that it came from a short webseries on Vimeo. Probably this latter fact is one of the reasons I enjoy it, as it does feel like something I've watched grow. While I often mention that in a show-off way, I mention it now just to be clear that I am probably not open to its weaknesses. Certainly as a show it is not one that throws the doors open to casual viewers, and this season opening with an old naked man boiling water in a saucepan in a dirty home is unlikely to change that. It continues this with an oddity of characters and lifestyles, some of which will seem 'normal', others different, others weird - depends on who you are I guess (and I'm a 40-something white straight man, so I'm not exactly target for this stuff).
The third season may have its oddity, and it frequent views of male nudity, but I think it does a decent job this season of not being about the quirks, or the shock value of the people or alternative lifestyles. There are plenty of glimpses of lives here, mostly through a comedic lens, but there are enough that seem to have more heart behind them. I would have liked more full episodes though, the vast majority had two sections and often 10-15 minutes is not enough to get a lot from the characters. There are the usual nice overlaps with previous seasons/characters, but I did want that next step here and there, to make more of an impact.
The cast continue to do well in all they are asked to do - and Sinclair as one of the creators means his performance gets the tone right in terms of bemusement, acceptance, and reflection. Technically the show looks great, and the benefits of a HBO budget shows, although it retains what it always was, just now with a bit more polish to it.
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