Sunday, June 21, 2020

What I’m Watching: Search Party (Season Premiere)

Season three of “Search Party” premieres this Thursday on HBO Max. I’ve had the pleasure of watching all ten episodes in advance of their streaming debut – this review contains spoilers for the selected episode.

Search Party: Season 3, Episode 1 “The Accused Woman” (B)

I didn’t realize quite how long it had been since this show last aired – more than two and a half years. Season one unfurled over the course of one week, season two was one month, and now, in the style of many streaming services, brand-new network HBO Max is dropping all of season three on one day (this coming Thursday). I’m not opposed to that style at the moment since this first episode left something to be desired, jumping right back in and demonstrating how much trouble Dory and Drew are in, both arrested and being interrogated for the crimes they very much did commit. Opening with Dory sporting a shaved head and asking if the audience wanted to know what happened was ominous, and she seemed much more lucid than usual, aside from her occasional terrifying hallucinations. Bashing herself in the face so that she could shout for her medicine and destroy the tape with the confession on it was creative but rather violent, and she was confronted with some gritty photographs during her interrogation. Drew didn’t waste much time in trying to escape to China, but he couldn’t avoid having the flight delayed so that he could be escorted off by law enforcement. Both Elliott and Portia haven’t been implicated in anything yet, at least not officially, but they’re both likely to do themselves in by freaking out to their partners and anyone else who will listen. I’m intrigued and hoping for some more movement in episode two and the rest of the season.

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