Wednesday, October 7, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Third Day

The Third Day: Season 1, Episode 4 “Monday – The Mother” (B-)

I didn’t leave the first three installments of this show feeling too good about it, and I was still somewhat intrigued by the live “theatrical event” that serves as the bridge between the first half and second half. I don’t know that I was fully aware that it was a twelve-hour experience on Facebook, and I had little to no desire to check it out after I realized that. I’m not entirely sure why I’m still watching because of how off-putting I ultimately found this show’s first part, but I figured that I’m close enough to the end that I may as well continue with it. Like Jude Law, Naomie Harris is a strong performer, one who earned an Oscar nomination for “Moonlight” and even did her best to save one of the worst movies I saw last year, “Black and Blue.” Compared with the first episode, this one was particularly slow-moving and less engaging. It was disconcerting to see Larry chatting up Ellie, friendly until Helen got out of the car and shouted at him not to chat up young girls, an insinuation he did not receive positively. It should have been eerie enough that no one wanted them to stay there and that their car just disappeared, and then we saw Mrs. Martin take pity on them and let them stay even though Mr. Martin wasn’t keen on the idea. Though this was billed as a separate story, that last scene showed that Sam was indeed husband and father to this family, which should make their eventual reunion an impactful and complicating affair.

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