‘Black Summer’ Episode 3 – “Summer School” | Netflix TV Recap

April 11, 2019
Daniel Hart 10
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Black Summer Episode 3 Recap - Summer School


Episode 3, “Summer School”, plays on the innocence of children, in a slightly disturbing but otherwise lackluster chapter.

This recap of Black Summer Episode 3, “Summer School” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Episode 3, “Summer School”, follows the route of Rose (Jaime King), Spears, Ryan and Lance; again like the previous episodes, Black Summer, so far, has offered no story progression to truly grasp at, apart from survival, which is typical for the zombie genre. “Summer School” is slightly more interesting because the survivors believe they have found refuge, only to unearth the most disturbing situation.

It all starts when they find an abandoned school, and Spears points out that it’s way too big. He’s right, the last thing you need in a situation like an apocalypse is a building with the lack of resources to manage it. Still, the characters decide to stay the night.

The next morning, they hear footsteps, prompting Rose to wake up Ryan. Eventually, they see a child in the distance, who keeps on running away from them. It was dumbfoundingly apparent that the entire set up was a trap. The children were making distant noises to distract the characters. Ryan ends up taken hostage by the children.

After many scenes where Rose and Spears appear to be unable to deal with their environment, they end up in a face-off with the children. Spears, in a moment of high emotions, starts suggesting he is going to shoot them, but Rose sees the wrongs of killing a kid and manages to calm him down. They make a deal, but Ryan misunderstands the logistics of the agreement and is shot dead by one of the kids, and quickly turns into a zombie.

After evading danger from zombie Ryan, the group manages to escape the school. “Summer School” was a fast-paced chapter, but the use of splitting up the episode with sub-title screens makes me wonder if the creators of Black Summer think they are smarter than they are. Black Summer is hardly groundbreaking drama up until this point.

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10 thoughts on “‘Black Summer’ Episode 3 – “Summer School” | Netflix TV Recap

  • April 11, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    This show should be a -1. The protagonist are MORONS. Netflix will go down the drain when Disney, Warner, and Comcast/NBC/Universal pull their media for their own services.

  • April 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Adrian you are a bit of a miserable person. Do you think running a highly scalable cloud solution is easy? Disney has their own channel but I do not see us leaving Netflix in droves.

    As my thoughts of the show, I liked it. I thought it was a better premise that what I have had to watch in walking dead. Kids that go all lord of the flies on adults.

  • April 13, 2019 at 2:37 am

    This epsode makes any sense

  • April 14, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Does anyone know y the little kid put a wooden block at the door at end of episode 3

    • April 15, 2019 at 12:59 am

      The block was there when they all entered. The other doors were all locked, this was ‘seemingly’ the only entrance. The bodies on the floor in the shower block were all of the other ‘victims’ the kids had lured into the school. It was a trap and the block was placed at the end of the episode, ready for their next victims.

  • April 14, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Just wondering why Rose didn’t bother to tell Lord of the Flies that Ryan was deaf when he ordered the little maggot to shoot Ryan if he moves. If she had just spoken up one more time, Ryan may have survived that encounter. Stupid plot lines will be the downfall of this show. Oh wait, maybe not. Stupid plot lines haven’t stopped Fear The Walking Dead.

  • April 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Good review.

    As the recap says, an obvious trap. Spears is practical,but not a leader so he suvkscat explaining himself. Jaime is impulsive and stupid, in fact, if she were not, she wouldn’t have been abandoned during the evacuation. So her actions are not surprising. And the moment a teenager picks up a sidearm during social disintegration and holds someone hostage while trying tonrob people, he forfeits being able to hide behind being a child. Furthermore, Ryan was a e useless fool. I mean the setup felt like one of those scenarios where you’re chasing a creepy ghost child. He wanted to beat on a drum on impulse.

    The whole thing was annoying, although the actual school was neat. I tend to skip a lot of the dialogue and so it’s not that bad, but unfortunately they kept ambushing me with it this episode.

  • April 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    f*****g noob script play for this episode!! why the fuxk on earth u block spears and grab his gun woman?? If i am spear, I will just shoot u on the forehead and move on to shoot all the fuxking kids! Its the end of the world for Christ sake! TWD more on realistic side as Carol do shoot evil kids

  • April 22, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I couldnt believe how dumb the show was to start with, but when Ryan got shot and the two other idiots held onto him for seconds before simply running away, knowing exactly what was about to happen, i was surprised by just how much dumber it could get. The only logical thing to do, that Spears shouldve done given that its entirely in his character, was to shoot ryan as he died, one bullet through the head and thats done. But no, because if he did they wouldve saved alllll their bullets and there would not have been “stressful” chase scene (and the writer wouldve had to stop being so lazy). Im sure the lack of bullet is also going to come into play further down the road….

    I am extremely disappointed. I went over the low budget and at times questionable acting (long shots and all on a low budget series can justify that) but i cannot forgive such lazy writing. There is essentially no plot, and characters constantly go against the little characterization they’re given to the benefit of a quick zombie scare.

  • June 30, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    They still haven’t figured out it takes a head shot. lol

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