Al is trying to maintain momentum in Dear White People Season 3, Episode 1, but his friends are complacent, in a decent opening chapter.
This recap of Dear White People Season 3, Episode 1 contains spoilers. You can read our review of the season by clicking these words.
The funniest part of Episode 1 is how the characters keep referencing the downfalls of the third season syndrome on Netflix. Almost like the show believes that they will not fall ill to the trend that Netflix series’ burn out after a couple of years. The Watcher from The Order of X is the first to reference the third season syndrome, and he is equally frustrated by the fact that Lionel and Samantha found The Order of X purely by accident.
It’s three months later at Winchester, and Al is trying to get people to sign his petition; we do not know what the petition is, but what he is more uncomfortable about is that everyone seems to have lost their drive. At the end of Episode 1, there’s a speech late in the evening about progress, and how getting complacent is undesirable for these movements. Al looks with inspiration, but interestingly, Samantha, who stands in the background, who has lost her drive, appears to be listening with every word.
Samantha and Gabe appear to be officially back together in Episode 1. Gabe has more issues to worry about though — his family has ceased his funds due to financial emergencies.
As for Lionel, he seems to be having so much sex that he’s worried. He goes to a sex clinic to get a check, and thankfully the results come back negative.
Dear White People Season 3, Episode 1 was a genuinely decent opening, carrying on smoothly from where it left off just like its predecessors, but this time, the character seems to be less aware — apart from Al.
- Abigail feels like no-one listens to her and confides in Troy.
- Kurt and Coco are still sleeping with each other.
- Joelle Brooks is running the Dear White People radio.
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