Love, Victor (2022) - Season 3

Love, Victor (2022) - Season 3 Cover

Love, Victor Season 3 is the final season of the series and, although 8 episodes is shorter than what was needed to showcase a natural progression of closure, the series is once again impressive with its unique cultural relevance (with themes that separate itself from past seasons), character development, and conflict.

Victor (Michael Cimino) attempts to resolve the conflict between both him and Benji (George Sear) and him and Rahim (Anthony Keyvan) but tensions rise causing Victor to explore a dating app (which is attempting to mimic the popular gay dating app Grindr) to see what it has to offer, while trying to mask his feelings of loneliness. Additionally, Victor’s mom (Ana Ortiz) introduces Victor to a new guy from their church named Nick (Nico Greetham) with hopes that they will bond. Mia’s father (Mekhi Phifer) intends to move and Mia (Rachel Hilson) must figure out how she will manage her relationship with Andrew (Mason Gooding). Lake (Bebe Wood) and Lucy (Ava Capri) grow closer together, but anxiety heightens when Lake learns plans that Lucy has for her future. Felix (Anthony Turpel) and Pilar (Isabella Ferreira) have wonderful chemistry but it begins to be threatened when Pilar tells Felix she wants to keep the relationship a secret.

As you can tell, the season has much conflict to cover, and eight episodes was not enough to do it. After finishing episode 7, I pondered, “How are they going to conclude all these storylines?” It still looked far from over. Admittingly, it was impressive how screen writers were able to give each set of drama some sort of closure, but it did feel slightly unnatural and incredibly rushed. My main complaint about the season is how rushed it all ends; had the season been given 1-2 more episodes or certain conflicts been shortened/cut/or resolved at an earlier point in time, I think pieces would have fell into place at the end much more comfortably.

I was worried Season 3 would feel derivative of the events in Season 2 but the writers created this season to feel much different and I quite enjoyed it. In Season 2, we got to see how Victor responds to separation by seeking friendship with Rahim. This season he does not really seem to turn to a friend. Instead, he turns to a dating app. This portrayal of dating life on an app felt accurate and the events that follow were compellingly written. The screenplay reflected reality and at the same time felt fresh.

The tone of the series meshes lighthearted wittiness with emotional suspense, and it knows how to balance the two well. There’s time’s where character dialogue is cleverly comical but in the next scene you are at the edge of your seat, curious how a character will respond to the unfathomable events that are unfolding. Those who enjoy comical characters are sure to be amused and the dramatic suspense is the icing that truly elevates the show.

Despite the fact that audiences will be divided on how the pieces come together, most of the decisions that they make were fitting and there was nothing that was left unanswered.

Final Verdict:Although 8 episodes is shorter than what was needed to showcase a natural progression of closure, the series is once again impressive with its unique cultural relevance, character development, and conflict.