Love Victor Season 3 Reviews: Finding Courage and Acceptance!
Love Victor Season 3 Reviews: The release of the third and final season of Love, Victor, Hulu’s popular LGBTQ coming-of-age series, in June is no coincidence.
After all, June is Pride Month, and it’s nice to see LGBTQ characters and allies that audiences have grown to adore. Beginning with Victor (Michael Cimino) in Season 3 (debuting June 15 on Hulu and Disney +), there’s a lot to look forward to after last season’s “Who is Victor going to choose as his dreamboat, Benji or Rahim?”
Before the first episode fades to black, this dilemma is resolved promptly, with a few creative twists. Meanwhile, it appears that other characters are also undergoing significant life transformations. Grade institution. How can you proceed?
Over the course of the entire season, Victor (Michael Cimino) embarks on yet another voyage of self-discovery. He must decide not only who he wishes to be with and why, but also who he wishes to be as a person. Who is Victor, essentially, without all the courtship and romance?
The series, based on the film Love Simon (which was based on the young adult novel “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”), invited along the film’s original writers, Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, for what has thus far been a delightful two-season journey.
It’s been lovely. Sometimes excessively sweet for its own benefit. What are your thoughts on Season 3?
Love Victor Season 3 Reviews
In the latter half of the season’s eight-episode run, one character encapsulates the entirety of Season 3: “Sometimes we believe with every fibre of our being that we know what we want, but then life occurs.” This is a valuable lesson for every character in this story.
For openers, Victor and his group have plans for after high school. They must determine the optimal course of action moving forward. In an attempt to swiftly wrap things up and tie them with a creative bow, there are instances where things feel rushed this time around. What sometimes gets lost in the shuffle are storylines that could have persisted a bit longer and characters that could have delved deeper into some of the complicated issues they face.
After all, it takes time to overcome issues such as sexual identity, regaining the trust of an erratic parent, and accepting the fact that you will be living away from both of your parents. Teenagers in the twenty-first century are extremely resilient, but they are still human. Several additional episodes might have helped level out a few issues, but here we are.
Nonetheless, these characters possess an infectiously addictive quality. It’s difficult not to find their individual crises entertaining. Alternatively, some of their hair product. (Ahem, we’re looking at you, Felix, portrayed by an expertly coiffed Anthony Turpel). Once again, Cimino imbues Victor with charisma and likeability. You support him despite knowing where his dubious actions will lead him.
Occasionally predict where the writers will lead Victor as he struggles with his relationship decisions. Could fate be guiding him in a different direction? Perhaps it’s time for him to stop being defined by his relationships and come into his own. The writers deserve praise for delivering a cunning twist to the established love triangle between Victor, Benji (George Sear), and Rahim (Anthony Keyvan), forcing the latter two characters to learn more about each other regardless of their desires.
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What a pleasant discovery! In truth, Keyvan stands out among this season’s cast, and as we learn more about his history, it’s easy to imagine an entirely new series centred on him, a self-assured gay Muslim youth taking on the world.
In the meantime, the writers provide Sear with ample opportunities to investigate the many facets of Benji, who is battling addiction and discovering true intimacy. Other than Victor’s perspective, we haven’t delved that thoroughly into Benji, so it’s refreshing to see another side of this character.
Mia (Rachel Naomi Hilson), who, if you recall, was devastated over her breakup with Victor… so many episodes ago, provides additional intriguing developments. She ended up with the handsome Andrew (Mason Gooding), and they proved to be an excellent emotional match.
In fact, they are the most grounded couple in the Creekwood High School group, and the actors portraying them bring a new dimension to their characters. This season hinges on how Mia navigates a series of unanticipated emotional turns involving her parents and her new stepmother.
Over the course of two seasons, the writers of VictorHulu Love, Victor had a tendency to construct contrived situations, the majority of which involved Victor’s parents (Ana Ortiz, James Martinez).
In Season 3, with the introduction of PFLAG meetings and Pilar’s (Isabela Ferreira) coming of age, there are missed opportunities in parent-child dynamics that could have been acted out longer and with greater impact. Even as their narratives approach a slow boil, the creative team tends to keep things sweet. In fact, this is why we enjoy Love, Victor. Eventually, its allure is impossible to resist.
The final four episodes of a season that begins with far too many twists, in the beginning, manage to astonish us. Mia, Rahim, and Benji emerge as this ride’s strongest characters. True, Victor faces his own challenges and comes to terms with a great deal, but his narrative arcs do not always have the same impact as those of the other members of the Troika.
There is a nice nod to the character of Simon, who initiated our television coming-of-age story, in the script. Like the film, the series concludes in a fitting manner — with far too many moving parts, no less — with the final episode reaching full circle.
We are reminded of how far Victor has come, and — this is nice — we are given something to ponder: the cyclical nature of existence. At times, it may feel as if we’re just along for the voyage, but there’s a deeper purpose underlying everything. Hold on or simply go with the flow. In either case, the series seems to suggest that we ultimately wind up where we belong.