Behind The outsider and Lovecraft Land, HBO really plunged themselves into horror in 2020 (and who can really blame them). That trend continues with the network’s newest miniseries, the Sci-Fi / Horror / Thriller The third day, With Jude Law and Naomie Harris in a story as enigmatic as any other – we learn details minute by minute in every episode, and those details are consistently more puzzling, confusing, and sometimes disturbing than the last.
Fans of Ari Aster’s 2019 horror film Midsummer will feel at home while watching The third day, This follows a pair of protagonists (Law and Harris) on separate journeys to a strange, communal-like island with a very specific group of people who are all supposed to have lived there for generations.
While Midsummer worked remarkably well as a film, thanks to its constant drug addiction combined with an atmospheric sense of fear (combined with beautiful visuals, compelling plot and brilliant performances by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor of course). The third day Instead, choose a different way to explore the spooky community world.
The show is largely based on the real life island of Osea (where many of the people and events discussed in the episode actually existed) and has creepy, breathtaking imagery much like them Midsummer did it, but instead chose to build his world from within, using what JJ Abrams would call the “Mystery Box”
But we gradually learn, which in some ways makes it a particularly compelling experience. We share with Sam all the intrigues and confusions that we have as viewers. And if and when there is something about Sam that we don’t or don’t want to know, things can really get out of hand.
The first episode is one of the better starts you’ll see on any series this year, and Dennis Kelly (the previous series, Utopia, is adjusted by Ex girlfriend Writer Gillian Flynn, slated for release on Amazon Prime Video later this month, does a wonderful job writing a twists and turns story – at least for now. It’s something that doesn’t just serve as a companion Midsummer, but also feels a bit out of the playbook of Black mirror Master Charlie Brooker.
Spoiler Alert: The rest of this story contains spoilers for the first episode of HBOs The third day.
The first episode of The third day has a confusing ending.
At the end of the first episode of The third day, While Sam gets drunk with Jess (Katherine Waterston) and several other guests at the bar, he walks into the bathroom. While it is already clear that he is drunk, things suddenly become real funny: suddenly he’s no longer in the bathroom, but in the open, with a dark sky and wheat around him (it’s beautifully shot by director marc munden).
Sam looks ahead and sees a little boy with curly hair in the distance: the same little boy with curly hair who helped Epona tie the rope that was used to hang herself earlier in the episode. Sam chases the boy through the forest and eventually finds himself in a kind of dungeon where he sees meat, meat and bones all over the ground. He has no idea what this is – until he sees a shirt that is easily identifiable as what Epona was wearing during their encounter at the beginning of the episode. Horrified, he begins to believe that Epona has been torn to pieces.
He looks up and sees the boy, a mask over his head (similar to Scarecrow from A. Batman Film or comic), big scissors in his hands and shouting in the background. He blinks more and suddenly he is the one with the blood on his hands, who sat still and screamed. He flashes again and suddenly sits behind the wheel of his car.
He gets up, seemingly confused about what happened and how he got from the bar bathroom to his car, and walks to his trunk. there we see that he is the one who has the $ 40,000 cash he talked about all the episodes. His colleague didn’t steal it, nor accidental burglars –he has it. He goes back inside and we’re not sure what he knows and what he doesn’t.
What could happen.
There are some things that could happen; One clear one would be that Sam knew exactly what he was doing and is simply on a villainous plot to steal money for his own personal gain, his wife’s garden center and his or both. This would make sense after hearing his extreme reluctance to call the police at the beginning of the episode.
However, given his confusion and the shots of him in that blood-covered dungeon, it’s also possible that something far more disturbing is at stake, and that he may have been demented, cursed for a while, or maybe landed on Osea Island just way over his head brought.
What is clear, however, is that Osea Island is more than just a private place for a small community (and probably more than just a place where Blink-182 or U2 play that they’re seemingly trying to convince people of; it’ll be like a Bonnaroo set up). We’ve seen enough movies, we’ve seen enough TV – it never is. And when Mr. Martin (Paddy Considine) signaled the dubious Tomo (Tom Lawrence), that was all we needed. We can’t wait to see how much darker this already disturbing series gets in the upcoming episodes.
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