Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Third Day
The story so far: Sam has just had his office broken into. He was going to use the stolen money for a bribe. On his way to the office, he sees a girl attempt to hang herself. When Sam takes her back to her home village of Osea he finds a quaint old fashioned place about to have a festival. It is also a strange place that he seems to be unable to leave.
The Third Day’s premiere was atmospheric and foreboding. Its lush island setting was beautiful while the story was engaging. But would it be able to keep the momentum going in the second episode.? “Saturday – The Son” looks as good as the first episode. Colors pop and even settings like a rundown building have a well worn look that is eye catching. There are also the odd camera angles that keep the viewer off guard.
The camerawork really stands out during a night at the festival. Throughout The Third Day, the use of blurred backgrounds give a dreamlike quality to the show. It is more disquieting than it is comforting. The second episode includes a psychedelic drug trip. This includes a beautiful sequence in which Sam seems to float in the air. It is a stunning scene that culminates in a perfect ending.
The mystery also deepens in the episode. If anything, there is more of a horror movie vibe than seen in the debut. Strange symbols, dead animals, and blood covered bodies are seen in “Saturday – The Son”. The suspense continues to build, but there are also some genuinely scary moments to be found. It is strange that the stolen money that was so important in the first episode never gets mentioned, however.
The performances are even stronger in “Saturday – The Son”. This may be due to the story progressing past the set up stage. The actors are now given more to sink their teeth into. They are allowed to progress their characters instead of just building them up. The next episode will be the end of the first arc of The Third Day. Hopefully, the conclusion will be as good as the build up.