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‘The Third Day’ episode 4 ‘Monday – The Mother’ review: Back to square one

Party’s over.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Third Day

The first arc of HBO’s The Third Day has ended and the 12 hour live event was traumatic. It is now winter and the show follows Helen (Naomie Harris). Her plans to take her daughters on a vacation on Osea are quickly ruined when she is told to leave. Instead of taking the chance that was never afforded to Sam, she remains on the island. Unfortunately, she cannot find a place to stay.

There is an immediate difference in the second part. The villagers were overly friendly (for the most part) with Sam. They did everything they could to make him feel welcome and there was a sense no one wanted him to leave. Osea is in a much different place in “Monday – The Mother”. People are nowhere near as nice or accommodating to Helen. She is constantly being told to go.

There is still a strong sense of tension in The Third Day. Something remains sinister about Osea. But now there is a greater sense of danger. It is as if the people on Osea are out to harm Helen. The biggest worry was whether the second part of the series would be a retread of what viewers just saw. There are similar questions about the island, but after one episode, the story is moving in a different direction.

'The Third Day' episode 4 'Monday - The Mother' review: Back to square one

One similarity is how beautiful The Third Day looks. There is more concentration on the ocean and the beach. There was some of that in the first three episodes, but it is more pronounced here. Contrarily, Osea looks much more run down and ugly and the direction highlights this. Just from the looks of things, the audience can see how much things have changed.

It is fun to see a show take risks. Things may not go as planned, but it can be interesting to watch. The Third Day takes a huge chance by completely changing its cast mid season. It works since the story has been and seems like it will remain about the mysteries of the island. Things naturally flow from one arc to the next making the show an easy watch.

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