We were first introduced to it back in 2020 and when it was, we described it as a fresh young-adult Mzansi series – three seasons later Blood and Water is still going strong. Set to return on 25 November, the new season picks up from the explosive second-season finale. In their preview, Netflix described the squad as returning with new faces at the forefront and assured us of an exciting season yet complete with the Parkhurst gang navigating tricky love triangles, friendship, drama and family truths. The streaming service also promised to answer all the burning questions from season two. Having officially watched the fresh new season, is this the case?
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the series and the announcement of new season was met with excitement. Blood and Water is one of the best Mzansi originals on the platform and it’s great to see it going from strength to strength while at the same time putting our country on the global map. At the center of it all continues to be the main protagonists, Puleng (Ama Qamata) and Fikile (Khosi Ngema), who inch closer to the truth amidst a plethora of unanswered questions. Directed by Mmabatho Montsho, joining the two characters and also making their returns are Thabang Molaba, Dillon Windvogel, Greteli Fincham, Natasha Thahane, Sonia Mbele and Gail Mabalane, among others.
The new season is more darker but still relies on the same winning formula as the previous two (after all, as usual, if it’s not broken, why fix it… right?) while upping the ante a bit. There are plenty of additional elements this time around complete with a lot MORE drama. With that as a foil, some of the sequences and scenes did feel a bit rushed and with it being scaled down to six episodes this time around, it certainly felt like it. Even though we generally like things that are concise and to the point, another episode in this instance would have been great but that’s nothing too major to deflect from the overall solid package delivered.
As said numerously on previous occasions, one of the annoying things we’ve come across in similar local productions are some of the unnecessary theatrics (flat story lines, bad acting and amateur action sequences) that are puzzlingly included. That isn’t the case with Blood and Water which director Mmabatho Montsho has perfectly got right consistently across the three seasons. If anything, she’s the example many other local directors in the same shoes should follow… the last thing we want to see from a local Netflix production is anything remotely similar to Queen Sono and Collision… in the name of all that’s good on this earth, please spare us that!
Blood and Water continues to fly the flag high and the new season is as exciting as advertised. We’re still very much impressed and with the hint of another season at the end, we’re still up for it. It continues to deliver a simple but great story that’s coupled with great acting and characters. The hope is it doesn’t run into fatigue issues where the story starts getting a bit stale with each new season and with a possible fourth season in the offing, we’re very much interested to see how that’s positioned. For now though, we revel in a third season which is great and is well worth including in your watchlist when it lands this Friday (25 November).
Our thank you to Netflix for the pre-screener, as always!
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