Absentia Season 3 Review: Stana Katic is the glue holding the show together

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Absentia Season 3 Review: Stana Katic is the glue holding the show together

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Format: Series
Platform: Prime Video
MovieRated: 18+ 
Genre: Action, Drama 
Language: English
Digital Premiere Date: 17 July 2020

 

The series tells the story of FBI agent Emily Byrne who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers, and she is declared dead in absentia. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years that she was missing. She returns home to learn that her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by the new wife, and she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders

What is it about?
'Absentia' Season 3 takes Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) on a new journey - one that sees her go against the FBI and a corrupt organization called Meridian that has its tentacles spread across the world. Meridian is so powerful that it also has sources deep within the FBI who is feeding Meridian's men with information. Season 3 sees Emily moving away from the FBI and the closer she gets to Meridian, Emily finds secrets that are best left buried. Can Emily succeed in rescuing Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger), her ex-husband, who was kidnapped while investigating Meridian's illegal organ trafficking ring? 

Analysis
While some of the storylines in season 3 require the viewer to suspend disbelief with James Bond-esque energy, Amazon’s Absentia makes up for it with sensible action scenes to keep the story going. The villains feel more villainous than ever and the scope has widened for what the agents can do, with less red tape covering their mouths, allowing the story to go where it needs to go. Some fans may disagree but season 3 feels like the most complete in the series, which makes it likely that it may be the last.

Performances 
The characters are engaging on an emotional level and the lead, Emily Byrne (played by Stana Katic), reminds me of the days of watching Olivia Dunham in Fringe, who was played by Anna Torv on a high calibre level. There are not enough action dramas these days that you can trust — we need more of Absentia. Absentia season 3 truly benefits from the character-building of its predecessors; this is not about villains or preventing attacks anymore, it’s how you feel about a specific character at this stage in their life. The writing must be applauded for deepening relationships and understanding how trauma can impact a character’s decision-making — there are plenty of decisions to be made in season 3. 

Music
The music is gripping and tense and at times the background score matches the action scenes and the dynamic storyline. 

Highlights
Absentia is a little gem on Amazon and it is one of the best action/crime series you can watch — every season is enthralling with a thick storyline and a solid base of action. 

Drawbacks
The show needs to have been promoted and marketed on a larger scale. For a show which is that gripping will soon lose the race, if not given the much-needed publicity. 

Did I Enjoy It?
For someone who has been a fan of Stana Katic, right from her Castle days, this show has been nostalgic. I truly enjoyed watching it. 

Do I Recommend It?
Yes

 

Platform : Amazon Prime Video
Language : English
Synopsis : 'Absentia' Season 3 takes Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) on a new journey - one that sees her go against the FBI and a corrupt organization called Meridian that has its tentacles spread across the world. Meridian is so powerful that it also has sources deep within the FBI who is feeding Meridian's men with information. Season 3 sees Emily moving away from the FBI and the closer she gets to Meridian, Emily finds secrets that are best left buried. Can Emily succeed in rescuing Nick Durand (Patrick Heusinger), her ex-husband, who was kidnapped while investigating Meridian's illegal organ trafficking ring? 
Cast : Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger, Cara Theobold, Neil Jackson, Angel Bonanni, Bruno Bichir, Paul Freeman, Ralph Ineson, Patrick McAuley, Richard Brake & others
Directors : Kasia Adamik, Adam Sanderson, Oded Ruskin
Producer/s : Executive Producers : Oded Ruskin, Stana Katic, Matt Cirulnick, Julie Glucksman, Maria Feldman, Tamir Kfir
Cinematographer (DoP) : Nadav Hekselman
Production House : Masha Productions
Music : Nami Melumad

Total number of seasons : 3 Total number of episodes : 30
Season No.: 3 No. of episodes this season : 10
Episode Duration (minutes) : 43
Digital Premiere Date : July 17, 2020

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