"Fauda" (Arabic for 'Chaos') depicts the two-sided story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Doron, a commander of undercover Israeli unit, the Israeli Special Forces, operating inside Palestinian territories, and his team, are hunting down Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. On the other side of the fence, the life of Abu-Ahmed and his family, who has thus far murdered 143 Israelis, will never accept the State of Israel, and will continue Jihad for as long as it takes.
Format: Web Series
Movie Rated: 18+ (Language, Violence, Sex, Nudity)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
The third season of the speedy and gripping Israeli series Fauda dropped on the 16th of April, amidst huge excitement from the fans of Netflix’s hidden gem which is now finding its own space in the limelight. Over the first two seasons, the show has been spot on in bringing up a racy narrative and staying true to its backdrop and modus operandi. With creators Lior Raz (who also stars as the lead character) and Avi Issacharoff writing the show with their own experiences of working in the Israeli Defense Force, it gives the viewer enough believability and thrill to not stop with just a few episodes. The entire series majorly focusses on the lead character Doron Kabilio (Lior Raz) and his team of Special Forces who look to execute their operations with utter secrecy, only to end up in Fauda (meaning - chaos), most of the times.
What is the story about?
Contrary to the first two seasons which were more about revenge and terrorism alone, Fauda moves into broader categories with its third season, which is more of an escapist drama coupled with a father-son bonding on the side of the antagonist. The series moves a few years ahead from where it left off in the second season, with Doron taking up a job of a boxing coach in a nearby village. Doron has seemingly got further away from his family, who now stay with proper protection from the outsiders. On the other hand, Abu Bashar (aka Jihad), is getting his freedom after 20 years of prison. Reuniting with his family, we come to know that his son Abu Bashar has no ideas of following his father’s footsteps and is training to become a boxer. When one of Doron’s missions help these two sides intertwine, it becomes a game of cat and mouse as the team from Israel move on to Gaza for one of their riskiest and biggest operations till date.
Once again, Lior Raz (Doron Kabilio) takes his role by the horns and delivers an absolutely superb performance that needs no editing. Doron is indeed a rugged version of James Bond, and the way his character is always ready to risk things in order to get it done makes it even better for the actor to perform in many shades. His team members consisting of Itzik Cohen, Rona-Lee, Boaz Konforty, Doron Ben-David, Yaakov and Idan all have their special moments at different parts of the show. But the show-stealer here is Ala Dakka who plays Abu Bashar, with his character transformation aiding him with a splendid arc, and he grabs the opportunity with both hands. With great support with his on-screen father Khalifa Natour (Bashar), the duo makes this season the best of the lot with their top-rated acts.
The third season of Fauda is indeed the best of the three so far. Though it does not offer anything out of the box and continues on the same grounds, the rapid pace of the show and its ability to grip the viewer doesn’t lose out one bit. What makes it click here is the amount of emotional value that this season builds up, as opposed to the first two seasons where it was more of a procedural structure. The makers seem to have realized the need to pull the audiences deeper into the world they have created, and that arises from the fact of how the characters bond on both sides of the story. The series’ final two episodes may not be as thrilling as the others are, but the way it ends is very convincing, adding depth to the characters that we have travelled with so far.
Music and other departments
Fauda’s editing has always been something to look forward to, with the cut-throat jump thrills arriving out of nowhere. The technical team has been rock solid in building and holding the tense moments of the show, and it is aided by a very good score.
The best part of this particular season is easily the mission to Gaza, which makes it equally good as the espionage thrillers we have seen in Hollywood. As said before, this series possesses more of an emotional connect thanks to the characters on both sides, and that makes the audience root for them even more.
Fauda’s third season takes a little more time to pick up in comparison to the first two seasons, which thrill from the get-go. The creators make use of the first two episodes to establish the new characters, and then begin the fun which holds on until the 10thepisode. Though some of it may seem over-the-top, the end result is satisfactory, to say the least.
Do I recommend it?
Fauda is a show that deserves your eyes, with the third season being the best of the lot so far. Performances, thrilling stretches, emotional arcs – this one has it all.