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#Series Review: Netflix’s 3% (Season 2)

Second season of 3% is on Netflix. I truly enjoyed the first season and was very excited that the season two came.

While in the first season our heroes fought to enter the 3% and join a better life on the Offshore, now we get to follow lives of two infiltrators from the Cause, a year later. In other words, infiltrators were unable to establish a connection with the Cause, due to a lack of connectivity.

However, one of the infiltrators, Michele (Bianca Comparato), is no longer with the Cause because they lied that her brother is dead. The other one, Rafael (Rodolfo Valente), is still loyal to the Cause and does everything in his power to get in touch. This includes deceiving lots of people from the Offshore, including through a love affair, to get sent to work on the next annual process. He comes to people from the Cause to warn them that Michele cannot be trusted, but they do not trust him either. Michele is, however, forced to try to infiltrate the Cause for Ezequiel (Joao Miguel) who wants to stop the forthcoming attack to the process.

While in the season 1 the Cause has not had much portrayal and was generally seen through freedom fighting narrative, in this season some members of the Cause want to deploy terrorist tactic to fight the Cause, while the others want to avoid innocent victims. Thus, this season will show us that things are not always black and white, and that while some causes can be noble at the beginning, they can easily shift towards terrorism. In this case, it was enough to finally locate a letter from the founder of the Cause, who told the members what to do if they fail to defeat the Offshore. Thus, the Cause was meant to switch to terrorism right from the beginning…

I will not go into more details, as I do not want to be a spoiler. The information discussed in earlier paragraphs is revealed in first three episodes. Majority of it is actually revealed in first two episodes.

The series starts off very slow and I nearly stopped watching. However, it starts picking up in episode three. The only thing that is not done so well this time is the voice over (the series is in Portuguese, with English voice over), which feels a bit dead and unreal. Last time the sounds were made much better. I assume this is because much of the story was inside the last time, since the story mostly focused on the process, while this time the story is mostly happening outside. While this naturally makes the editing more difficult, it was done much better in Netflix’s Dark, which I enjoyed immensely.

Thank you for reading.

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