Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to talk about Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 1-18.
Carmilla is a web series from Canada by Kinda TV. The show is based off of a novel by the same name about a girl who was hunted and seduced by a female vampire. The web series takes that idea and modernizes it.
Laura is a university freshman who’s roommate one day dissappears before a new girl named Carmilla barges in claiming to be her new roommate. With the help of her friends and her vlog, Laura investigates the mysterious disappearances of girls in her school before finding out that her new roommate is a vampire! And then (of course), falling in love with her.
If you would like to start from the top of our conversation about this series, feel free to click here to my post about the first half of season 1.
My Thoughts Before Watching
It’s time again for Carmilla. I know, I’m late with sharing my thoughts on this season. The season came out around September, and I’m now posting about it in December! … my bad…
Ultimately, I’m looking forward to seeing where the characters go next. While I still am not a fan of the vlog setup (as I always say), and of Laura at the moment, I still enjoy watching the show. Let’s see where the series takes us now.
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From One Great Character to Another
First, I have to give major props to the father. He was a majorly enjoyable character to watch. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that he was the best part of this season so far. His overbearing care of Laura was hilarious, but also heartwarming. I have to give a props to the writing and the actors for that conversation between him and Laura in episode 9. “Thank god you’ve finally said it,” such a subtle line with a lot of love and context behind it.
In addition, it’s lucky that Laura’s father was in this first half of the season, because the Perry, whom I thought was the most interesting character with the best actress, is underused here. Judging by the thumbnails of the upcoming episodes after 18, it looks like Perry’s actress will get more screen time soon. That said, her presence was missed in this first half.
As far as acting goes for everyone else, there were mostly good moments. There were so many well delivered lines such as the twitter and Howl’s Moving Castle lines in the first episode. In addition, I feel like generally the acting has gotten better than it was in the first season. This is especially true for our main characters Laura and Carmilla.
No longer are the two main characters over-the-top (except for that kiss in episode 17 which was a good kind of over-the-top). They’ve brought down the theatrics of those characters to make them more human (even Carmilla). Speaking of Carmilla, I loved that she’s not being manipulated by Laura anymore. She is her own character and acts as if she’s learned from her mistakes, which I appreciate.
The Behind the Scenes
As for the theatrics of the show, I have to say that I once again loved the blocking and placement of where actors sat, stood, and so on. I also appreciated the show’s attempts at low budget special effects and think that it adds a certain charm for the show. If the series got a reboot with a higher budget, I feel the “specialness” of the series would dim a bit.
As for the writing, I’m not major fan. First, I feel like the show needed to add some sort of “Last time on…” in order to remind us viewers of events that happened before. There was a bit of a curve as I tried to remember events and characters. For instance, Betty was mentioned several times in Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 1-18, but it took me most of that time to remember who she was! The show very quickly glossed over the explanation part of that.
That complaint aside, I still enjoy the idea of all this fantasy and magic going on in a seemingly “normal” world. The idea that one day a father is thinking his daughter is safe and the next he’s working with a giant to save his baby girl from a vampire is enticing.
I’ve got to say, I enjoyed Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 1-18. The episodes were a quick, binge watch that was in no way unpleasant to watch. In fact, the episodes have many great moments to combat the few confusing ones.
The father is a great character who fills up Perry’s void. In addition, the acting overall has considerably upped in quality with less heavy handedness. Plus, there’s always the mainstay of great blocking to make sense of the vlog setup of the show.
Overall, while I didn’t love it, I did like it and I’d even rewatch the episodes some day in the future.
My rating for Carmilla Season 3 is 3 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?