Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to talk about Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 19-36.
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
This is the end of Carmilla. Honestly, I’ve never been that into Carmilla, but I’ve always been down to watch the series to the end. Today is no different. Really, all I want is to see more LaFontaine, to see Perry’s actress get more screen time, and if Carmilla and Laura get back together I want the show to at least make it feel kind of justified and not just an inevitability.
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Laura & Carmilla
As much as I’ll always have negative feelings towards Laura for her actions in earlier seasons, I do admit that she is also a dynamic character. She has mellowed out from the over-the-top, zany Nancy Drew-type character. She’s matured into a more reasonable character who recognizes her faults and failings.
As for Carmilla, she’s changed the most. What’s great about the evolution of Carmilla is that she has become more fleshed out since season 1. Much more than Laura has in that way.
For instance, a sad, alternate reality Carmilla. That was interesting. I like that Carmilla Season 3 episodes 19-36 gave Natasha Negovanlis something else to do with the character. Of course, the character was also creepily obsessive, but I can forgive her for that.
As for the two together, they’re great. Honestly, the best part about the second half of season 3 is the main couple. Everything else, besides maybe Annie M. Briggs, was either bad or just ok. Laura and Carmilla were actually great.
I’ve gotta say, the chemistry that showed up at the start of Act 2 was pretty good. While I will never forget the stupidity that was Laura’s character in Season 2, after watching the season I can totally support the two together.
Also, there’s a lot of kissing in this season. They’ve been holding back the actual physically of the couple until this season. That said, they doubled down when they finally let things loose. And even a gay guy like me could appreciate all the seasons when they locked lips.
Just as Enrico Colatoni took over for Annie M. Briggs in the first section, the reverse happened in Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 19-36. Enrico Colatoni who plays Laura’s father was entertaining, and his time was cut too short. Everything from his stuttering to his theatrically loud voice. All of it made him memorable.
As for Briggs, she was as stunning as she has been in the past two seasons. Now, was her portrayal of the Dean a little too cliché and on the nose for a dark villain? Yes, but I still enjoyed her go at it. That said, her acting at the opening of the gate in episode 35 was intense earned my respect alone (if she didn’t already have it that is).
Ironically though, her acting for Perry in episode 26 didn’t have the spark that I previously loved from the character. Perhaps Briggs just needed more time to move back into her character.
As for lines and plot-points, I do have a few comments. First, the “Ophidiophobe smash best-seller” line. Was that a Harry Potter reference?
Second, “The dean had this evil angler fish and… ok, it gets pretty convoluted after that.” Hearing Laura say that line in episode 25 reminded me of that fact. This story is so convoluted. The goddesses, the magical items, the giant fish. It’s all very over-the-top. Part of that is the series’s charm, so I don’t put much of it against it. That said, this might be the reason why I’ve never truly loved Carmilla.
Some Things I Didn’t Like
By the way, a Laura stayed alive without a heart for 7 minutes. Come on guys. Really? I mean, I did research it and a body can live on without a working heart for many minutes, but it still came off as weird that she was talking and all after her heart was ripped out. And, I’m not the only one who’s bother by this. The comments for episode 35 are full of people complaining about that.
Meanwhile, the two guys are just in the corner recording it all. Seriously, at first I was like, “they’re actually ending the series away from the vlog setup! Thank god!” But the idea that these two people were just standing in the room recording instead of helping out does take away some of the joy.
Carmilla the web series was never a series that I loved. That said, it always piqued my interest and I always wanted to watch more. In that alone Carmilla won. I’m even looking forward to the movie for what it’s worth. So, the series is over and I’m not heatbroken, but I do say I’m happy I watched all three seasons.
My rating for Carmilla Season 3 Episodes 19-36 is 3 stars out of 5. What’s Yours?