Sweet Magnolias -Season 3 Series Review: A Disappointing Summer in Serenity

Warning: This evaluation accommodates spoilers.


It had been a protracted, anxious look forward to the return of Maddie (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Dana Sue (Brooke Elliott), Helen (Heather Headley), and the opposite residents of Serenity’s sleepy little southern city. There was nice anticipation to see the fallout of Cal (Justin Bruening)’s indignant outburst on the restaurant, Ryan (Michael Shenefelt)’s return and shock proposal to Helen, the arrival of a mysterious new adversary, and the late Miss Frances’ shock present to Dana Sue. On this reviewer’s opinion, the season 3 return of Netfilix’s #1 drama lands with a thud.

Nearly all of the episodes of the third season of Candy Magnolias are boring and plodding, typically tedious to get by. All the season spends an excessive amount of time wanting again and never shifting ahead. Nothing of any main significance occurs till the fifth episode entitled “On This Foundation” which sees Noreen (Jamie Lynn Spears) come to work on the Spa, Ronnie (Brandon Quinn)’s disgruntled sister, Kathy (Wynn Everett), disrupting Annie (Anneliese Choose)’s particular sixteenth party, Chef Eric (Dion Johnstone) contemplating a job supply from Dana Sue’s restaurant’s largest competitor and a significant blow-up between the Candy Magnolias themselves.

All the season simply appears “off,” as if the present usually misplaced a few of its attraction and shine. There are quite a few odd or questionable costume selections, lackluster, predictable, or pointless storylines comparable to Kathy’s revenge (utilizing techniques straight out of junior highschool), and it was exhausting to get invested in Maddie and Cal’s restart to their romance. Moreover, it was so apparent that since his return Ryan had one foot out the door to go away once more. General, there was little to no character progress for the title characters. In truth, the argument could possibly be made that in a single case this season engaged in full-blown character assassination of certainly one of its leads.

The best way the character of Helen was handled by the writers and the best way she uncharacteristically handled different characters has come shut to creating her completely unlikeable. Her remedy of Chef Eric following Ryan’s return and proposal was nothing wanting abominable. She spent nearly all of the season attempting to persuade herself she was joyful when it was clear she wasn’t, and worse when her expensive pals attempt to level out the plain to her, she cruelly lashes out at them. A number of strikes through the latter a part of the season, i.e., Helen taking in CeCe (Harlan Drum), the emancipated teen who desires to complete faculty in serenity, and convincing reporter Peggy (Brittany L. Smith) to run for mayor, and Headley’s efficiency in these scenes are all that save the character this season.

Simply it was a big portion of secondary characters that shined and commanded viewers’ consideration this season. Among the many standouts are Tracey Bonner as Pastor June, Logan Allen as Maddie’s youngest son Kyle, and Dion Johnstone as Chef Eric. Nevertheless, the secondary gamers that confirmed the best character progress and basically saved the season with their watchability and attention-grabbing storylines had been Carson Rowland as Tyler, Maddie’s oldest son, Anneliese Choose as Annie, Dana Sue’s daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears as single mother Noreen and Chris Medlin as Assistant Chef Isaac.

Rowland exhibited nice depth and maturity as Tyler guided his youthful brother Kyle by his first heartbreak and provided quiet help for Kyle’s plan to renovate the neighborhood park. He additionally confirmed Tyler’s progress within the cautious, considerate means he determined and satisfied his mother and father his selections to not play baseball or go to varsity as a result of he appreciated working along with his arms was the trail he wanted to take. He was additionally the MVP buddy of the season by serving to Annie by her painful romance regardless that he was rising to take care of his previous buddy. Choose’s Annie has grown tremendously through the present’s three seasons and capped it off by recognizing and leaning on Tyler when she wanted it and expressing that what she wished was a relationship like her mom’s with the Candy Magnolias. The present fastidiously and easily units that up by the season finale.

Additionally having a stellar season was Spears as Noreen continues her quest to reinvent herself to be accepted in Serenity. She proves herself an adept caregiver which ends up in her operating the daycare on the spa. She can also be a real and supportive buddy to Isaac. One of many smarter strikes the present made this season was to carry again natural farmer Jeremy (Chase Anderson). As a substitute of setting him up as an impediment to Dana Sue and Ronnie’s reunion, they’ve properly positioned him as a attainable love curiosity for Noreen. Medlin does superbly in exhibiting Isaac’s progress by being an excellent and protecting buddy to Noreen and the child, and stepping up on the restaurant when Chef Eric took a break. Spears and Medlin have a straightforward highly effective chemistry between them that the present properly took benefit of this season.

The third disappointing season ended with the Candy Magnolias making up and coming collectively to provide Dana Sue and Ronnie a memorable marriage renewal ceremony. Nevertheless, the present didn’t supply a big cliffhanger to propel them right into a fourth season. A fourth season could be nicely served by letting the unique Candy Magnolias and their tales take a step again and as an alternative concentrate on the brand new technology of younger folks in Serenity and the potential new Candy Magnolias that had been fashioned.

The SpoilerTV season ranking for Season 3 of Candy Magnolias is a 7. What ranking would you give it? Which episode of this season’s Candy Magnolias was your favourite? Had been you happy with the best way the season ended? Go away your ideas within the feedback under.

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