A PLACE TO CALL HOME SEASON 3 REVIEW
A Place to Call Home season 3 premiered on Acorn TV on December 21, 2015. A few episodes have been released each week since. And for all you viewers who love to binge-watch a series (and this is one of the best suited to that practice), A Place to Call Home will be available to watch on a complete binge starting January 11, 2015, on Acorn TV – so only a few days away. Having seen the complete season, I can promise, season three is just as addicting and fantastic as the first two seasons. The series ends on cliffhangers so intense you will be on the edge of your seat until the anticipated return of season four.
For those who haven’t seen A Place to Call Home before, make sure to read my in-depth review of the first two seasons so as not to be spoiled. If you love addicting period dramas like Downton Abbey, A Place to Call Home is the perfect series to watch – though it does have a little more sex every once and a while.
For the rest, take note that before you start season three, you need to watch the alternate season two season finale before jumping into the new season. Originally, A Place to Call Home was canceled at the end of season two, so they aired an ending without cliffhangers. But when another network (Foxtel) picked up the series and commissioned it for at least two more seasons, the original planned ending was later aired as a way to lead into the new season. Basically, season three will not make sense without watching the revised season two ending with the original planned cliffhangers first.
From there, season three starts right where season two left off. It won’t take more than a few minutes to find yourself back into the swing of the series. At the end of each episode, you’ll find yourself saying: “just one more.” This series is just that addictive. But it’s not just a soap. A Place to Call Home season 3 continues with a superb cast, spot-on writing, gorgeous costumes and production design with some of the best characters on TV. The entire cast gives Emmy worthy performances with Marta Dusseldorp as lead Sarah Adams and Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh the show’s real standouts.
A Place to Call Home season 3 continues with a superb cast, spot-on writing, gorgeous costumes and production design with some of the best characters on TV.
Thankfully, with the transition to a new network, Bevan Lee’s vision for the series remains the same. Though I will warn there are a few scenes of nudity interspersed throughout the season’s 10 episodes – unlike in previous seasons. Still, the series is not vulgar and makes for compelling television.
In A Place to Call Home season 3, Sarah finds herself reunited with her husband Rene as she works to bring him back to health. At the same time, she also struggles with her feelings for George (who is being constantly manipulated by the sociopathic Regina). More about Sarah’s past is also revealed in flashbacks during her time with Nazi’s which leads into many of her dilemmas in the present day.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Bligh really grows as a character in season three as she seeks to discover who she really is. Elizabeth even gets a new love interest! One of my favorite aspects of the season was seeing Elizabeth and Sarah become friends and allies. Both are forces of nature to be reckoned with and watching them together is a real treat.
Elsewhere, Olivia is still trying to keep her secret about baby George hidden from James. But the truth becomes more and more difficult to conceal. And as the secret threatens to tear them apart, both Olivia and James find themselves tempted by new relationships. Sadly, the villainous Andrew is not in season three, so a new man is brought into Olivia’s life.
As for Anna and Gino, their happily ever after romance turns into a real marriage with problems that could break them apart forever. On the opposite end, Carolyn and Jack (played by real-life married couple Sara Wiseman and Craig Hall) continue to grow closer despite some intense challenges facing them.
Overall, season three is definitely worth watching. A Place to Call Home remains one of the hidden gems of television and hopefully, more and more people will be able to discover this incredible Australian series. Seasons one through three are available to stream on Acorn TV.
CONTENT NOTE: Each episode varies in content. A couple of the episodes would be TV-M for nudity/sex scene with other episodes ranging from TV-PG to TV-14 for adult content. Bad language is rarely used.
Have you seen any episodes of A Place to Call Home season 3 yet? Do you plan on watching? What do you think about the new developments? Let me know in the comments.
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