Carla – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Samuel and Guzmán – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Cayetana and Valerio – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Lu – | Review Score – 4/5
Ander – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Rebeca – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Nadia and Omar – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Polo – | Review Score – 4/5
Elite Season 3 feels like the end of an era. The first two seasons did well to balance a big ensemble of eclectic characters across its run-time, indulging in a heady cocktail of drugs, sex and murder and back for a third season, Elite picks up right where the climactic second left off. Season 3 highlights both the best and worst parts of this show, while pulling it all together for a reasonably satisfying conclusion at the end.
Thankfully Netflix have a few handy recaps for the previous two seasons and if you’re a little rusty on all the nuances of this story, it’s highly recommended to watch those first. In its simplistic form, the story revolves around a group of teenagers at a prestigious school who find their world turned upside down when fellow student Polo kills one of their own, Marina.
With this weighing heavily over the events of the story, season 3 begins with scenes from the future as Polo is found murdered on a dancefloor after tumbling out a high window. With at least 8 different people classed as suspects and each with their own motives and reasons for killing Polo, the story jumps back and attempts to fill in the blanks to the big question hanging over this season – who murdered Polo?
Alongside this are the various romances and different teen melodrama that fills most of the run-time. This season introduces two new characters too, a new flame for Carla in self-made, rich student Yeray and the shady Malick, who winds up in a relationship with Nadia while exhibiting interest in her brother, Omar.
Compared to the rest of the group though, these two do little to advance the plot and with Yeray in particular, he’s given little to work with other than serving as a plot device for Carla to inject her with more empowerment.
The main mystery is intriguing enough though and the two big episodes – episode 4 and the season finale – are easily the stand-outs here. The midway point sees all the drama spill over in dramatic fashion at a blackout party while the finale does a wonderful job piecing together all the puzzle blocks we’ve been given across the season to see exactly who did kill Polo that fateful night. The final 20 minutes of this episode then wrap up most of our plot points while leaving enough open to interpretation as the final credits roll.
Stylistically, the season does well to cling to the same structure previous ones have, with pockets of the future added for dramatic purposes. This time around the series focuses on individual characters for the future flashes (and the episode titles may give you some clues on who these are!) while progressing through the days leading up to that night. All of this converges at the end during a slick finale that sees these snippets of scenes from the party aligned in a really nice showcase.
Unlike Samuel’s melodramatic (and somewhat underwhelming) disappearance last season, the resolution here is actually better than season 2’s but the mystery and ensuing drama up until that point isn’t quite as strong. Elite remains a deliciously dark and tasty teen drama to sink your teeth into though but the taste buds aren’t quite as fired up this time around. Thankfully the journey itself is good enough to fill your stomach and Polo’s murder is motivation enough to see this through to the shocking climax.
Elite Season 3 isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly a show that’s maintained a level of quality and intrigue through the years to make it one of the better teen dramas on Netflix. The new characters this year are disappointingly undercooked though and a few of the main cast are given the short-straw for the sake of drama rather than character development, but Polo’s murder is an intriguing enough anchor to make for a solid season of entertainment to watch.
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Verdict - 7/10