The Penthouse – Full Season 3 Review
Sometimes you can have too lots of a right thing. When it comes to Penthouse, Korea’s wildly famous makjang, that a whole lot is mainly true. The stop of season two felt pitch-perfect in a way, with the conclusion supporting to spherical out all the huge plot factors and put all our evil Hera Palace residents in the back of bars.
When a 0.33 season was once confirmed, many puzzled simply how this exhibit would trump what’s come before. The first episode truly undoes a lot of the work performed at some stage in the finale, permitting this season to eventually spherical the whole lot out with a massive conclusion.
The story itself starts with Seo-Jin and Dan-Tae escaping from prison, finally main to the different residents getting out in their very own methods too.
Revenge is the identify of the sport here, and that comes in opposition to Su-Ryeon, Yoon-Hee and Logan. Penthouse has in no way been shy about killing off foremost characters (and bringing them or their twins back) however here, the entirety is given an air of finality to it, given it’s the remaining season.
The plot itself surely continues this “good VS evil” story, however it does experience a little too sporadic and random in contrast to seasons past. While seasons 1 and two had an overarching homicide thriller to lean returned on, this season feels like it’s designed to strive and pinnacle the rankings via injecting steady cliffhangers, surprising twists and personality deaths. While compelling at the time, on reflection these don’t constantly work as successfully as they could.
Don’t get me wrong, there are without a doubt moments of shock right here however given what we’ve considered before, it’s challenging to get invested when the exhibit has a knack of which include fake-out deaths and long-lost twin arrivals.
There are a number of deaths this 12 months that experience like they’re going to be reversed, solely to arrive at the closing two installments and recognise they won’t be. Had the exhibit now not used this gimmick so plenty in the past, it ought to properly have been extra impactful.
The characters are nonetheless interesting although and the stability between surprising drama and mild bites of levity works clearly nicely to hold that traditional Penthouse flavour going. There’s a lot greater history surrounding Dan-Tae this time too, and seeing his upward push from poverty to the lofty heights of Hera Palace may want to without problems be a spin-off in its very own right.
The relaxation of the characters are a blended bag, with Seok-Kyung’s redemption one of the shiny sparks of the show. Yoon-Cheol is simply kind of there, with very little too do, whilst Kyu-Jin and his spouse are fantastically ineffective after their inclusions in the first two seasons. Still, if you’ve made it this some distance with the show, you’ll certainly be invested to see how it all ends.
This is every other factor of rivalry even though and as we all know, this can make or spoil a series. While it doesn’t smash Penthouse per-se, it does make for a tough exhibit to suggest re-watching. The ultimate scenes experience tonally at-odds with what we’ve considered throughout the season whilst a few unfastened ends are left frustratingly dangling when the last credit roll.
Overall though, Penthouse has been a wild experience however this 0.33 season runs out of steam lengthy earlier than the 14th episode. There’s honestly some stand-out moments however lamentably it’s held again through a story that drags its heels and struggles to efficaciously usurp what’s come before.
It’s without a doubt now not a awful season however it’s no longer a specifically true one either, swimming round in mediocre waters and struggling to supply this one a gratifying send-off. Still, it’s been pretty a journey hasn’t it? And this is one rollercoaster that won’t be forgotten for a lengthy time to come.