Glitch season 3 puts the world back to “right” and brings the saga of the risen to a final conclusion. There are a few spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.
Some of the characters who were important in the first seasons leave. Elishia (Genevieve O’Reilly) and Dr. Heysen (Pernilla August) are both gone. Gone with them is the talk of stem cells and sound frequencies that somehow explained the risen from past seasons.
Mucking around with the frequencies at the end of season 2 brought up two new risen characters. Tam Chi Wai (Harry Tseng) died in a riot at the 1800s Chinese laborer camp. He was murdered by none other than young Paddy (Rhys Mitchell – an amazing look alike for Ned Dennehy). Having Chi in the cast offered a chance to examine the racism toward Chinese immigrants in Australia.
The other new character was Belle (Jessica Faulkner). Her parents were religious fanatics who murdered their own daughter because she was an independent thinker. Her parents were still alive. And still horrible.
Chi and Belle brought talk of prophets and angels and gateways to heaven into the story, which shifted things thematically.
The thematic explanations for the risen and the also-risen-but-different enforcers trying to kill them veered into religion and spirituality. As the season wore to its final conclusion, the idea became more and more openly expressed that you are born, you live, and you die in that order. When the natural order of the universe is disturbed as in Glitch, it produces worldwide chaos and the end times.
The discussion about disturbing the natural order of things felt very much like an explanation for climate catastrophe and how human choices must be made to save the world. It made me wonder if Glitch had been about climate change the entire time, and I was too dense to figure it out.
Glitch lost the thread when they moved from science fiction into the spiritual realm, in my opinion. But maybe that’s where they were heading the entire time because that explanation is the one that prevailed. The science fiction explanation for this story remains its weakest point.
The Action in Season 3
The excitement and action revolved around the efforts of evil Noregard to profit from whatever crazy science explains the risen, the struggles of the risen to escape the enforcers, and the widespread chaos caused by the universe being out of sync with itself.
Enforcers like Phil (Rob Collins) and Sarah (Emily Barclay) were there to restore things to their proper order. They were determined to do in all the risen. More people die and become like Phil and Sarah. Then Phil dies again and stops being an enforcer. He suddenly turns into a nice guy.
Some of the risen die and turn into enforcers. And some of the characters who have been never dead before die and become enforcers. Spoiler alert, the series hero James (Patrick Brammall) was one of the switchers. But, no worries, once a hero always a hero. Even William (Rodger Corser) flip flopped back and forth.
All the switching around with good guys turning to bad guys and vice versa kept things surprising. My favorite performance among them all was Rob Collins who went from menacing to lovable teddy bear in the blink of an eye.
The boundary holding in all the risen expanded dramatically in season 3. Owen (Luke Arnold) and Kate took off together for Adelaide. That did not turn out as expected for Kate.
Kirstie (Hannah Monson) and Charlie (Sean Keenan) headed for Melbourne. Their first night there Kirstie got roaring drunk in a gay bar and Charlie met Raf (Jackson Gallagher). Raf was in drag when Charlie first spied him. He was wonderful and beautiful and sexy and I fell for him immediately (wait, I mean Charlie fell for him). Raf ended up in Yoorana with Charlie before the story was over.
Some very interesting things happened with the deputy, Chris (John Leary), in season 3. He was one of the few who lived to tell the story. I loved his part at the very end. It calmed me right down from all the anxiety and suspense.
With Emma Freeman directing most of season 3 and the majority of the writing from Tony Ayres, Louise Fox, and Adam Hill, I could feel the presence of the female gaze behind the camera in Glitch. From sex scenes to fight scenes there was never anything gratuitous.
Overall, I think season 3 maintains a level of suspense and thrills and wraps up the series nicely.
How can you tell when someone switches from one kind of dead to another kind of dead? Their eyes get wonky. It’s the frequency pattern!
Here’s season 3’s trailer. You will find all 3 seasons of the series on Netflix.
Are you a fan of this series? Were you happy with the way it worked out?