What’s up: College students at a prestigious faculty try to stability homework and job searches with relationships and youthful idealism. The primary two seasons had the characters focus virtually completely on social injustices involving relations between black and white individuals, however now the characters need to tune out that battle for his or her private psychological well being. This selection well mirrors what many in actual life have gone by means of since Donald Trump obtained elected president ― with an preliminary all-consuming drive for activism, a subsequent feeling of powerlessness after which a transition to searching for out extra senseless actions as a distraction.
Sum-up: This season appears like a reboot, with characters having totally completely different ambitions and traits than earlier than. The present makes self-aware references to this all through the season, with a number of jokes involving characters saying their pals are simply treading water just like the characters within the third season of a Netflix present. However simply because the present acknowledges it’s treading water doesn’t imply the inert storytelling works.
The place the present nonetheless shines, although, is within the one-off jokes made within the margins of the messy plot factors. For one, the charismatic characters have dialogue that also works, making this viscerally pleasurable. Extra notably, nevertheless, is a recurring little bit of streaming present parodies the coed characters watch (whereas trying out from their lives).
On this season, “Expensive White Folks” has parodies of “The Handmaid’s Story” and “Queer Eye” which may make you assume twice about ever watching these exhibits once more. I’ve written prior to now in regards to the ethical issues of “Queer Eye,” and it felt refreshing within the sea of common reward to have a fellow Netflix present assault “Queer Eye” so incisively and viciously that I think about it prompted an inside downside for Netflix. These parodies are so good that I type of want the “Expensive White Folks” writers would simply make a sketch present of comparable parodies. For now, you’ll simply must examine the parodies out inside these new episodes.