I never saw series 1, and thought series 2, although entertaining, was riven with flaws. The same mistakes are not repeated here, at least not in this fun, silly, exciting and well written season opener. The original cast may now be gone, but they’ve been replaced by much better, more confident actors. It may be sad that Maxxie and Tony are gone, but Tony’s sister Effy remains, and she’s the centre of everyone’s attention. JJ, Ollie and the beautiful Freddie (Luke Pasqualino, above) all want her. It isn’t the only triangle in play. We have twins, faux lesbians, and indeed Pandora from series 2, still worshipping Effy from afar. Getting the theme of this series?
The actors aren’t just better, the script is more assured too. It’s funnier (Ardal O’Hanlon truly rocks), sharper and more consistent as well. It isn’t afraid to be laugh out loud funny, but these characters are at the same time much more real than the previous cast. And the new cast has been very well thought out. Kaya Scodelario is as brilliant as she was last year as Effy, and the chemistry she has with Jack O’Connell (Cook) and Pasqualino is electric. Where last series was punctuated by excessive caution and an uncertainty about who its audience was, they’re pretty sure here who’s watching. Even the sexual content is amusing (and in one instance delightful), and I couldn’t be more intrigued about where this is going.
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