Volume III, or Season 3, of Dear White People presented a noticeable, but not necessarily drastic, shift from its previous seasons. Here are some of the highs and lows.
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episodes 4 - 10|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Volume 3, Chapter 3”||As Brook tries to hunt down Sam, who continues to struggle with her junior project, Lionel heads to the House of No Pi with D’Unte.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter I” [Series Premiere]||I feel like I should preface my review by saying that I was not blown away at all by the movie version of Dear White People. To the point that I’m quite surprised it was adapted into a series. If only because I found it to be like a watered down version of all the social justice warrior posts one could find on Tumblr or twitter. Yet, with its revival, and on Netflix of all places, there was a desire to see what they could do with the premise in an expanded form.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter II”||Dear White People makes up for the lack of exploring Lionel’s sexuality in the movie version in this episode.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter III”||Troy takes center stage and his storyline is sans a white girl and plus Nia Long.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”||Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.||Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter IV”||Colorism is one of the main focuses of Coco’s episode and damn if the display of it may not bring you to tears.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Chapter V”||Reggie found the perfect woman for him but she belongs to someone else, a white guy, and that hurts his ego so much it clouds everything else.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter VI”||When your victimhood is politicized and popularized, what time or ability does that give you to grieve? That is the question posed as Reggie deals with the aftermath of having a gun pointed at him.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”||In our 2nd Lionel episode, the focus is him truly getting to know Troy and how his journalism career is going.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter IX”||Coco once more is the focus and, unlike Lionel, we get to complete her storyline of going from insecure to some form of self-actualized.|| |
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Chapter X” [Season Finale]||Um, I’m starting to think Netflix isn’t that good at making season finales that can actually feel like a period or exclamation mark rather than an ellipsis.|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1” [Season Premiere]||Dear White People returns and Sam is struggling to get back into her groove, until some anonymous person takes things too far.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”||Three weeks after having a gun pointed at him, Reggie is only getting worse and it seems partying, sex, therapy, and alcohol aren’t doing a damn thing.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Chapter 3”||Lionel comes into focus as does his life after exposing the Hancocks. But, what really matters is a potential love interest you could get behind.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”||Coco makes a new friend and puts tests that friendship with quite the task.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Chapter 5”||FINALLY Joelle gets her time in the sun and while they lay it on thick what she goes through, as a dark-skinned Black woman, it’s to compensate for the topic being generally avoided.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”||The person behind AltIvyW is revealed, and Brooke gets added to the list of people who need their own episode.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”||Stripped of the qualities he took upon for status, Troy is left trying to find who he is in spite, and because, of his community and upbringing.|
|Season 2/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”||Gabe and Sam have a real conversation. One that fully addresses Sam, narcissism and all, as well as Gabe and how white allies, or those who attempt to be, will forever be dealing with the learning process.|
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Chapter 9”||Sam heads to her dad’s funeral, with Joelle and surprisingly Coco, and comes to terms with, not just her guilt, but also a renewed love for her father.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “Episode X” [Season Finale]||We’re left on a cliffhanger, but do learn who burned down Davis house and get a major development in the secret societies plot.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Volume 3: Chapter 2”||As Joelle continues to figure out how she’ll be as host of Dear White People, Rashid struggles with his role within the Black American community.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Volume 3: Chapter I”||In a hyper-aware premiere, Dear White People implies there are going to be notable changes in season 3. For it doesn’t want to end up like other Netflix shows.|
Episode 5 “Volume 3, Chapter 5” Summary
|Introduced This Episode|
|Evelyn (Coco’s Mom)||Yvette Nicole Brown|
|Caroline (Muffy’s Mom)||Heather Mazur|
|Professor Queensfield||Francis X. McCarthy|
It’s Parents Weekend and while Sam is mourning the loss of her dad, and dealing with indecision, Coco is weathering her mother Evelyn visiting. Also, the anxiety that Professor Queensfield presents that leads to Penelope showing up. Partly as a manifestation of Coco’s conscious but also as a reminder of what Coco sacrificed to get this far.
Oh, and Sam isn’t alone in dealing with an absent parent. Kelsey, who seems rather close to hers, has to deal with them being unable to come. Which gives Brooke an opening and leads to Kelsey maybe catching feelings.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
Realistic is for the ordinary.
The only way to win, is to outwork them.
- The return of Penelope, Coco’s would-be daughter if she didn’t have an abortion in S2E4.
- Coco experiencing the anxiety which comes with the kind of ambition she has. Especially when she is given a real challenge.
- Kelsey’s fear she is just a stop on Brooke’s sexual journey.
- Evelyn – Periodt.
- Lionel’s Chester saga is getting around and seems to be a hit.
- How Sam is dealing with the loss of her dad and how that is bringing her closer to her mom.
- Troy and his dad’s relationship.
On The Fence
- Missing the opportunity to meet Kelsey’s parents, and not seeing more of the supporting cast’s roots.