First things first, neither 3% season 4 nor this review will make head or tail unless you;e watch the previous three seasons. Now that that's out of the way, let's move on. With the number of post-apocalyptic, dystopian-themed films, web series and books that have flooded mainstream entertainment and or pop culture, it took something special like Brazil's 3% to stem the tide of monotony and stand apart as a thought-provoking, introspective, genuine sci-fi take on what the world could become with our exponentially depleting natural resources and its ramifications on the fabric of society and the morals that churn its engine — something actually meant for people beyond their teen years. Like all good shows, Netflix has decided to wrap it up before it overstays its welcome, and like all good shows, the final season of 3% leaves you satisfied and pensive yet wishing that there was more.
Scroll down for my full 3% season 4 review... What's it about
With the Offshore's head of security and new Process leader, Marcela (Laila Garin), locked up in The Shell, the inland's new haven, her second-in-command and The Shell's leader, Michele (Bianca Comparato)'s elder brother, Andre (Bruno Fagundes), assumes command of almost the entire Offshore and invites key inland members for a parley. Rafael (Rodolfo Valente), Joana (Vaneza Oliveira), Marco (Rafael Lozano), Natalia (Amanda Magalhaes) and Elisa (Thais Lago) make the trip with both sides having their duplicitous schemes at play.
It takes a stellar effort to match up to the societal themes, futuristic elements, decay of morality and utopia vs dystopia world-building of the previous three seasons, but creator Pedro Aguilera along with his competent team of directors and mini-army of writers pull it off. Without giving away into the nitty-gritty details of each episode, lest I delve into the spoiler reservoir, I can guaran-damn-tee that 3% season 4 expands on all the aforementioned concepts, ties up most loose ends, offers closure to longtime fans and keeps us more on edge than before about the outcome of its main as well as several of its supporting characters. Particularly watch out for the human investment and palpable tension that episodes 5 and 6 evoke. That the editing, camerawork and performances are as sureshot as ever no doubt helps no end.
When I said most loose ends, it's because there are a few important questions left unanswered, and they're not the kind that make for open endings. Also, in its quest to keep things down to 7 episodes or not spill over to another season (whatever the primary objective may have been as per orders from
Netflix), a few pertinent plot points seem rushed in their endeavour to quickly draw out their conclusions. You could ignore these parts and focus on the first-rate entertainment coupled with intellectualism at hand, but it's that very intellectual core from the beginning of the show that prevents you from doing so. BL Verdict
All said and done, the minor issues of 3% season 4 are more than acceptable when the makers have given us a quartet of fantastic seasons, encapsulating 33 brilliant episodes to savour as also ponder. You wish there could be more, but this is as great a way for a web series to sign off on. I'm going with 4 out of 5 stars.
4 out of 5
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