After 4 years of absence, the excellent Master of None series returns to Netflix with a season 3 that changes everything… or almost! Decryption of this season with Lena Waithe in the main role.
What is it about ?
This new season follows the relationship of Denise and his wife Alicia. This modern love story intimately illustrates the ups and downs of marriage, the struggle against infertility and personal development both together and separately. Ups and downs follow one another with fleeting romantic moments, devastating personal losses, while existential questions arise.
Who is it with?
If for two seasons, Master of None highlighted the daily life of Dev (Aziz Ansari) with his wanderings in love as much as professional, this season 3 is entirely devoted to the one who had until then only a secondary role: Denise , one of Dev’s best friends, played by Lena Waithe.
We remember the wonderful episode entitled “Thanksgiving“which was dedicated to her in season 2 which looks back on her past and the moment when she comes out to her family. This episode earned her the Emmy Award for Best Screenplay for a Comedy Series, a historic award since Lena Waithe then became the first black woman to receive this award in this category.
In front of her, we discover a little more the talent of the British actress Naomi Ackie that we could see in Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as well as in the episode “Education” of Small Ax, created and directed by Steve McQueen.
Well worth a look ?
Prepare for a change of scenery! Exit the bittersweet comedy where Dev wanders his life as he wanders the streets of New York or Italy, in search of true love and a career on the screen. In addition to changing the cast, the series changes tone in a rather radical way both in form and in substance.
Subtitled “Moments in love” (“moments of love” in French) and composed of only five episodes, this season is entirely devoted to the couple Denise (Lena Waithe) and Alicia (Naomi Ackie). Having become a successful author after a first novel, Denise has completely changed her life. She lives in a beautiful house in the country with his wife. They lead a quiet and serene life, as recluses from society.
But right after receiving Dev (Aziz Ansari) and his new girlfriend with whom he forms a dysfunctional couple, Denise and Alicia enter a phase of marital crisis. The desire for a child, the difficulty of having one for a lesbian couple, the age and the biological clock which sound like an agonizing tick-tock become points of tension in the couple.
We will not go further in the description of what is happening at the start of the season because it is truly written as an experience of married life, with its share of unforeseen and annoyances that must be find out for yourself.
The writing is provided by four hands by Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari who also directed the five episodes alone. Obviously, the duo let themselves be influenced by Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. More precisely, it is his series Scenes of conjugal life – then replayed in film – which is their explicit reference.
First disconcerting element: the 4: 3 aspect ratio which only existed in the XXth century, a square format therefore with two large black bands on either side of the screen. Aziz Ansari’s achievement is also based on that of her Swedish referent. Still shots, naturalism, this way of going straight to the bone, without frills… it’s a true declaration of love from the American creator and director.
In the same way that Bergman used elements of his personal life in his film / series, Lena Waithe in turn delivers a form of autobiography in disguise. While this season is not a direct follow-up to the previous two, we can conclude that it is the season of maturity. These scenes of life, at the same time extremely modest and intrusive, are of an incredible accuracy. We come out all upset.