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Love, Victor Season 3 Episode 1-4 Review

Love, Victor is an American teen drama television series created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. The final season (Season 3) aired on Disney+ on June 15, 2022, and we thought about doing a Round Table Review for this one. Joining me (Rike) are Nathalie, Jen, Serena and Lena. Are you ready for this one? Let’s go!

Q: How do you feel going into the last season of Love, Victor?

L: Sad. Happy. Melancholic. Excited. Just a few of the emotions that are running through me at starting this new season of Love, Victor. It being the last one, and already knowing that going into it really made the expectations high for me personally. This show has been such a joy, with characters I’ve grown to love or dislike, and I’m now about to have to let go in eight episodes time.

J: It truly is a rollercoaster. On the one hand, I was excited to see my beloved characters back on screen and continue their stories. On the other hand, it hurt my heart knowing that this will be the last time.

N: Both happy and sad. Happy that we got new episodes and I can go and binge it, but sad that we have to say goodbye to these characters.

S: Happy the show is back and that we finally figure out who Victor (Michael Cimino) was running to. However, I couldn’t help the dread in my stomach when starting this. When they announced this would be the final season, I got scared, because many shows that get canceled while in production usually end up doing some weird stuff to try and tie off the loose ends.

R: I’m still heartbroken that this is, or let’s say was, the last season of Love, Victor. My excitement was over the roof for the last couple of weeks, because this has been my comfort show since day one. On the one hand, I wanted this season to arrive, but on the other hand, I didn’t want to say goodbye to this show. Things changed, that’s all I’m gonna say for now.

Q: Your thoughts on all the character introductions in this first episode?

L: I ‘knew’ whose door Victor would be in front of – from a purely logical standpoint. I like that they picked up straight off of that. Rahim (Anthony Keyvan) is waiting and disappointed. Felix (Anthony Turpel) stating the most random facts while making out with Pilar (Isabella Ferreira). Armando (James Martinez) and Isabel (Ana Ortiz) are back together. Mia (Rachel Hilson) and Andrew (Mason Gooding) are looking for Mia’s mom at a house party. I liked the start of this season. Everything made sense.

J: I have to say, the character introductions were one of the few parts I actually enjoyed. It was nice to see all our beloved characters back on screen and get reintroduced to each individual storyline. Regarding Victor’s choice, I have to agree with the others. I kind of knew it would be Benji (George Sear), but as someone hoping for this exact outcome, I have to say I was happy with that.

N: It was nice to see the characters back, and without spoilers, I personally wasn’t surprised by Victor’s choice. I’d definitely say that episode 1 was a good start to the season.

S: I feel like it all made sense to a certain point. Victor’s choice was obvious from the start for me, and I feel like the way everyone else entered fit well with how they ended season 2.

R: Seeing all my beloved characters on screen again made me smile. They own a special place in my heart, and it’s good to see that they’re starting where they left off in season 2. No time jumps or anything. Some cute and awkward couple scenes, and one person being sad about the fact that Victor didn’t appear at his door.

Q: Isabel attending her first PFLAG meeting. Awkward and not surprising at all, or what did you think?

L: You are always your own harshest critic, and comparing yourself to others has never helped anybody. We all have our own journey for a reason. It did feel very one brand for her to have a ‘breakdown’ like that. I feel like this experience, or rather confrontation with her own demons concerning Victor’s coming out, helped her a lot in coming to terms with the reflection she still has to do deep down.

J: To be honest, I expected her to eventually go. So her attending PFLAG wasn’t as much of a shock to me, but the way they pulled it off was just another whole mess of awkwardness. I am glad she went though, considering it seemed like a good first step to open her mind a bit more. It will take time, but she is on the right track.

N: It wasn’t too awkward until the end, when she flew off her hinges. You can tell that she still hasn’t forgiven herself for damaging her bond with her son, but I think after she keeps doing these meetings and keeps going the way she is, she’ll be fine.

S: I didn’t even expect her to finally go to PFLAG, so her going was already a surprise to me. I feel like Isabel needed it to be awkward to see how different people are with the acceptance, but also to realize that no parent is perfect. It was bound to be awkward, since she admitted how much she struggled. It’s all about the baby steps.
R: It was pretty damn much awkward, but I think it made her realize that she truly didn’t forgive herself at all. So, that’s a win. She still needs time and maybe some more conversations to actually feel okay with herself again. This PFLAG meeting may have opened her eyes even more. It might be hard to hear everything in this meeting about parents accepting their children pretty quickly, but again, this might move her onto the next step.

Q: How do you feel about Victor having a make out friend as soon as Benji returned from rehab?

L: I also didn’t think he would go for that, but I don’t blame him. He just figured himself out and went straight into a relationship. Now he wants to explore a little. I’d say that is pretty normal. That the other guy then started to play an ‘actual’ part was not needed, though.

J: I have to agree with the others. I didn’t picture Victor ever being up for a hook-up, but thinking about it, he can’t be blamed. He just wanted to throw himself out there and enjoy life a little. The fact that the guy kept reappearing though was way too much. I don’t see the point in adding “a third option” in the last season. There was already enough other stuff going on.

N: I didn’t take him for the hook-up, kinda guy. I feel like this didn’t necessarily add anything to the story, but I get the writers wanting to add something that might be relatable, when you’re into someone and they just wanna hook-up, and you go with it because you’re into them. Anyway, I could’ve done without this story line.

S: I mean, I did not expect him to be that kind of guy, but simultaneously he did get broken up with. We all tend to forget that Victor wasn’t out before Benji, and that the whole gay relationship is still completely new to him. I like the fact that he got to explore this a bit more in this season. However, I feel like the way they handled it doesn’t fully fit his character.

R: I truly didn’t think Victor would be that making out kinda guy, but here we are. This last season is full of surprises, and definitely not good ones, if I’m honest. Why did they have to bring up another guy? Victor already has Benji and Rahim on his list, and is already struggling immensely. This whole storyline is not needed at all and completely irrelevant. But hey, let’s go with another love triangle in this last season, shall we?

Q: Rahim tutoring Benji. Does this feel like a rushed from enemies to best friends storyline, or what is going on here?

L: I thought it was funny. Especially because I expected it when they built it up so elaborately. The only reason they never had the opportunity to be friends was because they were both into Victor. I like this development.

J: It definitely felt way too rushed. At first I was worried they were going full force for the rivals to lovers trope, but even the way it ended up now was a little too forced for my taste. While I am glad they bonded, it was simply too much with everything else going on.

N: I liked this progression, but at the end of the day, it’s not all just Rahim’s fault. But I was kinda scared they were going to turn them into a couple with how rushed it was.

S: It was pretty funny to me, but yeah, it gave me bad enemies to lovers, and I wasn’t there for that. I literally shouted at my TV that they should definitely not mess around. I feel like that would be way too cliche to even think about. They finally got the opportunity to get to know each other, without Victor being there as a roadblock preventing them from friendship.

R: Definitely. However, I’m not sure why they want Victor’s two men to get along suddenly. There’s no reason for them to be best friends. Of course, they also don’t have to hate each other, but they took the next step quite fast, if you ask me. It’s like: Let’s throw them into these tutoring lessons so that they can figure out everything. Completely rushed, like most of the stuff this season.

Q: Armando finding out about Pilar and Felix. Understandable or completely overreacted?

L: Some fathers with their daughters are super intense like that. I find it unneeded, even though I can understand it to a certain degree. Felix is legit the least threatening, goofy, nice person ever, so in this case Armando was over the top. He knows Felix. He knows he is a good guy, so why make such a drama? Of course, TV series think they need to include every point of drama they can. eyeroll

J: Completely overreacted for sure! I understand that those situations often happen in real life, but Armando’s reaction was way over the top. Especially considering it was Felix. Someone that her parents had known for a while.

N: I think it was an overreaction. I understand the dad’s need to protect his daughter. But her being a teen and having a boyfriend is the most normal thing, and Felix is genuinely a good guy.

S: This dude is the king of overreacting. Dads in TV shows are always good at pissing me off, and this was no exception. I hate how he is written as the stereotypical dad who gets angry at his daughter growing up. Like yes, I understand wanting your child to be safe and maybe not being ready to accept them growing up, but it’s so damaging both to Pilar and their relationship that he is this kind of dad. Like if you don’t get pissed off at your son’s dating, don’t do it to the daughter either!!

R: Can they just give Pilar a second to breathe? She’s not a child anymore. I get it, as a parent, you want to protect your kids, but this is truly not it. We are talking about Felix. Felix. He is like the perfect boyfriend you could ever ask for, and they should know that. Calm down and behave like actual grown up people, please. No need to get into psycho mode or whatsoever.

Have you seen the first four episodes of Love, Victor yet? If yes, what are your thoughts? Don’t forget to check this place when we will be back with another Love, Victor review for the remaining episodes.

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Rike is a very optimistic person who's trying to make the best out of everything. She's passionate about traveling, concerts, football and conventions. Most of the time she’s carrying her camera around to capture some moments. Her favorite football club is Borussia Dortmund and if she’s not watching the games on tv she's probably being in the stadium supporting the team.
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