Since Greenleaf debuted in the catalog of Netflix, the series caught the attention and also, the predilection of the audience. Already, the premise of the plot instigates and arrests those who decide to give a chance to the program that since 2016 has revealed new talent and has already consecrated veteran actors and actresses of theater, cinema and independent work.
Originally produced and screened by OWN in the United States, Oprah Winfrey‘s main goal is to publicize and enhance the talent of black actors and actresses – I believe that almost 100% of Oprah‘s productions are starring black actors and actresses, as well ass the entire team. And not just that. Oprah is a feminist and this makes feminine empowerment and protagonism latent in the productions of her channel and in her day to day life.
The new year of Greenleaf came full of thrills and twists, showing the deployments of the previous year and causing the plot to be taken to another level and also, more and more, closing the siege on Grace (Merle Dandridge), being one of the female protagonists of greater importance in the plot – and this is not even because she is the main character.
As we saw at the end of Season Two, the marriage of Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) and Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David), trembled at the base when in the life and church of the Episcopal family, appeared Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett), an administrator of companies and financial professionals who decide to welcome the bishop at the height of his marital crisis, causing everything to collapse.
In addition to marriage, the Greenleaf business, which revolves around the Calvary Fellowship Church, also begins to go badly on the legs. With a huge debt, the religious institution has fallen into the fine mesh of federal revenue and has to bear the cost. Fruit of the mismanagement of Robert ‘Mac’ McCready (Gregory Alan Williams), that like posthumous inheritance, left to its family a big trouble to handle with.
The whole church is aware of the Greenleaf marital crisis and the divorce news, there is also a concern for the spiritual and financial future that Calvary can offer its members. In return, Lady Mae revisits her childhood friend, Pastor Maxine Patterson, performed brilliantly by veteran and award-winning singer and actress Patti LaBelle. Its participation in the season, sums up in three or four episodes, but the same steals the scene with its talent and brightness.
It is notorious that the friendship between Mae and Maxine remains as strong as the time that separated them. The chemistry between the actresses is perfect and one complements the other. The impression is that LaBelle and Lynn, have been friends for centuries and that the friendship between the actresses, surpassed and slipped in their performances, in the program – which may be the truest truth.
Another superimportant plot that is addressed in the third year of Greenleaf, comes from the previous year: domestic violence. At one point, Zora (Lovie Simone) decides to follow her instincts and the result is not as positive as she thought it would be. Before that, as a way of disciplining her for her bad behavior, her parents, Jacob (Lamman Rucker) and Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne), choose to give her a stiffer treatment and the result is quite shocking – not action , in itself, but the way Zoe deals with the family, their desires and everything.
Faith is again a subject in the third season of the program. Sophia (Desiree Ross), is affected by a health problem and brings to her, a certain consequence and the questioning about the existence of God, His deliverance, healing and the like, returns as a guideline for this moment in which the character lives. It comes to a similarity with the real life of us mere mortals.
Craig Wright, the creator of the series, continues in his role as showrunner and returns to write and direct some episodes of the current season, which functions / accumulates / works wonderfully well. His episodes, written and / or directed, are of pure dynamism and the forty-few minutes, fly by. Oprah does not return with her incredible acting as Mavis McCready, her acting behind the scenes behind the scenes as executive producer on the show.
As not everything is flowers, there are also the not so cool parts of the season, such as the relationship of Grace and Darrius Nash (Rick Fox). It seems that the writers focused on the marriage problems and division of property of the Greenleaf couple, which made the protagonist’s sentimental life in the background. Although Nash is quite useful to his girlfriend at some point in the plot.
Another dilemma that was taken “in the thighs” were the advent of Charity‘s (Deborah Joy Winans) divorce and Kevin (Tye White). There was no deepening in this nucleus. What the series showed, was an unbalanced Charity; dependent on medicines and tranquilizers; drunk, to the point of triggering alcoholism; a woman desperate for a man in order to remake her sentimental life; a somewhat denatured mother, who decides to run away with her son so that he does not stay with his father, who now lives a homosexual relationship with lawyer Aaron Jeffries (William H. Bryant).
Of course, all of this was the consequence of a sudden divorce and how Charity had dealt with all these problems. But there was not a beginning, a story, a focus on this problem. The writers dealt with it as if it were a gap filling, simply because they had to deal with the subject and period. I would very much have liked to have seen the beginning, the during and the end of the period of depression, which, like a snap of the fingers, was over.
In Kevin and Aaron‘s plot, there was no breakthrough either. A kissing, affectionate scene was waiting for Kevin to readapt his new married life, how he would be dealing with his long-suppressed homosexuality, and so on. Incidentally, the actor barely appears in the season and did not gain prominent scenes. A pity, since from the beginning, the dilemma “Kevin versus homosexuality”, would give a nice cloth to the sleeve.
A great secret is brought to the end of the season, which has an astounding ending, entitled to heavy intervention from the FBI. It is impossible to watch and not be moved and react through the scenes, by the way, were very well directed. Incidentally, it is because of this great secret that a new direction in Greenleaf will be taken from next year and that unfortunately, we will need to wait until Netflix or OWN channel updates its catalog with the fourth season.
It’s best to end here, or else, spoilers may arise and compromise your experience of marathoning the series. By the way, this third season is worthy of being marathoned in a very short time. The series pleased and it leaves like I want more. I can hardly wait for Greenleaf‘s next year to finally see Grace put all of her gift and talent into running a church and through her warm sermons, take back what’s Greenleaf rightfully.