CinemaBlind’s Review – 100%
Slow Horses is back with its much-awaited third season, and I am happy to say that it is even better than what came before. The Gary Oldman dark comedy-drama has to be one of the best TV shows in the entire world, but sadly it is still not getting the attention it deserves.
Based on the third novel of the Slough House book series titled Real Tigers by Mick Herron, the new season starts in Istanbul with Alison Dunn (Katherine Waterston), an MI5 agent, and Sean Donovan (Sope Dirisu), head of security. The relationship between these two sets up the events for the upcoming episodes and while we don’t see the Slow Horses in the opening scene, they get caught up in this new mess pretty soon.
When it comes to the Slow Horses, not much has changed. River (Jack Lowden) still resents everything about his job, Katherine (Saskia Reeves) is still nice and fighting to keep the demons of her past at bay, Louisa (Rosalind Eleazar) misses Min (Dustin Demri-Burns) but she is getting on with her life, Ho (Christopher Chung) is suddenly in love with Louisa, Marcus (Kadiff Kirwan) and Shirley (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) are teaming up to get out of Slough House, and Jackson Lamb (Oldman) is still farting up the whole place while bullying each of his underlings.
The performances of the entire cast are great as usual. Oldman and Kristen Scott Thomas still stand out but every actor in the series gives in a commendable performance. In this season, we get much more of Sophie Okonedo‘s MI5 Head Ingrid Tearney, and Samuel West‘s Home Secretary Peter Judd, and to say the least, they don’t disappoint.
It feels like the quality of writing is only going up from the previous two seasons, and it was already great in the first two seasons. The funny one-liners have become more mean and entertaining to watch for instance Scott Thomas’s Diana says this to one of the Slow Horses in a scene: “Keep walking until you get to the sea, and when you get to the sea, keep walking with your mouth open”.
So, in conclusion, Slow Horses Season 3 is still great, and it’s a shame that it only has six episodes because after watching all of them you will be restlessly waiting for Season 4, which has already been renewed and probably shot. So, please check out Slow Horses on Apple TV+, because it is worth it.