Review: FX/Hulu’s The Bear, Season 3 Episode 1 (No Spoilers)

Review: FX/Hulu’s The Bear, Season 3 Episode 1 (No Spoilers)

“The next day and the days that led to it.” Makes Season 3’s Opening Sequence A Journey Into Those Deep Dark Places Where Inspiration and Creativity Are Birthed

Review by: JB Brookman

The Season 3 first episode of The Bear is an ethereal and deeply spiritual experience.

This is the episode we have been yearning for…

It goes to the places and gently transports us to the stories behind the story that we have been silently wondering about. The stories that made “Chef Carmy” the character that we can’t take our eyes off of.

“I just feel like… I’m never going to see you again?”

“You’re gonna’ see me again…”

Abby Elliott and Jeremy Allen White. Conversation between Carmy and his sister Natalie “Sugar” Berzatto

The Bear season 2 finale left us with Chef Carmen Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) locked inside the brutally cold freezer, facing the chilling horrors of his own mental health and memories of his abusive family. He is a man, trapped. A man with a choice to make between the obsession of a quite possibly unlimited gift and the emerging love of a girl who has brought him real and true joy.

Instead of answering this question, we are whisked away backwards- to three different cities and… well, no spoilers here.

If you are new to The Bear, it has quite possibly given us the best first two seasons of drama in television/streaming history. It’s so frantic and stressful and energetic that you will often have to stop your binge and take breaks.

“The Bear is about food, family, the insanity of the grind, the beauty of sense of urgency and the steep slippery downsides. As Carmy fights to transform both The Original Beef of Chicagoland and himself, he works alongside a rough-around-the-edges kitchen crew that ultimately reveal themselves as his chosen family.”

The cast is perfection. Ayo Edebiri has already captured our hearts as Chef Sydney and the performance of the talented actress/writer/comedian has already earned her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. We seem to live this Chicago-based story through the big expressive eyes of Ebon Moss-Bachrach who dominates the screen as Cousin Ritchie.

The sleepers of the cast are the amazing actors sprinkled into smaller roles- like real-life chef Matty Masterson, don’t call her Brat Pack legend Molly Ringwald, Robert Townsend, Joel McHale, John Mulaney, Sarah Paulson, Josh Hartnett, Bob Odenkirk and Jon Cena. And, then of course the master-level performances in Season 2 from Jamie Lee Curtis and Olivia Colman.

The Soundtrack of the Bear is insane! In the first 2 seasons we have already rocked out to Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, Neil Finn of Crowded House, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, WILCO, Van Morrison, John Mayer, George Harrison, Counting Crowes, Brian Eno, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, John Mellancamp and Sufjan Stevens.

Jump into the chaos and stream The Bear today. It’s one of those shows that truly might change your life.

PS: Look out for Season 2, Episode 7

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