Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a really unusual premise for a show, combining comedy, mental health and fantasy musical elements into one intense package. I have to admit that if I read the description of the show it probably wouldn’t appeal to me at all but somehow the combination really works and I have been hooked since the first season.
Season three kicks off straight after Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) has been left at the altar by Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). After a period of being AWOL she has returned hellbent on revenge but not sure how to enact it. Meanwhile Josh cannot deal with his guilt and has decided to go to priest school, not be be confused with pre-school.
As Rebecca returns to work and starts to embroil Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) and her other co-workers in her plans, the truth of all of her past behaviour is at threat of coming out and she must turn to more and more drastic measures to save herself or face everything crashing down around her.
It is in this season that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend turns from mostly comedy to being a really hard hitting look at mental health issues and how they impact individuals and society. While Rebecca’s struggles are at the forefront it is very obvious that all the characters have issues and that it is true that no one is really completely okay. This makes for very compelling viewing and sometimes for me a borderline uncomfortable level of relatability.
It’s still funny but the songs are not as silly and catchy as they were and it can be harder to get engaged in the subplots of Darryl (Pete Gardner) wanting a baby, Heather (Vella Lovell) trying to find herself or Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) coming to terms with herself than it was in the first two seasons.
It’s a powerful and gutsy show that isn’t afraid to approach some scary and taboo topics. While watching the season I wondered where exactly it had to go next but the shock ending creates an interesting premise and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 4.