The Circle S3
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and reality show as players flirt, befriend and catfish each other online, all in a bid to win $100 000.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
When The Circle first debuted on Netflix in early 2020, it
became an immediate hit. In this one-of-kind reality show, contestants battle
it out for a prize of $100 000, but there’s a catch – they don’t get to meet
until the very end.
Participants are allowed to communicate with one another via
The Circle’s private social media app. The app allows them to create profiles,
start group or private chats and is also the system used to deliver
“alerts” (updates or instructions on gameplay). Players get to rank
each other, and the two highest-ranked individuals become
“influencers”. Just like in the real world, the
“influencer” title is coveted and comes with a lot of (short-lived)
power – they get to decide who goes home.
It is, quite literally, a popularity contest.
The Circle (S3) takes the concept of social media, and how
people use it to communicate and form bonds and compresses that into a
The first two seasons were extremely popular among fans, and
it didn’t take long for this one to appear on Netflix’s trending list in SA
just days after it debuted.
I was excited to see a new season of the show return so
quickly after the last one concluded, but, admittedly, I wondered what
producers would do to keep fans entertained. Yes, the catfish element spices
things up, but we’ve seen that before.
Fortunately, a fresh heap of twists was on offer, and I
lapped it all up. I’m talking copycats, burner profiles, and a winner that not
everyone saw coming.
While I didn’t binge this one in quite the same
fashion/period of time as I did the first two, the show accomplished what it
set out to – it entertained, excited and even enraged me at times. Because,
just like with social media, I ended up getting drawn into the lives of people
I don’t even know.
The series also offers up quite a few laughs, with comedian
Michelle Buteau making her return as the host.
On a side note, I’m starting to think contestants are
contractually obliged to use hashtags with every single message sent because
And if the drama, laughs and backstabbing is not enough to
get you to tune into the third season of The Circle, then it may be the love
connections that grab your attention, as some players end up falling for each
If you haven’t seen The Circle, I’d suggest starting with
season one of the show, and taking the wild ride all the way to season three.
And if you’re already a fan, then season three is definitely worth the watch.
But I’ll be honest; it’s a lot more fun when you’re watching
with someone else, choosing sides and passing notes in between. That said,
producers may have to work just a little harder to get me interested in a
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: