Sharp Objects episode 3 review

Sharp Objects episode 3 review

Still catching up? Read our review of episode 2 here.

You’re not really all that fussed about finding out what happened to any of those dead girls in Sharp Objects, are you? No? Oh, thank goodness. That’s handy. Only we’re getting nowhere near discovering any information about Wind Gap’s child killer and we’re now a full three episodes of eight into the thing.

If you think that a crime drama and whodunit that’s pretty unconcerned with its central crime or whodunit is weird… The fact that the show is still excellent regardless of that fact is even stranger. Sharp Objects may well be using the murders of children as a plot device, but we doubt that somehow. We’re certain the truth will out in the end, the loose ends will be tied up and the final product will be satisfying.

In the meantime? We’ll just enjoy the tone and atmosphere of the piece and take in the flashbacks and character development…

That’s what episode 3 put on the table: more fleshing out of the main protagonist Camille Preaker and some of the peripheral characters – mostly Camille’s Jekyll and Hyde stepsister Amma – while absolutely no in-roads are made into who killed Natalie Keene and Ann Nash whatsoever. Still, maybe this is just what real-life murder investigations are like. Slow burns with few developments that give off a faint whiff of inaction.

Could the answer to the mystery lie somewhere in Camille’s past? Well, it’s only too possible. Especially given the weight the first three episodes have given her, her family and her backstory. We’re doubtful the killer comes from the Preaker household, but there’s definitely something odd going on in that – we have to say extremely tastefully decorated – house.

Adora’s still yet to show a loveable side with her notable disdain for her firstborn even more obvious than ever here in episode 3. She blames everything on Camille: Amma’s issues, her second daughter’s death, even when she’s pricked by a sharp object herself – in this case, a rose – it’s Amy Adams’ character that’s to blame, apparently.

There was precious little sweetness from Amma this week either. We saw her drunk, abusive, spiteful and manipulative. Although at one point she did pet a pig quite sweetly. So maybe there’s some hope for her yet.

Amma’s nastiness put paid to a rather light moment towards the end of the episode where Camille and Detective Willis shared beers, chasers and a little outdoor flirting. One lollipop in the hair and a few childish shouts of ‘dick’! and the boozy bonding session was over.

The biggest revelation here in ‘Fix’ came to us in bursts of the past. Camille’s memory slashes through everything that happens to her in the here and now and we got to see perhaps the most recent traumatic event to happen in her life. On voluntarily checking herself into a mental health facility, she rooms with a young girl called Alice (Sydney Sweeney). The similarities between the two are obvious. So when Alice violently takes her own life by drinking bleach, the damage done to Camille’s psyche is immense. The damage done to her body is even more shocking – we’ve never seen a rusty screw that bolts a toilet seat to the base used so gruesomely before…

So as we head to the halfway point of Sharp Objects we’re no further into the plot than we were by the end of the first hour of it. Ordinarily, that would be pretty enraging. But the pace and patience here are actually quite endearing. That said, next week’s going to need to up its game on the plot front somewhat. Slow is fine. Unrushed is good. But glacial? Well, that’s just frustrating.

Did you tune in for Sharp Objects episode 3? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Read Steve’s recap of episode 4 here.

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