Winter 2019 Anime

Curiosity Killed The Suspense – ‘The Promised Neverland’ Episode 3 Review

Curiosity Killed The Suspense - An Anime QandA Review for 'The Promised Neverland' Episode 3

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What’s the show? The Promised Neverland, Episode 3.

So how’s this episode? This is going to be a shorter review because I’ve not got much to say and I’ve got better things to do than talk about this show–like sleep.

Ouch, roasted! I’m just relaying my thoughts the same way other people do–albeit with a lot more ~sass~ because apparently I’m like that.

Apparently. So what, this episode was no good? I feel like I wasted 20 minutes of my life watching this.

Not holding my breath any longer! Rant incoming!

So there was nothing redeemable about it? I said I “wasted 20 minutes” not 25, so clearly 5 minutes were worthwhile.

Okay, so while we’re on the negative what was so bad about the 20 minutes that were “wasted”. For large swathes of this episode I was incontestably bored. I don’t care about what’s motivating the new ‘adult’ character Miss Krone (haha subtle…), I don’t care about where Emma and the others think the tracking chip is located and I absolutely don’t care about training up the other kids to escape by playing tag. This felt like an episode that was doing absolutely everything other than providing a compelling narrative experience by spinning its wheels at the starting gate. We should be heading into the Abyss by now not still having interminably endless dialogue scenes where children theorise and conjecture in dimly lit rooms–THIS IS NOT ENTERTAINING.

Derp, don’t care.

I’ll note that you capitalised “Abyss” in that last sentence and presume it wasn’t a typo. That’s me just reminding myself (and my readers I guess) that ‘Made In Abyss’ exists and is a similar sort of story but is like seventy-three times better than this series. But that’s a subject for another day…

Okay, sure.

Right. So I take it you have a ~fix~ for this series. You seem awfully insistent that the show is at fault rather than the concept behind it. The narrative is interesting, the setting is interesting, the characters are interesting. The execution is clumsy and dull and uninteresting. Despite me knowing absolutely zero about this series I am 100% sure these kids (not sure how many but probably the main three at least) will escape. My increasing worry is that this won’t happen ‘til Episode 12 and having a pay-off that I already predicted in Episode 1 is irritating. Here, I’ll fix the show–instead of having Episode 1 (and subsequent episodes) take place entirely at the Orphanage have the series set after the kids escaped already. Then throughout each episode cut between the drama of their escape mixed with the drama of them planning their escape in flashbacks. Tie in important revelations to relevant things that come out of their time outside. It’s double the drama without too much of a hit to the narrative substance! Doesn’t that sound more interesting? But instead we’re treated to this ultra-extended prologue to an escape which is neither tense nor satisfying.

Imagine how much more effective this scene would have been if we’d spent, oh I don’t know, let’s say 3 episodes with other kids from the orphanage in the “outside” world during their escape and then we learn that one of them is a traitor? But that’d be a better show, so nevermind…

I thought you said this was going to be a “short” review… I’ll do what I can, dammit!

So not a fan then? Overall thoughts? I’ll reiterate a point I made in a previous review and double down on it–this show is curious but not compelling. I’m curious about what will happen after the kids escape, I’m curious about the world outside the orphanage but being constrained inside these walls is not the least bit compelling. I’ll keep watching in the hope of the ‘compelling’ outweighing the ‘curiosity’.

More of this insanity, please.

Previous ‘The Promised Neverland’ Reviews:

Growing Up Is Hard – Episode 1 Review
The Promise Of What’s Out There – Episode 2 Review


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8 comments on “Curiosity Killed The Suspense – ‘The Promised Neverland’ Episode 3 Review

  1. I’m kind of in the opposite camp given I’m very interested in the planning process of the escape and the hurdles they need to overcome to get there and I’ve loved how most of the scenes have been framed so far. Sister Krone’s introduction and over the top sequence in her room has probably been the only point that so far hasn’t hit the mark for me because that was just too overt and silly for a show that seems to be playing the concept very straight. While the world outside the farm is of interest to me, I’m more interested in the kids and how they learn and work together and how emotionally they react with each new discovery. Whether they escape or not I’m definitely in to this story and these characters.

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  2. I would say the show is likely to get more exciting but probably less compelling as we move away from forming bonds and relationships and concentrate on more action heavy episodes….

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    • As it stands I’m not particularly invested in the characters though that’s mostly because I think they are disappointedly characterized. I know they are common archetypes but having the girl character be the one with empathy and consideration (aka emotional) for wanting to save all the kids and the boys (mostly Ray) being logical and reasoned feels old-fashioned, lazy and really rubs me the wrong way.

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      • I remember you didn’t want to see this show at all from the start. I’m pretty surprised you’re still sticking with it

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      • I didn’t want to watch something that was edgy for the sake of edgy—which I assumed it was—the fact that it isn’t is keeping me watching above all else.

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  3. The issue with pulling flashbacks in a horror story is that the viewer more or less has a clear idea of who lives and who doesn’t, therefore deflating a lot of tension. It’s the possibility that one of the kids will die that Promised Neverland seems to be hinging on.

    That said, I get all of your other points. I’m probably liking this show more than you but I have been thinking that it’s overhyped.

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