Devi Vishwakumar returned to our screens recently with Never Have I Ever Season 3. And the ever-goofy teen finally has what she always wanted: She is dating the hottest guy in the school, Paxton Hall-Yoshida, and is kinda famous among her fellows now.
Now, what could go wrong? Well, when it’s Devi, apparently, a lot can still go wrong. The new season follows our protagonist, embarking on a journey of self-discovery as she continues to try to deal with romantic relationships, school, friends, family and her grief.
Devi has Matured Over the Years
What works in favor of the new season is that we get to see a much more mature version of Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan). That does not mean that the teen has lost her quirk. She is still a mess, which adds to the humor of the show, but after all that she went through in the previous two seasons, Devi is now more responsible, and the growth in her character is clearly visible.
While some can call her ‘complicated’, the portrayal is actually very real, and we can all relate to the anxiety and overthinking she goes through on a daily basis. We may not like some of her questionable actions, but we definitely feel connected to her because of her relatability. That is what the showrunners have succeeded to maintain over the years.
“Did we discover that being in a relationship doesn’t solve all of our problems?” this confrontation by the therapist Dr Jamie Ryan hits hard, as Devi realizes her relationship with Paxton is not how she expected it to be. Devi, being Devi, still messes things up after that, but her reaction to situations is now a little less chaotic.
The New Season Features Some Unexpected Bonds
The most surprising element of the season was the unexpected bonding between Paxton (Darren Barnet) and Ben (Jaren Lewison). The two find themselves entrapped together in a hilarious situation. While the scene starts off as a fun sequence, it gets intense as the two engage in a deep conversation and end up motivating each other.
Fabiola’s (Lee Rodriguez) bond with Aneesa (Megan Suri) is another relationship that viewers didn’t see coming. Nalini, meanwhile, is a lot more flexible with Devi, as she has also grown as a parent.
She realizes how lonely she has been after the death of her husband and finally forms a friendship with a new Indian lady in town. How that ends up is a whole different story. Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Trent’s (Benjamin Norris) chemistry also looked engaging as they went through their own ups and downs.
The Show is Fast Paced
Some may find the show a little rushed as the whole year at school is covered in ten episodes. But the pacing will work for others, especially for long-time fans, as the season keeps them hooked, and there is never a dull moment.
Other aspects of production, the performances, locations, costumes and dialogues are all top-notch. A lot of effort has been put into writing which makes the show feel fresh even after two seasons and also differentiates it from other teen dramas.
All in all, the show makes for a good watch, and we are already excited to see what the next season has in store for Devi and her friends.
Never Have I Ever Season 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.