16th Mar2018

‘Gomorrah: The Complete Season Three’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf


Gomorrah is a show about a den of vipers who use people and spit them out when they are past their worth. We shouldn’t like the characters, but we still do, especially Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D’Amore). So is Gomorrah: The Complete Season Three as good as previous seasons?

With Genny Savastano (Salvatore Esposito) taking over his father’s empire, it doesn’t take him long before he has a fall from grace. Back in Naples and away from his wife and child, the only person he finds he can turn to is Ciro, the man who assassinated his father.

After the events of last season, Ciro is a changed man. Putting himself through hell working for the Russian mafia, it doesn’t take him long to make his way home. When he finds himself working with Genny yet again, it is telling that he isn’t doing it for personal wealth or power, but to reunite a family. If anything, he’s learnt from the loss of his own (at his own hands) what really is important.

Calling Gomorrah the Italian version of The Sopranos may seem hyperbole, but it really is the truth. In ways, I would argue that it is a better show. In the previous seasons we’ve seen the gang world of Italy tear itself apart, mainly through the actions of Ciro. He may not be a character of high morale standing, but he is charismatic.

What I found with Gomorrah: The Complete Season Three is yet again, Ciro is at his Machiavellian best. Taking a new young criminal, Enzo (Arturo Muselli) he uses the man’s inexperience against him. Pushing him to the very heights of the criminal world, his only aim in this is to use him to wage a war for Genny. There is a telling side to Ciro though, and I do get the feeling that he cares for Enzo, also known as Blue Blood somewhat, and wants to see him be a success.

Typical of Gomorrah, there are highs and lows for the gangs, and in many ways this is the brilliance of the show. It is designed to pull the audience in and have that “Just another episode” feel to it, until you have gone through the entire season. Ciro is the real maestro behind what happens, even when things go out of control, the difference this year of course is he doesn’t fear death, if anything he welcomes it.

It will be interesting to see where Gomorrah goes from here, especially with the events in the final episode. I won’t go into it too much, but it does change the show dramatically, with a feel that the slate is wiped clean with a new story waiting to be written. The problem with this of course is that the story yet to come has to be as good as the one that we’ve loved so far.

If you’ve loved the previous seasons of Gomorrah, then you’ll love Gomorrah: The Complete Season Three. The season is a complicated game of chess where the stakes are high, and every piece has a complicated part in what is to come. A show that isn’t afraid to spill blood of even the most popular characters, it will be interesting to see where the show is heading in future seasons.

***** 5/5

Gomorrah: The Complete Season Three is available in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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