Light the Night or Blue Hour is a thriller-drama series directed by Yichi Lien and stars Ruby Lin, Cheryl Yang, Yo Yang, Rhydian Vaughan and Derek Chang. Light the Night Part 3 has 8 episodes, each ranging between 45 – 50 minutes in length.
Netflix describes the series as:
In the red light district of 1980s Taipei, women at a popular Japanese night club navigate jealousy, heartbreak, friendship and love.
– Light the Night Part 3 review does not contain spoilers –
Light the Night Part 3 starts right where it left off – with Chiang-han getting murdered. The answer to the who is quite shocking in part because I didn’t expect it to be this much of a downer. Honestly, I thought it was Tzu-wei, for some odd reason, but no, it’s not him. As the series unravels the drug case and the different ways it connects to the bigger picture is pretty intense and intricate. Plus, we have more family drama for Yu-nung and Ching-yi continues to haunt her even after her death.
Light the Night has really become a series close to my heart because of how intricate the storyline is. Although it takes its time to define everything, whatever it does bring to the table is quite the stunner. The interpersonal conflicts, along with the overall drug and murder problem prove to mesh together quite well and even after two lengthy parts airing over the span of several months, I found myself quite attached to the characters and the story.
Of course, the series has the advantage of having 24 episodes (till now) so you’d expect the characters to be well-made and fleshed out. Even then, it can get oh-so-wrong, which this series stops from happening. As the stories jump from one plot to the other, you can’t help but wonder how any of this is happening. Ching-yi’s overall feelings and her betrayal is shocking and is one of the things that I clung to the most – to understand the why and how. The undertone of betrayal and her thoughts behind it is just so interesting to watch, albeit infuriating.
That’s the thing, right? Even after so many episodes, you still feel infuriated, betrayed, happy and a host of other emotions for these characters. I usually find myself swaying from shows which are this long, considering the one-hour runtime, but Light the Night does a wonderful job at never becoming boring. It doesn’t drag either, and when you watch the secondary characters and their lives, you still feel invested. This is mostly because the series has created characters who actually feel like human beings. Sure, you won’t technically understand being a Mamasan in a bar, but you feel their plights as human beings and women.
There’s this one epic scene in episode 19 that truly made watching this part worth it in every sense of the term. Part 3 brought the idea of sisterhood to the forefront, regardless of which side of the road you’re on. If a woman is in trouble, you stand by them. Rose and the women from Light standing up for Aiko was not only a sight to behold but also a lesson of taking action to prove that there’s still some humanity left in the world. Of course, it’s not like it wasn’t a big deal in previous instalments. However, this time around, it’s more empathetic somehow, without the undertone of melodrama. I love it.
Summing Up: Light the Night Part 3
Light the Night Part 3 is one of those rare shows that just get better with the more episodes that we watch. It’s interesting and highly engrossing, one that you won’t regret watching.
Light the Night Part 3 is streaming on Netflix.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.