Netflix’s Arcane Act 3 Review: The Final Act Of A Fantastic Season

It’s time. Arcane Act 3 brings forth the conclusion to Netflix’s highest-rated and most popular series of all time, and you can believe that it will be a good one. What good is speculation now that we have the series in front of us, anyway? Let’s get right into the review!

Arcane Act 3 Overview

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Arcane is an animated series set in the Arcane League of Legends Universe that acts as a prequel to the series. The series was first announced at the game’s 10th-anniversary celebration in 2019, but Covid put an end to those plans as it was postponed to late 2021. The series is directed by Pascal Charrue and Jerome Combe of Le Dernier Gaulois fame, alongside the director of the Imagine Dragons x League of Legends music video, Arnaud Delord.

It is voiced by the likes of Hailee Steinfeld and Katie Leung, who portray various League of Legends champions such as Vi and Jinx, previously known as Powder. Each act contains three episodes released weekly to be available exclusively on Netflix. If you don’t have a Netflix account, your favourite Twitch streamers might just be co-streaming it for free on their channels, so you can go ahead and watch the series that way. Don’t worry, it’s completely legal. You can read our review of Act 2 here.

– Arcane Act 3 Review does not contain spoilers –

Arcane Act 3 Review- The Plot

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The third act of Arcane acts as the resolution to the entire season of the show. There are surprise returns, elusive change of minds, and plot twists, the like of which will pull you right into the show alongside the characters. The show revved up its gears for its final outing this time around, and what resulted was an emotional and action-packed trio of episodes that were just as good if not better than the phenomenal first act of three episodes.

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Arcane Episode 7 was essentially the final setup and lead-in into the season’s grand finale. Vi and Powder’s relationship becomes more volatile than it already is, Caitlyn and Vi encounter an old friend in the form of Ekko and try to save the world from the never-ending conflict between Piltover and Zaun, all while Jayce and Mel prepare for war. It was a great episode that served as a platform for the other two more fast-paced ones.

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Arcane Episode 8 saw Jinx permanently change for the worse and the long-awaited meeting between Vi and Jayce. This led to a phenomenal action scene towards the end of the episode that was perhaps the best in the show so far. Viktor has a tragedy of his own, and we also see a lot of Mel’s personality shine. Silco demonstrates how he has become the fan favourite character of the show in a great meeting of the minds between him and Jayce.

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You would be forgiven for not thinking Arcane Episode 9 is the last episode of Arcane Season 1. The series introduced a new character in the last episode of the show for some weird reason, and she didn’t even play much of a role in the conclusion of the show. And what a fantastic conclusion it was, as the final meeting between Vi, Jinx, Silco, and Caitlyn was one of the most intense and gripping scenes in this entire year of television. The series also ended with a bang, but To say that it ended is a little misleading.

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Looking at the show’s final moments, you can be sure that an Arcane Season 2 is well on its way for us to enjoy and froth at the mouths over. That can only be a good thing, right? Well, yes, but to accomplish that, the show ends on a huge cliffhanger, and I was hoping for a more concrete ending to the show. Nevertheless, more Arcane can only be a good thing, as the quality of this season proved beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Arcane Act 3 Review- The Characters

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I’m sure this is a controversial opinion, but I didn’t particularly appreciate how some characters were treated in this act of Arcane. Characters made decisions that didn’t fit them at all for the sake of creating tension when there was already plenty of that to go around. Why would a scientist such as Jayce go to beat up an entire gang of thugs alone? Why do people believe Silco when he says that he loves Jinx when all he has done since the start is manipulate her? Speaking of Jinx, why does her and Vi’s relationship not get more time in the series?

There were also way too many characters to keep track of in just 9 episodes, and even still, the show kept adding more of them right until the end. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and I believe that’s what happened in the final act of Arcane. We are expected to believe that Vi and Caitlyn have formed a strong bond based on the 11 minutes they have spent together. That’s not good character writing by any definition, and the show could have done a lot better,

Arcane Act 3 Review- Art and Music

Think of how good the first two acts of Arcane looked and sounded. Now consider this- Arcane Act 3 looked better than both of them combined. It was masterfully animated and filled with hundreds of tiny details that you would catch if you’re a fan of the game the show is based on. The action scenes are some of the best you’ll ever see, and the magic that the animation director achieved with lighting is a sight to behold.

The music was also top-notch, with a bunch of fantastic new insert songs that were, as usual, accompanied by a fantastic score and some great OSTs too boot. Arcane looks and sounds heavenly, and you can be sure that all the positive feedback the show has gotten so far would lead to an even bigger budget for Arcane Season 2. Now that’s what is really exciting about the next time it is on screen.

Verdict

Arcane Act 3 was a phenomenal end to a fantastic series that has already cemented itself among the all-time greats of animation. There are still a lot of loose ends to be tied and stories to be resolved, and you can be sure that they will be answered in Arcane Season 2.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Plot
Characters
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SUMMARY

Arcane Act 3 was a phenomenal end to a fantastic series that has already cemented itself among the all-time greats of animation. There are still a lot of loose ends to be cut and stories to be resolved, and you can be sure that they will be answered in Arcane Season 2.

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