The third season of the generational family drama from Hallmark begins weeks after its second season ends. This time with the more turmoil like its prior seasons, some of which lead us to feel all kinds of emotions, and some that will make us smile.
Chesapeake Shores, Season Three (2018) Hallmark Review
It’s been weeks now since the love of her life walked out of her life, but he’s finally coming back, and Abbey O’Brien (Meghan Ory) wants everything to be perfect. From the moment they reunite, Abbey is ready to pick up where she and her sweetheart left off. Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe) is ready to return to the quiet of Chesapeake Shores, which will be a nice rest after weeks of touring with his band. The best part is he’ll see Abbey, and her two daughters (Abbie Magnuson, Kayden Magnuson) again. But while he receives a warm welcome from those he loves most, he finds the business he partners with Abbey’s father, Mick (Treat Williams), struggles.
Meanwhile, Bree O’Brien (Emilie Ullerup) is working hard on editing her novel until her sister Jess (Laci J Mailey) gets a sneak peak. Inside the pages, Jess doesn’t like what she finds. To make matters worse, Jess says goodbye to the man she thought was the love of her life. Connor O’Brien (Andrew Francis) settles into life as an environmental lawyer while his relationship with his father is in tatters. Then there’s Kevin (Brendan Penny) who worries about a job offer, all while his feelings for Sarah (Jessica Sipos) continue to grow.
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Though I say it each time I review a season of this show, it continues to be a favorite of mine. I love the “realness” of the familial relationships, and so many of the romances. As I also said before, I do wish, that one or two of the romantic liaisons wouldn’t be on the edge (every. single. episode.) of being at an end. There’s more than enough conflict with siblings, exes, work, or other story plots that we don’t need so much strife in our OTPs. (By the way, I’m forever and always team #Trabby). That’s really my one big complaint about the series. Otherwise, it’s my favorite.
Renewed for a fourth season, but shortened to six episodes, one has to speculate whether or not it’ll be the last. (Or if perhaps it’s more to do with schedules and the networking making time for other programs after recent upset.) Until then, I enjoy these characters and their stories. The cast is perfect, and I like everyone together, and how the relationships evolve. Most of which feel (sometimes) awkward, yes, but also weirdly organic.
In terms of characterization, I think writers need to define what Trace wants. In the first season, he was all about being at home and happy in Chesapeake. Season two changes this as he feels (and is pressured) more of a pull towards wanderlust. Given how this season ends, it’s well past time to place a label on what it is the dude wants! Still love him though despite the indecision. Beyond this, I still like all of the characters, and must say, Simon grows on me this season – a lot.
There’s still plenty of doors left open, and while the end of this season may leave you a little bit heartbroken (it does me), it also gives hope for brighter days ahead; especially for Bree, and really the entire O’Brien clan. Either way, I’m pleased to finally be “all caught up” on this generational drama. Its summer 2019 return is one I cannot wait to see.
Do you watch this drama? If so, share what you love, dislike or love-to-hate about Chesapeake Shores, season three!! I’d love to know your thoughts – and what you want to see from this next year.
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