Oh, does it feel good to say that The Bold Type is back, baby! Time may be an illusion, but that hiatus was as brutal as it was long – especially when last season ended with Jacqueline’s future at Scarlet Magazine in the air, Jane choosing between Ben and Pinstripe, and Kadena in heartbreakingly rocky waters.
Although every episode of The Bold Type is touching or inspiring without it being too weepy, the season three premiere knocks things out of the park, starting with the fallout of Kat’s break-up with Adena. But since – as with most Bold Type episodes – there are technically three plot-lines in the episode, I’ll be breaking the review down by character!
Aisha Dee gives one of the best performances of the episode, as we watch the usually confident and sure Kat struggle with the fallout of the Kadena Breakup.
Usually when a relationship is broken up on television, there’s very little recovery time for our characters before they inevitably wind up together again, because – hello, they’re fan favorites. Here, The Bold Type centers Kat’s emotional arc around the split, so that instead of feeling like the writers dragging out an already answered will they, won’t they it feels like a genuine break-up, one that hurts us as much as Kat.
Kat’s storyline isn’t just wallowing over sad movies – though that might help her – because certain changes at Scarlet Magazine push Kat out of her comfort zone and sends her spiraling, as she fights to meet the demands of her job. Through her woes we’re gifted an excellent insight at an amazing friendship if it carries on through the rest of the season.
While, I think some moments in the episode will definitely spark some conversation among the fandom, I felt that Kat’s motivations within the episode are from an understandable place, and I’m optimistic that this will lead to a fulfilling emotional arc…and hopefully a Kadena reunion. Please, writers?
Also, those last ten minutes. Brace yourself for those last ten minutes. It’s a raw, inspirational moment that will leave you weeping. Grab those fandom survival kits, lads. You’re gonna need tissues and possibly some chocolate.
Fluff is in the air, as the episode gives us a joyful glimpse at Sutton and Richard’s brand new public relationship. As most of the arcs in the episode, Sutton’s storyline is focused also on her relationship, as Richard suggests she move in with him….and then things get complicated.
One of the things I’ve always loved about Sutton and Richard’s relationship is that it has always been steady. Though they hit a rocky patch in season two, was there really ever any doubt they’d reunite? But where most other relationships on the show are somewhat up in the air or shifting, there’s a certain stability to Sutton and Richard’s relationship that’s so refreshing.
Not to say this episode is peaches and cream for the two of them – it definitely highlights their struggles, their weaknesses, but the final closing moments of them together is probably the healthiest moment I’ve seen a couple share before on TV.
And Sutton is, as always, retains all that bold elegance and charm that made us all fall for her to begin with. I expect to see at least one scene GIF-ed a million times, if not I’ll be disappointed.
Jane’s arc is… definitely the most spoiler-y of them all which makes talking about it difficult. Rest assured, we do find out who she chooses! And despite my past reservations about them, this episode really proves why he and Jane are a great match together.
However, where Sutton and Kat’s arcs were almost tied directly to their romantic relationships, Jane’s arc is tied to the relationship that makes her who she is: her long-standing love for Scarlet Magazine.
As trailers revealed, a man has been selected to run the digital aspect of Scarlet Magazine – and in a world where men are still by and large writing and directing more things than women, Jane’s indignation of a man being selected to run anything about a women’s magazine is completely understandable.
As the episode moves forward, we get to see Tiny Jane back in action as she digs her heels into her own mystery, but the answers she gets back aren’t quite the ones she expected. But as the episode closes, Jane discovers that her super sleuth intuition might not have been so far off in her original estimation of things.
Season three is already shaping up to be a great one (and! It includes more Alex, which is an instant win for me) and I can foresee so many tears, laughs, ups and downs, as well as twist and turns and challenges in ours and the fashion closet trio’s future. But if there weren’t, would it be The Bold Type?