The third season dates back to a whole host of new events, where there is a serious case of the disappearance of a young boy from Arkansas and his sister in 1980. That case may give rise to vivid memories and constant questions about retired investigator Wayne Hayes. Wayne appeared to have had the case 35 years ago with his partner Roland West, which is surprising during all that happens.
People aren't going to freak out about this the way they did about the first two seasons, for better or for worse. But judging from the Season's Three opening one-two punch, they're apt to quiet down and listen.
But despite a tremendous lead performance from Mahershala Ali, it doesn't quite reach the heights of Season 1, either. More than anything, it feels unnecessary, hitting the same self-consciously grim notes we've seen plenty of times before.