‘Ultraviolet’ is a Polish crime drama television series that airs on AXN Poland and is available on Netflix for international audiences. Created by Wendy West, the show is loosely based on Deborah Halber’s 2014 non-fiction book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases and follows a group of amateur detectives who solve criminal cases which the police can’t.
Season 1 of ‘Ultraviolet’ first premiered on AXN Poland in October 2017 and made its way to Netflix later in 2018. It received pretty positive responses from television critics and audiences alike, and unsurprisingly, it was renewed for a second season. Now, the next question is, will there be an ‘Ultraviolet’ season 3? Let’s find out.
Ultraviolet Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Ultraviolet’ Season 2 premiered on December 19, 2019, on Netflix, in all its entirety of 12 episodes.
Poland’s AXN has not offered any update on whether the show will be renewed for a third installment. But if they do, we should note that season 2 was released two years after season 1’s finale. So, it may be a while until the third installment makes its way to tv screens. However, if the creators decide to follow a regular, annual format from now on, ‘Ultraviolet’ season 3 will most likely release sometime in December 2020 on Netflix, after it finishes its run in Poland.
Ultraviolet Cast: Who is in it?
The main protagonist of the show, Ola Serfin, is played by Marta Nieradkiewicz, while Ola’s surrogate father Henryk Bak is played by Marek Kalita. Sebastian Fabijanski plays Detective Michal Holender while Bartlomiej Topa plays Michal’s boss, Inspector Waldemar Kraszewski.
Tomek Malak, the founder of the online amateur sleuths network Ola discovers, is played by Michal Zurawski. Other cast members who get significant screen time in the show include Viet Anh Do as Piast Kolodziej, Karolina Chapko as Dorota Polanska, Paulina Chapko as Regina Polanska, Magdalena Czerwinska as Beata Misiak, and Agata Kulesza as Anna Serafin.
If the show does return for a third season, we expect most of these cast members to make comebacks and reprise their roles.
Ultraviolet Plot: What is it about?
Simply speaking, ‘Ultraviolet’ is an online community of amateur detectives who use technology to their advantage to solve crimes. In their quest to seek justice, they make peculiar and quirky friends and end up solving cases left unsolved by the police.
The show begins when Ola Serfin moves from London to her hometown of Łódź in Poland. Back in town, Ola starts working as a driver and is driving an overprivileged college student around when she bears witness to what she believes is a crime. After dropping the student off at her destination, Ola sees the body of a woman fall from an overpass and get hit by a speeding vehicle.
When the police arrive, they conclude that the woman jumped to her death from the overpass. However, Ola, who witnessed the entire incident tries to explain to the police that she was pushed and did not jump off. However, the two police officers, Detective Michal Holender and Inspector Waldemar Kraszewski don’t believe Ola and they try to hastily close the case by writing it off as suicide. Having known Kraszewski from her brother’s murder case earlier, Ola refuses to give in, but in vain.
Ridiculed by the police, Ola then becomes determined to solve the mystery behind what the believes was murder. For the same, she Googles how to solve crimes without police help and ends up finding the website for Ultraviolet – an online community of amateur sleuths who solve criminal cases which police don’t. As she gets acquainted with the community, she also gets to know its founder, former airport security staff Tomek Malak. With the help of Tomek and other members of the community, all of whom bring different skill sets to the table, Ola goes about seeking justice.
Throughout most of the show, Ola and her surrogate father and automobile forensics expert Henryk Bak do most of the detective legwork, and they’re also aided by Detective Holender when he realizes that Ola is on to something. In her quest for justice, Ola is also aided by the members of Ultraviolet, who fish out crucial information on cases from the internet.
Season 2 begins with another case when a relative of Ola is found dead and while she is still grieving, one more murder involving social media pranksters turns up. As she sets off, teaming up with the Violets, detective Kuba, and Henryk to crack the cases, she uncovers a secret about her brother Ilona — which leads to a huge scam. Season 3, when it happens, is expected to feature more mysteries to be solved by Ola and the Violets.
Despite some loopholes, ‘Ultraviolet’ still manages to be a good show, and Marta Nieradkiewicz steals the spotlight through her great portrayal of Ola, who is just an ordinary woman seeking justice. Further, the show is also genuinely funny in certain occasions, which helps ease the tension of constantly solving dangerous criminal cases.
As far as reception is concerned, we don’t know what international television critics think of the show since it doesn’t have a score on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Among viewers, ‘Ultraviolet’ enjoys a decent amount of popularity and has a good score of 7/10 on IMDb and a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
You can watch the official trailer for season 2 right here.
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