This review of How to Sell Drugs Online Fast Season 3 is spoiler-free.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is one of those odd, difficult to classify little shows that likely wouldn’t exist – much less have an audience – if it wasn’t for platforms like Netflix. It’s hard to say whether it’s a comedy, a crime thriller, a teen drama, or a satire; it toys with genre and form so often that it feels vaguely experimental, like it’s the work of some excited artist who has found a new way to tell stories.Ironically, that’s the same mentality that MyDrugs is born of – a desire to do an old thing in a new way. And it’s MyDrugs that remains at the center of this third and possibly final season, even though what matters is what MyDrugs means for the characters we’ve spent three brisk seasons getting to know.
When How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) season 3 begins, MyDrugs has basically been shut down – or at least considerably morphed – by Lenny (Danilo Kamperidis). Moritz (Maximilian Mundt) has been left out in the cold, with neither Lenny nor Daniel (Damian Hardung) willing to speak to him and the Dutch breathing down his neck. His only ally is Lisa (Lena Klenke), and even that’s a temperamental alliance. Being suddenly left alone and separated from his lucrative brainchild sends Moritz spiraling, and makes him a victim of his own ambition and lust for control as he begins to play CEO despite having no company to be the CEO of.
Fittingly, this season not only brings the plot full circle but hones in on the relationship most integral to it, namely the one between Moritz and Lenny, who’re impressively inseparable despite their differences. Other characters like Daniel, Lisa, and Kira (Lena Urzendowsky) float in and out of this central dynamic, and have their own subplots and motivations, but Moritz and Lenny remain at the center of the story, and their friendship is better examined here than it has been before.
It’s arguably a much more prevalent theme than drugs, and perhaps even of skewering internet culture, which is definitely the show’s secondary purpose. (Don’t worry – there are still heaps of gags in every episode that accomplish this.) It’s worthwhile, I think, for a show about young people to base its most important season on that feeling of having fallen out with your friends, which is what it comes down to, basically. There are ups and downs, plot and character contrivances, and a sense that things have probably run their course even though they aren’t strictly over (and certainly not happily, at least not for everyone). But in all this, there’s the sense of enduring friendships, bad decisions, and broken promises – all those things that characterize one’s youth, whether you’re a drug dealer or not.
I really liked How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) season 3. I think it’s a smart show with a real sense of self, touching on relatable, universal themes in a worthwhile way. It isn’t perfect, of course, but what is? And if this is the last we’ve seen of it, then it gave a good account of itself.