Too Hot to Handle S3

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Nathan and Holly in Too Hot to Handle.
Nathan and Holly in Too Hot to Handle.
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Too Hot to Handle S3




3.5/5 Stars


It's a new year, and it might be snowing outside, but the third season of Too Hot to Handle is back and steamier than ever. It's time to meet a brand new batch of horned-up hellraisers who have just arrived for what they think will be the sexiest vacation of their lives. But with Lana watching, will this wild cast be able to stick to the rules and abstain from any kind of sexual contact (or self-gratification) to form meaningful connections and keep that prize money as high as their sex drives? The pressure's on because this season, the stakes are even greater... with the biggest prize fund on offer, ever.


You'd think I'd be tired of this show by now, with Lana having exhausted every possible way to surprise both me and a group of horned up hellraisers. But here I am, having completed season three of Too Hot To Handle, and still I'm completely obsessed with this somehow still original, completely chaotic and totally binge-worthy series.

Too Hot To Handle sees a group of sexy singles escape to a private villa where they believe they're filming a wild, new reality dating series that will allow them to hook up with any- and everyone. Only, much like in season two, it's revealed this is no Pleasure Island, and they're soon joined by Lana – a cone-shaped AI device that monitors their every move. Because at this resort, to win the $200 000 cash prize, they must refrain from all forms of sexual activity, "flicking the bean" included.

It gets me every time the contestants' jaws drop when they learn the true meaning of Lana's words. Beaux – who became one of my favourite's by the end of the season – says, dumbstruck: "No sex. That. Is. Hard."

Poor choice of words, all things considered.

Throughout the process, and to learn more about themselves and form more profound, meaningful connections, Beaux and the group – which includes two South African hotties this season – take part in several workshops. And dare I say, while I rolled my eyes at first, I genuinely think this journey changed at least some of the contestants.

Without going into too much detail, two contestants' start out as friends and form an unlikely bond that soon turns romantic, while a few others learn to be more vulnerable and careful with themselves so that they can someday form that bond with someone else. Then there's that one couple, who time and time again breaks the rules, losing the group tons of money trying to find loopholes (that is not a sexual innuendo – you tell me, does kissing through hot pants count?) – and this season, when I say the cash prize disappears faster than the contestants' will to live in a world without sex, I mean it, making this season all the more entertaining.

Though it may seem like the show follows much of the same premise, even casting similar contestants' resulting in similar pairings, it doesn't really detract much from the show. In fact, with the amount of drama our hellraisers cause, their complete lack of self-restraint, and the always-prompt Lana with her haunting 'ping' at just the right moment, you can't help but hit "next episode", wanting to know what's going to happen – and that's where the real success of the show lies.

By the end of the season, I was so invested I wanted to know if the "family" kept in touch, if Nathan, our "certified international lover" from Cape Town, really had changed, and if my favourite couple ended up together. I can confirm, the gang's all here; I'd like to think he has, and they did! They really did! Ah, a teasing and tantalising show just when I needed to unwind... I sure do love a happy ending.


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