Hart of Dixie Season 3 Review “Ring of Fire”

Ring of Fire

Hart of Dixie has always been a light and frothy show, perfect for those moments when we want to switch our brains off and wallow in the romance and silliness of Bluebell but, since it came back to a new timeslot and a ticking clock, it’s been so light it’s in danger of floating away forever. That might sound like a twee turn of phrase but, with the ever-increasing likelihood of the show getting cancelled before the season is over, the last thing we want is for it to disappear from our television screens.

Which is why this episode, ‘Ring of Fire’, was more frustrating to watch than it really should have been. It was a shenanigans episode of Hart of Dixie, as Wade might call it, and, without the prospect of Joel moving to L.A. to oversee his book-movie project right at the end, it could have comfortably been skipped without much trouble. What happened? Well, Lemon resolved her boyfriend drama with a surreal jousting contest at Lavon’s painstakingly arranged renaissance fair, Wade stole a goat and Chicken fell of a ladder. When you put it like that, it’s hard not to worry about this show’s staying power.

If the show had always been like this, we wouldn’t notice but, as with The O.C. and Chuck before it, once the drama starts to dissipate and the comedy engulfs every moment of every episode, it might be time to go. Hart of Dixie was a show built on romantic entanglements as well as it’s crazy, eccentric town folk and, without the former, we’re left with nothing but endless hours of Meatball and Tansy’s brothers. Even Anna Beth and George, who have previously stayed away from the hijinks pretty effectively, aren’t fairing well right now.

The promised departure of Joel from Alabama, however, should at least stir things up a little. Since the minute he arrived on the scene as Zoe’s new boyfriend, most viewers have been counting the days until he leaves with a Zade-shaped gap behind him. Despite Wade’s seemingly functional relationship with Vivian and the fact that Joel’s relocation doesn’t necessarily have to spell the end for his relationship with Zoe, either, we also know that there’ll be mutiny if the show is cancelled without a reunion for Hart of Dixie’s resident endgame couple. Let’s hope they get a move on.

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