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Part two of ‘The Get Down’ feels crammed and lacks pacing

June 30, 2017

The Get Down Brothers return to the stage in part two of their Netflix original series. – Netflix

The Get Down
Rating – 3 of 5 stars

 

Morgan Bernard
Staff Reporter | mrb056@latech.edu

 

When it premiered last summer, the Netflix original “The Get Down” was just as popular as any new show. When fans began the first season they immediately wanted more. Now that the second half of the season is out, people are not as enthused.

 

Baz Luhrmann’s ideation on the early days of hip-hop still held great aspects from its first run, but also brought in new elements that took away from the series.

 

One major addition to its second season is the usage of animation sequences placed randomly in the episodes. With the show repetitively switching back and forth from actual actors to cartoon visions, it becomes slightly annoying and even confusing at times. The animated snippets just gave the season a chopped setup and seemed like a sort of cover for scenes that needed to be reshot.

 

Performances by the actors were still strong in season two, which was something that held the whole show together. Ezekiel (Justice Smith) still has his strong heart, poetic talents and love for Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola) that makes him an easily admirable main character.

 

The Kipling brothers, played by Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr. and Jaden Smith, each had more screen time to tell their own personal stories. This gave the characters more depth and background in season two than they previously had, which was an improvement from season one.

 

The youngest of the brothers, Boo-Boo (Brown), gets a major change in character as he learns to grow up and become more independent for himself. Brown did an excellent job portraying the character development throughout the season by showing the maturing and independency of Boo-Boo.

 

While acting, singing and dance performances were the high point of the season, the show’s direction and multiple drama-filled storylines cause some confusion.

 

Instead of having a few calm scenes then a dramatic flair in one character’s life, everything exciting seems to be happening all at once and at the very end of the season. There was too much build up for some scenes when others seemed to not get enough. All in all, the second season seemed to be much more crammed and rushed than its predecessor.

 

The show keeps its famous brutally honest fashion toward societal issues and norms that made it so popular in the beginning. From covering topics such as racism, social classes and money, it reaches many corners that most shows are scared to share, which makes it so incredible and binge-worthy.

 

Although its second season came out to be a little rough around the edges, “The Get Down” is still infectious with its ’70s style, lovable characters and unique background.

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