By Ayumi Davis
*Disclaimer: Spoilers for Season one*
“On My Block’s” highly anticipated season two finally dropped on March 29, and did not disappoint, adding to the hilarious and relatable adventures of this high school crew. The show is super easy to binge watch, with 30 minutes an episode and only 10 episodes per season, which is exactly what I did. After waiting for a year, the show did not leave me unsatisfied, making it worth the long, arduous break.
This season tackles some of the same themes from last season, such as loyalty, friendship, trust and love. They also throw some new ones in there as well, however, to fit the continuing storyline from the last season. If you watched the last season, you know that Ruby’s life was left up in the air when he was shot by Latrelle. Viewers watched Ruby deal with trauma with the gang’s help and come to terms with his experience. He also gets help from unexpected people.
Cesar’s problems are still in the spotlight. His situation was also left hanging in the balance, as Latrelle, who Cesar was supposed to have killed, was seen at Olivia’s quinceñera where a bunch of Santos were guests. Cesar just tries to survive being homeless and overcome his hardships and situation, then is able to find a way to accept being abandoned and having no sense of belonging.
These actors are still kind of new to the scene, their breakthrough roles having been the first season of “On My Block.” Their chemistry continues to be great, and the comedy is off the charts. It’s not just one liners but whole conversations that go on between the crew. The banter and funny situations between the gang just makes it hilarious and relatable. Plus, there’s the occasional chime in from side characters that we have come to enjoy and love, such as Ruby’s “abuela,” or Spanish for grandma, played by Peggy Blow.
Viewers even get to see a few callbacks to some of the funny scenes in the first season, only adding to the hilarity and maybe even giving some “I told you so” vibes.
While Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Sierra Capri do a great job portraying their high school roles and the struggles they go through, one part of their emotional acting is slightly lacking: their crying. It got better throughout the season, but in the first episodes, it’s a little bit of a cringefest as the actors can’t really seem to cry very well on command. The emotions are there, but just following through with them seem a bit hard for the main cast.
One of the gems that start to shine in this season is Ruby’s mom, Geny Martinez, played by Paula Garcés, as her relationship with Ruby deepens and we get to see more of her soft, loving side. She is the most prominent adult figure in the series, thus making her role as a parent vital to the show, as she is often the one to dish the heavy lessons and well-needed advice. Her crying scene when Ruby was shot is hands down the most emotional scene of the two seasons, and the main crew could definitely pick up some tips from her.
The ending did leave a little to be desired, as there wasn’t as much impact than there was last season, but it still has viewers definitely hanging on the edge of their seats. You could get it done in one sitting or try to do it bit by bit, but either way, you’ll be left begging for more and creating theories for season three, crying about the long wait you have to endure.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10