Season 2 of “Cheer” is not for the faint-hearted

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Cheer season 2 has currently rocketed up the charts to overtake Cobra Kai as the No. 1 new show on Netflix, though fans of the original may find a very, very different series this time around.

While the main takeaway from Cheer season 1, which followed Navarro’s top-notch college team, was that Cheer is truly a real, incredibly difficult, and ultra-dangerous sport that anyone can enjoy. , season 2 is a much more intense production due to real-life non-cheer-based world events.

That’s not to say Cheer Season 2 is bad or not worth watching, but it’s a lot, a lot. heavier than season 1, and I might just offer this as a warning that this isn’t exactly the feel-good story of season 1, minus perhaps the very end when the ultimate victor is crowned.

Among the difficult plots of season 2 (spoilers follow, I guess):

  • Half the show essentially goes up in smoke when the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the country in 2020 and shuts down all sporting events, including cheering championships. Obviously, we all know how the pandemic has affected each of us, but seeing it unfold on Cheer is somehow very depressing. The entire season is trashed with just two weeks until Daytona, which means many fan-favorite cheerleaders like Morgan and Lexi have an unceremonious end to their final season.
  • There’s an ongoing drama between La’Darius, Monica, and the entire team this season, as when they return post-pandemic, he quits the team and gets into an extremely public and gritty social media feud that’s pretty gruesome to watch unfold, especially given his past relationship with Monica. The exact details of this are a bit murky and it is somewhat resolved at the very end, but it’s not great to watch it unfold on screen.
  • Of course, the worst event of all of Cheer season 2 is the Jerry Harris scandal, where the once-beloved hyper-energetic cheerleader who became a national star after season 1 was arrested by the FBI for pornography. youth and sexual solicitation of minors. . The show devotes an entire episode to what is brutal to watch, though I was inspired by the extreme courage of the twin victims who first came forward to report Jerry, who agreed to appear on camera and tell their story directly to the Cheer audience. Just incredibly brave, but like I said, this whole episode is deeply disturbing and hard to watch.

One of the main differences in this season of Cheer was the fact that the show focused on both Navarro and their rivals, Trinity Valley, which was definitely a good decision given that Trinity Valley ended up winning the championship this season, mainly thanks to a single mistake by a single Navarro flyer in the final. It’s hard to see the heartbreak when Navarro loses, but certainly, the highlight of the season is seeing the hardworking and hugely talented TVCC team celebrate their win. Again, Covid further mitigates this, as they find they didn’t win on stage in front of fans and family, but stuck in a crowded hotel room for a “virtual” awards show.

Cheer season 2 is definitely worth watching, just understand that it’s a very, very different season than the first, and won’t exactly be a breakout, given the events that unfold. I have no doubt that the series will return for season 3 and I hope there will be less tragedy next time.

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