TV Review: The Get Down, Part 2
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Ever since The Get Down first became available on Netflix last summer, the show has split opinions, and left its audience divided, with strong feelings going from either a positive extreme or a negative one. Now that it's back for more, we're glad to report that it doesn’t disappoint. The ending from Part 1 left the audience with new developments, which pick up their narrative seamlessly in the new episodes, even if technically, within the world of The Get Down, it’s already Autumn 1977. Zeke’s stunt from the last episode in Part 1 has revealed a natural talent for politics, and now finds him doing an internship, thanks to Papa Fuerte, and preparing for college. Later subplots test his loyalty between the love he holds for his art, and the surety of a future, backed by a Yale degree. The episode where Zeke spends an afternoon at his boss’s Yale alumni club is brutally well-acted, and serves as a reminder of the show's 70s backdrop, where racism runs rampant. Meanwhile, Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) has problems of his own, as he delves deeper and deeper into the drug business, selling angel dust - the worst drug at the time. Mylene’s career continues to blossom, despite all the setbacks presented by literally all of the adults in her life. It’s at the end of the season, when she finally takes her destiny into her own hands, despite all the tragedy in her life, that one can’t help but feel proud of her. There are other minor problems, of course; Shaolin and Zeke fall out, Zeke and Mylene’s relationship strains under the new weight of popularity, Boo Boo starts to deal drugs... Some of the issues get resolved as fast as they appear, but others stay on characters’ minds and come back at later points in the narrative to make matters even worse.
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