Fresh on the block

“On My Block” delivers a sensational season


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Netflix’s most viewed series, “On My Block,” just made a comeback with season two, which appeared March 29. After a long year of waiting, Netflix brought back the mischievous squad, and their mishaps have only intensified.

Ruby Martinez, played by Jason Genao, had recently recovered from a life-threatening shooting at his friend’s quinceanera. Throughout the second season, Martinez and his companions Monse Finnie (Sierra Capri), Cesar Diaz (Diego Tinoco) and Jamal Turner (Brett Gray) discover new ways to distribute the RollerWorld money, incorporate Martinez with his family, and help Finnie rekindle her relationship with her mother.  

The four have been attempting to resolve underlying conflict with family and gangs since the last season, yet they always seem to stumble upon increasingly difficult obstacles that they may never escape. Martinez struggles with adapting to the newly-ascribed popularity at his school following the shooting he had sadly been associated with. The first 15 minutes of the first episode demonstrated how difficult it was for him to get back to normal, which touched my heart along with millions across the world.

In every episode, inherently, each person who ended the previous episode with unresolved conflict would kick off the next episode. The last episode of the previous season ended with Martinez and Olivia (Ronni Hawk) getting shot at by a gang member who went by the name of Latrelle (Jahking Guillory) and now, Martinez was the first to be seen in the first episode.

As always— the show’s beloved couple had brought the audience on a wild ride of emotions that no one was prepared for. Finnie and Diaz run into alterations and ultimatums in the second season, leaving me in an emotionally stressed state.

This season mainly focuses on appreciating those around you, because the world acts in mysterious ways, never hinting at a sudden loss of a loved one approaching. The scene where Diaz and Martinez sobbed in each other’s arms definitely demonstrated the overall theme of this season.

Thinking back to when I first heard about this show, I never thought I would get this obsessed with the friendship and conflict formed in this show. This show has taught me the value of trust, friendship and family.