Review | For Life – Season Two Approaches #BlackLivesMatter with Depth and Emotion

The success of the first season of ‘For Life‘ was so big that, immediately, the second season was soon made, debuting abroad still in 2021 and recently made available on Netflix. Having figured among the most watched productions in the top 10 of the platform, it remains one of the most sought after options by subscribers. It could also: with a very exciting and very current plot, the series opens up on themes closer to every viewer, making it, in a way, independent of the first season (which makes it easier for new fans, who don’t necessarily need to see the previous thirteen episodes to fully understand the new season’s footprint).

The life of Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) it has not been easy. After spending nine years in prison and graduating from law in prison in order to help himself out, he now has to literally relearn how to live with his own family, since his wife, marie (Joy Bryant), spent time involved with Darius (Brandon J. Dirden), and your daughter, jasmine (Tyla Harris), already has her own child with Ronnie (Toney Goins). However, life outside prison also has some triggers that leave Aaron frozen, and this may influence your good conduct during your probation period. But in the midst of this readaptation, the world will take a turn. with the corona virus pandemic, and because of that, Aaron will need to make definitive choices regarding his family.

Divided into ten episodes of about fifty minutes each, the second season of ‘For Life‘ has two well-marked parts, which separate the project into two distinct proposals. The first five episodes accompany the return of Aaron for his home/family and his effort to find a place for himself within a nucleus in which he participated before, but which now needs to be reconquered. The other half, however, takes a turn with the spread of the corona virus around the world, and focuses not only on how the epidemic has affected prison life at many levels, but also on families with health professionals.

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Markedly sectionedthe script of Hank Steinberg makes it clear that they are two proposals put together because of real life, as if they were really two seasons united in a single block. If, on the one hand, the first part seems like more of the same, without bringing many new elements to the plot, on the other hand, the second half increases the dramatic load by bringing two fundamental points that marked the pandemic: fear. to die for virus and the waves of indignation that took over the world after the death of George Floyd in USA, reigniting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Therefore, Russell Lee Fine and Jono Oliver made important direction choices by putting aside superficial subplots and showing how this character, based on a true story, also had to react to the pandemic world in which we are all living.

With a different intensity, the second season of For Lifeputs aside the carceral problems to focus on the structural racism that plasters the social laws that treat white people in a way different than how do you treat the non-white people. A thematic adjustment within this serial dramaturgical success, which, although unfortunately it won’t have a third season, ends the protagonist’s arc in a sublime way and in line with his great real achievements.

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