Raw, Unapologetic Emotion, Ground Up And Served On A Bed Of Roses, With Fine China.
That’s my immediate reaction after the conclusion of Netflix’s “The Get Down Part 2”. Never have I longed for one more episode with all my soul, as I have with this manifestation of pure creative genius. You too will find yourself describing your experience with The Get Down Brothers, in the same melodramatic poetic stylings as Books, upon your the conclusion of this bitter sweet immersion into what good shows rarely achieve.
Part 1 of The Get Down introduced us to the 70’s New York scene at the height of disco and on the verge of what became Rap and Hip-Hop. A fictional realistic history of how this artform came to be, the tale of a group of poor kids trying to make it out the ‘hood with music, isn’t a new story, hell it’s still being lived daily in every ghetto and city across America. What made “The Get Down” a rousing success in a year of successes, particularly on Netflix, is that it was wonderfully cast, and told a relatable story that you didn’t just watch, but felt your way through.
The hopes, aspirations, love, brotherhood, and sisterhood, on a backdrop of corrupt politicians, gangsters, and egos, never missed a beat. In short, “The Get Down Part 1” was a breath of fresh air. It was the story we never asked for, and never knew we needed. A special bonus if you happen to be from the area and/or time the show depicts. At it’s conclusion, “The Get Down Part 1” left you fulfilled and on the edge of your seat, yearning for more, but capable of waiting for the next installment of this masterpiece.
Part 2 had big shoes to fill, and I admit after the first episode, I felt like it was more of the same and maybe we had witnessed all that “The Get Down” had to offer.
I was wrong.
“The Get Down Part 2” could more aptly be named, “the saga continues” and that would be an accurate description. If there is but one flaw in Part 2, it’s that it’s too short, and cuts corners in storytelling, never fleshing out details of potential narratives that could have been amazing.
What happens to Mrs. Cruz? Does Claudia Gunns just let the office thing go (maybe I’m the only one who cares)? Maybe we’re better off inferring, but there’s some good storytelling in these arcs waiting to happen. Hopefully, we’ll get a Part 3 or at least a full season 2, because “The Get Down” has unleashed something that can’t be contained. It would be tragic if we never got to visit Mylene, Books, their respective crews, and witness the birth of Hip-Hop and Rap as told from the perspective of the 3 Kingdoms.
More talented reviewers than myself may argue about cinematography, plot, dialogue, etc., but “The Get Down” gets right the only thing that matters, in my opinion, and that is that each and every character sells the narrative. It’s believable on a level where you often wonder if the tale is actually a documentary, or a retelling of real-life events. This loyal fan will eagerly await what comes next. That cliffhanger in the last episode left us hanging. We need a resolution.