Review: ‘On My Block’ raunchy, radiant
By Ali Williams
The third season of Netflix’s gem “On My Block” dropped Wednesday, March 11. The show follows best friends Ruby, Jamal, Monse and Cesar confronting the challenges in their lives – gangs, death and high school – and their relationships with each other.
Throughout the three seasons, Monse (played by Sierra Capri) and Cesar (played by Diego Tinoco) are struggling with their relationship. Do they date and possibly ruin the group dynamic? Or do they ignore their feelings?
The two often ignore the subject due to their problems: Cesar is reluctantly pulled into the gang life his brother is a member of once his brother, Spooky, is released from prison.
Meanwhile, Monse struggles with her parents. Her mother left years ago, and Monse’s father wants her to leave Freeridge and go to a boarding school, away from the gangs and her friends.
Jamal (played by Brett Gray) is a nerdy kid who is hunting down the “Roller World money,” the hypothetical – but possibly real – money that is hidden somewhere in their predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles.
Ruby (played by Jason Genao) struggles with love and family problems throughout the show. He fell in love with a family friend who was staying with them due to her parents’ deportation. He discovers his feelings for the girl the friend group used to dislike and make fun of, Jasmine.
Seasons one and two both have 10 episodes. Season three only has eight, but the ending alludes to there being a season four. The show is fantastic; each episode is less than an hour-long but somehow seems like it lasts much longer than that.
Every episode is action-filled, with lots of drama. The characters are always growing, and the lives they have are wild and sad at the same time. Despite “On My Block” having lots of death, distrust and danger, it is also raunchy, rambunctious and radiant.
Netflix is excellent at making a teen show that captures the audience. It focuses on the discomfort in each of the character’s lives, just as the teenage years can be discomforting.