By Joshua Sandoval
Bel-Air – the drama reboot of the beloved 90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has recently released its second season after a not-so-bright first season where the show is rated 65% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 58-season Metascore on Metacritic. However, the second season of Bel-Air has done amazing on the charts compared to its first season managing to get a rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 71-season metascore on Metacritic. The season starts where it left off with Will leaving his uncle and aunt’s house after a long dispute about his father. He goes on a personal path to bring back “Philly Will” as he thinks he’s lost his ways after being in bel air for too long. Along with this journey the season touches on BLM, mental health, and other issues at Bel Air Academy. Going into this season, a good catchy plot is expected, with moments of suspense and moments of clarity from the characters and it is a relief for the audience to see this throughout the show. It still has its funny and hysterical moments, yet adds serious and dramatic moments alongside moments of personal achievements. These young actors have been successful in putting emotions into their characters that many could not do like Olly Sholotan as Carlton Banks and Jabari Banks as Will, these two have great chemistry that is shown through their performance during the season. The use of color and lighting was also effective as it changed according to the situation at hand, the many different settings also kept the show fresh and not boring. The camera work could have been better during some scenes where it was visibly shaky and unsteady. Overall the second season of Bel-Air is great and is quick to reel you in but if it is your first time watching go in with an open mind because it does have many noticeable differences to the original from the 90s. With an open mind and interest to watch the show, it’s a great season that almost anyone can enjoy and stay attentive to.
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