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Cheer Season 2 is a triumphant return – even if Navarro has lost his outsider spirit

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The second season of Netflix’s hit docuseries introduces Navarro’s rival Trinity Valley

Has his popularity ruined the team’s chances of winning again? At least that’s what it looks like in the first episode of the second season.

Netflix To cheer was an instant hit when it arrived in January 2020. The docuseries followed the Texan Navarro College cheerleading team’s journey to victory at the Daytona Collegiate National Championship and was a gripping display of athletic excellence and tenacity.

Filming began just two weeks after the premiere of this first three-time Emmy-winning season, beginning with footage of the stars vying for stardom from launch ellen being interviewed onstage by Oprah Winfrey during her arena tour.

It’s clear that the Navarro cheerleaders and coaching staff we’ve so invested in – Jerry Harris, Morgan Simianer, Lexi Brumback, La’Darius Marshall and their no-nonsense boss Monica Aldama – are balancing the immense pressure of winning their national championships to reiterate their new media commitments.

These are interesting enough, but promo isn’t why we’re tuning in To cheer. Fans will want to marvel at the uncompromising competitiveness, elite athleticism and ambition of these teenagers who have dedicated their young lives to an often underappreciated sport.

Introducing the new Navarro rookies and their dreams of making the Daytona team, the magic that made the first installment so captivating is still there. The drama of who’s going to do “Mat Mat” takes up a large portion of the episode, and Morgan and company’s return to the team satisfies our curiosity as to what they’re up to now.

Watch out To cheer‘s first season, it was always sad how hard the teenagers worked for a single win, and with no pro league or career advancements, winning at Daytona really felt like an all-or-nothing game. While it’s nice to see many of them again, the unspoken reasons they’ve returned to Navarro are to milk their TV popularity because they haven’t graduated from two-year college or because there’s nowhere else to get their Being able to demonstrate skills – feels daunting.

Director Greg Whiteley seems well aware that fame doesn’t last long. To keep the show dynamic, he shifted some of the focus to Navarro’s rivals, Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC).

At first the postponement feels like a betrayal, but as we get to know TVCC’s fiery squad — especially the brave and talented tumbler Jada Wooten — and her trainer, Vontae Johnson, who is the cheese of Monica’s chalk, their induction into the show begins at around to feel fresh and provide a broader view of how esports is playing out in the Texan community. And it brings back the underdog charm that won us over to Navarro.

As Navarro et al To cheer know it’s hard to repeat a win. There is still a lot at stake for both of them; for both I have no doubt that they have the spirit to lead them to triumph once again.

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