‘On My Block’ doesn’t fulfill expectations

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Jovana Kuzmanovic

The gang is back for season three of "On My Block."

The Netflix series “On My Block” released its third season on March 11. The show focuses on four teens living in the rough parts of Los Angeles, trying to navigate their way through life while dealing with the struggles of gang violence, romance and friendship.

I was a huge fan of the first two seasons because they were so action-packed, and every episode left me on the edge of my seat wanting more. Unfortunately, the third season did not give me the same type of thrill.

Each season consists of about eight 30 minute episodes, so there really isn’t space to have filler episodes that don’t contribute much to the plot. During season three I found myself bored many times when watching the episodes because nothing very interesting was occurring. The action didn’t really start until I got to about episode six, and at that point I had already watched more than half the season.

The first two seasons really captured the struggles of teen relationships and romance in a mature way that made me connect with the characters and feel their pain, but I can’t say the same with the third season. In this season the topic of romance was displayed with the characters having strange fantasies of their crushes and awkward kissing scenes. All of these things resulted in me feeling pretty uncomfortable and weirded out.

The season also dealt with so many problems that it was hard to keep track of everything that was going on. One moment, the gang was dealing with Caesar and his gang, and then the next moment the show was concentrating on the teens trying to find Lil’ Ricky.

The show did pinpoint some important subjects that many teens could relate to though. Ruby struggles with his family’s financial instability and with his parents having some relationship problems. Jamal struggles with trying to understand how he actually feels about a girl. These aspects of the show were my favorite parts and were what kept me watching until the end.

Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of season three of “On My Block,” I do have respect for the creators trying to show what life is like for a teen living in an unstable neighborhood and most likely will watch the next season.