Episode 6: It Is What It Is

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by Lucy
Jul 22, 2017 5:14PM EDT
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This is a really insightful, brilliant documentary series following the East Mississippi Community College football team and the journey several of their key players make over the course of a season. Even though I barely know anything about Aerican football, I was drawn in to the training, tactics and football games just as much as the backstories and character driven pieces. The docu-series was well filmed and had superb storytelling that brought not only the players, but the teachers and coaches to life too. Unusually for a documentary, there is no narrator for the series, all the players, coaches and staff narrate when necessary which gives the whole season an intimate feel - as if each person is talking directly to you. I love how the film crew allowed the players to be themselves and get some honest and heartbreaking truths from all the players, helping us understand the journey and sacrifices they were making. The show focuses on four main players and how they grow over the football season. Roland, Wyatt, DJ and John all have issues, difficult home lives or less than favourable upbrinings that are discussed during the show. Last Chance U doesn't shy away from thug/redneck culture or issues of race and poverty and hearing from the individuals to which these issues affect really grounds the series and makes it impactful in a way a narrated docu-film never could. It was refreshing to hear from locals from Mississippi and what the team meant for them and their community, highlighting how important sport is in changing lives of not just players, but of whole groups of people for the better. Throughout the show we also learn about the history of EMCC, football scholorship process, the fans and their passion for the team. the operations of running a community college team and tactics that make a great football player. Lots of content and a great range of individuals are interviewed to provide their expertise which was wonderful to hear from. However, Miss Wagner is the real star of the show as the players academic supervisor/mum to them all, giving them stability, encouragement and being there for them constantly throughout their highs and lows of the football season as well as the academic year. The boys all respected her and she had a great relationship with everyone. Seeing her break down in tears when the players graduated brought tears to my eyes. I really hope the second season focuses on new/old faces of EMCC and we get to see Miss Wagner mentor and inspire another group of boys onto their Division I football dreams.
This is a really insightful, brilliant documentary series following the East Mississippi Community College football team and the journey several of their key players make over the course of a season. Even though I barely know anything about Aerican football, I was drawn in to the training, tactics and football games just as much as the backstories and character driven pieces. The docu-series was well filmed and had superb storytelling that brought not only the players, but the teachers and coaches to life too. Unusually for a documentary, there is no narrator for the series, all the players, coaches and staff narrate when necessary which gives the whole season an intimate feel - as if each person is talking directly to you. I love how the film crew allowed the players to be themselves and get some honest and heartbreaking truths from all the players, helping us understand the journey and sacrifices they were making. The show focuses on four main players and how they grow over the football season. Roland, Wyatt, DJ and John all have issues, difficult home lives or less than favourable upbrinings that are discussed during the show. Last Chance U doesn't shy away from thug/redneck culture or issues of race and poverty and hearing from the individuals to which these issues affect really grounds the series and makes it impactful in a way a narrated docu-film never could. It was refreshing to hear from locals from Mississippi and what the team meant for them and their community, highlighting how important sport is in changing lives of not just players, but of whole groups of people for the better. Throughout the show we also learn about the history of EMCC, football scholorship process, the fans and their passion for the team. the operations of running a community college team and tactics that make a great football player. Lots of content and a great range of individuals are interviewed to provide their expertise which was wonderful to hear from. However, Miss Wagner is the real star of the show as the players academic supervisor/mum to them all, giving them stability, encouragement and being there for them constantly throughout their highs and lows of the football season as well as the academic year. The boys all respected her and she had a great relationship with everyone. Seeing her break down in tears when the players graduated brought tears to my eyes. I really hope the second season focuses on new/old faces of EMCC and we get to see Miss Wagner mentor and inspire another group of boys onto their Division I football dreams.

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AVG: 4.1