Episode 11: Only from Exile Can We Come Home

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by Lucy
Jul 28, 2017 12:43PM EDT
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I’m so sad that The Get Down has been cancelled, it had good acting, lots of current themes explored and some really catchy music. Although there were obvious plot lines that fizzled out, there was plenty of good stuff to keep writing about. Anyway I did enjoy watching part 2 of The Get Down, the kids are much more grown up and able to make informaed choices that will determine the course of their futures. Zeke has to choose between education and music, ultimately realising that he needs to find where he fits into the world, and join his family rather than be the token minority. Myleene goes through a journey of being ‘used’ by her record company but emerges stronger because of her experiences of fame, choosing to go to LA and be a movie star. I was pleased that the ‘star crossed lovers’ theme from part 1 was still a key theme of Zeke and Myleene’s relationship and that for the most part they got through relationship troubles together in a more adult way than in part 1. The Get Down Brothers have more funky beats to play this season and their dance/song routines are slick. Sad that the other brothers only had very minor storylines, it would be good to see more character development for Boo, Dizzee and Ra Ra as they were all set up to have interesting personalities but failed to develop beyond very set stereotypes. Although the disbanding the Get Down Brothers was a solid place to end the season, it felt very sudden and lots of questions are unresolved - we know what Myleene and Shao are doing but what about everyone else? I hope there’s a finale of some sort to let us know where the characters are all now. There were only 5 episodes in this part 2 of The Get Down so very little actually happens in terms of plot. Lots of relationship drama, and growing up/moving on troubles. Shao probably has the biggest shift, after breaking free of Annie, he ultimately returns to his abuser by the series end - a really heartbreaking scene that undercut much of the emotional development Shao had undertaken over the season. The biggest plot point was a subplot about Myleene’s uncle actually being revealed to be her father and her ‘father’ shooting himself in a church. Very dramatic, but really aside from making Myleene a bit sad for an episode, it didn’t move the plot forward successfully. My main reason for tuning into the show though were the musical numbers. Myleene is an incredible singer and her songs are great, as are the raps by the Get Down Brothers. Arguably the disco music that forms most of the background music is catchy too and with a bigger budget for musical/dance numbers, those moments are where the show really shined best. Oh and to see if Thor/Dizzee continued their relationship (yay they did) but it would have been so so good to see more of the LGBT and artistic community of the Bronx in the show. Ah well, so long, farewell, thanks for a fun few hours The Get Down!
I’m so sad that The Get Down has been cancelled, it had good acting, lots of current themes explored and some really catchy music. Although there were obvious plot lines that fizzled out, there was plenty of good stuff to keep writing about. Anyway I did enjoy watching part 2 of The Get Down, the kids are much more grown up and able to make informaed choices that will determine the course of their futures. Zeke has to choose between education and music, ultimately realising that he needs to find where he fits into the world, and join his family rather than be the token minority. Myleene goes through a journey of being ‘used’ by her record company but emerges stronger because of her experiences of fame, choosing to go to LA and be a movie star. I was pleased that the ‘star crossed lovers’ theme from part 1 was still a key theme of Zeke and Myleene’s relationship and that for the most part they got through relationship troubles together in a more adult way than in part 1. The Get Down Brothers have more funky beats to play this season and their dance/song routines are slick. Sad that the other brothers only had very minor storylines, it would be good to see more character development for Boo, Dizzee and Ra Ra as they were all set up to have interesting personalities but failed to develop beyond very set stereotypes. Although the disbanding the Get Down Brothers was a solid place to end the season, it felt very sudden and lots of questions are unresolved - we know what Myleene and Shao are doing but what about everyone else? I hope there’s a finale of some sort to let us know where the characters are all now. There were only 5 episodes in this part 2 of The Get Down so very little actually happens in terms of plot. Lots of relationship drama, and growing up/moving on troubles. Shao probably has the biggest shift, after breaking free of Annie, he ultimately returns to his abuser by the series end - a really heartbreaking scene that undercut much of the emotional development Shao had undertaken over the season. The biggest plot point was a subplot about Myleene’s uncle actually being revealed to be her father and her ‘father’ shooting himself in a church. Very dramatic, but really aside from making Myleene a bit sad for an episode, it didn’t move the plot forward successfully. My main reason for tuning into the show though were the musical numbers. Myleene is an incredible singer and her songs are great, as are the raps by the Get Down Brothers. Arguably the disco music that forms most of the background music is catchy too and with a bigger budget for musical/dance numbers, those moments are where the show really shined best. Oh and to see if Thor/Dizzee continued their relationship (yay they did) but it would have been so so good to see more of the LGBT and artistic community of the Bronx in the show. Ah well, so long, farewell, thanks for a fun few hours The Get Down!

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10 ratings

AVG: 4.45