I am actually disappointed in season two of She’s Gotta Have It; the entire season is beautiful trash, it is beautiful to look at yet cringe worthy to actually watch. I love the artistry and creativity of the characters, I love the filmography, and music shared throughout the series. But this season lacks good writing, and character development, where was the growth. We know nothing more about the characters in the second season. They had a great opportunity to dive into Nola and Opal relationship especially in regards to the boundaries Opal has towards her daughter. How do you have the nerve to question how someone chooses to raise a child you did not help birth. Secondly, how do you get beside yourself to authorize any form of body modification. Thirdly, the writers just abruptly ended it there. They broke up and Nola justified her selfishness and SCENE.
side note: Nola was completely wrong, and in my opinion Opal was generous. I don’t think I would have been poised.
Another missed opportunity was Shemekka, first, the butt blow up in season one was dramatic and unnecessary and instead of seriously addressing body image in the black community they made a mockery of it. Nothing led up to Shemekka gaining the courage to complete the police sting because you can clearly sense her regret and insecurity with her body, but there was no dialogue leading up to it and her relationship with Fat Joe’s character is just weird.
Also what was the purpose of the trip to Puerto Rico, outside of Mars and his sister getting their lease agreement situated with their mom it was stretched out. They had beautiful imagery while commercially shedding light to Santeria but again all the extra was fluff that could have been used to actually tell a story.
Moving on to the British African artist Olu, whose medium of choice is cow shit. Then there is a scene with Nola walking toward his bungalow as she gets turned on while peeping on him creating his cow shit masterpiece butt ass naked. really sis.
Then we have the whole blow up scene at the final dinner which is uncomfortable, and again made parody of white people inappropriately moving through black art spaces. While I love that they introduced so many black artist, I feel like if you are not already invested in black art, by familiarizing yourself with the artists you would have thought the artists were as fictional as Nola which defeats the purpose of highlighting them.
I could keep going on and on about all the missed opportunities that could have made season two really resonate. Jamie’s petty ass, was not needed this season. Clo’s character was briefly addressed yet they could have tie it together better. Mars, some what got his shit together but that fake dyslexia “Baby, Baby, Please Baby” is annoying and distracting. Nola art showcase was cute, but the ground breaking controversial art piece was not shocking to me at all, but as a person I don’t think she showed any personal growth from last season to now. If anything I’m more aware of how self-centered she is.
The writers tried to “start a conversation” about so many current topics but they only glazed over the surface and ended up falling short everything single time. The series jumped around a lot and it was not cohesive, making it hard to follow along. Lastly the “twitter talk” was a reach. They tried so hard to be relatable that it came off disingenuous.
I’m curious if the goal was to make your skin crawl, lol. Regardless, I love, the visuals, the actors and actresses are talented but the lack of character development in the writing did them an injustice. I only watched this season once, and I probably won’t watch it again, unless I need background noise with beautiful black visuals while I am doing house chores.