By Shantelle Flavien
Netflix 's original series, On my Block is a coming of age story about these four friends growing up together. Everyone dealing with their own issues. Cesar being a Santos and what that means for his life, Ruby dealing with love and all the ups and downs that come with it. Jamal solving the mystery of Freeridge, Monse with her complex first love and her friends and Olivia the new girl just trying to fit in.
On my block has growing pains we can all relate to. Self - acceptance, first romances, friendship, identity, the forlorn love and want if you have ever been a child of a single parent and the twisted mixed of feelings of missing the other and the wha ifs that follow. With witty dialogue, too real scenery and the imminent threat always in the shadows, On my block is refreshing, the characters have a depth to them beautifully expressed through the dialogue and the cast who embody the characters. Every episode had me reeling desperately waiting for the next one to happen and continue the plot.
Ugh, I don't know what else to say. I just um binged the whole season. So it's kinda hard not to like go into too much depth without spoiling things. I mean I absolutely love the cast. Everyone just grew soo much. Ruby was like my adorable cinnamon roll with the smoothest lines. Monse had me over her relating really hard and loving her every second. Jamal that journalistic fire and the jokes kept me in proper stitches. Caesar, is fine. Just kidding, okay no he is fine smooth lines, but seriously I really enjoyed the depth of his character and the complexity of his situation. Especially with the finale I wanna se how this changes everyone.
Final thought, promise. Please please watch this show. On my block is a rich coming of age story with action suspense drama, of course, and heart. After about 3 hours of watching it I really grew to care about the characters and their life paths. Everyone in the story has a converging path. Even the supposed side characters thicken the broth to the work as a whole. It touches on a lot of issues that I don't think would be found in mainstream channels. I hope it gets renewed for a new season. So, watch it if and when you can.