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LOVE, VICTOR Series 2 Episodes 1-4 Review

“Michael Cimino is brilliant..” says Charlie in his review of the first four episodes of LOVE, VICTOR season 2. Streaming via Disney+.

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Love, Victor (Disney+)

Love, Victor stars Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson, Bebe Wood, George Sear, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding. The film’s original writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger serve as executive producers alongside Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, Pouya Shahbazian and Adam Londy.

Love, Victor debuts new episodes weekly on Disney+ in the UK via Star. Season 2 is available to stream now, in full, in the US via Hulu.

Synopsis

Season two picks up with a newly out-of-the-closet Victor (Michael Cimino) entering his junior year at Creekwood High. However, being out brings new challenges as Victor faces a family struggling with his revelation, a heartbroken ex-girlfriend in Mia (Rachel Naomi Hilson), and the difficulties of being an openly gay star athlete — all while navigating the excitement of his new relationship with Benji (George Sear).

Review

After an incredibly charming and sweet first series, which just released on Disney+ in the UK, Love, Victor returns with a second season that is on-par in quality with season one. It definitely won’t win you over if you disliked the first chapter in Victor’s character arc but if you enjoyed series one, you will definitely enjoy series two.

Love, Victor season two picks up with a newly out-of-the-closet Victor (played wonderfully by Michael Cimino) entering his junior year at Creekwood High. However, being out brings new challenges as Victor faces a family struggling with his revelation, a heartbroken ex-girlfriend in Mia (Rachel Naomi Hilson), and the difficulties of being an openly gay star athlete – all while navigating the excitement of his new relationship with Benji (George Sear).

I am a huge fan of both Love, Simon and the first season of Love, Victor. Both work as very enjoyable pieces of entertainment that have an incredibly likeable protagonist at the centre. You understand their struggles about coming out to their friends and family and the cast and crew displayed that fear in a way that keeps viewers engaged. Now, that we see Victor out as gay in Creekwood, you see how Victor’s peers react to the news and Victor’s response. Each character is built up in a way that makes them likeable or one you love to hate. This is what makes each character so interesting.

However, the most likeable character in the entire show is the titular character, Victor. Michael Cimino is brilliant playing this out-of-the-closet character who must deal with the hardships of being a gay man in high school. You can clearly see his aspirations as a character but his struggles impact the viewer as well as his character. Victor is also an incredibly likeable lead for the show, he never wants to antagonise those around him but instead just tries his best and aspires to be great at basketball.

The relationship between the lead character and his mother is also incredibly prevalent during the first four episodes. His mother is a religious person who is incredibly against Victor’s relationship with Benji and that tension between the family is felt throughout the first four episodes of the series. You can clearly see Victor wanting his parents to accept the fact that he is gay but because they are incredibly conservative, you can feel the family tension escalating which is something I want to see more of later in the show.

Verdict

The first four episodes of Love, Victor series two are delightful. Will it win over people who didn’t enjoy season one? No. But, its light-hearted nature and upbeat tone make this a fun few episodes of television. Michael Cimino, once again, proves he is excellent as Victor while the supporting cast all have some laugh-out-loud moments to shine. If you want to see where the story goes next, season two is a must watch!


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