'Sky Rojo' Season 2 Review: Average plot makes show that captivated fans in Season 1 fall flat
Season 1 of ‘Sky Rojo’ was undoubtedly going to be one of the best shows of 2021. It had all the ingredients of being an amazing show and the makers made sure that viewers would get all the thrills in the eight-part series. Alex Pina, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon ‘Money Heist’, created a gaudy crime show that looked good and attracted the audience.
The previous edition ended on a massive cliffhanger, and fans waited to see their favorite characters back on the screen again. Moises (Miguel Angel Silvestre) was in trouble, but before getting buried inside a hole, he shot Wendy (Lali Esposito) during the high-octane car chase. Meanwhile, Coral (Veronica Sanchez) confronted Romeo (Asier Etxeandia) at the club, not to fight, but to beg for his forgiveness. But that was her master plan. During the sword fight in the finale, Coral was really close to killing Romeo. However, the amount of cocaine he had before the fight got him down. But Coral saved him, for we don’t know, what reason.
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Season 2 starts where the previous one ended. Romeo strangulated Coral, but his body couldn’t take the pressure. She managed to get out after saving him. Coral stepped inside a room and told all the girls that they are free. They don’t have to work for Romeo and they can start a new life. Before leaving, she is stopped by Romeo’s men who threaten to kill her. But she is in no mood to take any s**t because she is high on cocaine.
On the other hand, Wendy and Gina (Yany Prado) are struggling for their lives. Christian (Enric Auquer) finally finds them and asks about his brother. Wendy takes out a gun and points at him. She tells him to drop the weapon and tells him the story about how he made her life miserable by sexually assaulting her in the brothel. At this point, we get an idea that the season is also going to be an enthralling one with flashbacks that really elevated the previous edition. The flashback helped viewers to connect with these characters on an emotional level.
As Season 2 moves forward, we get to see girls getting back together and try to flee from the clutches of Romeo. However, it’s not that easy. They do everything they can to start a better life, but when a pimp and his hitmen are before you, it’s really difficult to restart your life. By the end of episode 2, Coral, Wendy, and Gina are once in captivity, but this time it’s different. They have been buried in the same hole where they buried Moises. The girls are running out of oxygen while Romeo and the boys party hard.
The problem with Season 2 is that in the first four episodes you don’t get much to see. The previous ended on such a massive cliffhanger that the makers could have done anything to make this season even better. Sadly, they don’t. Coral was the strongest character in the first edition, but in the first four episodes of the latest season, she was really annoying. Now, we can’t blame Sanchez. The blame is on Pina and Esther Matinez Lobato who have sent this character so off the rails. However, they manage to resurrect her in the final two episodes of the season.
On the other hand, the stories of Wendy and Gina were way much better. We were really rooting for them and their character arcs were written better in the latest edition. Esposito turned out to be a revelation in the first season and she has gone one step ahead in showing what a talent she is.
As an audience, it is really frustrating to know that whenever the trio is ahead, they get caught up in the moment that they don't anticipate Rome coming from around the corner.
Apart from the trio, this time the focus is also on Moises and Christian. At first, Moises wanted to kill the girls but eventually saved them because of his brother. His brother, Christian, wants to start a new life and he believes it’s the right thing to do. So, he saves the trio and gives them a chance to start a new life. Miguel Angel Silvestre as Moises is really great and people will be convinced that he is trying to be someone better. Meanwhile, Enric Auquer is crazily good as Christian. He is torn between starting a new life and getting stuck with Romeo.
The season has some exciting action and plot twists, but the heart and humor in the previous edition are noticeably missing. The latest season is much darker than the previous one and could have been much better than what we got. Also, the multiple rape scenes were completely unnecessary. The production level is good and there are some scenes where you’ll really appreciate the direction. But, when it comes to story, Season 2 seems like flat-lining in front of your eyes.
All in all, Season 2 has some really good scenes and Esposito excels in her performance. But, the fun element that took the show on a whole new level is missing this time. You can watch the series because of the cliffhanger ending of Season 1, but it will not give you the thrills you wanted.
‘Sky Rojo’ Season 2 is currently streaming on Netflix.