'On My Block' Season 4 Review: Netflix's best teen series goes out with a bang

'On My Block' Season 4 Review: Netflix's best teen series goes out with a bang
Diego Tinoco (Cesar), Jason Genao (Ruby) and Brett Gray (Jamal) in 'On My Block' Season 4 (Netflix)

‘On My Block’ has been undoubtedly one of the best Netflix shows in recent times and fans cannot wait to see the fourth and final season on the streaming platform. The series has been popular among the youngsters for many reasons and they absolutely adore how friends have each other’s backs on almost every occasion. However, it all changed at the end of Season 3 as every character went separate ways to live a new life.

Four close friends – Cesar Diaz (Diego Tinoco), Monse Finnie (Sierra Capri), Ruby Martinez (Jason Genao), and Jamal Turner (Brett Gray) – part ways after Cuchillos’ death at the end of Season 3. Although they made a pact that distance won’t let ruin anything, what happened with all of them was actually the opposite. Monse is busy at boarding school and now has new friends. Meanwhile, Jamal has rejoined the football team and he is not talking to Ruby. On the other hand, Cesar and Spooky seem to have changed places. Cesar is now the leader of Santos while Spooky is at home, expecting a baby with his girlfriend.



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So, the fourth season had to tie all the loose ends and give fans a befitting end. Were the makers able to do that? YES, they do.


A still from 'On My Block' Season 4 (Netflix)


The final season picks up where the third ended and we Ruby and Jamal standing against each other in the school’s elections. The bitterness has escalated between them and they are not talking while Cesar doesn’t want to even look at them because of what happened between them. The best thing about the final season is that whenever an important moment from the past is mentioned, they quickly go back into time and give you a glimpse of what actually happened at that time.

That’s a perfect strategy because you don’t want fans scratching their heads as to why and how this happened.

As we move forward, the gang gets to know about a shocking truth and instantly now that they are in danger. The season heavily focuses on every character’s life and how they are dealing with it, especially Cesar. He is now the leader of Santos while his brother, Oscar, has become a good man now. On the other hand, we see Ruby trying to maintain his relationship with Jasmine, even though she’s very annoying and controlling. Jamal and Monse are not talking to each other after a misunderstanding.


Sierra Capri as Monse in 'On My Block' Season 4


The makers have done a fantastic job in stitching a story that never lets viewers down. The final season is filled with funny moments, emotional sequences, and a lot of suspense. Also, it comes as no surprise that writers have given a fitting end to everyone on the show.  As far as acting is concerned, Genao and Gray have done a splendid job in their respective roles. At first, they are against each other, but when they get to know that they have gone too far, they immediately realize how badly it affects them as well.

On the other hand, Tinoco seems to be showing the other side of his character in this season. He is tough and ruthless. His hatred toward his brother Oscar seems to be justified at some moments, but at times, it feels that he is going way too far with this. However, Tinoco has done a fantastic job in making viewers realize why he turned up this way.

Sierra Capri has once given a superlative performance in Season 4. She is never overdramatic and is always a treat to watch whenever she’s on the screen. However, Jessica Marie Garica as Jasmine once again steals the show. At times, her character would seem annoying to viewers, but in the end, they’ll realize how amazing she really is. For me, she was the standout performer this season with Gray being a close second.


Jessica Maria Garcia as Jasmine in 'On My Block' Season 4 (Netflix)


Another actor who will surely bring a smile to everyone’s face is Peggy Blow, who plays Abuelita. Every time she pops up on the screen something funny happens and she is undoubtedly one of the coolest characters on the show.


All in all, Season 4 of ‘On My Block’ is a perfect conclusion to the gang of friends that always kept us entertained. The powerful storylines are one of the biggest reasons that the show has done so well since its inception, but it’s unfortunate that this show doesn’t get the same level of press coverage as ‘Stranger Things’ and Netflix’s other coming-of-age shows. Nevertheless, we all know that ‘On My Block’ is the best young adult series streaming on Netflix right now and it surely deserves more viewership.

I hope, the final season changes that because it is truly one of the most well-rounded coming-of-age shows on TV right now.

‘On My Block’ Season 4 is currently streaming on Netflix.


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