‘Pose’ season 2 premiered with an extravagant, poignant and dramatic episode last week, making good on what was promised in the many trailers. It is the year 1990, and a revolution is underway, even as acceptance is dangled like a carrot in front of the LGBT community. In the backdrop of all this, is the lives of the members of House of Evangelista.
Season2's first episode began with a time jump, and we see that the characters we love and root for are not exactly where they used to be - activism and protest has been recognized as the need of the hour. At the forefront of the pushback against LGBT subjugation is Billy Porter’s Pray Tell – ever the style icon.
Blanca (MJ Rodriguez), meanwhile, is right behind her friend, offering her love and support, having now gotten a hang of being a house mother. She has learned not to push her children because she thinks she knows what is best for them, but the apple of her eye is still Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), and she cannot stop herself when she finds out her advice is being ignored.
In the trailer for the upcoming episode 2, ‘Worth It,’ Damon reveals that he has been having sex with his boyfriend Ricky (Dyllón Burnside) without condoms. An exasperated Blanca tells her children, “You are young, black, gay and poor. This world despises you. You get this disease… You die. They feel relieved.”
However, all is not dark in ‘Worth It,’ seeing as Blanca gets one step closer to fulfilling her dream, even as Angel (Indya Moore) finds her new Prince Charming in Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel).
As we saw in the premiere episode, Papi had helped Angel beat up the shady photographer who tried to fetishize her and get back all the photos and negatives. She finally sees him in a new light, and we could not be happier – safe to say Damon feels the same way.
In the trailer we see him telling Angel, “For the record, I’m Team Papi,” and I cannot help but believe everyone who watches said in return, “same.” The promos for season 2 had teased a love story between Papi and Angel, and it promises to be an epic one.
Season 2 episode 2 of 'Pose' titled 'Worth It' airs Tuesday, June 18, 2019.