The first season of American Soul was juicy, so of course I didn’t anticipate season 2 being even JUICIER!
If you haven’t seen the first season, this is where I’ll put a spoiler warning before advancing to my review of the current season. SPOILER ALERT:
JT is murdered by the military vet who was a friend of Simone’s deceased dad and living with Simone and her mother. The last we see of JT is his body stuffed in a trunk.
So, JT is back and well, apparently, and is working at the Soul Train night club as…a body guard or bouncer? Maybe? I don’t really know, but his work involves some shady dealings with Don’s associate, Gerald Aimes.
Speaking of Don, that’s legendary abuser and Soul Train host, Don Cornelius. From the first episode of the season, we begin to see the onset of his migraines as he speeds down a highway to the Soul Train studio. These migraines worsen throughout the season.
It doesn’t help that he increases his unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with the pain, but I won’t be too harsh.
As usual, Tess has to take on most of Soul Train’s operations despite not knowing Don’s schedule for acts or whatever. This season made me like Tess even more, she sprouted into a bad b**ch and won’t take the men’s foolishness that they try to give her. This is evident in her interactions with Don, Richard Pryor, and Brooks, for example.
Simone has also changed some. Her selfishness rears it’s head in the beginning, but she has a bit of a character redemption as the season progresses. Watch how desperate she is though, it’ll make you want to rip your hair out!
Her musical, like broadway musical-esque, numbers sprinkled throughout this season took away from the show’s appeal (a little bit) and distracted from whatever the storyline was. It happened first between Simone and her mom in Simone’s bedroom. Then, it happened again when Simone was waiting to audition as a singer. She and all the other girls waiting broke out in song and dance.
This season is filled with piping hot DRAMA! From hit jobs to health issues to wild nights, this show has it all. Damn, Don had an interesting life (and yes, I’m sure some events have been exaggerated, but still.) IT kept me on the edge of my seat, anticipating the next episode.
And then it ended at episode 8. I was devastated. I hope this show is renewed for a 3rd season. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you watch it, especially if you have an idea of the original Soul Train on which this series is based.
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