“Cheer” Season 2 Review

Story posted January 20, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by Savannah Swartz.

“Cheer”, the Netflix original docuseries, directed by Greg Whiteley follows the Navarro Community College cheer team out of Corsicana, Texas.

The first season was released on January 8, 2020, and the second season was released on January 12, 2022.

The second season picked up after the last season finale where the team had won the college national championship in Daytona, Florida.

The long awaited second season reunited fans with athletes they hadn’t seen in two years.

Many things have changed in and out of cheer for the athletes and coaches of the show, and this season clears the air about many things that have been addressed in the media.

Originally Season 2 was going to follow the 2020 Navarro team, however, COVID-19 had different plans. The 2020 national competition was canceled, and the season extended into the teams 2021 season.

This new season showed the emotional and physical growth of many athletes who were new to the team, returning to the team or leaving the team. Along with showing the growth of coach Monica Aldama who now juggles coaching a nationally medaled team and fame.

Season 1 captivated the nation by giving an in depth look at an underrated sport, while also an inside look at the Navarro cheer team.

The new season picks up in 2020 showing the athletes that were highlighted in the first season. These returners are shown traveling all over the country doing publicity for the show after the success of the breakout season.

The second season continued following Navarro while also introducing their competitors, Trinity Valley Community College. The TVCC coaches Vontae Johnson and Khris Franklin are introduced, and we learn more about their background in cheerleading.

The two teams are both located in Texas and are rivals in more than cheerleading.

The schools play each other in basketball, and tensions run high between the two cheer teams at a time that is not even close to their competition.

New cheerleaders on both teams are introduced this season. Maddy Brum is introduced and shows the perspective of what it is like to be on mat both years as an athlete.

Because Navarro is a junior college, students only attend for two years instead of four. Meaning that athletes who are on the team for more than two years must reapply and continue pursuing their academics.

Brooke Morosca, another Navarro athlete, provides the opposing perspective from Maddy because she was off mat her first year and must fight during mat tryouts her second year.

These two cheerleaders give the audience the chance to grow closer with the rookies on the team who are filling the shoes of athletes from Season 1 who have since graduated.

There are many athletes from Season 1 who returned for the 2020 season and not the 2021. This means they were shown in the first four episodes but not the last five. These athletes include but are not limited to Lexi Brumback, Morgan Simianer and Jerry Harris.

Lexi and Morgan chose to not return while Jerry was unable to return due to being arrested.

After Season 1 of Cheer came out, the breakout “cheerlebrity” was accused of soliciting minors and sexual assault. Jerry is currently in prison and awaits his court date.

Fans were crushed by the news when it broke in 2020, however the whole story had not been truly shared until the fifth episode of the second season. Two of Jerry’s victims were on the show and shared their stories, and many of Jerry’s ex-teammates and coaches shared how this affected them, and how the team moves on without him.

This season was much darker than the last season. Aside from the in-depth look at Jerry’s crimes, there are also toxic relationships that are revealed, and more blood, sweat and tears shed on both teams.

The two seasons were filmed in the same casual documentary way, and it makes everything seem more authentic and not staged. This allows the audience to relate more to the struggles of the athletes and coaches.

Being able to look more into Navarro’s competition allowed for there to be connections to both teams and understanding no matter who wins nationals.

This season was trailblazing in and out of the cheerleading industry. The way scandals and media were portrayed and handled in this show will change child protection policies in not just cheerleading but other children’s sports.

Overall, each episode left the viewer intrigued and wanting more. However, the season finale left viewers wondering if there will be a third season?

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Savannah Swartz is a first-year communications major. To contact her, email sms9072@psu.edu.