Review: On My Block’s newest season wasn’t the best

On My Block's newest season ends with a shock.

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A promotional poster for the newest season of On My Block.

Lindsey Chadwick, Staff Writer

On March 11 Netflix released the third season of On My Block. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the third season to come out ever since I finished the second one. I jumped right on this review when I heard it was coming out. I am disappointed to say that this was definitely not the best out of the three seasons.

As seen in the trailer for the third season, On My Block revealed that Lil’ Ricky, a character only spoken of but never seen who had supposedly died 19 months after being locked up in jail, was actually alive. This really brought a twist to everything when it was unleashed right at the beginning of the first episode in season three.

At the end of season two, the core four Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tinoco), Jamal (Brett Gray) and Ruby (Jason Genao) were kidnapped by the Santos’ leader, Cuchillos. Flooding into season three, the kids find out that she wants them to find this supposedly not dead guy, Lil’ Ricky. When you factor in that the kids don’t actually know who Lil’ Ricky is or what he looks like seems like it would be a super challenging task for teenagers to complete. In my opinion I didn’t love the aspect of them trying to find this dead/not dead guy. I felt the show should have went with a different angle on making this season. I did like the fact that the show picked up exactly where it left off. I hate when shows skip a lot of years and don’t really explain what actually happened.

The acting between Monse and Cesar was one thing that I thought was done poorly. Monse and Cesar have had an on and off relationship throughout the seasons but I felt this season in particular was very cheesy. I would almost cringe every time they had a lovey dovey conversation. Personally I like them better as friends because they get along a lot better and it makes the show go smoother.

In the last episode of season three Monse leaves her friends and family to go to a boarding school. The characters all promised each other nothing would change but as everyone knows without the glue to keep everyone together they would eventually fall apart. “Two years later” appeared on the screen to show how all their lives had changed in time. With not being all together, it really brought a wrench in their friendship. As I said earlier, I don’t like when shows or movies do this because it leaves us confused on what happened. I do understand they did it to show how different everything had changed within the two-year time frame but it just feels like they abruptly ended the show.

Throughout the episodes I got mentally and emotionally attached to these characters. The ending of season three was extremely sad, but the good kind of sad.  With the combination of the sad, but upbeat toned music, mixed with slow motion videos of how different their lives were without them all being together really brought some tears to my eyes.

All in all, On My Block didn’t satisfy me the way I was hoping for. However, it wasn’t that bad where I didn’t want to continue watching it. With the emotional end of season three, I’m excited to see what’s in store for the core four next.