I had been looking forward to the third (and supposedly last) season of Vida. I have been with these girls from the very start, and want to continue with them on their journey. As the third season starts, we see both Emma and Lyn very… happy. Lyn is enjoying seeing a good review of Vida the bar, and Emma and Nico has been having a ‘finger fiesta.’ (Lyn’s exact words, which I thought was hilarious) But you know that there is drama around the corner, because as we learned from last season, their father is very much alive, and that is looming over everything – I suspect that will be a major story line this season.
But we aren’t there yet – their happiness seems to be sustaining even if things are coming their way. For Emma, it’s the appearance of Zoe at the bar – she is Nico’s ex and is acting like a fool. The old Emma would have made a big stink of that, but this new one is even-keeled and I like it. Lyn is still going hot and heavy with Rudy – he even invites her to a party to meet his mother, where Lyn gets to meet people who don’t think she is Mexican enough. Again, this is the new and more mature Lyn, and after a conversation with a waiter, realizes she just need to fight on. I don’t think that is the end of it, though, as I feel Rudy’s mom is up to something.
This happy set up is, of course, going to be upended. And I can’t wait for the season to rumble.
The second season of Vida starts with a bang. Well, a couple of bangs to be exact. It starts with an orgy. The first season of Vida had a lot of unapologetic nudity, and it looks like that is continuing on the second season. To be honest, I feel like it has been a while since the last episode ended, o I had to remind myself of the story line, but after a couple of scenes, I think I can feel caught up. Lyn is still a hot mess. I thought that the orgy was some kind of dream sequence, but it is real. Emma is still a dom – she probably has more testosterone than me. The bar that they had inherited from their deceased mother is still there, prime for reopening. Eddy, their mom’s lover, is in the hospital after being beaten up, and now they are discovering that their mom’s marriage might not have been legal. I feel like this is very important information on how this season progresses. I wish there were more narrative on this episode, but I guess everything is being set up. This show is quite unique for me, it shows a world – the queer Latina experience – that is very foreign for me, and I am eager to explore it.
I have binge-watched the rest of the first season of Vida – with only a sex episode first season, it wasn’t difficult – and I love it even more. I think I even like it more than its companion show on Starz, which is Sweetbitter. Vida is richer, and it successfully says something else besides your usual soapy situations. I mean, it has those, too but Vida also addresses issues like gentrification, immigration, and how people shy away- and come back from their cultures. I knwo some people have accused me in the past of being “too american,’ whatever that means, and I do feel like I am still very much attached to my original heritage. But back to the show, I love that it explores sexual orientation in a very frank manner. The sex is on the saltier side here, and is part of the overall tone of the series. The Latino characters here are not stereotypical ones – though some of those are here as well – but these are full living, breathing people. They start at as cliches – the icy older sister, the slutty younger one – but writer Tanya Saracho gives these people real depth, and we get a sense of who they are as the first season ends. As a matter of fact, we are really getting a sense of these characters now, so I hope this comes back for a second season (I hope Sweetbitter does, too)
And here we go – the last episode of the first season of ‘Sweetbitter.’ And I am scared. Why? because I have fallen for the show and I am petrified that I will have my heart broken and there will be no second season of the show. And I know the story is just beginning. At the end of the sixth episode (and the first season) Tess has been finally promoted to be server at the restaurant. This has been what she has been striving for, and the title of the episode says it all: “It’s Mine.”
But there are complications – she has an inkling about the real relationship between Simone and Jake – she has known him since he was eight years old so are they relatives? And I am pissed that Tess is pining for Jake – he is totally wrong for her. Girl I’ve been there. He made you wait – that is the first sign and for me indicative of where this is going and that’s trouble. No good will come off this. I still am shipping for Tess and Will, but I fear that is just too boring of a plot line for it to happen. And Simone – is she a friend of a foe. What does she want from Tess?
This and all other unanswered questions. I think the series is ending on a good note and I really hope they all come back. I want them too.
There are so many ads for ‘Sweetbitter’ where I live that it worked for them – I had to check it out. I know it is based on the book by Stephanie Danler and that book is on my TBR pile – if only I can get back to reading again. After my latest life transition, I still need to get my groove back on that front. But watching the television series based on it may be the next best thing.
So the show is about Tess (Elsa Purnell), twenty two, who moves to New York City with only a dream (she didn’t even bring books, and she is an English major) She gets a job bussing tables at one of New York’s most prestigious restaurants (the book is about Danler’s experience at Union Square Cafe so I will imagine it as that) and in the first episode here, she tries to pass her first day of trials. There’s a lot of distraction – Simone, a manipulative something or other, and a cute guy who gives her oysters by the end of the episode (I guess there won’t be vague symbolisms here)
I am always up for a good New York story, and I kind of like this one. For now, I am curious enough to come back to it, but it better keep me interested for me to keep on returning.