As someone who has always been obsessed with the ballroom culture of the 80s, "Pose" is easily one of my favorite shows of all time. Having absolutely adored Season 1, it would be an understatement to say that I was excited for Season 2. And like I expected, I was not disappointed.
Set to the tune of Madonna's hit song "Vogue," Season 2 came out of the gate extremely vocal. As a viewer, I was taken aback by just how much the struggles depicted in the 1990s can still be felt today. The lack of human rights and violence against the show’s primarily queer characters calls to question if things have gotten any better. And while they have, Season 2 leaves you wanting more to be done to protect LGBTQ+ lives (Episode 4 wrecked me).
But amongst the cry for change, the season made room for moments of love, perseverance and family. Having loved the characters (especially Blanka and Electra) of Season 1, I was very excited to see their personalities more fully developed. With Season 2, we got to see growth amongst all of the characters across the show’s overarching theme of family.
This concept of personal growth alongside family is my favorite thing about the show. All of the characters came to New York with nothing, but through each other, they were able to persevere and become something. In the context of a changing environment, it’s nice to have a show that serves to spread love to all of its viewers.
However, this season gave a lot of funny moments as well. With Electra reading a hater to filth and all the drama you’ll ever need, this season has so much to love! So go watch it!
Season 2 is out now on Netflix.