After three long years, El sol de Mexico is back on the small screen.
The following review contains spoilers for “Luis Miguel: The Series”.
On April 18, Netflix launched the first two episodes of the second season of “Luis Miguel: The Series,” a hit show chronicling the behind-the-scenes life of Mexican pop icon Luis Miguel, with episode three being presented a week later, April 25. In the first of a three-part series of articles, we’ll recap the first three episodes of the series while also diving into what worked and what didn’t.
This season’s approach brings back the dual-timeline format of the first season, showing us Luis Miguel in the early 1990s as well as an older Luis Miguel in the 2000s. He sees Luis Miguel’s struggles to reconcile his career. musical with her rapidly disintegrating family life, both in the early 90s and in the 2000s. Most of the story seems to focus on the 1990s timeline, which works to its advantage, as the The 2000s timeline often feels like it lacks the same emotional and dramatic jerk as the ’90s timeline. The characters feel more defined – given that viewers were already introduced to them the previous season – and the relationships more dynamic. There is more hindsight from friends and family on Luis Miguel when it comes to his decisions, sparking conflict that amplifies the show’s dramatic appeal. The emotional stakes are also much higher, as much of Luis Miguel and his brother’s peace of mind rests on finding their missing mother and protecting their younger brother Sergio from their father’s family.
The first episode begins at the funeral of Luisito Rey (Luis Miguel’s father). The episode kicks off, revealing Luis Miguel’s mother is still missing despite the Season 1 finale suggesting otherwise. The series carries the emotional weight that this search implies for Luis Miguel and his brother seamlessly from the end of the first season to the start of this season. As we see in episode two, Luis Miguel’s desperation reaches another level as the tracks on his mother’s whereabouts begin to clear. The involvement of his uncle Tito playing a role in his mother’s murder further complicates an already strained relationship. After Tito tells Luis Miguel that his father is responsible for his death, he disappears completely from the series, with no real consequence for the bomb he drops on Luis Miguel during their confrontation. His exit from the series after episode two brings this conflict to an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying resolution. The disorientation this moment creates is even more evident when Luis Miguel decides to stop looking for his mother at the end of the second episode after his manager convinces him that he will never be satisfied with the answers he finds. . Seeing Luis Miguel giving up the search so easily after watching him make the effort to hire the Mossad and hunt down leads seems underdeveloped. Luis Miguel decides to dedicate his next album to his mother as he begins to record the first song, “Hasta que me olvides”. The song continues through to the episode’s final scene, where Luis Miguel meets his estranged daughter Michelle for the first time, giving viewers a sense of closure and emotional progression that makes up for the awkwardly haphazard ending of the search for his. mother.
In the midst of the search for his mother, Luis Miguel and his brother Alex fight for the custody of their little brother Sergio. The couple try to save Sergio from having to go through the same trauma and hardships Luis Miguel had to endure as a child star. This conflict quickly evolves from being the two brothers against their paternal family to that between the two. Luis Miguel’s obsession with sustaining his career begins to shatter his relationship with Alex, as he struggles to devote time to caring for Sergio, leaving Alex to bear the brunt of raising him on his own. Much of this has to do with the growing pressure on Luis Miguel to stay relevant to the recent success of Cris Valdes (who seems to have a weirdly odd resemblance to the real Cristian Castro from the ’90s, though that’s probably just a coincidence … no ?). The combination of his work concerns as well as his strained family relationships is what makes this episode the most exciting of the three to watch, as well as Luis Miguel’s tendency to choose pleasure over responsibility, a trait that has been carried on ever since. the first season. Throughout the first two episodes, viewers see hints of Luis Miguel entering prima-donna territory, but the third episode is where we’re fully featured on this side of the pop singer – with a equally grandiose collection of Versace silk shirts. Seeing Luis Miguel treating his brother like he is treating his employees – that is, not the best – adds even more gasoline to the rapidly consuming fire.
Luis Miguel’s loneliness becomes evident in the 2005 timeline in episodes two and three, following an accident that caused Luis Miguel to lose part of his right ear. The timeline has a promising start, as we follow one of Luis Miguel’s employees, Jose, engaging in shady relationships while trying to secure a new concert hall for the singer. This is what ultimately leads to Luis Miguel’s huffing ear, setting the stage for a potentially explosive drama, though the show never really takes advantage of it. Following his accident, Luis Miguel retreats to his home, leaving viewers wondering what happened to Jose. During this time, Luis Miguel wanders his mansion in the dark with a drink in hand, unable to sing or play while his wound heals. While the purpose of these shots is clearly to emphasize Luis Miguel’s loneliness, the storyline is hampered by their glut. I’ve often wondered when the show would go from Luis Miguel’s complacency to a more engaging emotional pace. It is then a welcome sight when Michelle – now 18 – steps into her life again. His attempts to get closer to his father reveal how Luis Miguel has become compartmentalized and emotionally isolated after so many years in a much more effective way than the many shots of the lone millionaire singer in his empty mansion. Throughout the series, Luis Miguel’s character is defined by his interactions and relationships with the people around him, in both time frames. We’re able to gain insight into her emotional state and character through her engagement to her brother or her management, so her solo scenes sometimes fall flat.
The second season of the semi-biography show of the life of Luis Miguel got off to a good start in its first three episodes, although it struggles to maintain a balance between the two timelines as it reaches the third. The 2000s timeline can sometimes feel like a fluffy fill, intended to fill the space between two scenes in the ’90s timeline. However, there are signs that this could change, with the introduction of a Michelle now. adult, and the subtle allusion to a romance with Luis Miguel’s manager. It remains for us to wonder how Luis Miguel is going to handle his already small social circle which is reduced to even fewer people, and how he will handle Sergio’s education now that Alex has left the photo.
Release dateApril 18, 2021
Featured: Diego Boneta, Luis Miguel, Anna Favella, Óscar Jaenada
Created by: Pablo Cruz
Network: Telemundo Telenovelas
Image courtesy of NBC News.