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TV Review: The Get Down


“The Get Down,” is not just another original Netflix show, it is a true original with a whole new feel and direction. Set in the 1970’s of New York City, it shows the life, events and the hardships of the people in the Bronx.

I’ve been awaiting “The Get Down,” ever since I saw Jaden Smith was going to be in the series. Jaden plays Marcus (Dizzee) Kipling a teenager in the troubled Bronx. The teenagers are the most important aspect of “The Get Down.” All the characters carry the show in the right direction and each one adds to the story. Character standouts for me were Ezekiel (Justice Smith), Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola), and Shaolin Fantastic played by (Shameik Moore). Each one of these characters played an essential role and created a story for the viewers.

The show starts off in the South Bronx, and the narrator comes in. He explained the background of each character and how they came to be. Ezekiel (Justice Smith) an aspiring poet is told to read his poem aloud, but refuses. The poem is about the one he loves, Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola). Throughout “The Get Down,” each one develops into an artist of their own belonging. Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola), becomes a worldwide singer with her three best friends. Soon Ezekiel (Justice Smith) meets Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) and they create a group called “The Get Down Brothers.” Him and his siblings move up the ranks in the Bronx and create a living for themselves.

Out of everything in the show, my favorite part about “The Get Down,” is the theme of the show. When it comes down to it all, the music, acting and cinematography are the best part of the series. Being set in the 1970’s gives the show something to grow and expand on. The actors adapt well to the lifestyle of their characters and bring more to them as the show progresses. I am excited to see what direction season two of “The Get Down,” has to bring to the continuation of the story.

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