RESERVATION DOGS SEASON 2 REVIEW
Twas only a year ago that Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi graced the TV world with their FX series Reservation Dogs. Well before the first season completed its run, Reservation Dogs had already cemented itself as one of the most entertaining and original shows of 2021. Fans were elated when the series was promptly renewed for a second season and now…it’s finally here! Set primarily on a reservation in Oklahoma, Season 2 sees the return of the Reservation Dogs themselves: Bear, Willie Jack, Cheese, and Ellora Danen, four indigenous teens attempting to pilot life and impending adulthood in the wake their friend Daniel’s death. With Ellora now gone in pursuit of California, the once-inseparable group find their friendship at a major crossroads. Bear (D’Phaaoh Woon-A-Tai) in his confusion over Ellora’s abandonment, seeks advice from his goofball spiritual guide (Dallas Goldtooth) while Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) attempts to undo a curse she believes is responsible for the group’s misfortune. Meanwhile, Cheese (Lane Factor) struggles to maintain his optimistic nature when he finds himself placed in a center for misplaced youth. These are just some of the challenges faced by the characters over the course of the season’s 10-episode run, with heart-wrenching and often hilarious results. Boasting a stellar supporting cast (Zahn McClarnon, Gary Farmer, Sarah Podemski, Wes Studi) Reservation Dogs continues to thrive as a witty and powerful character study, but does its sophomore season pack the emotional punch of the first? That’s what Brad, Elliot, Neil and Melina are here to discuss!
CREATED BY: Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi
STARRING: Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, Paulina Alexis, Sarah Podemski, Zahn McClarnon, Dallas Goldtooth, Gary Farmer, Lil Mike, Funny Bone, Elva Guerra, Jack Maricle, Jude Barnett, Xavier Bigpond, Dalton Cramer, Bobby Lee, Kirk Fox, Matty Cardarople, Jon Proudstar, Kimberly Guerrero, Jana Schmieding, Casey Camp-Horinek, Kaniehtiio Horn, Geraldine Kearns, Jennifer Podemski, Tamara Podemski, Wes Studi, Richard Ray Whitman, Migizi Pensoneau, Bobby Wilson, Warren Queton, Nathan Apodaca, Keland Lee Bearpaw, Macon Blair, Darryl W. Handy, Rhomeyn Johnson
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
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