Vida season one review

Vida season one review

Vida proudly continues the positive tradition and can hopefully overcome that other one. Through two episodes, Tanya Saracho’s half-hour drama-comedy combo has a loud, clear voice brought out by a talented all-hispanic cast of Latinx  characters. It’s about family, romance, careers, growing up, death, and so much more, all from a distinct viewpoint — which is fitting, given the all-encompassing implication of its title . All that’s to say the series could go anywhere, but it’s off to a good start in the first hour.

Living in East Los Angeles, Lyn (Melissa Barrera), Emma (Mishel Prada), and the rest of the community are boldly fighting against neighborhood gentrification (as well as internal conformity) to preserve their culture and way of life. If that macro vision piques your interest, the micro is far more relatable. Lyn and Emma are estranged sisters brought up under the same roof but who grew up to lead very different lives.

Emma moved to Chicago, works a steady job, and lives a responsible life. Still living at home with their mother, Lyn loves to have a good time and isn’t above manipulating people  to get what she wants.

But when her mother collapses on the bathroom floor, the family is forced to make decisions as a unit. Not only do Emma and Lyn need to learn to work together, but there’s an unexpected third cog in the machine: Eddy is their mother’s “roommate,” and she’s been helping run their bar, apartments, and home. With real estate developers swooping in to renovate (into God knows what), the three pseudo-family members have to decide how to best handle their inherited business — and honor the mother’s legacy.

Vida should never be lacking in things to say; it fires off socio-political commentary as fast as the quick-tempered Emma will come down on anyone who questions her heritage. Where it decides to take these characters and how well it continues to balance its broader messages with personal connections will ultimately decide if it can make itself heard in a crowded TV market.

But the series isn’t a huge investment. The first season is only six episodes, and even with aesthetically honest, sun-drenched direction from Alonso Ruizpalacios , the vivid production shouldn’t be that expensive.

 

Champs vs Stars Episode 4

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Champs vs Stars Episode 4 Recap: A broken team and a broken ankle

This daily challenge was great in theory, but dumb in execution. A player will kick a ball forward (10 yard minimum). They will run and pick up the ball, then try to run through an entire field of players (everyone else in the game) holding balls. Some players are blockers, others are defenders, either way, they are clogging space, therefore, it is incredibly difficult to score.

Champs vs Stars Episode 4

 

Wes had the best first round and came within 5ft of the goal. He and CT were obviously the two toughest players as they made it the farthest while taking a lot of hits.

Brooke Hogan chooses not to participate after seeing Ashley almost get injured. This angers Ashley, who keeps getting hit by Casper. She notes that he has “a bigger ego than her tits”.

CT’s round resulted in Aneesa breaking her ankle while attempting to knock him down. At least he didn’t make it too far.

Devin tried to pull one over on them by getting everyone off-sides and it worked to an extent, however he puts too much distance between himself and the goal.Champs vs Stars Episode 4 is full of fight.

 

Elimination

Due to Aneesa’s injury, elimination is cancelled. However, the Blue Team still needs to award an MVP for the powerplay. Tori and Tony vote for Tori, while Wes votes for Casper because he believes Casper will do something dumb, and the Stars all vote Louise. The Champs are infuriated by Wes’ move, even though it would be a 3–4 vote regardless.

With the powerplay, Louise switches Tori  with Ashley. She does so because Ashley has been playing the best game on the Red Team, and now they can throw her in against them. Wes and Ashley who have been two of the best players in the game are now trapped by Louise, and Ashley is not happy about it whatsoever. She has a meltdown that will be picked up next week.