There’s just something about the first day of school episodes that I love, especially senior year. It’s filled with possibilities. And, this season, All American will be spending more time between Crenshaw High and Beverly High.
The first day of senior year ended up being similar for Beverly and Crenshaw students. Both football teams were getting started with new coaches, and the QB1s were up in the air.
I’m excited that Beverly has a female coach. As Olivia (Samantha Logan) said, you don’t get to where she is by being a pushover. Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) may have felt like he had it easy with his father being the coach, now he will have to keep proving himself to keep his spot. He was a good QB, but this coach is really going to make him great.
And she did have a point. He was throwing to two of the best players on the team last season. Spencer (Daniel Ezra) is gone, and Asher (Cody Christian) is on the sideline. It’s not the same team that won the state championships. She’s building a new team.
And at Crenshaw, Billy (Taye Diggs) was having difficulty getting through to his new team. And Spence was having difficulty fitting back in. It didn’t help that Darnell (Da’Vinchi) and Chris (Spence Moore II) were forcing Spencer to chose between the two of them for QB1. In the end, he made a choice, but Billy chose Chris over Darnell. Spence was mad, but Billy never said he would choose the person Spencer chose, only that he wanted to hear what Spence thought while he was making his decision.
Chris is probably the best option for team unity. Especially when the new principal is betting on them to fail. He may seem all high and mighty putting funding into other programs, but I can’t believe it doesn’t have anything to do with the grudge he is holding against Billy.
Like Billy always does, he found a way to get through to the team. It was nice to see them come together to help clean up the field. It reminded me of One Tree Hill when Whitey had the players clean up the old gym because they were fighting with each other. I think it’s a good bonding experience for the boys.
I can’t believe Billy gave up his entire paycheck to fund the team. I would have thought a bake sale or something similar would have been the way to go. It is unfair that they were forced to pay for their own equipment.
In season one, we got to see Billy gain Spencer’s trust. Now, we can see how he builds a team. It will be nice to see him grow in this new position.
This will be an interesting season watching Crenshaw and Beverly compete against each other. Jordan and Spencer are like brothers, and Spencer’s still friends with the other people on the team, too.
And when will Ashe get back on the field? While we wait, this will be a good character growth storyline for him.
But what happened over his summer vacation? It doesn’t seem like he necessarily cheated on Olivia. It sure looked that way when she went to surprise him in Mexico but did anything really happen? Other than they got a little too friendly?
It makes me wonder if Liv and Spence did hookup. Did she fall off the wagon, and he was there for her? Did she cry on his shoulder and wanted no one to know? Or did something happen because she saw Ashe with another girl? Episode two is just leaving us with more questions about what exactly happened over summer vacation.
We did get some answers, though. We now know that Layla’s (Greta Onieogou) dad stole Patience’s (Chelsea Tavares) song. Not a great introduction to the music business for her.
But I did love how Layla handled Coop (Bre-Z). She is scary when she’s mad. But Layla stood her ground, and now she may have another artist, as long as she can convince her dad. I hope we get more great moments with Layla and Coop. This friendship keeps getting better.
And the final question is, do we trust Mo? Preach does. And it sure seems like it was more than just a small thing between them. We’ll have to wait to see if Coop’s suspicions are right.
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