Critical, ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ keeps too much of the status quo

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What computer? It Wildcats! Although, according to ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’, an original Disney+ which is recorded in the style of a fake documentary about a group of high school students who attend the school where they filmed the original movie of ‘High School Musical’ and that decide to present an adaptation of the musical while at the same time living out their own dramas, twists and turns and an abundance of songsreally are called the Leopards of East High. Big cats different, but the same old nostalgia.

'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' is one of the original series created for the launch of Disney+

Disney+ is released in Spain the next 24th of march and from their catalog of impressive classic and original, ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ draws the attention of any child of the 2000 that grew up with the Troy Bolton of Zac Efron when it costs him to choose between basketball and singing, only to realize that – surprisingly – can do the two. Although the series is full of references to the original trilogy, the storyline is something new: Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) is a student who loves the theatre and has always dreamed of being a star. After you break up with her boyfriend Ricky (Joshua Massett), she and her new boyfriend, the athlete and the usual main actor E. J. (Matt Cornett), they decide to do a casting for the roles of Troy and Gabriella, only for Ricky, which is presented to retrieve his ex-girlfriend, would be selected to play Troy next to the Gabriella of Nini. Why start the drama and love triangles.

In terms of the structure, the first two installments of this season of ten chapters and well established of the action and what is at stake, resorting to the familiar pattern we have seen repeated multiple times in the movies of Disney Channel, romantic comedies and musicals. The guy gets the girl (Ricky and Nini go for a year), the guy loses the girl (not confesses that he wants to and break, something that leads it to exit with an aspiring Abercrombie & Fitch), the guy tries to recover the love of the girl (Ricky takes interest in the hobbies of Nini: namely, the musical). All of this happens before the start of the chapter or within the first five minutes and so, at the end of the first chapter, we have established the characters and their connections to romantic. It is predictable and kitsch but it is easy to see and the face of lamb who was slain, to which Ricky looks at a exasperated Nini will be enough for many viewers to invest in the outcome of your relationship, especially those who fall in the age group of 10-14 to which it is likely that this series goes.

The style of a fake documentary is one of the best decisions that took the creator Tim Federle because it gives the characters, especially the alpha competitive Gina, played by Sofie Wylie, a space to uncover their motivations and win the affection of the audience. Sometimes it seems that writers are misled by this resource, using the various monologues to cram a lot of jokes not very well-written take up space instead of developing the characters. However, it is true that Joshua Bassett makes a face exceptional Jim Halpert on ‘The OfficeThe Office’.

The series is about a group of high school students who presented a version of 'High School Musical'

One of the most welcome of the series, however, which we hope will set the tone for the original Disney+ occurring in the future, is that it is full of diversity, never veering into the territory of the tokenismo. Our main character, Nini, has two mothers, and this fact of his life is not analyzed or sermoneado by others. Two women make act of presence on the screen and are their mothers and point. Considering that in the original trilogy, as informs Bustlethe perspective of the study of sexuality led to write a romance heterosexual for the character of Ryan, played by Lucas Grabeel, despite the fact that both the director Kenny Ortega as Grabeel thought that the character was gay, the diversity of casual of ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ it seems a fair full cycle. In addition, despite the emphasis placed on the romantic relationships of Nini in the first two chapters, it’s fantastic how it emphasizes the feminism throughout the series. Dara Renee offers an excellent performance as the best friend of Nini, Kourtney, a girl who is wonderfully Team Nini instead of Team E. J. or Ricky, and although it is the cousin of E. J., the character of Ashlyn (Julia Lester) does not hesitate to challenge E. J. for his possessiveness towards Nini. The days of staying in line with the status quo have already finished and the girls denounce sexism when they see it.

As expected, the series is full of homages and allusions to the songs of the original trilogy). One of the surprises most unexpected but welcome of the first two chapters is so catchy that you are the original songs that were written and composed for the series. Both the teens and the adults may not be able to stop humming with ‘I Think I Kinda, You Know,’ and you will see jaws on the ground when Olivia, Rodrigo, and Julia Lester are made to sing in a loud voice to the soulful ballad ‘Wondering’.

But they are not ‘Breaking Free’ of the clichés

Despite the intention evident on the part of the creators, directors and writers, to infuse innovation and diversity in the series, many of the characters remain clichés exhausted that makes it hard to support them. Although Olivia Rodrigo and Sofie Wylie are the two players most capable of the cast, the two deserve more space to bring their characters to another level. The Nini Rodrigo, in particular, should have been able to be more than the girl next door that maintains throughout the first two chapters. The new boyfriend, Nini, E. J. is poorly written to the point of being comical with his envy and arrogance absolute that it leads to bragging of his own talent every two seconds. Are reduced to the characters of Larry Saperstein, and Dara Renee to the archetypes of bobo’s best friend and confidant, mischievous, despite the fact that the two actors have enough chemistry and talent to sustain a plot more deep.

The series is full of drama, romance and songs catchy

Perhaps in an attempt to disguise the characterization and the scripts are mediocre with the bright lights and glitter, is sobreactúa each scene. From the new teacher of interpretation, the Lady Jenn (Kate Reinders), singing a version of the a cappella and opera of ‘We’re All in This Together’ to the hysteria of the drama students each time that it occurs a minor setback, sometimes the series is more like a theatrical show than a series of made-for-tv. Everything is big and shiny: smiles huge, the large eyes, the exaggerated hand gestures. It’s tiring to see it, and that happens before the start of the dance rehearsals.

In summary, ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is likely to attract an audience of pre-teens or young people who want to see a version more up-to-date and socially aware film of 2006. The songs promise to be popular within the canon of Disney Channel and one of the interpreters young people impress with their handling of some scripts, quite frankly, lacklustre. Even so, we couldn’t help but feel a little relieved when the curtain fell.

‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ premieres on march 24 with Disney+ Spain.

Note (first two episodes): 5

The best: Diversity without seeking to fill quotas. The original songs.

The worst: The characters stereotypical and the dialogue poorly written.