‘Reservation Dogs’ Season 2, Episode 1 Spoiler Recap/Review

This review contains spoilers for Reservation dogs.

Reservation dogs ended very sadly last season for the most part. A tornado hit the reserve and Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs) left the crew and took off with Jackie. And all of this happened around the anniversary of Daniel’s death. Also, we have to remember Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) cursed Jackie (Elva Guerra). The whole season as a whole was incredibly fresh and fun. Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo created something we all needed. A group of children coming of age is not a new concept for storytelling, but the way the Reservation dogs says he is definitely special. Through trials and tribulations, reservation dogs grow.

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The Season 2 premiere picks up where we left off. Elora and Jackie travel to California, while Bear (D’Pharoah Woon-A-Tai), Jack and Cheese (Lane Factor) try to figure out why they continue to have bad luck. Jack remembers that she tried to curse Jackie and goes to visit the White Magician (Todd Jenkins). When he says he can’t help her, she goes back to Aunt B (Kimberly Guerrero), but she can’t help him either. They realize how bad it is when the construction workers tear down the hideout as a mega church will be built there. They find all of Daniel’s stuff and move it.

The bad luck in this episode is not just reserved for the other members of the crew. Mose (Lil Mike) and Mekko (Funny Bone) have their bikes stolen, and everything goes wrong for the Reserve. Jackie and Elora are also struggling. Their GPS breaks down, they have to stop to buy maps, and the car breaks down. They get into a vehicle with a blank that looks harmless. After he takes them down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, they kick and stab him to get away. The girls try to take a car into a house but end up being chased by gunmen.

If it wasn’t already clear, the Reservation dogs have bad luck from all angles. Bear is not in a good headspace. Jackie tries to reverse the curse, Elora is chased, and, well, Cheese is Cheese. It’s a fun way to bring the show back with this opener, bringing back the dry humor, dramatic situations, and chemistry that made the show special in its first season.

Erica Tremblay joins the film crew behind the scenes and directs the season premiere. She does a wonderful job because she brings her experience of documentary work and injects it into Reservation dogs. No, it’s not a mockumentary, but it kind of looks like one. That’s what makes this episode of Reservation dogs so funny.

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Creator Sterlin Harjo, Dallas Goldtooth, and Ryan RedCorn contributed teleplay for this episode. They have remained consistent and true to Reservation Dog roots. We’ve never really had a show about Native Americans living in modern states through the prism of a coming-of-age story. This aspect, among many others, is what makes Reservation dogs such an interesting and unique sight.

This first episode of the second season of Reservation dogs has some pacing issues, but the good far outweighs the bad. This season seems to carry the torch from the first season and continue to come up with new ideas. Most shows have fillers or constantly recycle ideas. In this new era of television, that’s rare though. Reservation dogs is back with a vengeance, and I can’t wait to see how it goes. – Rascal F. Kennedy

Rating – 8/10

Reservation dogs is now streaming on Hulu!




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