Summertime Season 2 ambles to the finish line, but even a last-minute cliffhanger can’t liven up its sedentary drama.
This recap of Netflix’s Summertime season 2, episode 8 — the ending — contains spoilers.
The extent to which you enjoy the Summertime Season 2 finale will depend on how much you care about several characters and their relationships, which is true of most shows but unusually so in regards to this one since there’s little plot to speak of. The second season, like the first, is deeply rooted in rather uninteresting people in various trite will-they-won’t-they predicaments, some platonic and some not, and frankly if it weren’t for the sunny backdrops there’d be very little to even look at, let alone care about. Mileage, I suppose, may vary, but that’s a cop-out; in all likelihood, most viewers will care about as much as I did, should they even get this far, and I cared barely at all.
Oddly, Summer, after whom the series is cheekily named, has very little relevance to the Summertime Season 2 ending, which is much more obviously interested in Ale and Lola’s upcoming championship race. The build-up to that accounts for the episode’s narrative spine, and the event itself is the setting for the only daring “twist”, which occurs so late on that nothing meaningful can be made of it. It’s not even clear if Lola, who crashes her bike while getting a little too risky in the race, even survives the ordeal. The dreaded Netflix cliffhanger strikes again.
Summer does watch the race, admittedly, and cries a little tear at Ale jumping off his bike to attend to Lola, sacrificing the championship in the process. Dario watches, too, from Rita’s house, where he was earlier lured by Davide, who pretended it was his birthday to blag a present. There’s some romantic touchy-feely business between the two adults which strikes one as being a bit more earnest than some of the romance elsewhere, but there isn’t much of that, all things considered.
Many scenes in Summertime season 2, episode 8 are actually anti-romance, from Summer and Edo having a friendly but awkward chat, and Sofia confronting Summer about sleeping with Jonas, only to decide eventually that she no longer loves her, has drifted apart from her, and would be better off staying away in the future. Sofia is invited by Irene to her place in Milan, which is an upside, but if it wasn’t for Blue and Alfredo there’d be very little romantic drama to even speak of. When Summer watches Isa — who, by the way, is pregnant — perform at the end of summer festival, it’s easy to imagine her wistful expression is her lamenting how uninteresting she has become.
You could say the same for the show in its entirety, really.
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