Summertime: Season 2

  • 12 Jun - 18 Jun, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

The first season of Netflix’s Summertime, an Italian young-adult drama with lovely scenery but uninteresting relationships, to be a bit of a waste of time. Summertime: Season 2 is more of the same, really, though admittedly by design. It retains the picturesque backdrop of the Adriatic coast and virtually all of the same characters, who continue to be capably performed by obviously talented young actors, and their various platonic and romantic relationships are naturally complicated by the events of the first season. Summer’s (Rebecca Coco Edogamhe) go-getter impulsivity, which defined her in the first season, seems to have been lessened a bit here, replaced instead with stuff between pretty uninteresting men. The relationships are more complex by virtue of having had eight prior episodes to develop, but the pacing is questionable, and eight episodes feel like too many. After a while, most viewers will be imploring the characters to just make their minds up already. Along with Summer’s romantic woes, there are various other character-based subplots, with the looming championship race giving the season some shape. You’ll be expected to care about that, and Ale (Ludovico Tersigni) and Lola racing in it, the exploits of Dario (Matthew David Rudd) and Edo (Giovanni Maini), young love from the perspective of Blue (Alice Ann Edogamhe), the relationship between Summer and Sofia (Amanda Campana), the dissolution of which forms one the season’s overarching storylines, and a bit more besides, not much of it having much merit.