Cheer Season 2 Leaves Fans Flipping Out


Arely Ocampo Bartolo, Managing Editor

Many fans were anxious to see head coach, Monica Aldama, lead her Navarro Dawgs cheer team to their 15th national championship, and that’s just what we expected to see on the new season of Cheer on Netflix.

We were able to observe these athletes as they pushed their bodies to extreme lengths, doing 3-4 spins in the air, falling, but then immediately getting back up. Quite honestly, I wish I could do what they do, since one single extension seems like a lot to me, but not to Navarro. 

Even beyond that, we witnessed Navarro forming a sort of family, and even if they were frustrated in one scene, they were seen overcoming their frustrations in the next episode. That’s something a majority of cheer teams around the nation can relate to. 

Unfortunately, a handful of fans were left saddened by the fact that, despite a strong routine, Navarro lost. While they took their loss with great pride and remained classy and proud of the other team, I can’t say the same. 

I felt as though the producers were too invested in paying attention to Trinity Valley when the show was meant to follow Navarro. 

Their opponent, Trinity Valley Community College, is definitely a powerful team, but they are portrayed on the show as arrogant and essentially entitled. It makes it hard to root for them. 

They were seen saying “F- Navarro,” and that really doesn’t seem like something you should be saying about your opponent on a Netflix series that will be streamed around the world.

As a cheerleader myself, I’d never address my competition like that knowing how many people would be watching me. Plus, it’s just unsportsmanlike to refer to competitors in such a way.

However, I honestly feel as though this season was a bit of a let down. I wish we could have focused more on Navarro over Trinity Valley. And yes, both teams put up a good show (which is the premise of the sports entertainment), but I wish we had spent more time with only a single team rather than not getting enough of both teams.