Vida: Season 2, Episode 1 [Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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As Emma decides to double down on the bar, many question if there is still time to turn their lives around.


Network
STARZ
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
George Alex Klein

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Is It Too Late To Get My S*** Together?: Johnny, Marisol, Lynn

After an orgy, Lynn is talking about being celibate. Something which gets tested by seeing Johnny the following day, alongside not being able to do yoga to relieve some stress. But, with a need for an outlet, she decides helping with the bar will be what she dedicates her time to.

And as Lynn is figuring her life out, Marisol and Johnny are trying to figure their next move. Johnny has lost everything that made it feel like he was going somewhere and in terms of Marisol? Well, with meeting a friend going to grad school, and Marisol dropping out of ELAC, she is questioning what is she doing in life? Like Johnny, she is at home, seems aimless, and with her dad better, so comes the question of what is she doing and when will she make a move?

Marisol talking to Johnny, worried about her future.

Going All In: Emma, George

Emma decides, after getting her behind ate by her, assumed, mentor, that she is leaving Chicago and will go all in with the bar. Naturally, her peer questions this decision since the business plan Emma wrote up has to be followed to the T to work. Yet, she seems committed, and failure isn’t an option.

Welcome to Vida: Emma, Eddy, Nelson

But that commitment, money wise, can only really last 6 months. Of which Nelson is planning to be on her case for the money Vida owed, and there was a monkey wrench about Eddy not being married to Vida which was going to be explored. However, with seeing Eddy in the state they were in, Emma backs down. In fact, since Eddy is miserable in the hospital, she decides to bring her home to have her recover there.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. How did Don Folly know Vida when she was a child?

Highlights

Lynn And Marisol Ready To Get Their Life Together

While we know Lynn is a hot mess, that doesn’t take away from wanting to see her do something with her life. As shown in the last season, and in this episode, she can still get away with things due to her looks. However, what does she have? Maybe 10 to 15 years, if she keeps herself up, and then when her age creeps away from being at a sugar baby number, what then?

Lynn and Emma looking up at the barren sign outside the bar.

And when it comes to Marisol, as pointed out by her not looking like Lynn, not being as ambitious as Emma, so comes the question of what she’ll do? Will she head back to school, since Johnny is home and her father in better shape? Will we see her wallow and make excuses? Hell, will she and Emma have a moment in which she gets Marisol together real quick? Only time will tell.

Low Point

Johnny Doesn’t Inspire Interest

There is nothing worse on a show filled with women than an ex who lingers after it appears the lead character is done with them. Case in point: Johnny. For while he does offer something to Marisol’s story, honestly, outside of him taking care of their father so she won’t have to, what is his purpose beyond that? Can he craft a life outside of Marisol and Lynn worth following? At this time, my answer is no.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 3As Emma starts thinking about how life can be now that she left Chicago, she comes to some decisions. Of which some don’t make Lyn too happy as she struggles with life.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Nancy C. Mejia, Jenniffer Gomez
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rudy Adrian Gonzalez
Nico Roberta Colindrez
  • Swallowing Your Pride: Johnny, Tlaloc, Marisol, Eddy, Emma, Lyn
  • When Effort Doesn’t Lead To Results, Beyond What You’re Used To: Lyn, Rudy, Dona Tita
  • Ending What Was Old & Welcoming Something New: Cruz, Emma, Nico
Season 2, Episode 4In a rather emotional episode, Mari makes a mistake with Eddy and Emma has a bit of an emotional awakening.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Chelsey Lora
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Unnecessary Cruelty: Marisol, Eddy, Lyn, Emma, Baco, Johnny
  • Learn To Use Your Feathers: Dona Tita, Lyn
  • When You Know What You Want, But Settle For What You Need: Baco, Nico, Emma
Season 2, Episode 5As more is taken from Eddy and Emma’s memories, one can only hope they realize it is lightening their cross to bear.
irector(s) Gandja Monteiro
Writer(s) Nancy C. Mejia, Elena Crevello
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Inclusion: Eddy, Emma
  • When Bad Turns To Worse: Nico, Emma, Eddy, Nelson, Lyn, Johnny
  • Flaunt Your Feathers: Rudy, Lyn, Emma
Season 2, Episode 6The s*** hits the fan and may drive Emma to a panic attack.
Director(s) Gandja Monteiro
Writer(s) Mando Alvarado
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lisa Diana Danger
  • He Is Not Your Father!: Emma, Lyn
  • Dismissed: Lisa, Marisol, Tlaloc, Eddy, Emma, Nico
  • Just When They Were In Recovery:Marcos, Lyn, Emma
Season 2, Episode 2As Emma slowly removes the stick out of her bum, Marisol is dealing with some interesting developments.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Evangeline Ordaz
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
              Baco Raúl Castillo
  • Same Old Mistakes: Marisol, Yoli, Tlaloc
  • Let Me Keep Some Dignity: Lyn, Emma, Eddy, Johnny
  • Compatibility Questions: Cruz, Emma, Lyn, Eddy, Baco
Season 2, Episode 7As Emma deals with Lyn’s betrayal, Marisol and Eddy are trying to handle being rejected by their assumed family.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Gladys Rodriguez
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Exposed: Mari, Johnny, Tlaloc
  • Trying To Get Back On The Good Foot: Marcos, Nelson, Lyn
  • It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay: Marisol, Emma, Nico, Eddy, Lyn
Season 1/ Episode 1 [Series Premiere]With STARZ barely featured in “water cooler” conversation, it seems with Vida, there is a push to really be taken seriously as a network which promotes diverse stories.
Creator Tanya Saracho
Director(s) Alonso Ruizpalacios
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 5/6/2018
Noted Actors
Vidalia Rose Portillo
Lyn Melissa Barrera
Emma Mishel Prada
Eddy Ser Anzoategui
Juniper Jackson Davis
Johnny Carlos Miranda
Mari Chelsea Rendon
Season 1/ Episode 2Emma learns the state of Vida’s books as Lyn searches for some answers out of Lupe about life.
Director(s) So Yong Kim
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho, Santa Sierra
Air Date 5/13/2018
Actors Introduced
Lupe Elena Campbell-Martinez
Tlaloc Ramses Jimenez
Nelson Luis Bordonada
Cruz Maria-Elena Laas
  • Mari Got A Lot Going On: Mari
  • It’s So Hard To Really Let Go: Johnny, Emma, Lyn, Juniper
  • Standing Against Adversity: Emma, Lyn, Eddy
Season 1/ Episode 3As Emma hunkers down and starts working on the books, Eddy has a breakthrough with the girls and Lyn? Well, she deals with Karla.
Director(s) Rashaad Ernesto Green
Writer(s) Evangeline Ordaz
Air Date 5/20/2018
Actors Introduced
Karla Erika Soto
Doña Tita Renée Victor
  • The Sweet Escape: Mari, Tlaloc, Johnny
  • The Wrecking Ball Meets Steel: Lyn, Johnny
  • The Women You Don’t Know: Eddy, Emma, Lyn
Season 1/ Episode 4We finally get to know the details of Emma’s beef with Vida as Mari learns Tlaloc is not a good dude – despite his excuses.
Director(s) Rose Troche
Writer(s) Chelsey Lora
Air Date 5/27/2018
Actors Introduced
Jackson Anthony De La Torre
Harper Tru Collins
Aurora Laura Patalano
Little Girl Aaliyah Samara Lopez
  • The Grand Betrayal: Mari, Tlaloc, Eddy, Emma
  • One of Us: Lyn
  • Learned Shame: Emma, Cruz, Eddy
Season 1/ Episode 5As Lyn and Emma start planting roots, Eddy continues to try to break through to the girls and form some sort of family. Also, Mari and Emma have a conversation.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Mando Alvarado
Air Date 6/3/2018
  • I’m Not Going To Fight No More: Karla, Johnny, Lyn
  • Dealing With Things In My Own Way: Emma, Eddy, Mari
  • Taking Back My Power: Mari, Tlaloc
Season 1, Episode 6 [Season Finale]The world shifts for both Emma and Lyn as two major events mean they have closed a chapter in their life and are ready to begin a new one.
Director(s) Rose Troche
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 6/10/2018
  • The End of an Era: Lyn, Johnny, Lupe
  • I Don’t Stay Where I’m Not Wanted: Emma, Nelson, Eddy, Cruz
  • A Breakdown To Rebuild: Emma, Eddy, Lyn
Season 2, Episode 1 [Season Premiere]As Emma decides to double down on the bar, many question if there is still time to turn their lives around.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
George Alex Klein
  • Is It Too Late To Get My S*** Together?: Johnny, Marisol, Lynn
  • Going All In: Emma, George
  • Welcome to Vida: Emma, Eddy, Nelson

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