No. of Episodes: 13
Cast: Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Thabang Molaba, Natasha Thahane
Directed by: Nosipho Dumisa-Ngoasheng, Daryne Joshua, Travis Taute, Thati Peele
Girl Boss Rating: 4/5
Curated in the wonderful city of Cape Town, with a very cultivating storyline that keeps one on the edge of their seat. Blood and water, one of South Africa’s most controversial and anticipated Netflix series returns with an astonishing sequel to the previous season.
In the second season, a lot of cliff hangers from the first season were resolved. One of which that made viewers ponder a lot was if Fikile Bhele is Puleng Khumalo’s actual sister. The storyline portrays family secrets and how corruption and human trafficking are linked. Puleng’s father, whose role was played by Getmore Sithole, allegedly sold Phume (Fiks) at a very young age. This gave a negative insight on the character as it evoked one of the biggest societal issues that we deal with in our country, child trafficking. The show plays as a good catalyst as it raises awareness on issues that not only, we encounter as a country, but all humanity must live in fear of.
I personally think it is a good thing that the creators and producers of the show were able to acknowledge different problems we endure through storytelling, especially on a platform such as Netflix. It makes a huge difference in educating the audience, which is mainly the youth on the hardships we encounter and hopefully encourages us to make a change in the world that we live in. Wendy Dlamini, whom I find as a ‘’symbolic’’ character stood out for me. She’s overlooked because of her interests which are themed around activism, which is ‘not so cool’ for some of Parkhurst High students. Her character developed in the second season, and we got to learn that there is more to this LOUD and OUTSPOKEN BLACK GIRL as compared to what she allows people to see. This addresses issues surrounding modern feminism and how we as young people are identifying with the ‘activist’ label.
As much as the series, Blood and Water is representing the South African flag up high, the audience had a lot to say about the selection of the characters, which I found reasonable. I do think that it would have been great for our entertainment industry to start introducing and recognizing new talents at a young age which would give our youth a competitive advantage instead of having 26-year-olds play roles that are meant for a younger generation. I also felt like the continuation of the first season didn’t have any ‘matrix’ to it, the storyline was orchestrated in a way that I could already predict what was going to happen next before it even happened.
In conclusion, I would say that the purpose of this drama was well executed and if I had to watch the 3rd season, it will be with less expectation. I mean, it is only fair because as Africans, we are only starting to take up space in the bigger entertainment industry now, and if series like Blood and Water are one of the first premiers of our work, then in due time I believe we will be dominating the industry.