Series: Wu-Tang An American Saga - Season 2
Starring: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson, Julian Elijah Martinez, Marcus Callender, TJ Atoms, Erika Anderson, Bokeem Woodbine
Review: Klep Napier
Rating: 4.5X’s out of 5X’s
The saga continues with the second season of Wu-Tang: An American Saga on Hulu and this time around, everything Wu-Tang fans have been waiting for comes to light.
Written by Rza and Alex Tse, The Wu-Tang series started from the very beginning and followed the life, crimes and success of one of Hip-Hops biggest rap groups, The Wu-Tang Clan. Last season was a bit of a necessary slow burn, simply building us up to how the clan members played a part in each other’s lives prior to forming as a rap group. In season two, Bobby aka Rza [Ashton Sanders] is facing charges for a violent crime he committed and is facing multiple years in prison, meanwhile feeling more inspired to go down a different path as a rap producer. The only thing he’s missing are his 7 other important pieces to his master plan.
Wu-Tang season 2 finally gets to the point. It not only still navigates us through the life and times, it gets to the process behind Rza and the rest of the clans ambitions as artists and men. A couple of the stand out episodes feature their first performance as a group, a take on the birth of the golden Wu-Tang logo and a full one hour episode about the process of one of The Wu-Tang Clans biggest songs. That’s right, we didn’t stutter. One entire episode dedicated to nothing but the recording process of one of their biggest songs!
Now as much as this season gives, it for sure makes you work for it. Picking up on where Sha [Shameik Moore] and Dennis aka D Lover [Siddiq Saunderson] left off, after literally trying to put an end to each other’s lives, Bobby tries to put an end to the beef in order to formulate a music industry take over. We know that they all eventually form a group but the grudge is much bigger than any plan to make rap music. This isn’t something easily resolved and we appreciated that. The slow burn is what helps you connect with each character instead of just feeding popular music to fans and glossing over the grittiness it took to get them to the top.
One gripe towards the series is it’s very noticeably more polished actors Ashton Sanders and Shameik Moore have become portraying The Rza and Raekwon. Their voice transformations are now so on point, you notice the differences between seasons one and two. But the two have embodied their characteristics and traits to a T.
Overall Wu-Tang: An American Saga Season 2 is just the beginning of what fans hoped they would see. If you know the legacy of their career you will leave this season knowing there is still so much on the
table left to wait for! We can’t wait for a season 3.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga streams this Wednesday September 8th only on Hulu!