Tuesday, February 28, 2023

What I’m Watching: Bel-Air

Bel-Air: Season 2, Episode 2 “Speaking Truth” (B+)

Just as soon as we met Mrs. Hughes, she found herself fired, and apparently for something that really isn’t right, not teaching to a curriculum that may not be as inclusive or modern as the school’s administrators would like to think. Making her into a beloved teacher that all the Banks kids had helps turn it into a much more global issue, one that may end up getting Carlton into a good deal of trouble if Will goes through with the planned walkout that will be put firmly on Carlton’s shoulders as the one who initially suggested it. It’s a good thing that Phil stepped in to talk to Doc when he emphasized the importance of winning, and even better that Doc was smart enough to be cooperative and involve Will’s family members rather than go around them. Jackie being Doc’s niece is an interesting development, one that’s likely to get Will into trouble if he opts to pursue that romantic avenue. Geoffrey is back in the house, which is great, though he obviously has a lot of baggage to deal with regarding his own son, which I’m sure will come up eventually. Phil and Viv were even more blindsided than Jazz when Hilary had them over and introduced him as her boyfriend, and I hope there’s not too much awkwardness there. I do appreciate that nothing bad happened with the car and instead the mere fact of Ivy driving it threatened to undo their newly-formed and only semi-public relationship.

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