Of all the groundbreaking, incredible originals Netflix has hosted, one of the all-time favorites is Last Chance U. It debuted last year with relatively little fanfare compared to other Netflix-created shows, but quickly skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its raw, unfiltered look at life in a JUCO that many were using to rehabilitate their image.
The first iteration of the documentary-show struck gold with East Mississippi Community College, as their season ended with a massive, actual brawl, not a slapfight that’s quickly broken up, an actual brawl.
The new season drops tonight, and the early reviews have stated that the brutal, unfiltered aspects of the show return. One young man will definitely seem familiar to the South Plains in the new episodes, and that’s former/current Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen.
In 2016, Allen and two of his teammates were indicted for a second-degree felony count of burglary of a habitation. He and his teammates stole two digital cameras, a 40-inch TV, and a gun safe filled with seven firearms. Allen spent last season at EMCC, where the show is filmed, and will be back at Texas Tech under scholarship in the fall.
It’s tough to predict what will exactly come of any character in this show because of the varying degrees of crimes they’ve committed. The first season had players that were easy to root for, they were there because of grades, or because they couldn’t get the D1 scholarship they wanted yet. It’s going to be tough for the new batch of players to win people over as much, especially De’Andre Johnson, who was suspended from FSU for punching a woman. The video in question is damning.
There’s no telling what will happen in the new season. The previous season was raw but ultimately unrevealing in terms of what people think goes on in football locker rooms until the fight, at which the show became gripping and at times tough to watch for many because of the way things unraveled in the direct aftermath. If there’s another incident like that in the show, there may be some changed opinions on questions of character, but I’m expecting things to just become reinforced.
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