The second season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” comes to Disney+ this week and picks up straight after the events of the success of the gang’s performance of “High School Musical”.
It kicks off with a fantastic opening dance and singing number, which sets the tone for the series, where everything has been turned up a little and feels much more at ease with itself. The introductions are done, we know who the characters are, and instantly, the first episode gets straight to the point of setting up the series’s theme.
Starting with a big Christmas themed performance does seem a little odd, considering this series is debuting at the start of the summer season. Still, with the first two episodes of the show being filmed before the world locked down, we were probably supposed to have this series on Disney+ last Christmas.
It might just be me, but seeing them in a large group singing together, hugging and hanging out, just feels rather odd. And becomes a little more noticeable by the time the third episode kicks in, that the group shots are reduced, and there are a lot fewer people on the screen at any one time. It was kinda nice just seeing the whole gang together and having fun, especially since the Holiday Special didn’t have that same feeling, since they had to film so much of it apart.
The musical numbers in the first three episodes are fantastic, with some big group numbers, along with some lovely solo performances that show you how talented these actors are. It’s also much more noticeable that the songs and screentime are being much more spread out between all the characters, rather than just focusing on Nici and Ricky, which I prefer. As they spend much more time dealing with the relationships between Ashlyn and Big Red, along with Carlos and Seb.
While Carlos and Seb had a lovely moment in the first series, with their big high school dance, it’s so refreshing to see this series spending more time on their relationship. I’m going to be really interested to see how their relationship is handled in later episodes. We’ve all seen love stories like Nici and Ricky’s a thousand times before in other shows and films, so moving the love stories onto more interesting characters is just more appealing to me.
It’s really nice just seeing how all the characters are struggling with something and are all feeling insecure or awkward, especially with one another. Especially as they can spend time dealing with many more teenage issues, such as dealing with parents breaking up, part-time jobs and their love lives.
One of the benefits of the second season is that now they can develop each character a little more, since we are all familiar with them, but by putting them into new situations, it pushes the characters boundaries and makes the show more fascinating.
It would have been perfectly fine for the second season to have moved onto “High School Musical 2”, but the shift away to cover “Beauty and the Beast” instantly made this series more appealing. With much bigger and well-known songs, the actors really got to showcase their skills, with some excellent dancing thrown in too.
I wasn’t sure if the creators could top the first season, but I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far. Each episode is around 30 minutes long, and honestly, I breezed through the three episodes I was sent to review; without stopping, they are extremely entertaining and I can’t wait for new episodes to drop each week.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” is delightful, and each episode is full of fun moments. It’s cheesy but so entertaining. If you haven’t watched the show, because you think this show is nothing but a remake, please go watch the first season, which is available now on Disney+. With so many great Disney+ Originals dropping every week, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” stands out because it’s so very different to the others, which is fantastic.
Rating 4 out of 5
The first episode from the second season of “High School Musical: The Musical – The Series” arrives on Disney+ on Friday 14th May, with new episodes being released weekly.
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.