The King of England calls and pays a visit to the Wrexham AFC in the second season premiere of the Hulu and Disney+ docuseries, “Welcome to Wrexham.” American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney continue their quest to turn this tier 5 Welsh Football Club with more than a century of tradition into a contender and hopefully move up the ranks when it comes to British Football. The new owners proved in year one they were ready to invest in the team, and in year two, they are looking to improve the oldest international stadium in the world.
Parts of this first episode of season two were fun for me while others were kind of dull. I understand the need sports club owners have for government funding and how stadiums can give back to the communities where they are built. But I really don’t care much for the government procedure portion where Wrexham’s representative was seeking the funding from Parliament. However, Rob’s and Ryan’s reactions when their request was denied were far more interesting than the procedures themselves. Plus, it’s an interesting look at politics as it was speculated that then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson didn’t pursue the stadium funding because his party was likely losing the Wrexham seat in the next election.
What I did love was seeing Ryan and Rob go to Royal Boot Camp. It’s always funny to see Americans react to customs in other countries. I like that they were taking it seriously, but I also like how funny it was for them. They seem to really love this little Welsh town, and I can tell they want to do the best for them, even if they are whinging (complaining) constantly.
As a sports fan, in general, I enjoy looking at how these guys and their partners are working together to improve the team. In their first season, they made a playoff for a promotion spot, but fell short and are still stuck in the fifth tier of British Football tiers. They want to succeed for numerous reasons. They love the community where the team is, but also, if they don’t get promoted Rob and Ryan may run out of money, all while they are rebuilding this world famous stadium. Given that the season being showcased here already happened, I know what happens for them in that 2022-2023 season, but if you don’t know, I won’t spoil it for you. Still, I’m a little more excited by the team and stadium aspects than I am for the government request aspect.
Given that I know what happens, I still can’t wait to see more of how this season develops for Rob, Ryan and Wrexham. I’m not going to pretend that soccer (Yes, I call it soccer, I’m an American) is my most watched sport, but there’s still some aspects to it that I enjoy. Maybe I’ll watch more of the sport through this series. Maybe I’ll even start calling it football, but that’s unlikely. Still, I liked the first season and I like the potential of the second season.
Rating: 3.5 stars
What did you think of the first episode of season two of “Welcome to Wrexham?”