When Young Rock finishes it’s run, I’m worried that this cast might not get the credit it deserves.
The truth is that week in and week out, Stacy Leilua, Joseph Lee Anderson, Ana Tuisila, along with all three Deweys (Uli Latukefu, Bradley Constant, and Adrian Groulx) inject a lot of heart into a story that we already know the conclusion to. Young Rock is seldom high stakes, but it does a great job in making us care about the people we’re learning about.
That’s what the cast did this week. We saw youngest Dewey morph into younger Dewey (I hope that’s not the last we see of the youngest DJ) and begin his wild phase, both in the gym and on the streets.
We got what may have been the best biographical look at Rocky Johnson. Young Rock leans heavily on Dwayne’s first book which came out over 23 years ago, but we’ve never gotten the background into his dad’s life that we did on this week’s show.
Finally, I was happy that Ata and Lia got to mend fences. That was a great scene and the family never seems right when they’re fighting.
But we have to talk about Prime Minister Honig turning on Dwayne Johnson at the press conference. Part of me saw it coming, but I didn’t think that she would do it at a press conference right after DJ spilled his heart out. And then you look at the guidance that he has been giving her during his entire visit and its kind of a head scratcher.
And where was Randall!?
It did inject some needed suspense. You know I’ll see you next time.
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