Nola Darling will be returning to the small screen.
Netflix has given “She’s Gotta Have It” the green light for a second season. The series, based on Spike Lee’s first film by the same name, was highly anticipated on its Thanksgiving debut. The adventures of a beautiful, sexually fluid, young Black woman in modern day (read: gentrifying) Brooklyn is a premise a lot of people can get behind.
Reviews from the target demographic (Black folks) online suggest that the series is in the ‘love it or hate it’ category of television.
For the ‘love it’ folks, there are three things that you can expect from every Spike Lee joint: great cinematography, the classic dolly shot, and the inevitable Spike Lee cameo. All of those things made it into the “She’s Gotta Have It” reboot, and everyone loves those features. It’s other aspects that naysayers don’t appreciate.
To that end, I have compiled a few suggestions that could unite viewers and tastemakers for season two. I’m about helping Black creatives get that long Netflix money.
Update the Dialogue
Stilted or outdated dialogue is perhaps the most prevalent criticism about “She’s Gotta Have It’s” first season. Why is anyone calling weed cheeba? Why is a 12-year-old referencing a Lil Kim album cover and describing things as “dope?” Spike directed all 10 episodes, wrote two episodes, and the rest of the series was written or co-written by seven other writers. Most of the main characters in the series are in their late 20s. None of the writers are in that age range, and that might be part of the problem.
For season two, Spike should consider getting a few talented younger writers to chime in and offer some authentic dialogue and context. This could be a much richer, more believable story with current pop culture references. It doesn’t have to be completely zeitgeist, but it could be more in tune with right now.