My latest favorite teen drama is back for Season 2 and it’s sooo good!! Yes, I’m starting to believe that eight episodes really is the perfect amount for a show like this- enough time to do an overarching storyline plus outlandish soap opera twists and raunchiness without suffering through plot burnout or characters pulling 180 degree personality switches or too much mix ’n’ match coupling to start rolling your eyes at.
Elite is better than ever this season, even with the introduction of some new kids, as all shows like this are wont to do (with the departure of characters like Marina last season and in some plot turns necessitating the early absences of Christian and Nano, you need some replacements to fill out the group). For the most part, the three new kids are integrated well- we have Valerio as Lu’s half brother sent over from Mexico (the best new addition to my mind), Rebeka, a newly rich student due to her mom’s thriving drug business who prefers to hang with the un-rich, like Samuel and Nadia, and Cayetana, the secret daughter of the custodian posing as one of the wealthy to befriend the elite. Cayetana is probably the least successful of the new kids, as her pathetic posing is kind of irritating, but it does serve a purpose by season’s end.
The main thrust of the season is the continuation from last year, with Marina’s murder not forgotten, and the flashback mystery this time involving Samuel’s supposed season end “disappearance.” He’s desperate to free Nano from prison and find Marina’s real killer, and to do so he attempts to seduce ice queen Carla of all people. However, this pairing does not work, mostly because Samuel has zero chemistry with any of his co-stars, least of all romantic (I wasn’t into him and Marina last season either). Luckily, with a big ensemble cast, you don’t spend too much time with any one character or pairing, so we get the continuation of Nadia and Guzman’s romance, Ander and Omar’s, and most juicy of all, the season long manipulations of Carlo and Polo (and eventually the poor, tortured Ander) to hide what they did from their own friends, so they can all still be a group. That is one cold, murderous duo. I love it. The show also has plenty of rich teen show staples, like the big party/event of every episode, a taboo incestual romance for Lu and Valerio, and a casual hookup between gay Ander and bi Polo while hanging out in the same bed as their straight pal Guzman (not kidding!). The show doesn’t shy away from raunch while keeping focused on its season long mystery and there’s nothing about the many pleasures it delivers that feel guilty. It joins the ranks this season of the best of the genre. Don’t miss it.