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Cheer season 2: Will there be a season three as Netflix show is hit by controversy

Cheer landed back on Netflix last week as season two hit the streaming service.  

Following the huge success of season one, which aired in early 2020, there was little fanfare to announce a second run and with controversy and a pandemic landing in the middle of filming it’s easy to see why Netflix weren’t giving the show the same amount of pre-show pep as they had done two years prior. 

After soaring the Navarro cheerleading squad and their coach Monica Aldama to dizzying levels of fame, season two landed with a drama-filled bump.

Back on mat: Cheer landed back on Netflix last week as season two hit the streaming service but after soaring the Navarro cheerleading squad and their coach Monica Aldama to dizzying levels of fame, season two landed with a drama-filled bump

Covid shuts down Daytona 

Cheer follows the champion cheerleaders of Texas junior college Navarro as they train for their only competition of the year – the National Cheerleaders Association’s Collegiate National Championship, a.k.a. Daytona. 

Season one followed the team and coach Monica as they trained for and then won the April 2019 championship.

Season two picks up in early 2020 in the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, before the first major upheaval of the series arrives – the global pandemic. 

Tough year: Season one followed the team and coach Monica as they trained for and then won the April 2019 championship but Covid puts an end to their 2020 dream

Tough year: Season one followed the team and coach Monica as they trained for and then won the April 2019 championship but Covid puts an end to their 2020 dream

Tune in: Cheer season two streams January 12 on Netflix

Tune in: Cheer season two streams January 12 on Netflix

What follows is a season split into two. The first four episodes are full of gleeful pep as the squad and Monica giddily navigate their new fame with appearances on Ellen, red carpets, photoshoots alongside their daily practices in Navarro.

But just weeks before Daytona Covid hits, the competition is cancelled and the team is unceremoniously sent home.

The pandemic means an abrupt end to many of the season one fan favourites’ cheer careers as the likes of Morgan Simianer and Lexi Brumback leave the college and the mat behind.

Season two then fast forwards a year as a new round of recruits practice for Daytona 2021. 

Jerry   

Arrest: The first series' breakout star Jerry Harris was indicted on child pornography charges in September 2020

Arrest: The first series’ breakout star Jerry Harris was indicted on child pornography charges in September 2020 

Covid decimated the season one team beloved by fans, but the major shock over the past year has been the events surrounding the first series’ breakout star Jerry Harris who was indicted on child pornography charges in September 2020.

Season two dedicates an episode to the charges, interviewing the family whose accusations sparked the FBI’s initial investigation into Harris’ alleged behavior. It also features interviews with Monica and his former teammates as they unpack their feelings about their friend.

‘Jerry would’ve been impossible to ignore because it impacted the team so severely,’ said director Greg Whiteley last year.  

New faces: With familiar faces leaving the show, season two chooses to split fans allegiances and introduce Navarro's rivals Trinity Valley

New faces: With familiar faces leaving the show, season two chooses to split fans allegiances and introduce Navarro’s rivals Trinity Valley 

The second half of the season features another major departure as La’Darius Marshall quits the team after clashing with new assistant coach Kailee Peppers, bought in to coach the team while Monica competed on Dancing With The Stars.

Citing the toxic nature of cheerleading and an ‘unsupportive’ Monica, La’Darius’ exit is an emotional one, culminating in a dramatic reunion between the cheerleader and Monica in Daytona.

New faces and old rivals  

With familiar faces leaving the show, season two chooses to split fans allegiances and introduce Navarro’s rivals Trinity Valley (the only other junior college who competes in Navarro’s division at Daytona), and a whole new cast of tumblers, to the show.

‘Y’all am I rooting for Trinity now?! #Cheer #CheerNetflix,’ tweeted one confused fan as they watched Trinity coach Vontae Johnson demand full out after full out of his team. 

Fighting for the win: TVC coach Vontae Johnson is ready to snatch the title from Aldama and her team this year at nationals

Fighting for the win: TVC coach Vontae Johnson is ready to snatch the title from Aldama and her team this year at nationals

Who am I cheering for? 'Y¿all am I rooting for Trinity now?! #Cheer #CheerNetflix,' tweeted one confused fan

Who am I cheering for? ‘Y’all am I rooting for Trinity now?! #Cheer #CheerNetflix,’ tweeted one confused fan

And as the two teams reach Daytona, many new fans were hoping for victory for the new rivals.   

‘I’m on the last episode (I think) of cheer. I really kind of want Trinity to win this time. Mix it up, ya know?’

‘This season of #Cheer is giving me Bring it on Vibes with Navarro being like the Toros and Trinity Valley being like the Clovers Cheering megaphone #CheerNetflix.’ 

Traitor choreographers and disappearing coaches  

MIA: There was also confusion surrounding the disappearance of Navarro's popular assistant coach Andy, who was nowhere to be seen in the second half of season two

MIA: There was also confusion surrounding the disappearance of Navarro’s popular assistant coach Andy, who was nowhere to be seen in the second half of season two

As Trinity Valley tries to snatch the championship from Navarro, fans were also shocked to see them steal their rivals’ choreographer Brad, who deflects to the other side during the 2021 season. 

There was also confusion surrounding the disappearance of Navarro’s popular assistant coach Andy, who is nowhere to be seen in the second half of season two, with no explanation given. 

Andy later posted on Instagram announcing his new business move, Cheer Source, ‘a new large-scale, multi-sport and entertainment experience’ focused on cheerleading. 

Drama! As Trinity Valley tries to snatch the championship from Navarro, fans were also shocked to see them steal their rivals' choreographer Brad

Drama! As Trinity Valley tries to snatch the championship from Navarro, fans were also shocked to see them steal their rivals’ choreographer Brad

Season three? 

With the drama surrounding season two, fans who have already completed the Netflix show are desperate for more, with one tweeting this week: ‘Hi @netflix- please don’t make us wait another two years for #Cheer season three.’  

‘Nationals this year is April 6-10. So @netflix y’all should be able to have Season 3 of #Cheer out by summer. Thank you,’ pointed out another. 

But which team will the new season focus on? ‘Can the next season of Cheer be about Trinity Valley please! #cheer,’ queried one TVC superfan.  

 

Coming back? With the drama surrounding season two, fans who have already completed the Netflix show are desperate for more

Coming back? With the drama surrounding season two, fans who have already completed the Netflix show are desperate for more


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