It’s a bittersweet time for On My Block fans, as the Netflix dramedy released its fourth and final season this week. All in all, these last ten episodes humorously and sentimentally conclude the stories of the Core Four and their friends and family in Freeridge. Viewers honestly may not have known what to make of the quirky show when it debuted. Yet thanks to strong writing and direction and stellar performances from the cast, the series has endeared itself to audiences and is sure to be discussed for years to come. Now, its stars are opening up about what they’d like its legacy to be.
On My Block has a number of key themes, such as friendship, love, and community. Legacies have also been a key part of the show, as many of the characters have specifically had to contend with how different generations affect the other. So what does the cast think about the legacy of their beloved show? Well, when I recently posed the question to them, Brett Gray (whose performance as Jamal Turner will affectionately be remembered for years to come) was the first to share thoughts:
The series certainly featured a wide range of diverse characters, with the main cast being made up of stars that are African American, Latinx or Afro-Latin. And surrounding those characters were people of various racial ethnicities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic classes. One of the best aspects of the show were the romantic relationships that formed over the course of the series, which Jessica Marie Garcia, who effortlessly played breakout character Jasmine Flores, appreciates:
Diego Tinoco, who’s played out Cesar Diaz’s emotional journey for the past four seasons, agreed with his co-star’s sentiments. He also made note of what the series could mean for the marginalized audiences that discover the show as time goes on:
In addition to its diverse cast, On My Block also stands out due to its willingness to tell real stories not typically seen on shows aimed towards young audiences. The series does have its share of heightened moments but, at the end of the day, the obstacles of the main cast are all grounded in reality. Jason Genao, the actor behind the anxious and sweet Ruby Martinez spoke more on this point:
That relatability is arguably one of the reasons why audiences have been able to connect with the characters in such a deep way. Sierra Capri would know all about this, as viewers have likely been able to connect with the ups and downs that her character, Monsé Finnie, has experienced. During our chat, the actress opened up about how she thinks the show was able to build a sense of unity:
And with such layered stories comes another positive result: the dissolution of stereotypes. Julio Macias, who played gang leader-turned-cook Oscar “Spooky” Diaz, is aware of this very thing. The actor played a character that easily could’ve been a caricature but, thanks to the writing and his performance, he transcended any cliches to craft a multidimensional character. Macias chimed in on how the show has shifted some preconceived notions:
It goes without saying that the show will truly be missed and that it leaves a serious void. However, it's sure to live on through the viewers who have and will continue to watch it. And thankfully, fans will be able to immerse themselves in this world even more, courtesy of the upcoming spinoff series, Freeridge.
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