Fans returned to the world of basketball, dance, and murder with the premiere of Hit the Floor season 4 titled ‘Slay.’ Not only did James LaRosa introduce new characters he also had some of the established characters in very interesting places in their personal arcs.
I was provided a screener of ‘Slay’ for review. The opinions are my own.
I know some fans have been hesitant to return to the series after certain cast members were unable to appear. Cast changes present a unique (and sometimes tough) problem to showrunners as they try to course correct certain plot lines and yes, it doesn’t always work and the story goes off the rails.
The good news is that James LaRosa was able to do a lot with the established cast members for whom he was writing. ‘Slay’ showed viewers that even without Zude and Dersha, there are still a lot of stories to be told.
Now, LaRosa could have continued with both major ships offscreen, waiting for Taylour Paige and Adam Senn to return. But what good would that have done? They could possibly return if they want to down the line; perhaps in season 5. But for now, I am interested to see more of the story LaRosa has in store for us during the fourth season.
The fate of Dersha and Zude wasn’t dragged out. Derek filed for divorce after Ahsha got an abortion without telling him. As for Zude, Gideon rejected Jude’s marriage proposal. Of course, things would have been different if Paige and Senn were part of ‘Slay’ but behind-the-scenes TV business doesn’t always work the way you want it to.
It was amazing to see Jelena being a part of the premiere. She has grown a lot and her wanting to legally adopt Miguel was something I was happy to see. Kyle continued being an awesome character. With everyone else trying to end competitors with backstabbing, blackmail, and other means, seeing Kyle continuing to be so good-natured offers a breath of fresh air. She needs to be protected at all costs!
Coming to the new characters, I liked both London and Jamie. There seems to be a rivalry brewing between the two which makes no sense to me. Also, all of the negative energy is coming from Jamie. London just wants to get her life back on track and she doesn’t have time for such fights.
Noah has been introduced as a very energetic and talkative character. He is very different from the mellower Jude. The fandom has also come up with Nude as the ship name. Will their relationship work? Let’s see.
For me, the best new character has got to be Eve who happens to be Olivia and Chase’s daughter. You could tell she is out for blood the moment she appeared. I can’t wait to see her mess everyone up!
Some thoughts and questions:
- Poor Pete! Why James, why? Did Eve kill him?
- Look at Pax making money!
- I’m looking forward to seeing how Lionel grows. Where is Oscar?
- Does Eve want to kill everyone or is she okay with just destroying their lives?
- Let’s see what the ratings are for the premiere.
What did you think of Hit the Floor this week? Did you enjoy ‘Slay’? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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