This Season 1 recap of Swagger Episode 4, “We Good?” Contains spoilers.
Being the star player on a youth basketball team has its perks, including multi-million dollar potential and athletic success on the world stage. But that’s not all good news. For Jace Carson, the attention – on social media, from potential sponsors, beloved players like Lester Davis – means he’s getting closer to his goal of becoming an NBA superstar, of getting out on his own – even, his mother and sister out of poverty. But he also paints a target on his back. He becomes a pawn in several competing agendas, not that he realizes it, and as he reveled in the perks, he drifted further and further away from his friends, relatives and teammates.
Swagger season 1, summary of episode 4
” We are good ? Is something Jace should ask Crystal. He would if he was careful. But since all of her success comes when she is at its lowest, he calls her unusual behavior jealousy. He does the same with his teammates, not realizing that his desire to regain the top spot after being usurped by Nick Mendez puts the whole team at risk of defaulting, which would impact him much more than having a match in which he scored. more assists than points. He must first learn to be a team player. Fame will come second.
It’s something Ike always tried to foster in Jace, but Lester wants to stoke his ego. Jace doesn’t know it, but Lester’s interest in him is entirely selfish; it’s just to undermine Ike and get revenge on him for refusing his deal. You can see why Lester calls on Jace. He had the career Ike ruined and reaped the rewards. The rewards are flashy and expensive, so they are all seen by Jace. For a kid like him, Lester is proof that basketball can save him.
But Lester isn’t the only predatory factor in “We Good?”. A sneaker brand called Gladiator intends to compete with Nike and Adidas by hanging on to promising young players, sponsoring their teams and continuing to outfit them as they move up the ranks. Mendez does the trick. He sees attention as another facet of his success, not as a target to line someone else’s pockets. It’s not a subtle theme, but we see it even more explicitly with Mendez, a Puerto Rican whose trainer wants to assume legal guardianship of him to continue to take advantage of him. Thankfully, Mendez’s mother is turned on enough to recognize what’s going on, and Mendez’s free agent status gives the episode some drama when Team Swagger becomes a potential new home for him.
A lot of those subplots blend into the episode’s now-mandatory big match, this one against Lester’s team, and it’s shot as well and involving as ever. Cleverly, however, Jace was taken off the field to get Royale to focus more and, given the opportunity to lead and show what his father was asking for, he missed the opportunity. Royale is under tremendous pressure from a father who tries to live vicariously through him; Even though his socio-economic status is different from that of Jace and Mendez, his success on the pitch still means a lot to him and those around him. Fortunately, together these boys are all starting to realize the value of truly being a team, of being there to support each other.
Mendez’s signing for Swagger, however, threatens to undermine that dynamic, especially since he wears the number 21, which is Jace’s jersey number, not being negotiable for him. Can Jace be mature enough to pass the number on? Does Swagger want enough Mendez to risk upsetting his star player? These are questions for the following episodes to unwrap. Fortunately, however, the episode ends with Jace’s attention elsewhere – on Crystal, where it should be. It’s unclear what exactly happened between her and her trainer, but it’s not hard to imagine. Jace finally being there for her is a good thing. But how will what happened to him affect them both in the future?
You can stream Swagger Season 1, Episode 4, “We Good? », Exclusively on Apple TV +.
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