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Swagger Season 1, Episode 7 Recap – “#RADICALS”

November 26, 2021

This Swagger Season 1, Episode 7 recap, “#RADICALS,” contains spoilers.

One of the most deplorable criticisms I have seen of Swagger is that he insists he is emphasizing social issues in what should be a purely basketball story – hopefully “#RADICALS” should prove why this review doesn’t make sense. . Swagger only relates to basketball in the same way as, say, The Walking Dead concerns zombies. The dressing of the scenery is really just an excuse to explore the rapid decline of the American republic as people are increasingly separated from their sense of morality and understanding and reduced to thoughtless envelopes. dragging into oblivion and ignorance.

Swagger season 1, summary of episode 7

All “just stay in basketball!” The review presupposes that kids like those on the Swagger DMV team exist in some sort of weird pocket dimension where the socio-political aspects of their communities, backgrounds, upbringing, and future opportunities are somehow irrelevant. We will sweep away the Covid-19 pandemic as if it had not ravaged sports institutions around the world; we need to view a team of predominantly black players and coaches held at gunpoint over breakfast as “symbolic”, as if this sort of thing doesn’t happen all the time; we need to take sexual and domestic abuse as ‘preaching’, as if predatory coaches and parents don’t exist, and let’s not exploit those who are too vulnerable to stop them now and too powerless to address them afterwards cut . Swagger hardly concerns basketball, really – to stick to that would be a waste of everyone’s time.

So “#RADICALS” uses the final league game – a distance game against Nick’s former team, sponsored by Gladiator Sneakers – as an excuse to unbox some of today’s most crucial issues, including a pandemic that is tightening its grip. around the throat of sports and a deeply prejudiced law enforcement wing that still believes six-foot-four black boys should always be about to shoot someone rather than, say, relish pancakes and hash browns. It brings together many different points of view and issues and mainly revel in the confusion at the center of it all; he doesn’t claim to have an easy answer to all of this, but he insists that everyone, including children, should have the time, space and understanding to find an answer on their own.

Much of it is a matter of perspective. When the team stops for a meal on the way to the game and one of the patrons makes a vague complaint that summons the local sheriffs, Swagger is held at gunpoint and told to leave halfway. of their meal. Ike and Naim, having obviously been through many situations like this and becoming more aware of the potential consequences, are ready to play the game, but Jace is furious. He views Ike’s compliance as cowardice and failure. He wanted to stay and finish his food, and his team to do the same; he wanted to apply to the real world the same winning mentality that drove him to basketball success without realizing that in the real world it could get him killed.

The incident in the restaurant does not suit Jace, however, so when they arrive at the venue, which is essentially the structural embodiment of “two sides-ism,” with relics of the North and South side by side-side. at the gates, and Confederate flags draped in front of the Stars and Stripes, he is forced to kneel during the national anthem. All other players and coaches end up doing the same, with the exception of Nick and Royale. The crowd, which includes Meg’s father, immediately turns hostile and the ref begins making shady calls. When Nick is in possession, the crowd starts chanting “ICE!” (Yelling at Drew for yelling, “He’s Puerto Rican, idiots!” in response.) The team quickly begins to fall apart.

Faced with such hostility, the question becomes whether to give up the game or continue playing despite everything, a matter that must be settled in the locker room at half-time. The coaches know it’s up to the players to make this decision, so they try to overcome it as best they can, weighing the pros and cons of running away from a fight they can’t win – “If people can’t hear you, you can’t change them, “Ike told Jace earlier – or rising above the abuse out of solidarity. It’s not as simple as you might think, at least not for everyone. When Jace challenges Nick to why he didn’t kneel down, he explains that it would have left Royale alone, and Royale wasn’t willing to kneel down because he doesn’t feel not like he’s part of the team. because of his well-off family. Here you can see the interplay of socio-economic backgrounds and expectations, although we know Royale is under more overwhelming pressure and abuse limit from his father than any other player, with the possible exception of Phil, although for It’s very different, the experience of theirs. For Swagger to come together as a team, they don’t just need to agree, but to understand.

Of course, when Swagger comes together, it’s in style. Drew replaces himself for Royale, allowing him to prove his intense study of opposition tactics is worth it, and Jace finally sacrifices his own limelight to give Nick, who has been bothered by the abuse more than he did not imply, the winning shot. Understandably, the shot is denied and Swagger loses, echoing Ike’s wise feelings about his inability to change people who don’t want to listen. But they manage to get along and come closer as a team, regardless of the outcome. On the way home, the bus is delayed by an event the team joins in, after realizing that they, and indeed the show, are part of something much bigger than basketball.

You can stream Swagger Season 1, Episode 7, “#RADICALS”, exclusively on Apple TV +.

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