Merlí: Sapere Aude season 2 is a must-see, directed by the great Menna Fite, and now available on Moviestar+ as an original series since April 2, 2021, and then on Netflix since September 9, 2022. This show is the perfect blend of intelligence and humour. So, enjoy the post and dive into the review of the second season of this critically acclaimed series and discover why it’s worth your time.
Héctor Lozano’s “Merl: Sapere Aude” is a popular and critically regarded Spanish youth drama series. The series debuted on Movistar+ on December 5, 2019, and has since established a large fan base.
The plot revolves around Pol Rubio, played by Carlos Cuevas, as he navigates his university experiences and wants to become like his admired high school professor, Merl. Now available on Netflix, making it easily accessible to a worldwide audience.
The second and final season, consisting of eight episodes, was shot between August and November 2020 and garnered excellent reviews.
The narrative follows Pol Rubio, a young student who idolizes his high school professor, Merl, and attends university to emulate him.
As Pol faces the obstacles of university life, the show takes us on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
But “Merli” is about more than simply university life and personal issues.
The series also employs philosophy to help viewers understand the power of free thought.
The show pushes its viewers to confront their own views and question the existing quo, making it a thought-provoking and intellectually fascinating viewing.
“Merli” not only has an essential message to impart, but it also has an excellent production value.
The show was shot in both Catalan and Spanish, emphasizing the series’ multilingual aspect, and the cast’s performances, notably Carlos Cuevas as Pol Rubio, are superb.
“Merli” Season 2 is a must-see series with a fascinating plot, a profound message, and superb performances that will keep you thinking long after the credits have rolled.
Don’t pass up this thought-provoking, socially sensitive show.
According to the creators, the final season was the second season; they do not intend to extend this show to Season 3.
So Season 3 of Merli Sapere Aude is officially cancelled. If the creators choose to plan a prequel or a new story, they can create a new season, which can be expected by the end of 2024.
About Merlí Season 2
“Merli: Sapere Aude” Season 2 begins with new beginnings in both Pol’s and Maria’s lives.
They turn to a new chapter that introduces them to various different experiences that help them find happiness anew.
Pol gets over his crush on Rai and accepts him as a friend while falling in love with Axel and discovering himself. He fights a long battle against HIV and almost loses himself in the beginning due to panic.
Maria gets introduced to Dino, owner of Satanassa Bar, through Apollo, aka Pol. Dino helps her find herself and whisks her away at the end to save her from her loneliness.
The other characters, like Rai, Biel, and Oti, struggle to find their own paths.
Oti gets back together with her boyfriend and continues on with philosophy as her subject. Biel, on the other hand, is absolutely sure of his set path while getting over Minerva.
Rai loses his zeal and travels after quitting philosophy to find his calling.
From the very beginning of the series, two of the supporting characters who serve as potential love interests seem to be missing from the series.
Minerva, a love interest to Rai, seems to have settled back in Argentina with her grandmother.
Bruno, a love interest Pol, disappeared after he was seen leaving Rai’s party. Even when Pol found work through Angel, Bruno’s friend, he was not mentioned.
Bruno was connected to Pol through his father, Merli, an essential character who influenced Pol’s decision to take up philosophy and become a professor.
A little cameo was expected in “Merli: Sapere Aude” Season 2. Still, it is heavily implied that Bruno has moved on, and Pol has found an identity away from his identity of being a student of Merli.
Bruno’s grandmother, a famous actress, did not receive a mention, nor did Merli.
He was only mentioned in passing as a mark of respect for being such an influential teacher.
The entire series, although termed a tribute to Merli, seemed to imply that the students had moved on and moved closer to discovering themselves.
Professor Bolano manages not to relapse and continues attending the self-help group to give her that extra push. She gets to see her daughter again, who has been sober for more than 2 months.
However, she cannot fathom that her daughter is old enough to move into a new flat with her boyfriend, Victor. She constantly dictates their decisions and stops them from moving in together.
She has a massive fight with her friend Silvia and mopes around the corners of the university.
After a huge fight, Sylvia moves out of their shared office and instead sends Octavi to look after her.
To help her deal with her issues and rediscover herself, Pol introduces her to his boss, Dino. Maria instantly takes to the bar and Dino; however, her reservations keep her from opening up completely.
With his words and helpful nature, Dino understood her loneliness and helped her be completely truthful, making her participate in different events where all the employees sit and confess their deepest, darkest secrets. She finally confessed to being jealous of her daughter’s happiness.
Her loneliness had made her bitter, and she had lost the spark she once had. Dino brings back the spark and addresses her loneliness by asking her to imagine him as somebody she likes.
He then whisks her away on a cruise, and Maria rejuvenates herself instead of feeling stuck and sorry for herself.
In “Merli: Sapere Aude” Season 2, Rai finds himself lost and unable to focus on one thing.
Minerva’s decision to stay in Argentina left Rai completely lost and unsure of his future.
He finds a certain solace in Minerva and, amidst his depression, tries to help Pol still after he learns about Pol’s father’s outstanding debt toward the tax office.
Rai employs Alfonso as a butler and helps him pay off the debt. He realizes that his friend Pol is not opening up about what is really troubling him and feels a distance growing between them.
Rai tries to reconnect with his previous friends to find a place to belong but instead gets mugged on his way back home. Rai finds himself without a path and plunges into a depression.
Ultimately, he takes matters into his hands and decides to travel to find his lost soul and realize his dreams.
My thoughts about Merli Season 2
Merli: Sapere Aude Season 2 mainly focused on philosophy and sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and AIDS. The series, through the plot and Pol, as the main character, introduced HIV and created an awareness that would stop other people from treating HIV-positive patients as if they had the plague.
Once medicated, there are less to no chances of HIV getting transmitted.
The underlying message of the series was also to practice safe and consensual sex.
The lack of proper sexual education can lead to the transmission of sexual diseases.
However, if a person does have HIV, it is not a disease that’ll stop a person from leading a normal life. However, it is better always to practice safe sex and go for a regular checkup.
If a patient does become HIV positive, then it is alright because there is medication to keep it in check. HIV can be kept in check, and it is not going to be an issue, so there’s no reason for panic.
With medication, the person can easily return to normal life.
The song Chicles Cosmicos by La Casa Azul sounds in two important scenes from season 2. It is a very catchy song. And as this tune will get into your head for many days, the whole series would do too.
The beauty of this series isn’t in the LGBTQ+ central theme but in the beauty of philosophy, the beauty of the Catalan language and the greatness of the many actors in the show.
What is it like to have HIV in 2022? Few shows tackle that, and I think it is important to still talk about it. Now with the PREP pill and the information available, it sounds like it isn’t an essential topic anymore, but it is.
I like that this shows put its main character in the position of getting the virus, especially as a lover/student of philosophy. The big question about life.
Why are we here? What’s our purpose in life? How much do we enjoy life? What about death?
So many questions arrive when you get a diagnostic like that. Even though HIV is treatable now, the fear, not only of death but the prejudgment of people, is palpable.
Pol gets a love interest, and the relationship is even more complicated than in the first season. It’s not about being gay/bisexual but about human relationships, complex and messy.
The other character slowly fades into the background because the show’s main two characters, Pol and Bolaños, have too much going on.
I love that the show’s creators decided to give them more weight instead of trying to squish every storyline in 8 episodes.
The end of the series, It, is excellent. It’s not about a goal that the main character arrived at, but the begging of real life. It is not about loving someone but loving himself.
Maria Bolaños’ lovely arch is satisfying and remarkable yet realistic. It is unclear if Rai will be okay, even if he says he will. But let’s believe he was sincere, and he put his life together.
I wish there were more shows like that out there with main characters from the LBGTQ+ community but mostly about philosophy.
We need to think; we need to question ourselves and the world.
It is a worthy show to stream. Watch season 1, but if you already did, I hope you enjoy Merlí: Sapere Aude season 2.
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