Documentaries are one of the best things Netflix does, and their new eight-part series called ‘Losers‘ is taking the world by storm. Critics are praising it, while the audiences, sports lover or not, also have liked the series. We all have been told from our childhoods that winners are the ones who are remembered and celebrated. We have always seen documentaries being made about the greats of sports. But, Netflix has given a new twist to the concept by bringing out a documentary on certain sportsmen who are remembered by the extraordinary losses they have suffered in their individual careers.
Each of the eight episodes in the series deals with a different sport and a person/team who has suffered historic losses in their careers. What makes the series unique is that, though it talks about loss, it does not leave a bitter taste in your mouth after you are done with it. Each of the losers in the eight episodes, suffer the most dramatic of losses and then manage to pick themselves up from the depths of humility and carried on once again. The wry humorous undertone of the show works like a charm. Losers premiered on Netflix on March 1 and has since been receiving acclaim from the world over.
Losers Cast: Who is in it?
The main hero of the series is surely its director Mickey Duzyj, who has an Emmy nomination to his name. Duzyj had earlier made a short documentary called ‘The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere’ (2016) about a Japanese racehorse which went 0-113, but then became a national icon of epic proportions. It is clear that this short inspired him to take up the project. The first episode deals with boxer Michael Bentt, who won the WBO heavyweight championship but lost it in his first attempt at defending the title. Bentt suffered life-threatening injuries in the match, but later left boxing to have a successful film and television career. The third episode of the first season deals with the sport of figure skating.
The episode is based on Surya Bonaly, who faces injustice from judges due to the color of her skin, but later goes on to achieve amazing success. Though it has not been announced whether Duzyj will be bringing out a new season, it must be said that he has achieved a lot in the path-breaking first season itself. There are hardly instances of documenting losses in sports. There are fans of B-movies, but there are never fans of bad sportspersons. Thus losses in sports are never spoken of widely in the media the world over. The concept of this documentary series is what makes it special. In the 1999 Open Championships, golfer Jean van de Velde was causing a major upset and was nearly becoming the first French golfer to win the prestigious award since 1907, but lost his chance. However, the loss never demoralized him and he went on to achieve great success. Another episode deals with the English soccer club Torquay United who suffered a series of losses and bad luck and were close to relegation from where they managed to pull themselves up. Each subject of this series serves as testimony to the fact that loss does not mean the world is over for you. There are opportunities around the corner which will present themselves at the right time.
If there is a second season made of the series, Duzyj will do the right thing if he tells more such stories, as documenting losses has hardly been done before. These tales, though the speak of epic losses, also shed a ray of hope at the end, and that is what makes them truly unique.
Losers Plot: What is it about?
For all those who are yet to watch ‘Losers’ should keep in mind that the documentary series is not dark and depressing. It definitely is about certain people who have suffered monumental losses in their sports careers. But, hope is the main thread that ties together all these tales of disgraced athletes. While some of the subjects have found success elsewhere, like Jack Ryan, whose playground hoops career went down the drain, and he later managed to find success in basketball, some, like Bonaly, later achieved massive success in the same field itself. The series is more about how one deals with losses, how one can cope with defeat, learn from it, but never back down.
Season 1 also offers viewers a range of emotions, with the exploits of Torquay United being hilarious in the episode titled ‘The Jaws of Victory’. The episode on Bonaly will make one’s blood boil with anger at the amount of discrimination she has had to go through. However, what needs to be done better in the second season is getting the length of the episodes right, as some of them give the feeling that something has remained unsaid. The short running time also sometimes prevents the makers from developing the story gradually and the end product looks a bit haphazard. What should definitely be continued in the next season is the makers going beyond the losses, and finding a profound meaning to life and the amazing ways in which it shapes itself at times. With the huge acclaim Season 1 is already receiving within days of its release, there is a huge chance Duzyj will come up with another season of more such unknown yet inspiring tales.
Losers Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Losers” Season 1 premiered on March 1, 2019. The show has garnered much appreciation from the viewers, and thus there is a huge chance of Netflix renewing it for a second season. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, ‘Losers” Season 2 can release sometime in March, 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
While we wait for an update on ‘Losers” Season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous season.
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