By Grace Barrios
On December 4th, the new Netflix biopic series Selena: The Series, starring Christian Serratos, who plays the transcendent Mexian-American singer, premiered. The opening scene, a flash forward, shows Selena feeling afraid before performing for the first time without her original band that she has been playing with all her life. But then, she arrives on stage and starts to sing with that powerful voice of hers, and it’s clear that she is right where she is meant to be.
The first scene was a strong opening to the series, and I believe anyone watching will be hypnotized by the voice of Selena and the spot-on imitation by Serratos.
After the opening scene, most of the show goes back to chronological order, starting with a scene that shows Selena as a young girl, when she first started singing. The audience sees the passion and love she had for singing and how she turned it into her life’s work with the help of her family, especially her father.
Unlike the 1997 film Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez, people get to see a different side of Selena through this series. The sacrifices she made with school and friends as well as the insecurities she had as a teenager, and that she held with her until she was able to find herself, are on full display throughout the show.
The series may appear more “raw” because Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintinalla, is one of the producers, which makes the series more authentic and accurate.
Throughout the episodes, there are many recreations of Selena’s live performances, which many say is the heart of the show. Christan Serratos did an adequate job, considering the rigorous process of having to copy every move precisely. Still,
I feel as if sometimes the performances did not look as clear-cut as I expected them to be. Anyone who has followed Selena’s career knows that she was an exceptional dancer. The way she moved was in a class of its own, and her dancing added so much life to her performances. Serretos had a hard time emulating the icon’s dancing, and it did not appear to come naturally to her. Sometimes Serratos’ lip-syncing would even be off, which ruined the feel of some of the performances for me. If the performances are not executed perfectly, that is a problem for viewers who are fans of the iconic singer.
Nonetheless, the show is a respectful reproduction of Selena’s life. Although no film or show will ever do the singer full justice, I recommend everyone watch Selena: The Series if you are looking for an entertaining show that honors a legendary voice.