Usually, when books get adapted into series or movies, there are many changes that follow. And seldom are those changes good. In most cases, those changes affect the storyline messing up the emotions that the author had wanted to get across to the readers.
There certainly are exceptions though. In this case, the exception is The Baby-Sitters Club. There are some subtle changes that the crew has infused in the script but that does not interfere with the original plot of the proceedings in any way. I believe that could probably be because a large number of books in the series from which the Netflix adaptation draw reference and mold their episodes in ways that they remain true to the pages while having some fresh tilts here and there.
If you have not given this series, it is still not too late. And if you are a fan of the show already then here is a sneak-peek into the second season to heighten your anticipation further. Here is a link to the trailer if you have not yet got a chance to catch up with it-
What is season 2 going to be about?
Season 2, like season 1, follows the business life of middle-schoolers – Kristy Thomas, Stacey McGill, Claudia Kishi, Mary-Anne Spier, and Dawn Schafer. They are the proud and able founders of the Baby-Sitters Club in the discussion. Season 2 sees the enrolment of two more members in the group. Fan favorites – Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey, are welcomed in the club this season. In fact, Jessi is also announced to have a rather prominent role in the progress of the plot. This is in accordance with what the series creator, Rachel Shukert, had informed in an interview with Variety.
The production team has tried to keep the themes as relatable as possible for their young target audience. The cast consists of a bunch of middle-schoolers who have come up with a rather brilliant plan of starting a babysitting club. Their journey is not devoid of obstacles. There is another similar agency in function in the neighborhood and they are of course not very happy about or supportive of the new competitor in town.
Season 2 furthers the struggles of the BSC (Baby-Sitters Club). This season brings down the struggles of the cast to the levels where even ordinary middle-schoolers (you know, the ones who might not be owners of a business). The season follows the young-adolescent problems of the girls including punishments from parents, crush problems, first periods, typical middle-school fights, and so on and so forth. Loss, change, joys and sorrows that follow, responsibilities, searching and finding, or maybe failing to find meaning in the taste of their changing early adolescent lives.
Do the entire cast return?
If you are a true fan of the series then this is probably one of the questions that you were quite worried about- will the cast remain the same? After all, we all know that the cast is the pivot for maintaining consistency in terms of the brilliance of the show.
All of the cast will be present in season 2 except for Gomez (if you do not recall, she is the actor who played the character of Dawn in season 1). She had to drop out because the production schedules of the show kept getting tangled and overlapping with the upcoming Marvel movie of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Kyndra Sanchez, Finding ‘Ohana famed actress, is going to fill up Gomez’s space.
The cast seemed really excited in the Netflix released a video announcing the confirmed news regarding the release of the second season. They were seen lip-syncing to the theme song of the series and it seemed like they were having a good time after all
There are a lot of good things going on in this season. The changes I was talking about towards the beginning of the blog include the series showing Mary Anne, one of the club members and founders, baby-sitting a trans kid. Such kids exist and are equally deserving of love, time, and affection as any and all other kids out there. Being someone who likes to delve into such aspects of society, I really loved the fact that the crew went there and discussed and infused these issues in the show despite the show being a production involving and for children.
The new trailer promises a good season ahead. The trailer hints how despite facing all sorts of troubles, the girls are destined to emerge victorious and closer to the top than ever before. There is also a video that teases the viewers yet a little more and shows a sneak-peek into the life of Kristy and her misadventures and a potential conflict point in the series- her new life with her mother and step-dad. Catch a glimpse of it here-
To wrap it all up, if you have not watched The baby-sitters club, then this would be a good time to start the show. And if you already have given season 1 a watch and are now wondering whether the upcoming season would be deserving of a similar investment of time and consistency as season 1, then I would tell you to go for it. Season 2 is destined to be anything but disappointing.