REVIEW / REVIEWS SERIES: After the success of its first season, “Validated” is back with new episodes and a new heroine. Always with William, Brahim, Mastar and Inès, Franck Gastambide succeeds perfectly in his second season, more mature and no less spectacular.
Valid : at the top of the TV game
In his time, not so long ago, Mathieu Kassovitz said Legends office, famous original creation of Canal +, that it could last a long time because it had “legs”. An expression that designates a series with a universe and narrative strong enough to continue to exist at the highest level. This is exactly what we can say about Valid and its season 2, which resumes the best she had released for her first season and at the same time offers new faces with new stories.
The first season, which told the dazzling fate of young rapper Apash – aka Clément, had already been a hit. A surprise then “validated” by the public on the unknown side of a musical universe which makes you dream and questions: French rap. At the end of this first season, Apash disappeared under tragic circumstances, leaving viewers embarrassed. What to do and who to follow now?
Make way for Sara aka “The Alpha”
As we knew, the first role of this new season would be a young rapper. But in vain we know it, the surprise remains beautiful and complete. Sara, played by Laetitia Kerfa, is a young woman from Marseille where she was part of a rap group. Time and mysterious setbacks passed, she now lives in the Paris region and works in a sports store. Rap is a thing of the past, until William and Brahim set out to sign her to the label they just created: Apash Music. Between a disarming smile, a troubled past and murderous punchlines, Laetitia Kerfa takes the light from its first appearance and does not let go!
The first episode of the new season is great. We immediately find the humor and the lively rhythm of Franck Gastambide’s series, the old characters and the new ones. Much like the first season, which introduced Apash with an anthology freestyle on Planet Rap, this time it’s Sara’s turn to show off her talent at the Apash Music launch party. A freestyle also of anthology which ignites the guests of the evening as much as the spectators. Cherry on the cake, we find in this first episode Nabil (Youssef Hajdi). The character, who went from fancy cars to selling furniture, is as hilarious as ever.
To the test of the big world
William (Saïdou Camara) and Brahim (Brahim Bouhlel) created Apash Music to settle in the rap world and pay tribute to their friend Clément. Obviously, young, naive and still inexperienced, they will try to cope as best they can in this world of sharks. The idea is simple and it works perfectly. Indeed Franck Gastambide and his authors manage to show the difficulties of the environment through William, who struggles to succeed in signing Sara and launch her album, and with Sara herself, who as a young woman must work twice as hard and accept compromises to exist in the world of rap, hyper masculine.
Without heaviness, without lecturing but with a nice insight, the characters go through trials that say something about our time. There is sexism, there is the inflexible law of the market, domestic violence too, and Valid grabs it and succeeds a beautiful portrait of a youth who hesitates, gropes, but struggles with enthusiasm.
It is to the credit of the authors of the series to have naturally put at the center of this season the complicated rise of a young artist, with in support the role of Sara that of Inès (Sabrina Ouazani) and that of her best friend Fatou (Fatoumata Kaba). If the latter is mainly concerned by an emerging flirtation with Brahim, they nevertheless all have the appearance of great quiet strength. They are perfectly where they are, and faced with the awkwardness of the young manager William or the ultra-virilist attitudes of Karnage and Mastar, among others, their scores are ideally conducted. With its prestigious guests like, among others, Alonzo, Naps and Soolking, Valid now borrows both as much from Ten percent that Gears, well balanced between the rap game show and the realistic drama.
A new, more mature season
There are the “old people” in front of them. We thus find the big names of the game like Mastar (Moussa Mansaly), DJ SNO (Franck Gastambide), Karnage (Bosh), the producer Cichemann (Dimitri Storoge). These support the younger generation as much as they control it. My star,…