Selena: The Series


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Trailer: Selena: The Series | Official Trailer | Netflix


Selena Quintanilla’s legacy continues to soar high, revolving around beautiful tributes in her honor. Selena Quintanilla was born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971 and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, sadly passing away in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 31, 1995. Despite the twenty-five years that have passed since her death, her exquisite voice is still heard through the air. The Queen of Tejano still lives on.


Filmed in Northern Baja California and directed by Hiromi Kamata, the series was released on Netflix on December 4th, 2020. The setting of the Netflix series is based from 1971 to 1994, starting off in Lake Jackson, Texas and then Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena: The Series portrays Selena’s life from childbirth and shows her life as she progresses into fame. The Netflix series does not only focus on Selena but of her family and history as well.


Younger Selena is portrayed by Madison Taylor Baez, doing a fantastic job showing Selena’s youth. Christian Serratos portrays Selena Quintanilla as a teenager and adult, and Selena’s essence is transmitted through Serratos’ remarkable acting. Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla (Gabriel Chavarria), sister Suzette Quintanilla (Noemi Gonzalez), dad Abraham Quintanilla (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) and mom Marcella Quintanilla (Seidy Lopez) are portrayed fantastically. In my opinion, everyone did an exceptional job on their roles, and although it was different from the Selena movie, the series covered various aspects of Selena’s life.


I liked the timing each period received, but it would’ve been better if part two of the series was released. I was hoping the series didn’t end too soon because the prime of Selena’s career wasn’t fully depicted. I would’ve loved to have seen more screen time of Chris Pérez (Jesse Posey) because he was very important in Selena’s life since he was the love of her life. I feel like the ending of the series was rushed because a lot of stuff happened in the last ten minutes that should’ve been done more in detail. I think the Netflix series was short since the duration was only nine episodes and about forty minutes each episode. Although Christian Serratos didn’t look much like Selena, I think that is realistic since not many look like Selena. Other than that, I really liked the series. 


A citizen, who decided to remain anonymous, from Corpus Christi, Texas said, “It felt like seeing Selena again.”


The moral of the series is saddening since it is not a fictional story. It’s Selena’s life, and since it is known that Selena died, there is no escaping Selena’s death. Even if the series brings joy about Selena’s life, the melancholy thought of her death is stuck in the back of your mind. Due to that, the lesson of the series would be to hold on to family because next day is not granted. 


Karina Rivera, a freshman at Moody High School, said, “It was a great series that gives a valuable lesson.”


The series is TV-PG, and I would recommend the series to those who love Selena or just want to learn about her. If you want to sing, laugh, or even cry, the series is for you. If you’re a lover of nostalgia, grab some popcorn and get ready to sing along with the Queen of Tejano. 


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