The final season of the Disney + series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” comes to an end. This superstar-making film brings the journey of East High’s wildcats to a close with explosive music, emotional farewells, and fantastic acting. The show started in 2019, and characters have seen incredible transformations in their young lives throughout the four seasons.
The best thing is that this musical comedy grew alongside its characters, and you can see their transition from the first to the season finale. They have grown from a bunch of teens who didn’t fit the Disney Channel archetype established by the likes of Venessa Hudgens and Zac Efron to mature young adult actors.
The Wildcats Go Wild In ‘High School Musical’
As a high school drama, love stories are inevitable. However, the first season’s storyline revolves around a fairly innocent love triangle between Ricky, Nini, and E.J. There was light kissing here and there and only suggestions of make-out sessions as the most intimate moments the characters could share.
The final season brings more mature characters in their senior year, and they are no longer the same innocent students. It’s incredible how these wildcats live up to this name. The conversations aren’t just hints of something more happening; the wildcats explicitly talk about it.
This fourth and final season is not just acting and drama. No! It actually tries to explore the side of these characters, which closely imitate how young adults look and behave. In one episode, Alex Quijona (Ricky’s dad) directly asks Ricky to use protection in case he and Gina are having sex.
Such a conversation would likely not have occurred in the first season. That’s where the producer, Tim Federle, shows his character development skills. He makes it seem like an organic dialog driven by the characters’ age and the passion for their relationships.
Seniors Are Graduating From High School
Some students are in their senior year of high school in this last season of the series. And as you can guess, they look much older than they were in the first season. The director and Disney+ have allowed the film to grow naturally as its characters.
Senior year means the characters have more weight on their shoulders as they try to increase their college prospects. This looming uncertainty in their future increases the tensions and is nerve-wracking. You can feel their struggle as they try to balance stage production and their college hunt.
The brilliant part is that they are at a point in life where they are about to start making big decisions, and you can see how this reflects on their personality. In the first season of 2019, the wildcats cared about more superficial things. For instance, E.J. and Ricky fought over Nini’s affection, which seemed childish although understandable. That’s not the case anymore. They are young adults now with better priorities and focus.
In the final season, E.J. is in college, Nini moves to California to start her musical career, while Ricky is much happier in a different relationship. This transformation of the main cast is the best creative decision the producer Tim Federle and the writer made. Even more brilliant is how the show changes and illustrates this incredible character development.