The Last Dance: One of 2020’s Best Releases

Although the Coronavirus has hampered the entertainment industry’s original plans of entertainment releases, one incredible documentary was still able to air: The Last Dance. This documentary examines Michael Jordan’s career and journey during his time with the Chicago Bulls from the 1997 to 1998 season. I haven’t followed the NBA keenly, but this series opened my eyes to the legend Michael Jordan himself, and the suspenseful and thrilling action that made the Chicago Bulls six-time champions.

The best part of the series is that it features never-seen-before footage that makes the viewer feel like they were actually a part of the team. Every episode was full of interviews with Michael Jordan himself and his teammates Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, Phil Jackson (his coach), and more. It was gripping to hear the team’s ups and downs straight from their mouth, with all honesty. The episodes flipped back and forth through the perspectives of multiple players and their experiences. Old battles with teams like the Detroit Pistons were re-lived and explained in depth. We also hear from other NBA giants such as Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and so forth.

I especially appreciated that the episode went into the personalities of the players themselves. We got to see first-hand the pressure placed on Jordan’s shoulders to live up to the “Be Like Mike” motto. Conversely, we also got to witness the colorful personality that players like Dennis Rodman have. The directing and editing of this docuseries is also worth acclaim. The creators were able to jump between different seasons while still maintaining clarity and structure.

This miniseries is one of the best I have ever watched. It doesn’t matter if you know every part of NBA history or nothing at all, because this show will guide you through it all. From the clips of Jordan’s best plays on the court to the backstage drama taking place away from the public, this show will give you a whole new perspective of Michael Jordan and the Bulls.