Dope season 2 recap and review (Netflix)

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Netflix has been pushing crime docu-series like surplus drugs lately, probably because they get good ratings. Yet it seems they’ve failed to truly point out the obvious. These cops are chasing their tails in every episode. The dealers are using the same old lines. Dope season 2 seems like the residue of a bag already exhausted.

In the third episode, we see how the white and black drug games differ, but that is totally not the focus of the episode. Anyone who has ever gone from the projects to the penthouse or had a wide variety of friends in high school has known someone selling just to fund their own party.

There has always been a version of the raves and the allure of the long White people money. Why do criminal justice undergrads dabble in drugs? They think they are smarter than most and see an opportunity.

Getting too greedy invites competition. Cutting drugs to make more profit can lead to ruining the product and the dealer had nothing. Plan B is taking this junk to a different market, and hope that market is ignorant of the old tricks. The reason is the hustle and the hustle is the reason.

Plenty of shows are out there explaining how drugs are pushed to the black community. Snowfall is portraying how it gets out and the difference is customers and price point. The blend of different drugs cultures comes in the mix just like the baking powder cuts the cocaine.

Once the product becomes too cut, and the markup on price ridiculous, entrepreneur white kids getting business and criminal justice degrees started selling. The testing kits at Bonnaroo or Voodoo Fest or any other outdoor festivals are not only saving lives, they are keeping prices stable. As a side project, these future FBI agents are basically running a supply and demand logistics chain. It is a surprise more mentions of bitcoin did not feature in Dope.

On one side, it’s ‘how do I make some quick money and with what?’ The other side is ‘how are cops trying to stop it?’ In the former, it is anything and everything depending on what you need, and in all kinds of new ways using old tricks. In the latter, the cops are still operating under the Reagan Era playbook but have at least wizened up to capturing text messages.