I’m conflicted with the latest HSM. It’s close to being a 😊, but the message of high school students on Disney being LGBTQ friendly with “people who just get them,” is too good to not “climb” to a 🤩.

The creators have wisely taken the spotlight off Nini and Ricky’s predictable story and are shining it on Carlos (Joe Serafini) and Seb (Frankie A. Rodriguez). Despite the cringe-worthy dialogue at the start of the episode, the message is so powerful with Carlos and Seb’s love that it’s hard not to celebrate with the HSM family.

Once Seb’s quinceanero starts, audiences get to enjoy what should be in any cheesy musical – singing and dancing. There’s a salsa dance sequence with Gina (Sofia Wylie) and the power ballad we’ve been waiting for with Seb serenading Carlos via an oversized Elton John-like white piano.

The diversity and love ooze from the screen. It’s hard not to love an episode that showcases a type of high school where your differences are accepted instead of shunned. The drama isn’t about family conflicts. It’s about your own emotions of wanting to feel accepted.

This prideful episode is available on Disney+.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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