Chicago Bull’s “The Last Dance” Recap: Episodes 1 & 2

The Last Dance: Episodes 1 & 2 Recap

Growing up as a kid and pre-teen in the Chicago area in the 90’s during the heyday of the Chicago Bulls dynasty lead by the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan. There wasn’t any better of a feeling getting to see and experience it all. From Jordan’s play to his great dynamic with Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson. To that classic 90’s Bulls intro theme from Ray Clay that still no one can top till this day and gave you straight chills whenever you hear it. ESPN Films with their new, The Last Dance, 10-part mini-doc that aired it’s first two episodes Sunday night on ESPN. Gave us something a lot of us grew up on, can reminisce and feel good about in a time we all can watch together with family and/or friends (though not all physically) to discuss and have something positive, motivating, inspiring and uplifting to talk about. At a time we all really need it, even for those who watched it alone or only with one other person. It made you almost feel like you were getting ready to watch an NBA Finals game. Once again showing the power sports has on everyday life and especially when we have had such a negative news cycle for the past month and a half or so. This let’s us know there’s still light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how many hardships you have to go through to do so.

Mainly focusing on the headlines going into that last and final sixth Bulls championship of the 90’s with the 1997-1998 season. The documentary is based on not only Jordan and the Bulls for that final season, but all the important back stories that shaped it. From all the tension and drama there was, showing that despite how easy some have said Jordan and those teams had in winning those six championships in eight years, it really wasn’t. Right from the start, we’re hit with the fact after the Bulls have won their fifth championship in seven years that general manager Jerry Krause is eager to break up the team to rebuild. Something so unheard of in today’s game and especially when you still have two of the greatest players of all-time in Jordan and Scottie Pippen still in their prime. Not to mention arguably the greatest coach of all-time as well in Phil Jackson and the team still has yet to lose its crown. Yet you (Krause) create a circus by saying that this is Phil’s final season.

That narrative of painting Krause as a bad guy, shows many outside of Chicago why as great as a talent evaluator and genius he can be with some of the players he was able to draft and acquire over the years for the team through trades and free agency. He was also just as much an idiot for breaking up the dynasty just as fast as he did and the approach he took in doing so. Which is why till he died a few years ago, many of us Bulls fans and Chicago area natives still had such a resentment and bad taste in how he and much of the teams front office has handled the team in the 20-plus years since the end of the dynasty. It’s also why as you can see from all the uncut raw footage that was shown and captured from that season, Jordan and Pippen so openly mocked him too. Even if it wasn’t really the right way to handle things.

One thing that the first two episodes let you know too. Is just how big, Jordan and those Bulls teams really were too. Saying how they were like The Beatles when they played an exhibition game in Paris before the 97-98 season. It also shows the drive that Jordan had from a young age on his path to becoming the greatest of all-time. Him remembering the specifics from a regular season game in 1986, showing that drive and competitiveness to always win. Jordan saying himself, “Everytime I step on that basketball court, my focus is to win the game. It drives me insane when I can’t.” Further proof of it.

Read the FULL Recap HERE


BROADCAST SCHEDULE

The rest of the 10-part Michael Jordan documentary will be shown in two-hour blocks each of the next four Sundays.

Sunday, April 26
Episodes 3 & 4 – 8 p.m. Central

Sunday, May 3
Episodes 6 & 6 – 8 p.m. Central

Sunday, May 10
Episodes 7 & 8 – 8 p.m. Central

Sunday, May 17
Episodes 9 & 10 – 8 p.m. Central


HOW YOU CAN WATCH

The Last Dance is on ESPN and can be streamed on ESPN.com and the ESPN app. Also, it will be available on a number of streaming services for clients who have paid for the TV/Live service, including Sling, YouTube, and Hulu.

Outside the United States, the show can be streamed on Netflix five hours after the broadcast times.

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