As Brook tries to hunt down Sam, who continues to struggle with her junior project, Lionel heads to the House of No Pi with D’Unte.
|Introduced This Episode|
|Jerry Skyler||Justin Simien|
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Is There More Than Meets The Eye?: Sam, Jerry
The filmmaker in residence this semester is Jerry Skyler, a person who has popularized a character named Mr. Giggins who is from the 1800s and is a former slave. One who apparently lived in the house and loved to suck up to white folk. Which makes Sam discredit Jerry even as she struggles to figure out what she is going to for her film.
Heading Down The Rabbit Hole: Wesley, D’unte, Lionel, Sam, Narrator
With Lionel experiencing a bit of a sexual awakening, he wants to have a ho phase. Hence getting head in the library and if it wasn’t for seeing Wesley at the House of No Pi, where the local QPoC (Queer People of Color) hang out, he’d probably have a whole lot of fun. Maybe or maybe not with D’unte, who knows? Lionel seems like the type who’d fall for anyone that opens his mind to new worlds and ways of being.
That aside, who he also runs into is the narrator who keeps pushing the idea they need to kill the narrator, him and Sam that is. Which is a riddle neither strongly want to dive into, so the Order of the X remains dormant.
Why Does No One Appreciate My Ambition?: Coco, Brooke, Kelsey, Sam, Lionel
Coco and Brooke have a lot going on. Coco is trying to get an A in Professor Queensfield’s class despite everyone, well Kelsey, saying that’s not possible – you just need to aim to pass. Which is strangely her goal despite the large course load she is doing. Which, if Brooke would just give her more caffeine would help, but Brooke would rather spit in Coco’s coffee than violate the rules her job has set.
Plus, Brooke doesn’t have time for Coco’s madness. She is tracking Sam down for some Jerry Skyler perspective, trying to coerce Lionel to publish something for the New Independent, and neither are making themselves available. So, after a certain point, she just says “F*** It” and does what she needs to. Which is publish all the articles her absentee editor Lionel have been sitting on.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
I feel like I’m always chasing […] and the faster I run, the further I am.
House of No Pi & Chester
While there are a handful of programs dedicated to the college experience, even featuring queer characters, when it comes to shows with budget? Dear White People might be the only one featuring queer men of color at this level and making them more than the sassy Black friend. So while we don’t know if Lionel, aka Chester, will actually integrate and make friends, if not just be a ho, it’s an exciting development for the show.
On The Fence
The Order of the X Still Is Meh
Though it is nice to see older men of color have a consistent role on a show like Dear White People, I can’t say Narrator, since we don’t have another name for him, has really been hitting it out of the park. Especially since The Order remains this old sputtering car that seems like it could breakdown on the side of the road. But maybe, just maybe, between Moses or someone us, they could boost not only Sam and Lionel’s interest but ours as well.
You and I both know Jerry Skyler is modeled after Tyler Perry (Jerry = Perry, Skyler rhymes with Tyler). Mr. Giggins is a minstrel act like many have said Madea is, and with Simien playing Jerry as someone deeper than the character he plays, the shade is real. Mostly in the form of this idea that, with you knowing better, being financially better off, why are you still portraying a character many find offensive? At least to those with a mindset similar to Sam.
But, like with the Black American v. African situation, unless this leads to conversations, it isn’t something to applaud.
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episodes 4 - 10|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Volume 3, Chapter 3”||As Brook tries to hunt down Sam, who continues to struggle with her junior project, Lionel heads to the House of No Pi with D’Unte.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter I” [Series Premiere]||I feel like I should preface my review by saying that I was not blown away at all by the movie version of Dear White People. To the point that I’m quite surprised it was adapted into a series. If only because I found it to be like a watered down version of all the social justice warrior posts one could find on Tumblr or twitter. Yet, with its revival, and on Netflix of all places, there was a desire to see what they could do with the premise in an expanded form.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter II”||Dear White People makes up for the lack of exploring Lionel’s sexuality in the movie version in this episode.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter III”||Troy takes center stage and his storyline is sans a white girl and plus Nia Long.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”||Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.||Gabe gets his own episode and, like mostly every other character, it is all about his relationship with Sam.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter IV”||Colorism is one of the main focuses of Coco’s episode and damn if the display of it may not bring you to tears.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Chapter V”||Reggie found the perfect woman for him but she belongs to someone else, a white guy, and that hurts his ego so much it clouds everything else.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter VI”||When your victimhood is politicized and popularized, what time or ability does that give you to grieve? That is the question posed as Reggie deals with the aftermath of having a gun pointed at him.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”||In our 2nd Lionel episode, the focus is him truly getting to know Troy and how his journalism career is going.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter IX”||Coco once more is the focus and, unlike Lionel, we get to complete her storyline of going from insecure to some form of self-actualized.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Chapter X” [Season Finale]||Um, I’m starting to think Netflix isn’t that good at making season finales that can actually feel like a period or exclamation mark rather than an ellipsis.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1” [Season Premiere]||Dear White People returns and Sam is struggling to get back into her groove, until some anonymous person takes things too far.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”||Three weeks after having a gun pointed at him, Reggie is only getting worse and it seems partying, sex, therapy, and alcohol aren’t doing a damn thing.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Chapter 3”||Lionel comes into focus as does his life after exposing the Hancocks. But, what really matters is a potential love interest you could get behind.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”||Coco makes a new friend and puts tests that friendship with quite the task.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Chapter 5”||FINALLY Joelle gets her time in the sun and while they lay it on thick what she goes through, as a dark-skinned Black woman, it’s to compensate for the topic being generally avoided.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”||The person behind AltIvyW is revealed, and Brooke gets added to the list of people who need their own episode.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “Chapter VII”||Stripped of the qualities he took upon for status, Troy is left trying to find who he is in spite, and because, of his community and upbringing.|
|Season 2/ Episode 8 “Chapter VIII”||Gabe and Sam have a real conversation. One that fully addresses Sam, narcissism and all, as well as Gabe and how white allies, or those who attempt to be, will forever be dealing with the learning process.|
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Chapter 9”||Sam heads to her dad’s funeral, with Joelle and surprisingly Coco, and comes to terms with, not just her guilt, but also a renewed love for her father.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “Episode X” [Season Finale]||We’re left on a cliffhanger, but do learn who burned down Davis house and get a major development in the secret societies plot.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Volume 3: Chapter 2”||As Joelle continues to figure out how she’ll be as host of Dear White People, Rashid struggles with his role within the Black American community.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Volume 3: Chapter I”||In a hyper-aware premiere, Dear White People implies there are going to be notable changes in season 3. For it doesn’t want to end up like other Netflix shows.|