The night Blue was conceived is talked about, as well as many past trauma that still shakes characters to the core.
Chloé Hung, Felicia Pride
Introduced This Episode
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So it seems, the past familiarity of storylines was just to draw you in, get you comfortable and settled, and while there isn’t some huge surprise or shock in “By Any Chance”, there are veers to paths perhaps not surely expected.
Perception is everything. It is what allows a person to trust another and it determines how we are going to handle another person. Especially when it comes to our secrets, as well as our time. Yet looks can be deceiving so even at our best mistakes can be made. As seen in this episode.
Everyone grieves differently and the pain isn’t consistent. There are good days and bad days, but it is the things left behind which matter most. So when those things are being ravaged through or taken from you, naturally it can lead to you being left a bit messed up. Which with what everyone is grieving, be it Ernest or their marriage, it seems there is always but one straw before the camel’s back ends up broke.
Family. Be it by bonds created by blood or choices we made, it gets complicated. But no matter the bond it always takes two or more to maintain that connection and keep it beneficial. Which can be hard when ego, our own inability to communicate, and distrust gets in the way.
OWN is a slept on channel. Granted, starting things off with a slew of Tyler Perry productions didn’t begin its scripted foray with the best reputation. However, since branching out to different visionaries OWN arguably has gained the type of programming you’d have expected the decades old BET to have had years ago. So with their newest addition, Queen Sugar, arguably Oprah Winfrey and her team have created a solid launch pad for new talent, seasoned talent who deserve steady work, and those in between who may be familiar faces but never got the roles they deserved.
The storm has passed and with that comes a calm. Not a calm before the storm because this show isn’t about such things. It’s the type of calm which is healing. For while there are uprooted trees and fallen branches, yeah there maybe some tears. But in rebuilding, you are reminded of who is there for you through thick and thin, and not just family either.
The importance of a connection with another human being, especially one which is dependable and trying to do right by you, is such a beautiful and strengthening thing. Though it isn’t always stable and with that comes fear.
One of the hardly arguable highlights of Black media returns. And, as always, you find yourself smiling because of the family dynamics, crying tears over certain struggles they have, and end up triggered as well. To say the least, Queen Sugar remains an emotional roller coaster ride that as soon as it is over, you want to get right back on.
Grieving isn’t something just for the dead. A loss of innocence, relationships, these are worth mourning over. But from the dead, the richness of once was life, blooms something new. Something we see quite a bit of in “To Usward.”
“What Do I Care For Morning” is an episode of growth and recognizing the needs of another person. Be it Charley recognizing the needs of Davis or Ralph Angel to be a role model in their son’s lives. Perhaps recognizing the greatness and intellect in another person as Nova does. If not something as simple as Hollywood recognizing the type of woman he has in Aunt Vi and that he needs more of the loving she gives.
What is the dream? Who or what inspired it? How can you obtain it? In “My Soul’s High Song” the focus is on what makes a person feel happy or whole. Especially in times when you aren’t necessarily thriving but surviving. Sometimes due to compromise.
Investing in something bigger than yourself is the main focus in episode 5 “Caroling Dusk.” Be it investing in your kids and making sure they know you, know that you will consistently be there, or investing in someone else. Trying to make it so, in the long run, you can say you did more than became a success and can show it through property or a bank account. For the true success is perhaps the people you lifted up as you were climbing to the top and reached it.
If I may sort of rant, I really don’t understand how and why this show doesn’t get major accolade notoriety. For while, I get, as a Black person, we should uphold the NAACP awards, maybe BET awards, and all that, it isn’t like all of your peers recognizing you, you know? Plus, with this argument amongst entertainers, and something I bring up in reviews at times, where they don’t want to be pigeonholed because of their race/culture, it makes our award shows nice but still limited.
But, in the long run, all that truly matters is that whenever this show wraps for a season, or as a series, everyone doesn’t have a gap in employment. For that is truly what matters in the long run.
So, with that said, let’s talk about Episode 6 “Line of our Elders” and how this show consistently makes you cry.
With the rich characters we have been given on Queen Sugar, naturally, there is this desire to know of their past. To maybe get an episode featuring them as kids, teens, young adults. Get to see their interactions with their parents at those ages, and perhaps even Aunt Vi. However, that may not be as necessary as it once was. For in “I Know My Soul,” the complicated relationship both Nova and Charley have with Ernest and Ra is dug into, alongside how Aunt Vi has played, at least for Charley, a role in it. Thus helping us understand the complexities of this family.
The midseason finale deals with all the fallout for what has happened since the season began. Be it where Remy and Charley stand, with what happened to Micah, alongside Ralph Angel’s big reveal and how he handled it.
Based off what was seen, and the little synopsis on Wikipedia, it seems the focus for 2B is going to primarily be family. For this episode, it is Charley’s mother Lorna joining the series and us being prepped for Darla’s parents.
Everything you knew about Lorna and Ernest’s relationship seemingly is completely wrong and that seems to change everything for Nova. Alongside that, Remy playing a paternal figure changes things for Ralph Angel and Darla.
With it being months since the book was released, Nova is hoping reconciliation can begin. With Aunt Vi, that’s not possible yet. She’ll talk to Nova, not have her escorted out, but it is clear what she stirred up by bringing Jimmy Dale back into her life can’t be quickly or easily forgiven.
Luckily, Charley is a different story, and on top of talking to Nova, they have a little getaway. One which has them go to a retreat and talk about Remy, when Nova visited Charley in 1999, and really hash things out. Maybe not to the point where they are cool, but at least they understand where the miscommunication began and where some of their problems stem from.
Until it happens, I’m going to wait for Nova to bring up how Aunt Vi dogged Lorna and how that influenced Nova’s take on Charley and relationships. It needs to happen. Charley and Aunt Vi need to have a serious row about that.
That aside, I can only fathom the reason Charley is being so nice to Nova is that feeling of isolation. One that she experienced when she first moved to St. Jo, when she would visit, and which exists once again, to a certain degree, since all Charley has is her family. Each who are going through their own things so they can’t necessarily be all she needs them to be. So with Nova having no one really, maybe also lacking Calvin, they bond over loneliness. Not to downplay Nova’s article and offer to help with the Old World Energy situation, but we know Charley isn’t much for delegating outside of her PI.
But, either way, here is to the sisters healing their relationship from the foundation rather than just putting shellac on the cracks.
Micah, Blue, Prosper, Ralph Angel, Hollywood | Boys & Men
Hollywood seemingly has gotten his wish with hanging around men who can give him real conversations and not just something on the superficial level. Not to say Ralph Angel and Prosper can’t keep things simple, like noting the wonderful women they have in their lives. However, things get more serious after Blue and Micah come in after spending the day together. For with Blue getting lost, and getting a cop involved, Micah nearly has a gun pulled out on him. Which, of course, leaves him a bit shaken and Prosper sees this. Thus, he gives Micah permission to not be okay and to be uncomfortable with what happened to him. Yet, he also pushes him not to let that one incident dictate his life as well.
What is consistently appreciated about Queen Sugar is the space it gives its male characters to be vulnerable with not just their significant other, but each other. I really don’t think it gets enough praise for that since it isn’t like we only see it after major events. Even small things like Micah being triggered leads to him being raised up and spoken to. Always from a place of love and understanding, which helps you understand why from Prosper to Blue, there is a shift each generation. Maybe not a huge one, but one noticeable enough which gives you hope.
Jordan, Darla, Aunt Vi, Ralph Angel | Darla Talks About The Night She Conceived Blue
Thus far, the details of the night Blue was conceived were laid out that Darla was with some friends, getting turnt up, and most of the night was a blur. Jordan, one of her friends from 8-9 years ago, illuminates us on some additional details. One, Darla was really into partying back in the day. Two, the party where things went down was at Thomas Caine’s house, and Darla hooked up with him. Also, three, she hooked up with a guy named Chase Livestone as well.
Now, mind you, while we use the term “Hooked Up,” as Darla’s memory gets jogged a bit, the word rape comes to mind. Which is something, of all people, Aunt Vi help her come to the conclusion of. You see, after talking with Jordan, Darla gets a drink and ends up stumbling in the park where Vi does her runs. She, to much surprise, shows empathy and care to Darla and takes her home, let’s Darla tell her story and, in return, Aunt Vi reveals on top of the physical abuse, Jimmy Dale raped her repeatedly.
Leading to, since that was likely a bit much for Aunt Vi to talk about, her calling Ralph Angel over so he gets the full story and has a proper understanding of what is going on. Thus giving us, unlike when Darla revealed Blue may not be his son, him sitting down, listening, and supporting Darla. Albeit possibly at the cost of his relationship with Deesha but, Darla needed him.
It seems increasingly clear Darla, and Ralph Angel may get back together. Yeah, Micah prepped Blue for the idea his parents won’t and will see other people, but the way Ralph Angel lingered the following morning, and Darla was just touching him, you can see they don’t know what’s going on. All they know is they both got relationships going and aren’t sure if they want to end them and resume what they had.
But, who knows, considering Aunt Vi being kind to Darla seemed like something which would happen when Louisiana experienced a blizzard. Heck, never mind her being nice, but revealing she was raped and getting personal with Darla? Say what you will about Nova’s book but Aunt Vi opening up and being kind to Darla is due to that book. That and I think Nova talking about how she wished she did things differently, asked permission, sought understanding more, hit Aunt Vi. She’s judged Darla all these years based on a situation she had only second-hand information of. A situation, might I add, she could have prevented if she was more involved with Ralph Angel, and especially Darla when Ralph Angel went to jail.
However, instead, from Hollywood’s discovery of her on, she was hot and cold. Warm to Darla when Ralph Angel and her were getting married, then cold when that paternity test came in. Even a little chilly during the pie shop opening.
Yet, things are changing, and it seems that darkness Aunt Vi liked to harbor is having light shone on it. Here is hoping though, between exercise, talking, maybe therapy down the line, she doesn’t retreat back to her old ways once things calm down. This growth was overdue.
Not just for her either. Ralph Angel definitely is in a new chapter of his life and him just sitting there and listening to Darla confirmed it. He didn’t make it about his emotions, how it affected his relationship to Blue, her, or whoever, he dedicated all his energy to his friend. Not the mother of his child, his ex, but the person who I’d like to think is his genuine friend at this point. Which was so sweet that, for a moment, I was on board with him and Darla getting back together. Until I remembered none of them have yet to do a real good apology.
Darla Getting To Tell Her Story And Get The Support She Needs - 100%
Micah and Blue Hanging Out - 85%
Prosper Speaking To Micah And Reassuring Him It Is Okay To Not Be Alright - 86%
Nova and Charley having a Real Conversation To Handle Their Issues - 87%