As a rainstorm sweeps through St. Jo, many find themselves with someone who forces them to slow down and think about their future.
Valerie C. Woods, Mike Flynn
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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.
Prom Night was supposed to be Micah and Keke’s first time but between his friends joking about a private room and a rainstorm, that put a damper on things. However, while prom got cancelled, due to flooding, it does give everyone a chance to talk. Mostly about their next move. Keke, after going to Tulane, on a full scholarship, might I add, plans to be a full-time artist traveling around. Asha plans to open low-income healthcare facilities, another person a bail bonds business which also provides affordable lawyers and Micah? Well, he is going to Harvard but has no idea what he wants to do. Which is a bit of a shock yet, when getting into college is the only goal pushed, this is what happens.
I Should Be With The One I Love: Deesha, Ralph Angel, Darla
With spending nearly every morning with Darla for about two weeks, Ralph Angel comes to realize he is back in love with her. So, he breaks up with Deesha, in a way so that they can remain on good terms for the sake of the children, and has a conversation with Darla. One in which she expresses she’d like for them to get back together as well.
A Change Gon’ Come: Nova, Calvin, Hollywood, Aunt Vi, Charley, Jacob
Hollywood is really thinking about opening a spot for men to talk and be real with one another. Him and Aunt Vi even coming up with a name. And while that happens, Calvin and Nova are having a belated birthday dinner together and continue to hash out what kept them and is keeping them, apart. One example is distance so Calvin, being headstrong as he is, decides he is moving to be closer to Nova and will just deal with the commute. Especially after Nova is honest about the guard she has kept up during past relationships.
Leaving Charley and Jacob. With a town hall coming, and an election not too long later, Jacob notes things are a done deal and comes off very obnoxious and entitled. This, naturally, fuels Charley’s rage but then they settle back into their old dance of Jacob looking like a lost puppy vying for affection and Charley someone willing to pet him until she is tired of him.
Breaking that down, Jacob notes he doesn’t want the position, and after hearing what his mom said to Charley, he seems to be #TeamCharley again. But, naturally, while he wants to be on her team he doesn’t necessarily want to get fully kicked out of the family and lose the benefits which come with it. So, he thinks of a subtle way to sabotage himself with the help of some information Nova dug up.
You see, the Landry family has a Black relative and Jacob announces that and that he is looking into biased pricing, in a press conference. This, to Nova, seems like it could backfire, but Charley thinks it’ll make hardline racist sit this election out and Black people will think he is pandering. Which seems possible, but maybe not good enough for the win.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
“You have to face your fears if you’re gonna be authentic.” — Nova
Us Hearing The Plans Micah’s Friends Have For Their Future
While Micah has been dialed back this season, as well as most characters his age, it was nice to hear about their plans for the future. It is also sad that, unless the show ever does a time jump, we’ll likely never see if it comes to fruition. But with college around the corner, unless there is a spin-off, most of these characters may never be seen again so having some idea of where they are heading is a nice send-off.
On The Fence
Ralph Angel Getting Back With Darla
Realistically, this was bound to happen. Bianca Lawson is a series regular, and while her performances, following, and her character, are strong enough to be separate from the Bordelon family, it wasn’t going to last forever. It’s easier to write for a character connected to the larger family/ storylines than having them loosely connected thanks to a child.
But, even with understanding why Ralph Angel and Darla are getting back together, I can’t say I’m happy about it. Primarily due to just loving Deesha as a character so much and considering who Ralph Angel dated after Darla, him being with a woman of his hue, in a romantic sense, was a shock. Since, previous to Deesha, he only had casual sex with women who wouldn’t pass a paper bag test. So, as much as him getting back with Darla shows some signs of maturity, it also presents this idea he is taking a step back.
The same goes for Darla. There is a certain amount of dependence Ralph Angel enables that Darla is comfortable with. So I’m worried that him playing that traditional provider role will make it so, as she heals from this relapse, Ralph Angel might become a bit of a crutch that makes it so her healing, or how she heals, is dependent on him. Thus continuing this cycle of feeling that the men in her life, at the time, have far too much influence on her sobriety and, unlike Blue, not necessarily in a positive way.
Calvin & Nova
With Nova going through all of her exes, I was hoping we’d see Dr. DuBois again since he predicted a lot of what we saw for Nova this season. At least in terms of her being a public figure. Now, did I think they’d get back together? No, since he wanted to play Devil’s advocate when they shared public spaces. However, like she has grown, to a certain point, he could have as well.
Making this long term stop with Calvin a bit frustrating. Maybe it is because she keeps setting aside she was his mistress, how he turned a blind eye to what was going on when he was a cop, among their other issues. Heck, it could be that there is this vibe that he is so willing to bend over backwards for her, and not really hold her accountable, that this relationship doesn’t really have growth potential. It’s just Nova sticking to what’s comfortable,
And that’s not to say she needs someone who challenges her left and right, for who wants a relationship like that? Yet, a part of me feels the relationship between Calvin and Nova is what we’d see if Charley ever decided to be with Jacob. Since there are always parallel going on with this show.
Charley and Jacob’s Plan
Speaking of Jacob, I honestly worry about Charley and the back and forth she has with him. It’s consistent at this point, and while I’m sure Jacob loves the attention from her, there is the need to ask when will he get back at her? She has rejected this man repeatedly, harshly the last time it was done, and frequently asks of him to go against his family without a guarantee she’d be there after all is said and done. Plus, who honestly knows what this man’s intentions are? For what we know, he could just be a spy who knows when to show his belly to the enemy and use what is said to bring back to momma.
Either way, I will be so glad when Charley is no longer trapped in this endless battle with Jacob and his family for it is starting to feel like she is fighting Frankenstein’s monster at this point.
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