Raven’s Home: Season 2/ Episode 12 “Sleevemore – Part One: Frozen” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Nia after getting Booker's powers.
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In this episode, so begins the need to question if Disney buying Marvel, and now having the X-Men, might have affected Raven’s Home.


Network
Disney Channel
Director(s) Jody Margolin Hahn
Writer(s) Jacqueline McKinley, Antonia March
Air Date 9/21/2018
Characters Introduced
Dr. Sleevemore Brian George
Leslie Mia Sinclair Jenness
Miles Faly Rakotohavana
Serenity ?
Jasmine Kylie Cantrall

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The Problem With Being A Twin/ Freeze: Booker, Nia, Levi

Though fraternal twins, not identical, the association still leads to moments in which Nia and Booker are forced to share. If not accidentally saying, doing, or having the same thing. It begins with how they dress, then what they want to do, inspired by their dad, and when they are forced to share doing morning announcements, it seems to become a bit much for Booker.

I’m talking to the point where, when Booker has a vision, it seems his mind is so clouded by the arguments his vision freezes. Which is a problem for Levi since he is seen levitating in this vision and that’s kind of scary.

Commentary

Raven finding her twins wearing the same thing cute.
Raven: I love it when my little twinsies dress alike.

Um, Raven was flipping out nearly every episode of That’s So Raven yet never had vision problems? Could it be visions get weaker with each generation or, as sort of hinted to, since Booker is a twin, it makes his visions are not as strong as they perhaps should be? This is all quite curious.

Meet Dr. Sleevemore: Dr. Sleevemore, Raven, Leslie, Miles, Nia, Booker

Apparently, back in San Francisco, Raven went to a psychic doctor. Yeah, despite all the secrecy around having powers, there is a man who either finds, or advertises, him helping psychic children. Not just of the vision variety either. We see kids who can freeze water, have power of suggestion, like Miles, can manifest electrical currents, and can levitate things like Leslie.

Yeah, Raven’s Home goes full-on sci-fi. However, what matters is Dr. Sleevemore’s experience doesn’t help him explain what is going on with Booker. So the only thing he figures can be done is some testing for now.

Commentary

Brian George as Dr. Sleevemore.

One of the things I’m increasingly not liking about Raven’s Home is that it will introduce kids like the ones we see in this episode, and I can guarantee we won’t ever again after this three-episode arc. But, unlike the kids before, who could be friends or love interest, this episode pretty much introduces the X-Men. Making me wonder, is this a backdoor pilot of some kind? A quick Google search doesn’t show anything but it wouldn’t be surprising for Disney Channel to eventually have a live-action comedy, on the Disney Channel, featuring members of the X-Men. They did buy the property and they could develop these kids into any one of the hundred of mutants already established. Just with them taking a lighter approach to these particular characters.

Not to pretend like this likely wasn’t written long before the deal went through but things change. You never know.

Swapping: Dr. Jasmine, Levi, Raven, Booker, Nia, Dr. Sleevemore, Serenity, Leslie

I don’t know what exactly Chelsea is willing to do, but I think everyone could agree Levi needs to learn boundaries and how to listen. For between him deciding to enter a room with a loud noise, causing Raven to rip a piece of art, and him destroying a sculpture, the boy is asking to be yelled at. To make matters worse, as Dr. Sleevemore’s granddaughter, Dr. Jasmine, is trying to clean Booker’s visions, because you can apparently drain visions out of someone’s head, Levi decides to play with some glass containers. Which was fine, at first, but despite being told to stop repeatedly, it even being yelled, he continues to do so. Leading to Leslie having to lift him up to get him to stop.

Problem is, the damage was done and Serenity, who has limited control over her electric powers, ends up shocking Raven’s metallic shoes, she bumps into Leslie, she flings Levi into the beaker which has Booker’s powers, and the beaker breaks. Leading his powers to fly all over until they enter Nia.

Commentary

Levi playing with glass beakers and making music.
Levi: Look, I am musically inclined.

Levi is adorable but sometimes it’s easy to forget how annoying he can be. Then again, look at his mom. Chelsea is the kind of mom who placates her son and we’ve seen how Levi, to Raven, will occasionally mouth off. Almost to the point of making it seem Raven’s Home has a few ethnic jokes in play. Take for instance, as mentioned before, how proper Nia and Booker are yet Tess is kind of hood. The fact Chelsea and Raven are single mothers, Raven a single mom of two, yet look at how much more behaved her two Black children are compared to Levi?

I’m not saying someone is trying to slide these ideas into play but I’m not saying this isn’t a thought either. But, back to the big picture: How in the world did they discover a way to suck powers out of someone, that you can filter it, then put it back in? This is why this seems like a backdoor pilot for Dr. Sleevemore’s work really can’t get its justice if given a small arc and then he goes POOF.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Considering they are in Chicago now, and Dr. Sleevemore began practicing in San Francisco, how many psychics are there?
  2. Is this show secretly part of the Marvel universe? Of the ilk that Cloak and Dagger and The Runaways are? Not part of the larger MCU, but made where it could be integrated?

On The Fence

  1. While meeting other kids with powers different from Raven and Booker is cool, the issue of this likely only going to be addressed for a few episodes and never again sucks.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Season 2/ Episode 12 “Sleevemore – Part Two: Found”

With Nia having Booker’s visions, he is forced to find something else to make him special. Meanwhile, someone plots to steal those visions.

Season 2/ Episode 12 “Sleevemore – Part One: Frozen”

In this episode, so begins the need to question if Disney buying Marvel, and now having the X-Men, might have affected Raven’s Home.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Baxter’s Back”

Raven returns to Disney in Raven’s Home and while the formula is mostly the same, there is some adaptation to the more mature direction Disney is going.

Season 1/ Episode 2 “Big Trouble in Little Apartment”

Watching Raven's Home may require the older folks to adjust that Raven isn't trying to appeal to you but rather the kids you pay the bills for.

Season 1/ Episode 3 “The Baxters Get Bounced”

While the jokes keep coming, a handful of serious moments remind you of some of the issues Raven is facing raising a family on her own.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “The Bearer of Dad News”

Devon officially moves to Texas and one of the things the twins have to remember him by gets thrown out and destroyed — by Chelsea.

Season 1/ Episode 5 “You’re Gonna Get It”

Nia finds out she has a knack for makeup. Problem is, Raven thinks she is way to young to be playing with her expensive products.

Season 1/ Episode 6 “Adventures In Mommy-Sitting”

Being single mothers raising kids who, at most, are 11, is stressful and tiring. So, Raven and Chelsea decide to go out and trust the kids to be left alone.

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Dancing Tween”

As Chelsea cements the idea she isn’t a complete airhead, Raven tries to be supermom and Nia expresses some anxiety about the 6th-grade dance.

Season 1/ Episode 8 “Vending the Rules”

As Chelsea is forced by Raven to face what Garret did to her life, we learn Levi is beginning to walk in his father’s footsteps.

Season 1/ Episode 9 “In-vision of Privacy”

On this episode of Raven's Home, Chelsea and Raven clash over their parenting styles. Also, we learn Tess has a crush on someone!

Season 1/ Episode 10 “Fears of a Clown”

Raven comes face to face with one of her biggest fears: Clowns. Meanwhile, the kids make a new friend with said new clown’s son.

Season 1/ Episode 11 “The Baxtercism of Levi Grayson”

While there isn’t much in the way of story progress, there is some insight into Tess' relationship with the Baxters.

Season 1/ Episode 12 “Dream Moms”

As Nia pursues trying to see if she may have powers to, the boys are trying to show their moms they are appreciated.

Season 1/ Episode 13 “Vest in Show”

Season 1 of Raven’s Home comes to an end with Raven making a bold and scary decision. One which Booker attributed to.

Season 1

After being away for a decade, Raven Symone returns to the Disney Channel & quickly adapts to the culture change since That’s So Raven ended.

Season 2, Episode 1 “The Falcon and the Raven (Part One)”

Booker finds himself with Raven’s money and it seems either he’ll have to tell a gigantic lie or tell the truth about his visions.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “The Falcon and the Raven (Part Two)”

With Booker revealing he is psychic, and Raven sharing she is, it brings them closer and makes Nia feel more left out than ever.

Season 2/ Episode 3 “Because”

With Booker craving popularity and more friends, he decides using being psychic may help – but it attracts only the wrong kind of attention.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Cop To It”

With new building owners comes a whole new set of problems for Raven, beyond just paying the rent on time.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Weirder Things”

It’s a hijinks episode featuring a Disney version of Stranger Things and Raven getting her weave sewn in. Oh, and Chelsea being weird.

Season 2/ Episode 6 “The Missteps”

As Nia follows in Raven’s footsteps and gets into stepping at school, Booker learns he has visions in his sleep.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “All Sewn Up”

Being that Raven’s home is usually cash-strapped, she tries to teach her kids about saving. However, Nia and Booker give into temptations.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “Oh Father, Where Art Thou”

We finally get to meet one of Tess’ parents, as the school hosts a father/daughter dance.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “The Trouble with Levi”

As Raven and Chelsea deal with their hoarding, with Nia's assistance, Levi and Booker deal with spending too much time together.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Head Over Heels”

As Raven finally gets around to starting her fashion line, the kids find themselves learning about the difficulties of the disabled.

Season 2/ Episode 11 “The Most Interesting Mom in the World”

In this episode, we’re reminded it takes a lot of work, and sometimes a lot of day jobs, to reach your dreams.


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