MMT Minute Thoughts on RAISING DION season 2

Released today on Netflix is season two of the hit series RAISING DION, based on the comic book/short film of the same name by the show’s executive producer Dennis Liu.

The story picks up two years after Dion (Ja’Siah Young) has defeated the “Crooked Man” (Jason Ritter) and follows as he continues to learn and harness his powers, including working with new Biona trainer Tevin (Rome Flynn, “Heeeey Zende!” The Bold & The Beautiful fans know), and navigate relationships old and new – including a new mysterious friend name Brayden (Griffin Robert Faulkner) who poses more of a threat than he presents (those who’ve seen season one already know).

With his mother’s (Alisha Wainwright) support, a couple of newcomers, including misunderstood teenager Janelle (Aubriana Davis), and natural determination, Dion must overcome inner turmoil and take on his toughest challenge yet.

This second chapter is just as, if not more, exciting than the first – filled with smart and age-appropriate social commentary regarding Black lives and their treatment by those in positions of authority – with Janelle’s character in particular serving as an example of being misjudged and her actions misinterpreted as solely violent.

The superhero “feel” is also more prominent this time around with Dion more confident in his gift, although still learning to control it completely, and the addition of other powered people.

The writers are also adept at making the show fun, mysterious, and without an unnecessary amount of violence, leading to a family-friendly watch that is satisfying to both young and old.

“Raising Dion” is a strongly recommended watch, with great moral lessons, highly entertaining moments – yes, little miss Esperanza (Sammi Haney) is back and belting a tune or two – and a beautifully diverse cast. I rate it 4 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.

RAISING DION season 2 is streaming now on Netflix.

Until next thought, Thomasena

PS: Look out for the post-credit scene after the final episode! 😉

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