Queen Sugar is back and already has me grabbing my imaginery pearls. I decided to binge-watch episode 1, “A Rock, A River, A Tree”, and episode 2, “Of Their Sojourn Here’, and I’m already on edge about where season 3 is taking us. Here’s a rundown of my episode 1 and 2 thoughts about the Bordelon children:
Charley and Micah have moved into a huge house that is definitely more Charley’s style than the apartment on the Queen Sugar Mill grounds. We find out that she’s been looking into the officer that arrested and assaulted Micah, last season, with a private investigator. She finally has a name, Officer Orson, and finds out that this wasn’t a one-off incident, as we all could have predicted, as Officer Orson regularly targets and assaults young black men. Charley confirms she wants the private investigator to leak the footage of Officer Orson assaulting an unknown victim as she’s on a mission to make him pay for what he did to Micah. I knew all too well that Charley wasn't going to discuss this with Micah before choosing to leak the footage, which I definitely think was a misstep. Perhaps she knew Micah would try to talk her out of it but I think it would've been kinder to make him aware, at the very least, so he wouldn't have had to find out when everyone else did. As much as she is angry about what Officer Orson did to her son, it happened to Micah not her and I appreciated West highlighting to her that Micah's feelings about this were missed during her decision-making.
We also see Charley continuing with her plan to destroy the Landry family. She signs the deal to hand over the ownership of Queen Sugar to them and also now has 1% ownership in the Landry mill. She will remain the face of Queen Sugar to keep up the facade of being the sole owner and managed to secure the discounts for the black farmers. Remy continues to make sure Charley knows that he is disappointed with her actions as he distances himself from the family. I hope that Charley succeeds at destroying the Landry family but I don’t doubt that there will be casualties on the road to victory. She has already lost her relationship and friendship with Remy and when the black farmers and the rest of her family find out about the deal, which is inevitable, there will be a huge fall out. She might make it to the finishing line before they found out but it’s highly unlikely as what would be the fun in that?! In term of Jacob, I hope she doesn't have to sleep with him to keep him "sweet" but it's pretty obvious that he's leading her to that. How many times will she be able to delay this, unless she actually wants to sleep with him?! *sips tea*
Nova is back to doing what she does best; fighting for the black community and being there for her family. I'm glad to see that she has been offered a six-figure book deal and college speaking tour as she definitely deserves it but I don’t know why I felt untrusting towards the women from the book agency. Hopefully everything is above board with that contract! As expected, Nova being Nova, she hesitates and decides to take some time to think it over. Does she really want her essays to be published in a book? Does she want to be in the spotlight? We already saw her struggle with this last season so it will be interesting to watch if she chooses to take the deal. I mean it does seem like she will as she quits her job at the paper, at the end of episode 2, due to the mess with her original article being edited to cater to the paper's conservative audience and advertisers. This came after that inspirational speech by Aunt Vi regarding her succeeding with her pie business, “I will not be sidelined, sidetracked or sidestepped or put in the damned corner to wait my turn. Not another day. It’s my time.” We saw Nova's face light up as it gave her the courage she needed to decide what the next step would be for her career.
Ralph Angel and Blue are going through a tough time at the moment. Blue is acting out at school and at home due to the temporary departure of Darla, and the breakdown of his parents' relationship. Ralph Angel is angry and impatient as he struggles with the pain he feels regarding Darla's betrayal and Blue's paternity. Unfortunately, after taking a paternity test, Ralph Angel finds out that Blue is not his biological child. The scene is heartbreaking as he processes this news, whilst being comforted by Charley and Nova. Ralph Angel and Blue’s bond is admirable and I hope Ralph Angel will eventually be able to heal from this revelation. Right now, he needs to focus on being the best father to Blue and on the possibility that his parole could be reduced down to three months. Can Ralph Angel keep it together? He's drinking and playing the field at the moment so we’ll have to wait and see about that and whether him and Darla reconcile.
All three of the Bordelon children have huge decisions to make regarding their personal and professional lives. It’s going to be interesting to watch and I already can’t wait for this week’s episode.
Side note: Aunt Vi's speech really touched me and gave me the boost I need to carry on the path I'm currently on.
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