It is a solid sequel to its predecessor.
Raising Dion 2 is a charming, familiar journey. The story is straightforward and can be viewed from far away. The journey is well worth it, however, because of the new areas of interest.
The second season of the series follows Nicole Reese’s (Alisha Wainwright), and her 10-year-old son Dion (Ja’Siah) ongoing efforts to balance everyday life with the supernatural. The struggle this time is easier thanks to some key changes. Nicole’s promising career in graphic design has helped her finances. Dion is protected by a better support system that includes family members and friends. BIOMA, the company which previously sought Dion’s gifts, now offers services such as training sessions and temporary housing to “powered” individuals.
It is obvious from the beginning that Raising Dion has two seasons. The first season was an origin. However, the discovery of latent abilities led us to an exciting but dreadful period. This season, however, offers an experienced perspective. A more confident and older Dion has learned how to manage his powers. However, life is not always easy. Raising Dion is a fascinating story. The conflicting perspectives of a super parent and a concerned parent still dominate most of the drama.
Raising Dion expanded this entertaining element to include several returning and new characters. The story of Simone Carr (Tracey Boner) and Janelle (Aubriana Davies), is a secondary thread that’s worth mentioning. It explores possible prejudices one might face given their circumstances. These include inward and external struggles. The story is told in a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship, and shares a perspective on racial and cultural issues. There’s also a solid scene that addresses the consequences of calling the police on Black people they perceive as a threat.
The show is constantly evolving, just like Dion’s powers. It’s easier to pace the show when you don’t have an origin story. It’s a treat to enjoy the enhanced special effects. The child acting, specifically Young’s, has improved. Sammi Haney’s portrayal as Esperanza Jimenez by Sammi Haney is just as charming as ever. Both Griffin Robert Faulkner (and Davis) give convincing performances as Janelle, the super-teen Janelle and the troubled Brayden mills.
Adults fare slightly better. Wainwright does a fantastic job as Dion’s mom. Young’s performance is stronger than Wainwright’s, which results in some of the most heartbreaking scenes on the show. They aren’t outdone, however, by Jazmyn Simon’s portrayal Kat, Nicole’s sibling; she still steals every scene.
Although this season of Raising Dion is a better one than the last, it has its problems. One of these is its familiarity. It’s a superhero show that hits the same notes. It lacks any powerful revelation or twist, which is something that is hinted at by a glossed over Civil War reference. This makes it less unique than Season 1. This is also tied to the treatment given to the main “villain”. As horrible as their actions may be, their motivations are not. It is not enough to raise the stakes for the possible fallout after their victory. They appear to exist only to serve a purpose before they can be used to reset the world.
There are some funny moments, but they don’t always have to be related to the child actors. They are charming and adorable onscreen, but not to the point that they diminish their charm. The problem is mainly how certain sequences or moments before are handled. This can be difficult for families and kids to watch.
Raising Dion Season 2 is a step up from the previous season. The show continues to tell a decent story about a superhero, but the best bits are still the show’s family dynamic. The cast shines and there are many laughs. Also, the special effects enhance the viewing experience. Although the show treads some familiar ground, it can be a little corny at times. Despite that, Raising Dion is charming. It should entertain well into Season 3.