Last modified on Tue 5 Nov 2019 19.41 GMT. (2019– ). All rights reserved. A small Norwegian town experiencing warm winters and violent downpours seems to be headed for another Ragnarok -- unless someone intervenes in time. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. Stranger Things season 3 is streaming now on Netflix. It is a result of our own doing: We’re left with shows that fail to challenge, stir, and illuminate us in a time when we need them to. Executive producers for the series were set to include Liu, Barbee, Michael B. Jordan, Charles D. … On October 5, 2017, it was announced that Netflixhad given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of nine episodes. https://www.netflix.com/watch/80186941?trackId=254015180, Torn between the latest phones? Adulting is never easy, nor is childhood this comes together with great integrity. At the end of the second-to-last episode it’s revealed Pat is not actually the nice guy he seemed: it’s implied he killed his girlfriend from Iceland, and he most definitely absorbed several other supers from the trip, Dion’s dad and Pat’s own best friend Mark included. It wants to be TV—plus everything else. Why was Pat the only super who got a degenerative condition from his powers? They’re fun and safe but entirely forgettable. Netflix’s latest binge watch focuses on a mother dealing with her superpowered son but we really need to talk about that big twist …, Thu 10 Oct 2019 06.00 BST The Taiwanese-American film producer Dennis Liu was intimately aware of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and of the difficulties people of color faced in getting their projects greenlit. Was this review helpful to you? Furthermore, while the aforementioned two, and the Black Panther film, all star grown men as leads, Raising Dion is notably centered on a young black mother and her young son. The series is based on the comic book of the same name written by Dennis Liu and illustrated by Jason Piperberg. Watching Raising Dion, Netflix’s latest sci-fi series about a gifted 8-year-old with superpowers, there’s one feeling that’s hard to shake: This doesn’t belong here. In the beginning, the streaming wars sparked competition—Hulu and Amazon and HBO all wanted a piece. Dion is a “7-year-old boy” who “starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities.” While his special abilities are “exciting and cool, it’s also something he knows scares his mom, Nicole.” It is in the story of Mark, a scientist, and Nicole, a former dancer, where Raising Dion finds some of its most fertile ground—but it doesn’t happen until episode five. Hope You Survive the Experience. In the last decade, across TV and film, America’s cathedral of heroes offered little access to depictions that sidestepped industry custom—Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor. We’ve fully entered into the era of Just OK—that is, shows that aren't bad but aren’t extraordinary, either. Instead, it feels like Raising Dion pulls a Mad Daenerys twist, favoring shock value over a fully developed arc that could’ve seen Pat be a formidable villain for the second half of the season. The show follows Dion, an 8-year-old boy with superpowers, and his widowed mother, Nicole, as the pair try to grapple with Dion's developing superpowers and the potential new supervillain in their … The story at the center of Raising Dion has struggling mother Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) trying to figure out how to raise her suddenly superhuman son Dion (Ja’Siah Young), all while job-hunting and mourning her dead husband Mark (Michael B Jordan). There was comfort in the volume. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Part of the problem is the cacophony. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Does the storm retain memories of its past host, and does Brayden now know about the dozens of other supers from Mark’s research? There’s Nicole’s (Alisha Wainwright) story, about a grieving single mother who is trying to rebuild her life in the face of unexpected loss. Is Iceland really just rotting away after the meteor shower? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. High school outcast Josh is searching for his missing girlfriend in post apocalyptic Glendale. The idea soon caught on, and what resulted from Liu’s unconventional marketing is Netflix’s nine-episode Raising Dion, written by Carol Barbee and directed by Liu himself. Is that why it’s attracted to Pat and Brayden, who both demonstrate that they’re unable to control their rage (particularly around women)? Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? 88 of 132 people found this review helpful. On top of that, there is the narrative of Dion’s dad Mark (Michael B. Jordan, who also serves as executive producer), which is relayed through flashbacks—memories that, at first, are romanticized but slowly expand to fully detail how Jordan’s character died trying to save a woman’s life in New Orleans. Newly enrolled at an Atlanta elementary school, he is one of two black students and struggles with acceptance (the other, more popular one, Chris, has a YouTube channel, which is a point of envy).