OK, so the first scene of the pilot sells me cold. It opens with a shot of dreadlocks. Thank you Ava. I should just end this recap here. I’m so satisfied.
The first scene of the pilot sells me cold.
Character first impressions
This is based on the TV show. I haven’t read the book… yet.
Nova behaves like the most socially conscious and spiritual sibling. She seems as if she could put a root on somebody, or contact some ancestors to make sure folks get healed right-proper of whatever ails ‘em. Appears this journalist also has the herb to help folks cope with illness. Or sell. I think she’s the social-justice minded neighborhood weed woman. A business woman who might have a knack for growing things from the Earth. she’s also sleeping with some white man… Who I think might be a cop…
The opening scene with Nova and her lover, a white man (at least he looks white…never can tell with all the varied hues of black folks) with a scrumptious looking salt and pepper beard. He’s also a detective. So what I’m wondering is why is Nova encouraging one of her customers to attend a rally against police brutality or against some injustice. It wasn’t stated outright, but implied. Meanwhile, Nova is sleeping with a detective. Can’t help but wonder what kind of dissonance that creates in her mind.
Ralph Angel, six months out of prison. (Why the young brotha gotta be fresh from incarceration?!) Not sure what made him a ne’er do well (or even if he is actually a ne’er do well or just caught a case for something he didn’t do), but he has a son named Blue who he’s trying to teach about discipline. Ralph Angel asks Blue to wait on a bench… And count every five plays before he eats the last churros. (Ralph Angel gets points for feeding his kid churros and letting him play with a girl-doll with matted hair) While Blue is counting plays, Ralph Angel—beacon of discipline—robs a store right across the street from the park… And tries to give the cash to *aunt* for keeping his son. My guess is he wants to feel like he’s making a contribution to those around him. It appears he can’t seem to find work. Not sure if he’s really looking, though. No scenes depict that.
Mom is not in the picture… Early on it seemed she might be a ne’er do well as well. Turns out she is a recovering addict. Now she wants more visits with her son… She says she did really well on a test which will allow her to get a job with the city. She can even make $15.15 or so an hour.
Charley Bordelon-West, is living the glamorous life in California with her husband, Davis, a basketball player for the Los Angeles Gladiators. I’m all ready to high-five the sista, but remember Queen Sugar is a drama, I know some mess ain’t too far away.
Five team members get caught up in a scandal. They’re accused of raping a woman with whom they’ve had previous sexual contact. *There was surveillance video showing the five team members with the accuser, but Davis wasn’t among them. Charley’s husband is the Gladiators’ team captain. First reports said he was not involved in this alleged rape… But it turns out surveillance video shows him with the rest of the accused… old boy takes the passed out accuser, throws her over his shoulder, gropes her bootie then enters a room where the victim says they raped her. Thing is, this video went viral during the middle of a basketball game… and yes Charley took the court to call him out! LAMF [That means Lying @$$… mo-fo]. More video ops to feed TROTS (Them Reporters on the Story) and the ever-thirsty news cycle. But go figure… While Charley’s dad is having a stroke… She’s finding out about her husbands possible indiscretion.
According to the storyline, she’s been telling her dad that she will come back to Louisiana to fix whatever issues he is having with the farm… Sounds like they might be financial ones. But Charley’s promised to help him fix what is ailing the sugarcane farm near New Orleans.
So little Blue has a birthday party… Complete with the cake… His teacher, who all the students love, brought some tidbits for the party. One little girl was fascinated with Ernest Bordelon, Blue’s grandpa, as he played a card trick with her. He was doing fine, even sang happy birthday over cake.
Speaking of cake, one of my favorite shots in this episode… when Ralph Angel was carrying the cake toward a table, slowly placed it down and slid it toward his son. The closeup shots of loving looks between a father who wants the best for his son, and a son who knows he’s loved by his father was priceless. Thank you Ava… for the dreadlocks and those lovely face shots.
So back to the little girl who liked Grandpa Bordelon’s card trick. Homegirl went to say goodbye after the party. Ernest was asleep in the same chair, but she couldn’t wake him up. That’s when she figured something was wrong. Turns out he had a stroke…
There’s the *aunt…* Violet Bordelon…. She and her man Hollywood Desonier seem to be the solid couple in the mix. Hollywood even “complains” she breaks his back something’ tough. Vi was the one who called Charley’s son, Micah, asked him to take charge, and get his mamma to Louisiana. Turns out Charley was too late… Because I think Ernest Bordelon died just before she got to the hospital.
Closing scene… Charley is walking in the fields of her dad’s farm… and apologizes to the sky for not coming home sooner. I must say, she looked an awful lot like Olivia Pope and she said “I’m sorry daddy… I’ll fix it.”
This episode tells how these three estranged siblings reunite.
- Why does Ralph Angel detest Blue’s mom? Seems like there was once love there, which has since morphed into “girl, bye.”
- What’s the story behind Blue’s doll? One brief look told a whole story while Ralph Angel and Blue were in the park. Daddy tolerates his son’s doll… I believe the rest of that story is forthcoming.
- Ernest Bordelon hasn’t planted on his farm in years. What will become of it? By virtue of the family name, I’m guessing they’ll do something. According to houseofnames.com, Bordelon means dweller on the farm. Not sure how accurate that is, but it sounds good and makes sense because, after all, the story centers around a farm.
Opening scene with Michelle Ndegocello’s voice. Soothing sultry calm voice. I’ve always liked her warm vocal vibe. Captured my most appreciative ears, just like those dreadlocks captured my eyes. Thank you Ava.
Jidenna’s “Long Live the Chief” during the basketball scene, and the I have no explanation about the music except *LOVE*.