Raising Dion: a review


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MIND MOVER. Dion first discovers his powers by accidentally dropping his cereal bowl. Not even Dion can fully comprehend his powers. 

   “Raising Dion,” is another series in a long line of superhero movies/ series. While it may not be the peak of storytelling, it is still a pleasant experience that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a new kind of superhero origin story.

   The story follows Nicole Warren (Alisha Wainwright), a widowed single mother who is trying to adjust to life without her husband (Michael B. Jordan) while also trying to be a good mother to her seven-year-old son Dion ( Ja’Siah Young).

While having a seven-year-old can be troublesome in it of itself, it becomes even more difficult when Nicole learns that Dion has superpowers. His powers ranging from telekinesis, turning invisible, teleporting, shooting energy beams and more.

   Throughout the series, Nicole tries to keep Dion’s abilities a secret with the help of Pat (Jason Ritter), Her husband’s best friend and colleague. Pat is a connoisseur of everything “superhero” related and is also a scientist, giving some logic or sense to Dion’s abilities.

   The show mainly focuses on a mundane day to day aspects of life for Nicole to help raise her “gifted” son like making sure that the house is “float proof” and that Dion learns how to use his abilities responsibly; However, the series also has an over looming threat to keep tension and suspense through the series.

   The first threat being the risk of Dion exposing his powers to the public was the sinister climate monitoring company Biona will take Dion and do horrible experiments on him. The Second and most mysterious threat is the man in the lighting, but throughout the show is called “The Crooked Man.” A name coined by Dion himself.

   The Crooked Man is this living storm that when multiple lightning strikes happen they make an outline of a “Crooked Man.” The Crooked Man hunting other superpowered people like Dion throughout the country, but he is also responsible for Nicole’s husband’s death.

    The show at times is tonally inconsistent, in one moment it is goofy and light-hearted, then it is suddenly serious and somewhat bleak. You never really know if you should take some moments seriously throughout the show. While some shows like “Stranger things” balance these two tones by having the beginning of the series starts off light-hearted and progressively get darker as the season goes on; Raising Dion switches back and forth on these tones at will, which ultimately gave me tonal whiplash.

   Raising Dion is a decent story that puts an interesting spin on the classic superhero origin, the story was overall light and easy to watch. For those who are starting to suffer from superhero fatigue, Raising Dion might be a good watch for you.