What just happened?
No, seriously, guys, what just happened? Better yet, what is Raq doing?
Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 1 Episode 9 has been a roller coaster from start to finish, and this war we’ve been waiting for all season is officially in full swing. So, it’s time to buckle up as we are heading for a crash landing.
Kanan Stark has become full Kanan Stark this hour.
We always knew what Kanan was capable of. The adult man was loyal to himself and only to himself. So, it was weird but also a little refreshing to see him as a kid with a lot more empathy and understanding than his older sibling.
But it’s all officially out the window now.
I waited for the thing that changed Kanan. But as things continue to unfold, I think it feels more like a series of events that ultimately lead to the Kanan that we meet in Power.
In no time, he went from high school student to murderous drug dealer. And it wasn’t the murder of D-Wiz or the bad crack that put Kanan on this particular path. No, he walked slowly the whole way.
And every new thing makes him a whole different person.
He has Raq to thank for that. And she can save us all the talk about wanting better for Kanan, because there were always ways to do it. Do you believe for a second that she thought Kanan had a chance to escape the business as long as he lived under her roof?
This was ALWAYS going to be his life.
Raq’s pep talk to Kanan sounded more like herself than him. Almost as if it was a way of feeling justified in what she asked of her son. Because of course she wasn’t being honest with Kanan, instead creating a narrative around the murder of a man who was damaging to the family.
I am your mother. And I ask you to kill a man.
Raq [to Kana]
But no, Raq, he was a man who hurt you more than anything.
She built a perfect life around the story of Defcon being Kanan’s father, and that outgoing lie, and the fact that he was actually the product of her and a cop would be devastating to her. It would forever change his relationship with his son, and it could have more ramifications for his business as well.
Whether it was a long time ago or not, the idea that Raq was in bed with the police is irrelevant as perception is bad for business.
Raq could feel desperation pouring over Howard as they spoke in the hospital, and the wheels could be seen spinning in his head. She could get rid of Howard and potentially take down Unique all at once, but there was only one person who could get close enough to Howard at that junction to pull the trigger.
And Kanan shoots to kill, which means she orders her sixteen-year-old to shoot her father.
Now Kanan doesn’t know Howard is his father, but this secret needs to come out ASAP. A dozen secrets are floating around and still haven’t seen the light of day, but this one must come out for maximum and maximum drama.
I’m starting to wonder if there is something that can drive a wedge between Raq and Kanan because every time you think, “oh, this is the thing that’s going to tear them apart” they find a way to go. forward.
But Howard’s last words to Kanan might get him to think a little more about why this was the move Raq was so desperate to make.
By wearing Unique’s jacket, it’s clear that she allows someone to spot the outerwear at the scene and point to him as the man who kills a police officer. But will it be that easy to get rid of Unique?
Marvin tried and failed dramatically. Considering the amount of bullets going through this parking lot, it is a miracle that there were hardly any casualties.
Marvin was ready to wage a one-person war against Unique in defense of his little brother. But you can’t give Marvin any props or compassion when you see how he treats another person in his family.
We’ve barely had any scenes between Jukebox and Marvin throughout Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 1. Yet there have been hints along the way that Marvin isn’t just an absent parent in many ways. , but also a troubled parent.
The confrontation between father and daughter is tragic and uncomfortable to watch. Marvin has his hands around Jukebox’s neck, and he’s about to choke the life of his flesh and blood because of his sexuality.
Because she dared to be involved with a woman, it was a crime he had to punish, as if he was a judge and an executioner.
To say that Marvin is disgusting is an understatement of epic proportions. Jukebox has taken so much away from him in such a short time, and just like Kanan, his walk to become the Jukebox we know as adults is starting to make sense.
A conversation with Raq about the importance of remaining friendly with the cops had a lasting effect on her. And add to that the odd relationship she forged with Burke, and you can see why infiltrating the police force was something she would ultimately decide to do.
It was a pretty explosive hour from start to finish. This sets the stage for the final hour, which is expected to include the fallout from Howard’s murder, the escalation of the war and lingering tensions within the family.
Lou-Lou is awake, but what does this touch of death do for him and his ambitions to move forward? On the one hand, it could be the push he needs to distance himself from family or bring him closer as he seeks to protect his family.
Maybe Raq will have the upper hand in this case, but the cost could be significant.
She wanted everyone to remember who she was and where she came from, but in doing so, she definitely changed her son forever.
Everything else you need to know
- Pushing back Symphony wasn’t an unexpected thing for Raq as the heat drew closer and closer, if only because she believed he might become a handicap for the future. I’ve been suspicious of him for so long, but now I’m not sure if his sole purpose was to be a mostly boring love interest.
- Nicole’s parents and their dependents trying to blame Jukebox for Nicole’s overdose were frustrating and sad. Instead of mourning their daughter and trying to come to terms with their own ignorance, they instead choose to blame.
- Talk about being in the right place at the right time! Howard secured a front row seat for an assassination attempt and stepped in easily enough to stop it. And Raq couldn’t even give him an hour before plotting his death.
- RIP Malcolm Howard. The pure definition of complicated. He was not a good person, not really. But whether or not he deserved to die at the hand of his son could be debated. One thing is certain, we will miss Omar Epps!
Once your head stops spinning, join me in the comments and let me know what you can’t wait to see in this year’s final installment!
Will Kanan ever find out he was Howard’s son?
What’s going on next to Unique?
Who do you think might not make it out of the season alive?
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