I can appreciate great narrative as I write short novels. I was concerned and related to each character. And the show did not have to depend on a gripping drug storyline like the Netflix hit show ‘Breaking Bad‘.
Queen Sugar is a TV drama on OWN network and is set on a 800 acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana. It follows the lives of three siblings who claim an inheritance from their recently deceased father. Adapted from the book written by Natalie Baszile. It was created, directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, who is best known for her compelling documentary ‘13th‘ which was released on Neflix in 2016. That explored the racial inequality found in American prisons. She has a long list of successful films under her belt such as ‘Selma‘ and ‘Middle of Nowhere‘
In this blog post I will share my opinions on the three siblings, starting with:
He is the youngest out of the three siblings. He has a son called Blue and was a convict who found himself struggling to find work. After watching the first two seasons I found myself frustrated at Ralph-Angel’s tantrums and tumultuous moods. But then, after a while I began to feel sympathy for him. Through his character we as an audience are exposed to challenging themes of manhood. We get the pleasure of watching Ralph-Angel grow into a man who begins to openly embrace new responsibilities and make mistakes…lots of mistakes. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a flawed character?? I found myself screaming at the TV, shaking my head and even getting up and walking away! It was hilarious.
Next up is:
Charlie Bordelon West
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Charlie’s character. Out of the three siblings she was the only who got married, hence the West at the end of her name. She has a son called Michah and was a Sports manager who managed her husbands career as a Basketball player. But unlike her youngest brother she displayed so much strength and resilience that it was simply admirable. Just after her whole world came tumbling down after a shocking revelation. She made some questionable choices that just added to her mystique. And it is left to the audience to judge whether she is a good or a bad person. But in comparison to the other women on the show, she seems to be the most strong willed and the fighter of the family.
Last but not least is:
Out of the three siblings she has never been married and has no children. She is a journalist, activist and herbal healer. She really tested my patience. In comparison to her brother, it’s hard to say who was the most annoying. It’s safe to say that her character explores themes of indecisiveness. I can personally relate to her character and I’m sure anyone in their twenty’s can. She went through an identity crisis and seemed to reach crossroads at every turn. Plus her bedroom was also a revolving door. But she is an advocate for her community, her people and in touch with her ancestry. I am hoping in this current season we start to see some stability in her character and in her choices.
There are many more characters in this show but to refrain from spoilers and making this a long read, I decided to focus on the main characters. Themes of oppression down in the south and police injustice and brutality is interweaved, making this a social conscious show. But it is expected from Ava DuVernay.
Overall I rate this show a 10/10 and that is rare coming from me. You can check it out on the OWN network or a streaming service. Keep an eye out for other reviews and feel free to follow my blog so that you can be alerted.