Queen Sugar – Season 2 Wrap-Up

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Well, it’s been a week and I think I’m almost done processing Season 2 and the finale of my absolute favorite show, Queen Sugar!

If you haven’t ever watched Queen Sugar (and I don’t know who you are), you are missing out on one of the most NECESSARY shows of this time.

Oprah and Ava DuVernay have literally created art on television that shows African-Americans loving, learning and forgiving in a healthy way.  The Bordelon family definitely took us viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with highs, lows, joy, pain, laughter and disbelief.

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America’s favorite couple, Hollywood and Aunt Vi, brought us so much joy this season that I found myself cheesing all throughout the season each time they came on the screen. Whether they were hugging, caressing, kissing, or cooking pies together, this beautiful Black couple showed us that they are the epitome of “grown-folks” love.

With Hollywood eventually getting his official divorce decree, they were finally able to move to the next level.  And it was truly a beautiful moment to watch Hollywood profess his love and finally propose to Aunt Vi!  But what made it even sweeter is that moments before, Hollywood received news that he would be receiving a huge check from his former employer. When he looked into Aunt Vi’s eyes and said, “Baby, we rich,” and then a few moments later, he proposed, it was a such a majestic moment.

The oldest Bordelon sibling, Nova, spent this entire season both searching and running from love.  I think I was just as exhausted as she was by the end of the season. When Nova meets Dr. Robert Dubois, an epidemiologist at a symposium in Atlanta, it seemed like she’d finally made a love connection. However, by a few episodes later, it became evident that Nova felt that Robert was a great guy, just not the guy for her. Robert felt that Nova had so much potential and that together they could conquer the world. He had so many dreams for Nova and saw so much possibility for them as a team.  But no matter what he thought or felt, Nova let him know that she didn’t need him dreaming for her. And after that, she promptly gave him his walking papers. Enter Calvin. I’d been wondering what happened to Calvin all season. It seemed like he had possibly left his wife and wanted to finally be with Nova. But for most of the season, he’d been ghost. But when Calvin finally made his entrance, Nova was drawn to him like a magnet. They finally had “the talk” that they needed to have. But when she told him, “For you, I’m freedom but for me, you’re prison,” it was beyond evident that they could never have a future together.

The middle sibling, Charley, seemed like no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t catch a break. After she finally got her mill up and running, one of her machines briefly choked, causing her to have a nervous breakdown smack in the middle of her grand opening. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her archenemies, the Boudreaux family, eventually convinced practically all of her farmers to stop milling with her.  By the end of the season, Charley was left with only three farmers milling with Queen Sugar. Forced to make a quick decision, she finally decided that “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  She told Ralph Angel that they would have to begin milling with the Boudreaux family in order to finally slaughter them at their game. But when she confided in her boyfriend, Remy, about her plan, he decided that he was completely done with Charley, business-wise and personal.

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During this particular season, the youngest Bordelon sibling, Ralph Angel, endured enough drama to last a lifetime.   I think for most people (as well as myself) the most jaw-dropping scene was when Ralph Angel’s fiance, Darla, confessed that Blue might not be his son. The sheer look of pain on Ralph Angel’s face was enough to make anyone cry right along with him. As expected, Ralph Angel was truly distraught and couldn’t seem to move past Darla’s deceit. Ralph Angel internalized the pain for some time and then finally went looking for Darla when he was ready to talk.  All of us viewers waited with bated breath as Ralph Angel journeyed from motels to crack houses looking for Darla after she seemingly disappeared. Had she relapsed? Did she skip town and go home to her parents? Did she commit suicide? But thank God after plenty of searching, Ralph Angel finally found her swimming at the local YMCA.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see someone swimming laps in a pool.  So a big kudos goes to Darla for releasing her pain in a healthy way.  That particular scene between those two was without a doubt the most intense scene of the season.  To see the pain on their faces as they dealt with betrayal, hurt, and the ending of a relationship was crushing.  And for the first time ever in his life, Ralph Angel stopped with the whisper-talking and actually talked in a regular voice. He even yelled at the top of his lungs. That alone left me in a state of shock for about three days. Ralph Angel actually screamed?! What the dickens?  It just shows that Ralph Angel is a multi-layered character and Kofi Siriboe’s acting skills are off da’ chain!  Oh, TRUST ME when I tell you that many Emmys are in Kofi’s future!

He further proved that his chops are untouchable with the most beautiful scene between Ralph Angel and Blue. The two were talking about how Blue got his name and Ralph Angel uttered the most beautiful lines ever delivered in television history; Blue is the sky. Blue is the ocean. Blue is everything good. That’s you, son. Everything good. Cue the tissue box because tears were flowing ’round the world when those lines were delivered. What an amazing and loving way to end the season; the unconditional love and unbreakable bond between father and son.

As always, Queen Sugar has proven that no matter what challenges life may bring, family will always be there for each other. I’m already missing the Bordelon family and am eagerly anticipating season 3!

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