Note: contains MAJOR spoilers for Netflix's Raising Dion.
Ever since it was announced that Marvel's Michael B Jordan was working on a brand new series for Netflix (he both appears in the series and is an exec producer), his fanboys and girls were patiently waiting for its arrival.
Raising Dion, which is based on Dennis Liu's comic book and short film of the same name, follows seven-year-old Dion, a boy who has inherited super powers from his dad. We're talking telekinesis, invisibility, teleportation and the ability to heal, among others.
Pretty cool, right? Except a dangerous lightning man (or "crooked man", as Dion called him), attempted to take his powers away, which would involve the show's lead becoming trapped inside a cruel and unforgiving storm.
It happened to numerous other people with superhuman capabilities, such as Charlotte, and of course Dion's dad, Mark, who tried multiple times to break free. But the malevolent energy was too powerful and managed to pull him back every time.
And while Dion, his mum Nicole and their A-team managed to defeat the nefarious energy which had possessed Pat and forced him to do its evil bidding, the spirit lived on.
The show's closing scene involved Brayden, a young boy who had also inherited super powers from his dad, becoming possessed just like Pat.
Clearly there's scope for a lot more, but will Raising Dion be back for round two? Here's everything you need to know.
Raising Dion season 2 release date: When will it air?
Season two has been officially confirmed by Netflix, with co-creator and showrunner Carol Barbee back on board for the show's second chapter.
Michael B Jordan will also be back as executive producer.
Raising Dion came in at number 10 on Netflix's most popular US series releases of 2019, so it's hardly a surprise that they're bringing it back for round two.
There isn't currently a release date on the table – production is set to begin during 2020 – but as soon as we know we'll pop it right here.
The announcement was made via a video featuring Senegalese artist Bou Bou painting a portrait of Dion and his mum Nicole.
As for what will happen in the eight one-hour episodes, this is what Barbee had to say: "One of my favourite aspects of that is watching Dion watch his parents. I would love to be able to have them have that moment again, just for Dion's sake, if and when a season two comes along."
Raising Dion season 2 cast: Who's in it?
The key players managed to survive the events of the series' debut run, so all of the following will be back: Dion (Ja'Siah Young), Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), Esperanza (Sammi Haney), Suzanne (Ali Ahn) and auntie Kat (Jazmyn Simon).
Chatting about reprising her role to San Antonio Express News, Sammi Haney said: "It's actually really exciting. I can't wait to do it, and acting is actually very fun."
And clearly Haney made quite the impression on showrunner Barbee: "She doesn't lead with the chair. She lights up the screen and makes you fall in love with Esperanza."
Wainwright also spoke to Brief Take about what she enjoyed most about working on Raising Dion.
"I would say that my primary takeaway from the show is obviously the gratitude that it's being received well, but that I get to meet all of these wonderful, talented, creative people in my industry and build my confidence in myself," she said.
She also discussed if she feels a sense of responsibility as the one of the show's leads: "The funny thing is that you don't think about it that way, you just try to be a representation of what you would like other people to do around you, which is to be positive and checking in with people, making sure everyone has what they need... treat others how you want to be treated without making too much of a fuss about it.
"Don't put your head down, make eye contact, and shake hands because people appreciate and respect that, but not to complain and not to ignore when something isn't going right but to be positive and work together toward making a piece of art."
We'd also expect Jordan to return as Dion's father Mark, and fingers crossed we get to see Charlotte (Deirdre Lovejoy) again.
The pair have both been imprisoned by the crooked man, but could we see them released if Dion finds a way to defeat the force?
It feels unlikely that Pat (Jason Ritter) will be back, however, following the events of the big battle at the end of season one when he appeared to vapourise into thin air.
Raising Dion season 2 plot: What will it be about?
Raising Dion season one threw a lot of different ideas at its loyal audience, creating almost as many plot elements as Dion had powers, which means there are several loose ends to fuse together using laser vision (or something) in season two.
Probably the most important stray narrative involves Dion’s father, which has frayed into a potential plot hole.
In the first season, Dion's father Mark’s (Michael B Jordan) ghost appears up every now and again to visit his family. It’s all a bit 'Star Wars Force ghost', but the rules aren’t clear – it initially seems Mark's soul might be trapped in the storm created by The Crooked Man, but when The Crooked Man is defeated, Mark reappears again and gives his family a moving hug.
Mark explains that "energy never dies" which is a bit like The Last Jedi’s ‘no-one is ever really gone’ – tying the concept even closer to Star Wars. But, much like master Yoda’s ability to strike trees with lightning in that movie, Mark’s newfound ability to be corporeal despite being dead flings a whole load of problems into the narrative.
Like, what’s to stop him from just being alive again and rejoining his family? And if these are the rules of this universe, where’s Charlotte Tuck (Deirdre Lovejoy)? She sacrificed her life Dion, so surely she deserves a bit of company, too?
We’d also expect season two to go deeper on Dion’s relationship to Biona Labs, which seemed villainous to begin with, before revealing themselves as the good guys. Unless there’s a heel turn ahead, we’d expect them to carry on helping Dion, possibly developing the advanced super suit he so desperately needs.
And we’d like a little bit of romance for widow Nicole (unless season two goes all Ghost, and slots Mark into the Patrick Swayze role), with season one’s contenders – Rashad and Mr Anthony – still very much on the shelf. One of season one’s real successes was how it developed various relationships, we’d like to see that expand romantically, because we’re softies like that.
Raising Dion season 2 trailer: When can I watch it?
Not just yet, folks.
But once we know the official air date, we'll have a better idea – trailers usually drop in the month leading up to the premiere.
Expect a whole lot more of this...
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