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‘Raising Kanan’ Questions we have after season 2, episode 3

(SPOILERS for this week) Power Book III: Raising Kanan found below.)

To be honest, things are not going according to plan in the third episode of this season of Power Book III: Raising Kanan. We started the season hoping that Detective Howard had memory loss from the night Kanan shot him, but in episode two, we learn that he remembers things very clearly. Famous’s rap career is far from successful, while Marvin is a football field or three away from father of the year. With everyone on the sidelines, Raq’s frustration grows as he plans to expand the drug business to New Jersey.

In episode three of the second season of Power Book III: Raising Kanan family ties are weakening more than we’ve seen so far in the series. Kanan’s mistrust of Raq grows when she fails to inform him of Scrappy’s death, which has been presented as a suicide despite the fact that it is not. Detective Howard informs Kanan that he is her father, which only increases Kanan’s suspicions about Raq’s hidden agendas. Marvin is still at odds with Jukebox and Raq grows increasingly frustrated with Lou-Lou as he spends more and more time with his new record label. With all that in mind, we can only wonder where things go from here.

Here are some of the biggest questions we had after the third episode of the second season:

For Raq, the sky is the limit. But is it really?

Raq took over the family business after Marvin, the previous leader, ended up in jail. Raq successfully grew the business to a higher level in Queens. Raq eliminated his enemies and competitors and established a monopoly in his territory. Raq is now expanding things to New Jersey due to his previous success. There’s no denying everything Raq has done, but with his sights set on expanding and going big, attacks on his throne will come more often and on a larger scale. He may be able to overcome many of them, but there will be a time when he won’t. We saw the latter with Unique, and forced him to peacefully withdraw. Raq thinks the sky is the limit, but we also know that all thrones are about to be taken. With his head above the clouds, he may miss what’s waiting for him below them.

What will be the best thing Marvin will get out of the anger management class?

Marvin didn’t want to be part of his senior management class five minutes into the first session. Unfortunately for him, his full attention and participation is required of him in class thanks to his strict instructor Renée de him. Although he resisted participating in the last episode, Marvin relents this week and joins the class discussion that leads him to learn about his openly aggressive approach to the world and how to correct it. Two key moments result from this class. First, Marvin and Renée seem to have a more than friendly moment at the end of class and we’ll have to wait until the next few episodes to see what comes of that. Second, Marvin uses the tips he learned in class to solve a problem without being aggressive, which makes him appreciate the lesson and how it saved him time and energy. It took a couple of weeks, but Marvin sees the beauty of the anger management class. We’ll have to see which beauty he focuses on the most.

Can Lou-Lou find a balance or will she have to choose a side?

Put simply and bluntly, Raq hates Lou-Lou’s record label business. Not because she doesn’t like music or thinks it’s not profitable, but because he distracts her from her time and work with the drug business. Lou-Lou isn’t as active as he used to be, and if anyone has noticed, it’s Raq. While he is mostly able to get around her major absence thanks to Marvin’s help, his patience is wearing thin with Lou-Lou. It gets worse when Unique robs Raq’s hideout and Lou-Lou is nowhere to be found despite her repeated attempts to contact him. Raq confronts Lou-Lou at his studio about the situation, forcing him to change his mind and help Raq get the money back. It certainly won’t be the last time Lou-Lou has to change her record label’s approach to her. This leaves him with a new task of finding a balance between his two lives or simply choosing a side, and with Raq and Crown trying to push him back onto the streets, the choice may not be his.

Would Raq know when his time is up?

During the intense showdown between Unique and Raq, who was backed by Lou-Lou and Marvin, I was wondering how things would go if Raq was on the other side. When Unique realized that all was lost for him, he made one last move that would soon mean something priceless: freedom. He may not own the streets of Queens anymore, but at least he can live with the assurance that his family can too. Raq made that promise to him in the final scenes of episode three. While Unique eventually gave up his weapon, I can’t help but think that Raq would have gone down swinging or shooting if the roles were reversed. It goes back to the first question above, but Unique’s awareness of knowing when her time was up saved her life. If Raq ever finds himself in a situation like this where he’s on the short end of the stick, it will be interesting to see how he ends up.

When does all this protection fail?

Kanan is caught between two people who do their best to protect him from the dangers of the world. Raq goes to great lengths to protect him as his only son, and one of the ways he thinks he’s protecting him is by hiding from him the fact that Detective Howard is his real father. After begging Raq to tell Kanan the truth, Detective Howard decides to do it himself, and he does so in episode three. This is after Kanan tries to kill him on Raq’s orders. He even goes on to promise that he won’t tell anyone that Kanan was the one who shot him. Kanan no longer trusts Howard, mainly due to the fact that he’s a cop, but his mistrust of Raq is also growing for multiple reasons. Both Raq and Howard are trying to protect Kanan, but with different goals in mind, it could all backfire. We will have to wait for the next episodes to know how it develops.

New episodes of STARZ’s ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ are available to watch on Sundays at 12:00 am EST.


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