Raq is not playing around.
Now that she's got the lay of the land and no competition, there is nothing Raq won't do to keep her position, whether that means bringing in old enemies or dispatching of (mostly) trusted soldiers.
Raq drew a line in the sand on Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 2 Episode 2, and it's clear that she's not letting anyone take away what she's building.
Raq is cold-blooded. We all knew that the minute she asked her son to kill his father, but it feels like there's been a switch activated now, where business and protecting it means no one is safe.
Understandably, she'd want to weaken Unique, especially now that he's free and desperate, but bringing in Worrell just shows that there is nothing she won't do to stay ahead. Worrell tried to kill Lou-Lou, more than once, so the fact that it's so easy to bring him into the business is a little scary.
Sure, Worrell has nothing now, and getting him off the streets does help divert attention; but how can you ever trust him?
It feels like a risky move at best because Unique may be out right now, but there is no guarantee that it will stay that way. Raq is smart enough to know that Unique will at least attempt to mount a comeback, and Worrell isn't someone you should put your complete faith in.
If there was one person to put your faith in, it should have been Scrappy. He's proven himself to Raq and company more than once and even lost an eye for his troubles. But having said that, at this point, he's got to know that lying does him absolutely no favors.
This business hinges on loyalty, and the minute Scrappy let that lie slip out of his mouth, I knew he was in trouble. Though, would there be a different outcome if he'd been honest? This version of Raq does not seem willing to extend any kind of grace because there is just too much to lose.
Scrappy's death isn't surprising because the set-up is there the whole hour, but I, for one, wasn't thinking that Raq would be the one to take the shot.
The image of Lou-Lou leaving immediately foreshadows the eventual split between him and Raq. Lou-Lou has had one step out the door for the longest, but Raq isn't willing to let him go. So, where do they go from here?
I'd say that Lou-Lou can eventually force his way out, but the greater power Raq amasses, the harder that will be for him.
Speaking of Lou-Lou, I try, guys. I try to see the use of the storyline with the studio, but I'm still not seeing the vision. Zisa's introduction isn't doing anything yet, though I wonder if Cartier's arrangement will come back to bite him.
Because Lou-Lou is providing the money, Crown often delegates a lot to him because he has no other choice, but Cartier sounds like a man with influence, and running into problems with him could cause issues down the line.
I could be projecting because I need this story to get interesting, but let's just go with it, okay?
You know who's distancing themselves from the studio storyline? Famous and Jess.
Jess wanting to get out from under a man who doesn't listen to her makes sense. Escaping to Los Angeles will be good for her and sad for Famous. But he needs to figure out what he's doing with his life because right now, he's a mess.
We know that eventually, Kanan meets Ghost and Tommy and helps turn them into the men they became, but whatever happened to Famous? The two are so close, and it feels like the series is making a concentrated effort to expand Famous further, which is a good thing.
He's a solid secondary character, and we need to see more of Kanan outside his family dynamics.
Kanan spends much of this hour trying to help Famous raise money, and it may be one of his last calm days because Howard is on a mission to talk to him and tell him the truth.
Raise your hand if you knew that Howard was faking his memory loss.
It was way too obvious, especially considering Howard has shown more than once that he's not actively against Raq. At least not in a traditional sense. Whether it's nostalgia, respect, or something in between, Howard has never really tried to bring Raq down, and if attempted murder doesn't get him to flip, perhaps nothing will.
Even before the shooting, Howard has been steadfast in wanting to speak to Kanan and get to know him. And doesn't he deserve that chance?
Howard: You know that smokings bad for you.
Raq: So is the police. I can’t seem to get that shit out my life neither.
- Permalink: So is the police. I can’t seem to get that shit out my life neither.
Raq, of course, doesn't want that because all it does is open up a potential chasm between her and Kanan. He will discover his mother lied to him his whole life and tried to get him to murder his dad. It's a lose-lose for Raq, but she'd be hard-pressed to get ahead of the inevitable instead of trying to act like Howard isn't in his right mind.
Kanan isn't stupid, and he knows Raq better than anyone. He will be able to see through the game she's playing, which will only push him further away from her.
Howard appears to be operating from a place of curiosity mixed with a form of love. He seems to see something in Kanan that his own mother is ignoring, and throughout the conversation with Raq, you have to wonder what life for Kanan would be like with Howard as a father figure and not a glorified and revered drug kingpin.
Unless Raq is prepared to kill Howard herself, it appears we're headed toward Howard and Kanan meeting and what that dynamic will look like once the truth comes out.
One of the most intriguing parts of this prequel is trying to predict how every action in Kanan's early life helped shape him into the Kanan that killed his son, escaped death multiple times, and betrayed nearly every person close to him. So, if Kanan does learn that Howard is his daddy, how will that affect him long-term?
There is still a lot of good material to mine from this storyline, and it feels long overdue to take the next step. I love seeing Raq in complete control, but maybe it's time to see her back against the wall again.
Everything Else You Need To Know
- I never put this together, but Famous's first name, Shawn, makes me wonder if that's who Kanan named his son after.
- Jukebox's search for her mother is heating up, and while I'm mostly looking to see whether this relationship helps her for the better or worse, I hope this isn't another story that sets Jukebox off by herself.
- Marvin has really come into his own as a valuable piece of the business. His undercover work to disprove Scrappy's alibi was surprisingly competent. It would be cool if he actually took something away from the anger management classes, though. He could use them.
- Unique is down and out for now, but I have no doubt Worrell's betrayal will only spur him on further to figure something out. Joey Badass is so damn good in this role, and seeing him having to claw his way back from the bottom should be good.
- Burke is already in hot water at the precinct, and she is 100% going to bite off more than she can chew regarding her investigation into Howard's shooting, and I have no idea where it will lead. If it came down to it and she found out the truth, what would Howard do?
- RIP Scrappy. You didn't deserve to go out like that, but at the same time, you were warned about those vices. I'm not sure if there's anyone out there to avenge your death, but someone will miss you!
Two hours into the new season, and we already have our first major death. They did not come to play with us this season, and I love it.
Drop me a line below and let me know what you think about Scrappy's murder and where you feel things go next for Howard and Kanan. Make sure you watch Power Book III: Raising Kanan online right now, so you're all caught up!
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While the two former lovers catch up in the park, Jukebox and Kanan are having a movie night. When Kanan gets choked up, Jukebox cracks on him while simultaneously pointing out that caring is one of his strengths. Even after knowing the truth, Detective Howard only wants one thing: Kanan to know that he is his father.Why was scrappy killed in Raising Kanan? ›
They tricked Scrappy into believing that he was on his way to a new setup for the drug operation, one that he would completely run. Raq was already at the location, unbeknownst to him, with a gun in hand ready to kill Scrappy, which she did to close Mind Your Business.Who was the snitch Raising Kanan? ›
Detective Howard saw Scrap in the interrogation room with his mother and was told that one of them was an informant. Howard took the information and shared it with Raquel Thomas, the mother of his son Kanan Stark. After hearing this information from Howard plotted to get rid of Scarp.Do we see ghost and Tommy in Raising Kanan? ›
While Kanan was received as the bad guy in the original series and the same goes for Juke, having the Raquel, Lou, Marvin, and Unique storylines lessened the blow of not having Tommy and Ghost, for now.Why did Tariq betray Kanan? ›
It's also revealed that Tariq was in on the plan to frame Kanan so that he can take the fall for Ray Ray's murder.Why did Kanan go to jail in Raising Kanan? ›
He has been in prison for years because of a sketchy drug charge. He had once taken both Tommy and Ghost under his wing years ago and taught both of them everything they know.Who did Kanan and his mom bury? ›
After their conversation, Raq and Kanan bury the guy that Marvin bodied and put in the Wall after he attacked Raquel in season one. Later, Sal Boselli men tried to kill Raq, but she got the jump on the guy. He would later shot his partner after he told him to leave Kanan alone.Why did Marvin have Tony killed? ›
Toni Deep: Ordered Marco Boselli to kill her for being a snitch. Marco Boselli: Ordered to kill Toni Deep and he does but he gets killed by Dominic. Dominic: Smothered to death. After Dominic accidentally killed Marco, Sal ordered for both his and Marvin's death when Dominic revealed Marvin set up the hit.Is Kanan the detectives son? ›
At the end of the episode, he confronts Raq about Kanan's paternity before eventually stating, "Kanan is my son." Though Raq never confirms this herself, her reaction speaks volumes. Given Kanan's history in the Power franchise, it's a shock to learn that his biological father is actually a detective.Who killed scrappy in raising kanan? ›
Originally thought to be a snitch, Raq killed him however weeks later it was proven that he wasn't a snitch and Raq feels guilty about killing her trusted solider.
Marvin is alive! Thank goodness.Does Kanan find out who his real dad is? ›
Toward the end of season one, fans learned Kanan Starks' (Mekai Curtis) biological father was Detective Malcolm Howard (Omar Epps). This was a surprising revelation that Raq wanted to keep quiet because it would ruin her reputation as New York's hardened queen pin.How is Kanan related to Ghost? ›
As fans of the series already know, Kanan was a former mentor to Ghost and Tommy before they later become rivals with each other.Will Tommy be in Raising Kanan? ›
Power Book III: Raising Kanan EP Courtney Kemp Says Ghost and Tommy Aren't Invited to this Prequel - IMDb. Franchise fans who were hoping to get to know young versions of Ghost and Tommy in the Power prequel Book III: Raising Kanan will have to keep dreaming. This story takes place after the characters' bedtimes.What happened in Kanan season 2? ›
Season 2 of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” ended with an explosive shoot-out between Raquel (Patina Miller), Lou (Malcolm Mays), and Marvin (London Brown), who battled Sal's (Michael Rispoli) Mafia in New Jersey.What happened to Sam in Raising Kanan? ›
Unfortunately, Sam never made it to Atlanta. Instead, he told the business driver to stop the bus and let him off. At the beginning of episode ten, Marvin is a man of his word and kills Sam and another crackhead after Sam shares that he used to be an accountant downtown.How many episodes are in season 2 of Power Book Raising Kanan? ›
10 Episodes. Kanan returns to Queens where Raq is trying to mend the many fractures in the Thomas family. As Raq expands her empire, Kanan doubts his future in the drug game.