Ralph Angel’s transformation over the course of this season has been beautiful. I was moved to tears in the final moments of the finale to see him come so far from where we found him in episode one. Kofi Siriboe’s growth over these 13 episodes has just been beautiful and restorative to watch.
Miss Charlie though… I still don’t know if I’m horrified or proud that she literally bet the farm, left Prince Charming hanging, manipulated a ‘friend’ to declare her own sovereign state. Dawn-Lyen Gardner’s performance has in my opinion the most consistent of the three leads.
Nova… I am left wanting more. I’m not sure what it is, but of all of the performances on this show, her’s is the only one that doesn’t quite sit right with me. The last episode’s nonsense invoking Oshun… after I had a massive belly laugh, I asked out loud why Ava Duvernay couldn’t have asked someone a question instead of making up some shit to say.
However, my issues with Nova’s character, narrative and in particular Rutina Wesley’s performance, aren’t limited to just this. There’s just something that doesn’t feel right about it. I may be able to articulate what that is eventually, but right now I’m noting that something is just off. That said, Wesley is stunningly beautiful, and despite the little quirks in her portrayal she’s got an (over) expressive face that’s often a pleasure to watch.
Quiet as it’s kept, there’s some epic stuff going on with this show. It’s been a season of some great writing and character development. I’m very eager to know when the next season is due to air. I also think I am adding this to my rewatch list. I can see myself really going hard on all thirteen episodes some week when spring 2017 starts to warm up properly, and Being Mary Jane’s next season wraps up.