Family business rules everything in the “Power” universe – but in “Power Book III: Raising Canan” Season 2, some new characters may have a few plans to shake up the dynamic as fans know it.
Letoya Luckett, Omar Dorsey, and Paulina Singer joined the series this season, and each of their characters entered the scene with something to prove.
The second season opens with a regretful Kanan (Mekahi Curtis), the teenager reunited with his mother Raquel (Patina Miller) and the Thomas family in New York following the Season 1 blowout between him and Officer Howard (Omar Epps). But soon he learns about a new family connection, and business is expanding faster than before.
The game looks different from Season 2 in many ways. Lou Lou (Malcolm Mays) wants to continue building his recording studio with new singer Zisa (Paulina Singer) – and Raquel’s attempt to move the business to New Jersey doesn’t come without a hitch along the way.
The move is seen as a betrayal of her team members. Still, the force that she is, she works on all fronts — protecting her business, protecting her family (which can be dangerous) and forging a new relationship with local businessman Cartier (Dorsey).
Dorsey is a newcomer to the “Power” universe, but he’s quickly establishing himself as an icon among fans.
On the outside, Cartier doesn’t have the same looks as some of the guys from his past (namely, Symphony, played by Toby Sandeman), but his politeness and almost assimilation into the inner circle of the Thomas family puts him on everyone’s radar. After introducing himself to Lou as Zisa’s manager, viewers watch him enter the scene to invest in Lou’s recording studio.
It’s an ill-advised move on the part of Banks, but now that she knows the truth behind his surprise, it may prove to be the answer to her other pressing problems.
“On the surface, Raquel seems like the perfect match for Cartier,” says Dorsey. “She’s in charge, she’s powerful, she’s rich and she doesn’t want him. She may be the perfect queen… but Ruck is a different beast. She was not made to play ‘helpful friend’. She is the ‘Sun’, and the world revolves around her. Cartier is also ‘Sun’, so this dynamic will be very interesting to watch play out.
If there’s one thing to be gleaned from this iteration of “Power,” now five episodes in, it’s that testosterone is pushing this vehicle forward and taking a backseat to female power. Presiding over Miller as Queen Pin, she manages a group of petty bosses who can threaten the operation that Ruck has built using whatever power their outside connections hold.
Singer, who plays Zisa, also joins the cast this season as a vocal standout for Lowe. While her character may seem small in the early episodes, the actor warns that Zisa has more to offer than looks and small singing reliefs.
“I think when you meet her with Lou, she’s still a little unsure and she lets herself be put into some boxes by the people who told her they could make her a star,” Singer said. Difference. “It’s important that she realizes that she is already a star without validation from others. I think it’s important for other artists, especially in the music industry, to see a woman taking a male-centered and leading position, directing her own voice and direction.
Outside of the series, the singer hopes to hit a high note with audiences when she releases her own album, “Freak Art.” She joins fellow singers Haley Kilgore and Luckett as another multi-hyphenate on the series (who showcase their vocal talents on the show). Although the former Destiny’s Child member lent her voice to two episodes at the time, there’s no promise that new originals will be coming anytime soon.
Luckett, Mother Herself, in Kenya -– The mother of Jukebox (Kilgore), Canaan’s long-lost cousin, was estranged from her daughter as a baby. Due to the sensitivity of her relationship with her daughter and some apprehension about her role in reading the script, Luckett gets into the driver’s seat, hoping to understand Kenya’s position as a young woman, a black mother in crisis and without answers.
“I want it [the viewers] To have some feeling for her,” she says. Difference. “Being a mother and leaving a child behind, this was not something I could just breathe. I had to put all the emotion aside, remove all the judgment and go in as much as I could because I wanted to tell her story well.
When Juke senses tension between her father Marvin (London Brown), she turns her attention to the mother-daughter relationship.
Even with the new branches, the family remains at the root of the series. They are the ties that bind the characters together or bridge the divides. As outside forces pull the Thomas family aside, each side sways in the wind, one mother holds them together.
“I think it’s a rock. She’s the heartbeat and it’s the same with my grandmother, my mother — they’re the rocks,” Luckett says. But we’re close to my mom, we lean on the women in our family, and I think that’s what I love most about the show. It’s showing a woman in power, and it’s very empowering.
Relativity is an anchor that keeps the audience engaged in the overall story of the show, she added. As fans are exposed to the twists and turns of each story that unfolds in the episodes, she credits the show’s writers for giving new and old characters equal weight with each other.
“They’re all kind of connected, but in different ways,” Luckett said. “They have mutual understanding and respect.”
“It’s a story that makes you want to be there instead of judging the characters,” says Singer of his relationship with the audience. “This then affects how the audience sees people in their own lives who might look like or remember our characters, and help them judge them a little bit there. Breaking down walls between worlds.