Raising Dion season 1, episode 3 recap: Watch Man

Photo: Michael B. Jordan, Ja'Siah Young, Alisha Wainwright.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix
Photo: Michael B. Jordan, Ja'Siah Young, Alisha Wainwright.. Raising Dion: Season 1.. Steve Dietl/Netflix /

In episode 3 of Netflix series Raising Dion, the titular child gets in trouble for his superpowers and Charlotte Tuck provides new answers (and further questions).

Previously on Raising Dion, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) tried to get her son, Dion (Ja’Siah Young) to control his burgeoning superpowers while looking for a new job. She didn’t want him to hurt himself or others, or to draw too much special attention to himself. However, Pat Rollins (Jason Ritter) has already seen Dion use his powers and now jokes, “You do not want the black choppers swooping in” — a hint that the government could be interested in researching his profound abilities.

Trying to guide Dion, Pat suggests he have a tool to focus his powers through. Nicole suggests Dion use a watch that belonged to his father (Michael B. Jordan), which apparently helped him stay calm on the job. Then after a brief product placement scene with Twix brand candy bars, Dion’s back in school to face new challenges.

To monitor her son’s progress (both as a student and as a powerful being), Nicole wants to volunteer at his school. We also meet Mr. Anthony Fry (Donald Paul), a teacher who inspires kids to be interested in science projects. There is some trouble with Dion, however. Outside the classroom, a classmate named Jonathan (Gavin Munn) asks for Dion’s watch for a magic trick. After he doesn’t promptly return it, Dion actually slams  Jonathan against a wall with his mind, hurting his shoulder!

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This leads to threats of a two-day suspension for Dion, and Nicole is annoyed with Mr. Campbell (Matt Lewis) that Jonathan’s not in trouble for not returning the watch. In fact, she believes it to be an instance of racism. In any case, Dion and Jonathan apologize to each other, and Jonathan will surely be less likely to try anything like that again regardless of who was punished.

It’s also apparent that Esperanza (Sammi Haney) had seen Dion’s powers at one point. On that note, Dion is talked into a game of basketball by Pat. It’s a little training moment. Can “Mind Mover” and his mentor utilize his powers in a game of basketball without others noticing? Sure enough, it works. Dion makes a bunch of points, earning the respect of Malik (Kylen Davis). Of course, it’s a bit of a mixed signal for someone like Dion, as one could almost say it’s a case of cheating. Is it really sportsmanlike to play when you have almost no chance of losing whatsoever? This will likely emerge as an issue as Raising Dion continues.

Charlotte Tuck

Raising Dion then has Charlotte Tuck (Deirdre Lovejoy) return Nicole’s phone call. They arrange to meet in a park, out of view. Of course, one of Nicole’s concerns is that her late husband was having an affair. However, when Charlotte literally appears out of thin air in the woods, she explains that she only knew her husband professionally.

They also discuss the “aurora event” in Iceland, which gave both her and Mark superpowers. In other words, he had a secret but it wasn’t what she expected. Nicole then mentions the “rain people” to Charlotte. This makes Charlotte freak out, babbling something about “the thing in the storm.” Charlotte disappears promptly, leaving plenty of additional unanswered questions.

Later, Pat is disappointed that everyone at the aurora event got superpowers but him (and wouldn’t that be the way?). Then there’s a big moment for Nicole and Dion. She tells him about Mr. Campbell treating him differently because of his skin color.

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Of course, there could be some debate on that, as Dion really did use some force on Jonathan. Still, as the episode draws to a close, Charlotte Tuck messages Nicole a strange video of “the thing inside the storm,” and it seems to have a human-like form. We don’t yet know what it is, but it does seem powerful.

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