Raising Dion Season 1, Episode 5, “ISSUE #105: Days of Mark’s Future Past” muddles with Dion’s birthday and Mark’s past — and it doesn’t work.
This recap of Netflix Series Raising Dion Season 1, Episode 5, “ISSUE #105: Days of Mark’s Future Past” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
Episode 5 does a lot of toying about, half providing answers, and half finding a story in the meantime to meander the series along merrily. “ISSUE #105: Days of Mark’s Future Past” deals with Dion’s birthday in present-day and snippets of Mark’s (Michael B. Jordan) past. The latter was way more important in an emotionally ineffective chapter.
Episode 5 opens up with the title on the screen: “Iceland 2010”. Pat and Mark are enjoying the upcoming experiments, but Mark’s engagement announcement kind of douses Pat’s enthusiasm. He’s either jealous of losing a part of his best friend, or he is secretly in love with Nicole or both. In Iceland, Mark’s past comes into focus as a great aurora hits the sky, with Pat reporting on a high level of radiation. The typical birth stories of superheroes.
In the present day, Nicole is struggling to give Dion his dream birthday. Unfortunately, her new workplace could not care less that it is her kid’s birthday party and insists she must work, meaning she will arrive at the party in time for the cake. Nicole asks Tessa to run the party. What an absurd storyline — new job or not, you’d be there for your own child’s birthday party.
Episode 5 quickly reverts to the past and incredibly contradicts Nicole as a character. While Mark researched what on earth happened in Iceland which has given him uncontrollable powers, Nicole was disappointed that he was not making it to his own son’s party. When Mark says something to the extent of “I would love to be there” he teleports instantly to the party and is astounded by what happened.
In the present day, Dion is frustrated at the party, claiming that none of the children are his friends, which upsets Nicole who has just arrived with the dino-cake. Esperanza attempts to cool Dion down, but he struggles to breathe while in the bouncy castle. Esperanza goes to get his inhaler, but Dion uses his powers to retrieve it which causes a puncture in the bouncy castle. Esperanza now knows Dion’s secret.
Regardless of all the drama, Raising Dion demonstrated that Nicole and Mark are terrible at preparing for their son’s birthday party.
Raising Dion Season 1, Episode 5, “ISSUE #105: Days of Mark’s Future Past” ends with the storm again. In the past, Charlotte and Mark come across the storm, which leads to Mark sacrificing himself for Charlotte. In the present day, Nicole plays an old video of Mark and emotionally asks why he left the world — “it wasn’t the plan”. As the chapter closes, Dion sees a storm brewing.
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- We are treated to a flashback to when Nicole was a dancer and Mark is in awe of her. After the performance, Nicole tells Mark she is pregnant, and he embraces the idea of starting a family.
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