Raising Dion season 2 review – a clunky continuation

January 31, 2022
Daniel Hart 4
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
2.5

Summary

Raising Dion season 2 delivers almost exactly like its predecessor, unfortunately.

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2.5

Summary

Raising Dion season 2 delivers almost exactly like its predecessor, unfortunately.

This review of Netflix’s Raising Dion season 2 does not contain spoilers.

I was surprised when Raising Dion landed on the Netflix roster for a second season. In fact, I almost forgot that it existed. Since season 1, there’s been a pandemic and a whole host of changes globally. I do wonder how this got commissioned for 2022 after we last bare our eyes on the young superhero in 2019. But, it’s clear from the trailer that there is some love for this universe, and a continuation was worth the punt.

Raising Dion returns for season 2 with an ambitious storyline that was left open after the finale of season 1. We never truly believed that the Crooked Man (or energy) had ever truly left, especially after we saw young Brayden harbor it. Season 2 is an absolute straight continuation, managing to maintain the core cast, and bringing a story that feels more ambitious in scope.

Raising Dion season 2 delivers almost exactly like its predecessor, unfortunately. By making a simplistic plot feel clunky and over-strung. The series attempts to intrinsically link many elements, but it never lands well in the narrative. Maybe it’s the family-feel genre, maybe it’s the demographic, but I haven’t felt pulled to Raising Dion since its existence.

I suppose some fans may think I’m being harsh, but there’s more to this than a “family superhero show.” The direction is simple: Raising Dion taps into the children’s market but also expects adults to enjoy it. But it’s more enduring than fun, and I wonder if that’s the problem. By not going for an exact genre, Raising Dion continues to feel like a mismatch of ideas.

The second season sees Dion understanding his powers more, while an ominous threat lurks. Meanwhile, his mother once again toils with her own personal tribulations. It’s almost the same story, but the prospect of villains is designed to feel more ominous. But the threat never truly feels there at all, and any potential tension that does happen dies very quickly.

Hopefully, the fans enjoy this. I certainly did not. But the universe lives on, and now I wonder if we’ll have to wait until 2025 for a third season. Let’s hope not.

What did you think of Netflix’s Raising Dion season 2? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Raising Dion season 2 review – a clunky continuation

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:24 pm
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    This isn’t much of a review. You didn’t like it, but you didn’t really say why. How are the new characters? How are the new powers? Are the effects any better? How’s the new director? You say the story is more ambitious in scope, but then turn around and say it’s simplistic and very similar to the first season.

    You’re welcome to dislike the series, but if you’re going to review it, at least provide something informative. All I got from this was that you didn’t like it because of the contradictory statement that it’s more ambitious than the first season, but also very similar to the first season and simplistic.

  • February 3, 2022 at 2:40 pm
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    To the writer of the previous comment; did you work on Riaisng Dion or are somehow connected to its work somehow by any chance?

    Let’s face it. Raising Dion was a massive let down. Predictable, cheesy, transparent and lacking of anything to truly pull viewers in. It didn’t warrant a massive amount of the reviewers time to be spent wasting time on it.

  • February 12, 2022 at 7:07 pm
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    I think your review is extremely unfair this is a great show to enjoy with your kids I found it entertaining and even watched episodes without my children and had to go back and watch them again with them. I love the superhero world I love Marvel but my kids have never really gotten into shows that I have really enjoyed such as the Agents of Shield and the legends of tomorrow oh, so this is a chance to bring these kids into a genres that I love. It shows decency, kindness and the consequences of your actions. I for one couldn’t ask for a better show for my family and hope this goes on for many seasons to come.

  • March 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm
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    I actually think it’s a accurate summary, the show tries too many things at once also dions outbursts are starting to be annoying maybe it’s te child actor that is getting my nerves . Bringing back the last seasons Villain is a mistake , the actor is annoying and they had so many options instead recycling season one . I enjoyed season one because it was unique now I feel they are repeating it .

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