Raising Dion season 2 review – a clunky continuation

By Daniel Hart
Published: January 31, 2022 (Last updated: February 1, 2023)
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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.

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