It is official. Energy E-book III: Elevating Kanan Season 2 shall be one for the books.
Coming off a stellar first effort, the continuation of Kanan’s origin story is poised to be even higher than ever as we dive deeper into each Kanan and Raq’s journeys.
We have been fortunate sufficient to talk with Patina Miller and MeKai Curtis about season two, which is able to deliver a few new aspect to their characters. Take pleasure in this one forward of the premiere!
Patina, we see Raq on the finish of season one, and she or he’s overlooking the town. She’s prepared for the subsequent factor. When season two begins, the place are we going to see Raq at? What’s she been as much as? What is going on on along with her?
Patina: Effectively, you get to see all the pieces she jeopardized to get to this place. You get to see her on this place. Lastly, she is the top. She fought for that all the first season to be the Queenpin that she now, on the opening of season two, is the Queenpin.
And also you get to see her navigate having all of this energy, and she or he’s in there, she’s comfy. At this level, there aren’t any enemies. And so now Kanan comes again into the fold, after which it is all thrown off as a result of he isn’t the identical child that left.
He is grown up, and he has much more trauma due to her and the issues he did within the first season. And now she has to navigate that together with the household eager to increase the enterprise and the household being in such a fractured place the place everyone’s off doing their very own factor.
She’s making an attempt to continuously get everyone in line whereas additionally placing out fires left and proper to proceed to develop the enterprise.
And for you, MeKai, Kanan, he is been away, and he is had a while to replicate on issues that occurred, particularly in direction of the tip of season one. Are you able to inform us the place his headspace is at when season two begins?
MeKai: Yeah, completely. Season two rolling round for Kanan. He is had just a little time to sit down and actually replicate on his actions the previous few months, few episodes, extra so than he is had sufficient time to ever earlier than. He is been despatched away for all the pieces to actually shut down, decelerate, loosen up.
So he sat there and thought of all of these items he is accomplished. He is thought concerning the causes he needed to do these items for his mom and his household. And people are nonetheless there that the core purpose of eager to be there to guard his mom and be there to guard his household is totally what it was.
He is nonetheless gung ho in that. I feel he is now beginning to notice that to do this, the load to bear is a bit more than he anticipated or that the load is what the folks round him have been telling him, however he simply wasn’t planning to hear. After we come again, he is grappling with all of that.
And he is simply making an attempt to determine what to do with all of it whereas additionally nonetheless having a bunch of questions concerning the whys of why he even felt to do that or why she even made him do that factor.
As he will get these solutions, he has extra questions which leads him to different locations that give him extra solutions which have extra questions and repercussions for his relationship with Raquel. So there’s this fixed forwards and backwards of rediscovery and discovery for Kanan in season two.
Feels like he will be doing quite a bit.
MeKai: Yeah, quite a bit this 12 months.
And Patina, within the first season, there have been a number of difficult dynamics together with your brothers. You touched on this in your reply earlier than about everyone going in numerous instructions. So, will we proceed to see these difficult dynamics at play and the way Raq offers with them?
Patina: Oh, completely. Completely. I imply, Raq is navigating this newfound belief. Perhaps not with Marvin, who’s form of confirmed to be just a little bit extra able to be her right-hand man. That is form of all he needed, to start with, was to be seen as such, however he had his personal situation.
And so now, as a result of Lou-Lou is off doing his personal factor, Marvin has taken on that duty because the closest to her. And he or she would not fairly understand how she feels about that. As a result of she is aware of his historical past, and she or he is aware of that Marvin is just a bit bit, cannot at all times rely on him, however for now, she’s been in a position to rely on him.
So, that is like a brand new dynamic between them with Lou-Lou. She desires to carry out hope for her brother as a result of she loves him. She actually does love him quite a bit. I imply, he’s like her son as nicely.
She raised him. He’s simply preoccupied on the mistaken time, and she or he form of offers him this form of line about staying in it. You possibly can’t get out. And he is nonetheless doing his factor, and she or he’s letting it trip. However we begin to see how that begins to get in the way in which of the enterprise as a result of Lou-Lou’s not as targeted.
Because the stakes get greater for the Thomas household and their enterprise, Raq wants all of them in line, and so they’re not a unit but. And after they’re good, when the Thomas’s are nice, they’re nice. However after they aren’t, it’s totally, very onerous to perform a number of issues.
After which Kanan. He is again, and he’s asking too many questions, and we have now to observe Raq navigate these questions and the way she finesses every reply whereas additionally figuring out that the key continues to be on the market and what it’ll imply for her whether it is revealed.
Yeah, so there’s going to be quite a bit occurring there, too.
You touched on this in your reply, too, MeKai, however after the occasions of season one and all the pieces that occurred, as he is coming into into season two, how does Kanan really feel about his mom proper now?
MeKai: I feel Kanan nonetheless loves his mom no matter what occurs, particularly originally of the season. Kanan continues to be underneath the impression; that I simply needed to shoot a cop. He would not know that that is his father or something.
So, his questions stem actually from that, and the questions then flip into, nicely, why was he such a foul particular person? And what do you imply? What was he making an attempt to do this was going to cease us, and why did I’ve to go do that? So, that is the place his discovery of that form of factor is available in just a little extra. Yeah. Simply making an attempt to determine all of it out because it involves him.
As Raq mentioned, or as Patina mentioned, asking too many questions, however justifiably.
He is had all this time to sit down with these ideas, and he turns to the particular person he has no drawback, or he had no drawback with asking these questions earlier than, and as he will get extra solutions from her, he once more realizes that is his mom, and the observe file to this point is sure, she would possibly inform me the reality, however is it the total fact?
In order that’s form of the house he is in asking these questions, and since they know one another so by means of and thru, he is undoubtedly in a position to select what could be true and what won’t be.
Okay. Okay. I prefer it.
Patina, the primary season was fantastic, and it actually linked with viewers from the unique Energy and new viewers who could have not seen a few of the different Energy exhibits. How happy have you ever been with the response to this present and Raq particularly?
Patina: Oh my God. The reception of the present has simply been unimaginable. I feel it took the Energy followers to see what it was about first and what sort of story we have been telling.
Trigger it is simply, it is the identical, nevertheless it’s just a bit bit completely different, and it is a prequel, and there are such a lot of new characters, and Kanan’s not essentially a badass already, and he is making errors. And they also’re making an attempt to determine who these persons are.
However I feel in direction of the tip of the season, they noticed that Raquel is just not one to be performed with and that she is an unimaginable character, and this unimaginable, fierce, ferocious girl. And I feel a number of the reception to the character has been overwhelmingly wonderful.
Patina: And on one aspect of it is like a demon. On the opposite aspect, I like her. I like that woman. So, it is form of empowered ladies.
I get a number of ladies who love this character. And I might say the largest, the proudest factor is simply, it was October and seeing so many ladies dressing up as Raq and to know that Raq made them really feel sturdy and empowered and in themselves, that for me was like, oh yeah, we did one thing with this character.
And for her, I feel she’s common.
I feel there are such a lot of ladies who navigate this type of factor. Perhaps not within the crime world, however navigate these relationships on a regular basis. And there’s that girl on the market that is navigating a relationship along with her son the place her son desires to do issues that won’t line up with the thought she had for them.
However there are these completely different struggles, and girls see themselves or really feel like they know this girl in all of her many, many, many layers. I feel it is a testomony to Sascha Penn, Courtney Kemp, and our writers for making a three-dimensional character.
Energy E-book III: Elevating Kanan airs Sundays at 9/8c on Starz.
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