Queen Sugar: Season 1 Episode 1

I wanted to love Queen Sugar. Created by Ava DuVerney (Selma) I was hoping for a new favorite television series. Queen Sugar isn’t bad. It’s simply uneven. First the good: DuVerney cast Rutina Wesley (True Blood) as the complicated Nova. Newcomer (for me) Kofi Siriboe adds some wonderfully complicated bad boy eye candy to the show. And child actor Ethan Hutchison plays Blu brilliantly. Also the cinematography is grand from the lights of Los Angeles to the sugar cane fields of Louisiana. What rubbed me the wrong way was the addition of the celebrity sister and her basketball player husband. It seemed too obvious, too evening soap opera meets real housewives. Since there are three siblings, this storyline ends up taking a third of the action at least for the first episode. Sadly I’m letting go. Decent, but not good enough for me to continue. 3 out of 5 for the Oprah produced Queen Sugar.


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