Being Mary Jane’s Season 3 Was the Best Yet
Last night was Being Mary Jane’s season 3 finale (I livetweeted it and got on Periscope afterwards to talk about it), and it felt like it came very quick! 10 episodes swooped by, and I love what they’ve done with the show. Having watched it from the very start, from movie to season 1 to now, I can say that this was the best season they’ve had yet.
It was just well done, from storylines to topics to cameos. And it paid off because #BeingMaryJane has trended for hours on Twitter every week on Tuesday nights since season 3 launched at the end of October. The ratings have also shown that folks are tuning in.
They tackled a lot of social issues that were relevant and timely this season, both directly through Mary Jane’s “Talk Back” segments and through the characters themselves (immigration, inequality in pay for Latinos, affirmative action, forced outing of gay public figures etc). There’s something special about a show that is bold enough to have these tough conversations with us and I am always partial to that.
The finale episode ended with a gut punch too, as we watched MJ watch her niece be the latest viral video of police brutality. It was a Sandra Bland nod, without the tragic ending, and it was hard to watch. But it made us #SayHerName, even if it wasn’t out loud.
I be tryna tell you. When Black women run shows, they give a voice to the often unheard and that always makes my spirit soar.
Being Mary Jane also boldly got rid of one of their characters. Well, 2. One of them committed suicide (Lisa) and the other moved to Lagos, Nigeria (Mark).
That Lisa episode had a G in her feelings, man. I won’t even lie. MJ’s childhood friend killing herself was something I didn’t expect to happen on this show, and they handled it very thoughtfully. I do kinda wish they woulda made it like episode 5 instead of 3. I think Lisa’s descent into despair wasn’t covered like it should so it felt somewhat abrupt.
Mark got a rousing departure, though. I was wondering who would be around to tell MJ she’s tripping now. That was one of his main jobs and now MJ ain’t got NO friends anymore. Well, besides Kara, and she is a mess too. She is no shape to be able to be the Iyanla to MJ’s DMX.
The closest thing MJ had to another friend was her extorter, Cecelia (aka Cece). My FAVORITE part of season 3 was Loretta Devine playing the crooked opportunist who blackmailed Mary Jane out of $25,000 and somehow became a not un-welcome thorn in her side throughout the season. I have never seen high-pitched, sweet voice Loretta play a butch, smooth-talking, slick ass character before, and it was fantastic.
What was interesting about Cece is that even though you know she’s a sheister, you kinda liked her anyway. You knew she was up to no good but you enjoyed seeing her stroll into whatever room she was in, often not welcome and giving no dambs about it. Cece dressed like she was gon hustle you in a game of bidwhist at any moment too. I kinda loved her for it.
Gabrielle Union has really owned this character and it’ll be the one she is called on the streets in 10 years. It’s been fun to see how MJ has changed (or not) since the beginning, with her sharp-mouthed self. Has Mary Jane grown as a person? I cannot say for sure. She is still on shaky ground, she is no closer to finding the love she’s been so obsessed about and she is still the snappy, judgey, asshole she’s always been. But there is some more calm to her. THAT I will give her. She has come a long way from when she was kicking trifling men out her house with a water hose.
We gon send praises up for growth, no matter how small. Last season, she did laugh at a man and call him corny as hell for lighting candles all over his house and making her sit under the stars for a romantic inner. Bless her heart. This is why she can’t have nice things.
So I want to congratulate Mara Brock Akil, Akil Productions and BET for a superb season. I wonder how season 4 will be. Mara will not be as involved because she and her business partner (and husband) Salim Akil signed a deal with Warner Bros. and they will be developing content there. Word on the streets (Vanity Fair) is that Mara will become Executive Producer of Being Mary Jane. I hope whoever they hand the reigns to as showrunner and/or head writer maintains season 3’s level of ABOUT THAT LIFENESS. I truly do.
We shall see, doe. Fall 2016.
Did y’all watch this season? Lemme know your thoughts.
And I wanna give a shoutout to BET for having me be a part of the Being Mary Jane campaign this season. No, this post is not a sponsored one, and as always ALL praises (and shade) here are mine.