2 Things that Should Happen This Season on BET’s Rebel
The first scene of Rebel will have you feeling just as powerful as the main character. Her name is Rebecca “Rebel” Knight. A personality mixture of Sleepy Hollow’s lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Luke Cage’s detective Misty Knight.
She’s a gritty ex-cop who becomes a PI, has flawless skin, writes poetry, is hilarious and wears protective styles. I’ve seen more natural hairstyles in one episode than in an entire season of…well…any show with a black female lead.
They call her Rebel. But what cause is she campaigning for? Justice.
You can’t claim to be woke and NOT watch Rebel. Fans of OWN’s Queen Sugar will love this show’s language and swoon over Danielle Moné Truitt’s stellar, award-worthy acting.
The pilot was one hell of a debut. I’m already attached to the women in the cast. I already want the best for both Rebel & Cheena (Angela Ko) because this pairing is absolute gold. Cheena is stylish, sassy, supportive and sleuth when her friend needs it. And Rebel does the same for Cheena. Two WoC besties! Can I say, yes?
Their relationship is a real one. They hold each other & their families accountable which is rare to witness onscreen in onscreen friendships. But this is a smart TV show. When I say smart, I mean street smart and soul smart. Rebel wears both in her effortless performance.
1. Cheena & Rebel should go on a BFF road trip
We’ve seen these two be everything for each other but like most relationships, sometimes people need space. Space away from the hectic things in life.
It would be nice to see #Chebel (my platonic ship name) completely relax for a bit and unwind from their daily stressors. What better way to do that than with a road trip? Of course they might find other adventures along the way but getting there is half the fun, we’d love to see.
2. Rebel should avoid men romantically…for now
Talk about drama. Rebel is still sleeping with very taken ex-husband TJ (Method Man). Yes, he has a new girlfriend. But with her cop ex-partner/ fling Mack (Brandon Quinn) taking something irreplaceable from her, she needs clarity.
Let’s face it, clarity is hard to find when surrounded by the noise of men. Even cute ones. So for now…it might be best if our leading lady leaves the testosterone alone.
BET fell off for a while but as of 2017, they’ve put themselves back on the map with this show. There are cameos from multiple heavy hitters like LaTanya Richardson, Tamala Jones, Mykelti Williamson, Giancarlo Esposito and Lauren London.
To anyone who has lost someone to gun violence, Rebel is telling your story. And ours.
It was hard for me as a sister, a black woman, a poet to watch this and not emote. I cried ya’ll, hard. For people I’d lost, for people Rebecca lost and for the realism in the way the show perfectly communicates the way black people live in the society today. There’s a #SayHerName reference that is so poignant even the actress gets choked up.
If you’re tuning in for the first time. Have tissues ready, you’ll need them.
This is a procedural drama, not to be compared to FOX’s Shots Fired. Jon Singleton’s Rebel is creating is new territory for BET. They might have found a well-deserved niche between current events and scripted dramas with this delightful spin on the genre.
Tune into BET’s Rebel on Tuesdays 10P/9C.