~ Osiris, S1E1: "My Name is Osiris"
I posted a notice for Osiris (2011) on my Facebook many moons ago, but I failed to start watching it until today. Big ups to Neo-Prodigy for bringing it to my attention again.
I'll start with the good.
Actor Brad James stars as the good-looking titular character in a show with a clever premise. Honestly, that's pretty much where the good ends for me.
Because this is a webseries filmed on a tight budget, and likely an even tighter schedule, I'm not going to gripe about the production; obviously the quality is going to be low. That's all right by me. I just need good quality writing and a cast dominated by POC.
Which brings me to the bad.
When I first heard about Osiris, I thought it would be more mystical in origin, with a potential to educate folks about Ancient African history and mythology. That would've been so awesome. Turns out, there's a more scientific tinge to the show. Which is okay too, but...meh.
I first thought the character Osiris would be this wise, grave, strong silent type of hero. Turns out, he's a selfish, womanizing jerk with a serious Becky fetish.
|Erica Page has "some" Mexican and Native American|
...and Irish...and German...(one of those).
So once again, all a Black man with a whole lotta book-learnin' wants to do is to hook up with white chicks from the club. Keep in mind, we have references to his encounters with Black women...but we don't actually see him doing it. Not yet anyway. We still have at least 5 more eps to go. We do get to meet his granddaughter, a Black detective who has the ability to straighten him out (somewhat). He says she has her mama's attitude. *nods* Mm-hm.
Moving on...when Osiris was first sent to me, fans of color were excited about a show focusing on POC, starring POC. There's an awful lot of white folks on Osiris, y'all. I'll be honest: when I watch a show starring POC and supposedly meant to give POC more exposure, I expect to see less white actors, not the usual or more. Why? It's quite simple, actually: There's no shortage of opportunities for white people in Hollywood. We call it "Hollywhite" for a reason. White actors aren't being turned away strictly because of their race. Racebending occurs more often in favor of white actors; in fact, benefiting white actors was the main reason racebending was invented in the first place. In my humble opinion, the whole point of supporting the POC online revolution is to see more POC.
Final verdict on Osiris? I'm not entirely sure yet. We still have 5 eps to go, but so far, I kinda feel let down.