Ashley played by the effortlessly responsive Jasmine Cephas JonesShe has an unhappy new year at Starz’s Blind spotting: Her 12-year-old partner Miles (Rafael Casal) is arrested for drug possession and destroys her near-bourgeois life in Oakland.
She and her son Sean (Atticus Woodward) are forced to move in with Miles’ mother, Rainey (the star) Helen Hunt) and his intense half-sister Trish (Jaylen Barron). And this is where the real story begins in this 2018 spin-off of the critically acclaimed dark comedy – both from the minds of Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Casal.
The free-spirited Rainey appears in headphones for the first time, transports groceries and grooves on the sidewalk to Tower of Powers “We Came to Play” – or does it? The characters begin to dance and then return to the narration.
We never know what’s coming. And despite the gravity of Miles’ plight, there is lively dialogue and comedic situations: he is on the phone on a smuggled “butt-phone” from prison; a weed-fueled night ends in a cook-off.
When Ashley raises her 6-year-old in the midst of the chaos, she reconnects with a neighborhood she thought she left behind. This is the kind of show we like – weird, but with a heart.
Blindspotting, series premiere, Sunday June 13th, 9 / 8c, Starz