I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
Now that everyone has binged the third season of STRANGER THINGS, there is a big hole to fill. The Amazon series CARNIVAL ROW may be doing that for some sci-fi fans. But for those chasing something lighter and better suited for the whole family, Netflix’s new series RAISING DION might do the trick.
The low-key superhero series is a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Dion Warren (newcomer Ja’Siah Young) who discovers that he has superpowers. He can move things with his mind and manipulate the elemental materials of Earth. However, this creates a problem for his widowed mother, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who will do everything in her power to raise her son safely and responsibly. Thankfully, Nicole and Dion have people in their life, like friend Pat (Jason Ritter), to help keep the family secret buried from outside forces.
RAISING DION is a sci-fi show where the supernatural elements do not overpower the human story. Think LOOPER or FAST COLOR. It’s the characters and their issues, concerns and fears that take the center. The nine-episode debut season is now available to stream on Netflix.
In the below video, Fresh Fiction reporter Preston Barta sits down with RAISING DION stars Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter. The actors discuss their creative process for bringing a genuine touch to the material as well as what the show gave them in return.
Fresh Fiction interview with Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter
Official trailer for Netflix’s RAISING DION