'Black Mafia Family' Episode 1 Review: See it, touch it, obtain it is the mantra
The Flenory brothers are here and they've got their sights set high in this competition of power, drugs and survival
Spoilers for 'Black Mafia Family' Episode 1 'See It…Touch It...Obtain It'
'Black Mafia Family' just aired its debut episode and things are off to a good start for this crime drama. 'BMF's first chapter served as the introductory episode setting up the scene in 1980s Detroit. The show will follow the rise of the Flenory brothers as they dabble in the cocaine business while grappling with the bad hand society and life has dealt them.
All eyes are currently on Demetrius 'Meech' Flenory (Demetrius Flenory Jr) as we see what led him down this path of power as he sets up footholds on the way to the top of the ladder. The game is just getting started and Meech is looking to be the MVP alongside his brother Terry Lee Flenory(Da'Vinchi) and their crew. This is the story of the heart and brain of America's largest drug organization.
The story starts with us seeing a middle-aged Demetrius 'Meech' Flenory fresh out of jail and meeting with an old friend. As he sets his eyes on the streets of Detroit after a long time he reminisces about the place where it all began. Demetrius smiles and says he has no regrets whatsoever and the episode dives to the start of his journey. We are taken to sometime in the 1980s where we are introduced to teen Meech and his brother Terry as they have a meeting with another crew over territory shares. Demetrius Flenory Jr surprises us here as he seems to fit into his father's role quite well with Da'Vinchi looking slick and handsome as the brains of the operation.
We also are introduced to what seems like a potential threat in the form of experienced player Lamar (Eric Kofi-Abrefa) who is back out on the streets and looking for trouble. He already seems like a mess you don't want to get into, with Kofi-Abrefa playing him with aggression and subtle menacing stares. We get a look into the Flenory household consisting of the stern dad, gentle mom and a little sister. Times are tough as usual but they get through thick and thin together. Terry and Meech work the streets together with their small crew under their boss Pat (Wood Harris) but want more. Excitement is drizzled into the scene as 'King of Rock' plays with the brothers' ambition beginning to rocket.
The episode has a decent pace with it serving the primary purpose of character introductions. Social discrimination, poverty, family, survival, power are the different driving forces behind the dreams and actions of the Flenory brothers. They're just getting started and things are about to get real interesting. They don't just want to be bosses they want much, much more. Fuck being bosses, we gonna kings is the agenda for the duo. 'Black Mafia Family' boasts of incredible production value and casting. Audiences can expect more excitement in the following episodes as we see Armageddon is about to be fought and sh*t is about to get real nasty.
'Black Mafia Family' is setting up itself for an incredible journey and we can't wait to see history go down.
'Black Mafia Family' airs on Sunday at 8 pm EST on Starz.