was a late adopter of the BET series Being Mary Jane. I tried it a few months after its debut and found the cast a little insufferable and whiny.
But I eventually got into it and although I didn’t like Mary Jane Paul – played by Gabrielle Union – I kept watching, and religiously.
Season three started and my sense of panic for her career is similar to The Root’s writer Bené Viera’s. She wrote: “Within the first three episodes ... I find myself wishing that the complicated woman we’ve grown to love and hate could catch a break for once.”
There I was worrying for her wellbeing, always anxious that something worse than what had already happened would happen.
I appreciated the fact that Mary Jane’s trauma was not treated in the many clichéd ways in which one has come to expect. Instead of the comfort eating, the crying, and not washing, which so many films and programmes have turned into a trope, MJ, like many other people, has to get back to life, adopt responsibilities and do her best to deal with everything. I appreciated the treatment. It wasn’t contrived and it didn’t try for drama.
David and his annoying face make an appearance again. I was angered when he did because (unintentionally) I am now on
LOVE HER OR HATE HER
Gabrielle Union plays Mary Jane Paul