Let me start this by saying that I really liked The Chi. After the first two seasons, it was one of my favorite shows. Yeah, there were a few unanswered questions and plot holes (What happened to Q?), but at least there was a connected story. Jason's death -> Coogie's death -> Kevin witnessing the murder; all of the major characters were tied together in a central storyline. The supporting characters were interesting enough, but didn't take away from the main plot. It wasn't groundbreaking stuff, but it was entertaining.
Show creator Lena Waithe says that the first 2 seasons of the show didn't fit her vision, and viewers "had issues" with them. Who? Not sure who these people are, because everything that I've read points to the opposite being true. She has taken control of the series for season 3 and If there were issues before, this is supposed to be better? A season filled with unanswered questions and major personality changes with several characters? Random people just dropped into the show with no explanation or backstory? It's. A. Lot.
I get Jason Mitchell's exit throws everything into disarray. Brandon's death meant the writers had to come up with new material. My theory is what was supposed to be Brandon's storyline was shifted to Emmett. There's no reason to introduce Dom as a potential business partner for him. He doesn't have money to rent an apartment, but he has enough to open his own restaurant? Nah. Also, the fact that Emmett & Tiffany are randomly going to couples counselling leads me to believe that this was also meant for Brandon & Jerrica.
I also think that Ronnie's "I gotta save Keisha" storyline was meant for Emmett originally. Though Ronnie was the last one to see her, this seemed like a forced plot device to make him the hero. Emmett on the other hand, actually had two meaningful conversations with her in the days before she disappeared into a cloud of dust at the bus stop. It makes sense that he would take an interest in finding her since they have an actual relationship, unlike Ronnie. Especially after their convo at the wedding.
Ronnie's story should have ended in the last episode of season 2. Brandon forgiving him when they ran into each other on the street should have been the end of his redemption tour. He didn't need to play hero and find Keisha.
With that said, here's what really bothered me in season 3:
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