Transitions is a crime drama that offers a variety of meanings and debates. It explores the realistic portrayal of mental illness and the opioid epidemic through the eyes of law enforcement, narco-traffickers and the mentally-ill, set in the world’s most powerful city, Washington D.C. — the origin of the American nightmare.
This next-generation police procedural exposes the hypocrisy and epic corruption at the highest levels of politics, Big Pharma, law enforcement, and the illegal drug trade. The plots are adapted from recent and current headlines, showing extreme sacrifices retaining characters are willing to make in order to prevail. The unbearable suspense keeps viewers emotionally engaged through shadowy intentions and riveting plot twists.
Unlike no other TV show, this groundbreaking drama explores the failed “War on Drugs” and a collapsing health-care system that neglects those who pledge allegiance to a flag, but that same flag hasn’t pledged allegiance to them. In this sense, Transitions doesn’t glorify drugs, sex, money and violence; it merely puts a magnifying glass on mental illness and drug addiction. Why is the U.S. the No. 1 nation in the world for illegal drug use? Why does one-third of all Americans suffer severe mental problems and only twenty percent seek help? Transitions depicts those questions through complex characters to propel a gripping story.
Each story arc ultimately reveals the character’s change (hence the title) from one condition to another. Viewers who invest in watching this emotional journey of American culture… are rewarded with a major payoff in the end.
The first season introduces a major group of characters; a treacherous drug trafficking crew headed by Adonis Blackwell and a notorious contract killer named Rahman Abdul. The season follows Adonis manipulating and masterminding his way to power while Rahman takes on a series of contract killings.
To satisfy his uncontrollable appetite for money and power, Adonis skillfully orchestrates his way to the top of the narcotics food chain. The mentally-ill narco-trafficker has a major confrontation with his Nigerian heroin supplier Baba, not the kind of guy you want to invite to your dinner table. Adonis antagonizes the Nigerian kingpin and deceptively finds a way to justify his demise. Panama Jones, a trusted Blackwell lieutenant, returns a bad kilo of heroin to Adonis after being rejected by several addicts.
Claiming a huge monetary loss from the drug deal gone bad, Adonis meets privately with Rahman Abdul, his childhood friend who is a ruthless Muslim hitman. Adonis tells Rahman about his hostile conflict with Baba and how he was sold a significant amount of bad heroin. The quick-witted gunman is skeptical about the allegations, but ultimately takes the hit to murder the Nigerian drug lord. Life-altering dilemmas spawn from that incident throughout the season.
Played by Anwan Glover, mid-late 30’s, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. The hardship of his past created who he is today; a mentally ill, Machiavellian narcotics-trafficker and haunted man. Adonis was psychologically damaged at nine-years-old after witnessing his father’s death from a fentanyl overdose, the ironically same drug that became his very own cash-cow. He runs a well structured narcotics business and will commit murder in a New York minute to protect it.
His unquenchable thirst for power fuels his deepest desire to be on top of the narcotics food chain, but several obstacles mount in the process. He frequently uses deception, intimidation, murder and fear as his methods to power.
After distributing multi-kilograms of fentanyl-killing addicts in suburban and rural communities across America, he’s suddenly confronted with life-altering dilemmas while struggling with his own mental issues.
Played by Wali Johnson, an arrogant black Muslim with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. The Washington Post labeled him “THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF CONTRACT KILLERS.” He cycles between guns, knives, bats, anthrax, fire, cyanide, waterboarding and most grotesquely of all, hungry rats to murder his victims.
At the age of ten, Rahman developed a social phobia after his parents were brutally murdered. He was immediately sent to a foster home where he began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. His first ghastly murder came at the tender age of twelve when he shot the neighborhood stick-up man in the head. At the age of twenty-two, he was convicted for murder and sentenced to life in federal prison. After serving eight-years, his sentence was overturned on a technicality.
Faithfully reading the Quran and James Bond books in captivity, his killings became “justified homicides” in his mind as well as others. Rahman’s surveillance equipment and strategic planning rivals the likes of government agencies (FBI, CIA, Secret Service). Rahman is rumored to be personally responsible for over a 100 murders and his greatest struggle is with his conflicted consciousnesses.
Played by Michael Wright is the father of Adonis and Peaches Blackwell and several other estranged children. Lloyd was a Washington D.C. heroin kingpin throughout the 70’s and mid 80’s. After being robbed and gunned down — he suffered from a life threatening hip injury that started a downward spiral for the Blackwell family. The excruciating pain resorted into him abusing heroin which eventually led to him overdosing. Before his tragic death, he gives Adonis a book that would impact his cunning son’s life, “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli.
Played by Glenn Plummer, a well distinguished Los Angeles, California businessman. He’s one of the richest Black American men in the country with powerful political ties as well as street connections. He’s married to Carmen Lewis; a businesswoman, civic leader, motivational speaker, author, and lawyer. They both share two daughters and their only son was murdered while incarcerated.
Ten Thirty-Minute Episodes
In this pilot episode, tension between Machiavellian drug trafficker Adonis Blackwell and his Nigerian heroin supplier Baba reach a tipping point. Rahman meets with rape victim Dr.Clark.
EPISODE 101 (PILOT)
Adonis takes a step closer to his secret agenda by meeting privately with his childhood friend; Rahman doesn’t go easy on Dr Clark’s alleged rapist; The walls quickly close in on Baba.
Adonis introduces the deadly pain-killer fentanyl to his ruthless drug gang; Rahman fulfills Dr. Clark’s wish. Baba receives unexpected guests.
Adonis and Rahman are at odds about what was discovered in Baba’s mansion; Silk heads to Pittsburgh with a proposition.
Tension mounts in Detroit as Rahman prepares to meet diamond broker Almas; In order to avoid a war in Pittsburgh, Ishmael(Joe Gales)takes the pain-killer fentanyl to Detroit for distribution.
Rahman takes on another job after selling the blood diamonds; Ishmael and Sugar Ray (Sino Harris)are accused of robbing a Detroit kingpin.
Bosco (King Wesley)puts a hit on Ishmael and Sugar Ray; Ishmael has ongoing issues with Kareem while there’s a snitch in their crew.
Rahman is conflicted about his next job assignment; Ishmael finally gets his fentanyl shipment from Silk; Adonis’s hidden agenda starts to unravel.
Ishmael floods the streets of Pittsburgh with fentanyl; Kareem has problems with his Italian heroin connection; Coco gets backstabbed.
Priest(Glenn Plummer)puts Rahman in an uncompromised position; Ishmael comes face to face with the grim reaper.
Each season exists as a stand alone journey of ten episodes that zero in on high points of the hero, the antagonist, love interest and companion. Their heartfelt journeys has unexpected twists with intricate challenges throughout the plots of the storyline. Transitions’ novelistic structure forms multi-layered narratives with each episode serving as a single chapter.
The seasons work together to offer a larger narrative with literary themes, intertwining mental illness and drug addiction. The core of the show encompasses the federal investigation of a mentally-ill narcotics trafficker held responsible for a fatal opioid epidemic. In the first story-arc, some characters progress throughout the seasons while others have their stories resolved in an episode or a single season
A grieving squared-jaw FBI Director becomes addicted to heroin while obsessively pursuing a mentally ill narcotics-trafficker.
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