Now that the entire first season of Powers is in the can, let’s step back a bit and take a broader look at the show. I started out hopeful and ended up drinking heavily while hating my continued existence, so obviously I’m going to draw a negative conclusion here (spoiler warning, I guess?) but it’s worth taking a look at WHY the show fell apart. With any luck, Sony will fix it up for season two. Because there is going to be a season two, apparently. Setting fire to a briefcase of unmarked bills would be a better use of the money, but there you go.
So, after ten episodes of slowly flailing its arms about, Powers sputters to a halt. Did they pull out of the nosedive in time? Did they make something truly impressive, clever, and inspiring? Did they justify the millions of dollars Sony poured into this thing? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha nope.
And the award goes to… Powers, for finally having an episode which doesn’t poop itself and collapse on stage! Yes, this week we actually get a taste of what the series could be. It doesn’t delve into the world building that intrigued me originally, but a classic double agent story elevates this one out of the muck of the rest of the season. How’d the penultimate episode fare, exactly…?
Remember back in the nineties when live action stunt shows based on your favorite cartoons were a thing? Your parents paid inflated ticket prices so you could watch guys in rubber ninja turtles costumes kick a rubber-costumed Shredder’s butt and maybe there was a musical number or two. How stupid would that be in real life? How stupid and contrived and ill-designed would it be for someone to hire an actual bad guy to attack a good guy for publicity? Hey, let’s find out!
Things are heating up as Christian and Johnny race to find ways to talk to Wolfe, and Simons learns firsthand the effects of the drainers, teenagers cry at each other and oh god I just want all of this to end I am so bored.
Superhero fans! Are you ready for white-knuckle funeral scenes starring too many easily forgettable characters? How about teen romance plots that go nowhere? Maybe some vaguely menacing but completely empty warnings of impending doom? It’s Powers, baby! GET HYPzzzzz….
One ten-round bare knuckle boxing match, surrounded by flashbacks and weird psychic wars, comin’ right up. This tale tunnels in on Wolfe’s character, staying focused compared to some of the more meandering episodes of the series… and ends up strong as a result, with fewer of the more tiresome bits that tend to tag along for the ride. Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolfe?
Episode Title: The Devil in a Garbage Bag
Original Airdate: 3-17-2015
Today on Powers, we learn that the human body is compromised of 240% blood and 10% quips! Also we learn that teen romance is boring and Eddie Izzard is surprisingly terrifying.
The Powers saga continues, and I don’t use that word lightly. The pacing is a slow burn, exposing the story little by little, rather than providing neatly encapsulated episodic stories. This time around, fallout from Calista’s falling out shows us how each character reactions to that little encounter, and Johnny makes his move…
Hello, folks! Stefan Gagne here, contributing to Channel Superhero; in my spare time (hah! who has spare time?!) I write serialized novels, so reviewing serialized television content seems right up my alley.
Episode Title: Pilot
Original Airdate: 3-10-2015
Welcome to the world of Powers, where superheroes clash with supervillains somewhere in the background as we focus in on the lives of ordinary folks caught up in the power-obsessed culture that has spawned around them. Instead of directly examining particular caped crusaders, the series builds an intriguing world of celebrity culture and fanatical fandom which destroys as much as it inspires…
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