Season 1, Episode 1.
Powers is a Playstation Network exclusive television based on the comic books of the same name by Marvel Comics, under their Icon Comics imprint. Admittedly, we haven’t indulged in any of those comic books (yet) so we’re going into this series completely open-minded and ready for a new take on the superhero genre. As far as we’re aware, the world know super-powered people as “Powers” in the show, much like The Walking Dead uses “Walkers” instead of zombies – anyway, let’s get into it.
Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are two cops in the LAPD’s Powers Division, tasked with handling crimes that are committed by powers. Walker is an ex-hero called Diamond, who lost his powers after the shows big bad, Wolfe (get it? Big Bad Wolfe? anyway…), took them from him. Wolfe is now locked up deep in the barracks of the Powers headquarters, being restrained and brutally stunned routinely, keeping him from regaining full consciousness.
We’re introduced to what we assume are the main roster of heroes within the first couple of minutes via a convenient profiling segment on a news programme hosted by Mario Lopez. Walker is basically experiencing another bout of fame, but as a bad-ass detective who takes down the people who used to share similarities with.
Every Power so far has had a ridiculous name and outfit (Diamond and Retro Girl prove our point perfectly), and the main villains so far all have dodgy mustaches or beards, so we really do find it hard to take the show seriously so far. There’s instances of young girls giving out blowjobs to Powers to try to obtain superpowers of their own, and the main focus of the Pilot episode is Walker chasing after a girl who was sexually involved with a Power who was found dead.
It seems as if the show could have gone down a mysterious path, letting us find out about Walker’s past throughout the course of the 10-episode season, instead of holding our hand and walking us through it all in minutes. Walker is desperate to become a Power and we suppose we should feel some sort of sympathy towards him, but we just don’t. The show is rough and definitely won’t evoke any sort of emotion from us whilst it’s delivered as it is.
It’s interesting that Powers are openly inhabiting the world alongside the humans, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a “us and them” situation occurring. Though, the police department firmly believe the best way to combat a powered villain is with a powered hero, so we’ll see how that plays out – it seems as if Walker will free Wolfe to take him up on his statement of giving his powers back.
The show is R-rated and made for adults, but treats us as a kid by walking us through every situation. There’s hints of porn, sexuality, and swearing, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a compelling watch for adults – we was expecting a deep, psychological show exploring the nitty gritty of the downfalls of having superpowers and instead we were given a cluster of abrasive characters which were entirely unlikable.
Powers gets off to a bumpy start in the Pilot episode with plotholes galore, but it has potential.
- Big Bad Wolfe's potential
- Powers and humans walking amongst each other
- Police procedural elements