As a lethal powers-enhancing drug is unleashed on the public, Detectives Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) seek out the criminal mastermind behind it with the help of iconic Power, Retro Girl (Michelle Forbes). As clues come to light, Walker considers the possibility that Wolfe (Eddie Izzard), his dangerous former mentor turned nemesis, might have the answers he seeks.
Its been a while since I reviewed an episode of Powers, though six have been released. Partially this is due to my frustration with the Playstation store and how they provide video (a rant for another time, Netflix it is not), the other issue…. the series is so so so so so so bad. Like 1990s Generation X television movie bad.
In my previous review I harped on some of the reasons I felt this series was an abysmal failure. But, I think it comes down to two things that are on full display here. Horrible acting, and a production value only slightly better than a fan film.
Everyone, seems to either not care, or have so little direction, they have no idea what to do when it comes to their characters or the world they inhabit. There’s also the option that some were told to go over the top , and embody their character giving them small quirks that at this point is irritating. Case in point, Noah Taylor‘s Johnny Royalle who growls his way through his lines never quite making his character scary or feel like a tough villain, only a cheesy 80s/90s bad guy in a cop movie. Michelle Forbe‘s Retro Girl feels like a stiff board with every word uttered. Olesya Rulin‘s Calista Secor seems like a lost Olsen twin and the acting range of their Full House days. The acting is atrocious, making watching the show comically entertaining and not in a good way.
I’m familiar with past work of Sharlto Copley as well as Eddie Izzard (though we haven’t seen much of him yet). I know those two can act. Which also makes me think it has to do with substandard writing. Copley helped take a low-budget science fiction film (District 9) and made his character believable. He’s been solid in everything I’ve seen him in, no matter how poor the actual film was. So, there has to be more than just the acting. I shall keep watching to see if I can pinpoint it.
The costumes, locations, and special fx continue to be sub-par from not just the big screen, but the other superhero shows on the small screen. Any one currently on television, and I’d throw Grimm in there too, all have production value that outshines any moment in Powers. Any money spent isn’t transparent on the screen.
With so many other choices out there, there’s many other shows featuring powers I’d choose before this series.
Overall Score: 6