TV Review: Powers S2E1 Caracas, 1967
The world is turned upside down by the seemingly impossible and horrifying murder of Retro Girl (Michelle Forbes). Pressure is on the Powers Division to bring the perpetrator to justice, but when Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) is pulled off the case for being too close to the victim, and may be a suspect himself, he must go off-the-books to avenge the woman he loved.
Powers is shockingly back for a second season on the Playstation Network after what I consider a poor and disastrous first season.
The first episode of this second season isn’t the trainwreck that was the first season, but it still has a long way to go before the quality of the show matches the quality of the source material. Part of that is the episode dialing things back a bit to focus specifically on the murder of Retro Girl and setting things up for viewers who may have not watched the first season.
The episode does a solid job in catching people up and clearly stating where everyone lays with what’s happened, as well as the implications of Retro Girl’s death.
There’s still some bad. The special fx are still laughable and is apparent with Calista (Olesya Rulin) trying out her new abilities. The scene is so bad, especially when compared to other comic television series. It’d be one thing if the show had a more stylized look ala Sin City that we see for a second in Walker driving and it’s not all bad. There’s some solid stuff in the dark where it’s harder to see the actual computer work, but overall there’s just an odd inconsistency of it all.
The acting too isn’t quite there with the writing trying to make up for what the actors don’t seem to deliver. There’s some decent moments, but something is still very off about it all.
The first episode was an improvement on last season, but we still have a long way to go and in this episode you can still see some of the issues that have plagued the series.
Overall Score: 7.05