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TV Review: Powerless S1E7 Van v Emily: Dawn of Justice

powerlessbigWhen Emily has to put up a fight to get her own office, she challenges Van to a competition. Meanwhile, after Teddy’s life is saved by Green Fury, he goes to great lengths to see her again.

Powerless is interesting with a bit of a shuffling of episodes and bringing this one to us a bit earlier than the episode release order that’s been released, but that’s not a big deal at all as the series gets back to its more humorous roots with the expected lessons learned from situations.

There’s two main stories, Emily wanting her own office and challenging Van to get it and Teddy becoming obsessed with Green Fury after falling off a ledge and being saved by her.

The Teddy story with Green Fury is a bit weird and what is supposed to be cute comes off as weird, especially when he’s an utter dick towards the woman he’s actually seeing at the end of the episode. He attempts to get Green Fury’s attention through various means and it feels like it’s a little stalkerish. It is nice to see tropes flipped and the man being saved by the female superhero, but Teddy’s follow up is a bit odd. And in fairness, I always though Lois falling for Superman after being saved was odd too.

The other part of the episode again revolves around Van and his being an utter dick to the staff. It’s a weird follow up to the previous week when he shows the same behavior over use of his bathroom. I think the use of Van of the series is some of its biggest missteps where it can’t decide if he’s supposed to be the bumbling comedic boss (like Michael Scott on The Office) or if he’s supposed to be mean and petty. These last two episodes lean too heavily on the latter making Van an almost unlikeable character sucking the humor from the episode and series. It’s weird to see and the writers feel like there’s just not a good handle on Van being the joke, the center of jokes, or just being mean.

The overall episode is better than the previous week but when half of the episode is borderline mean spirited it’s hard to get completely into the show. When Van’s character gets better settled, the show will see vast improvement.

Overall Rating: 6.35

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