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AIRED ON 4/28/2015

Season 1 : Episode 10

Show Summary

Based on the graphic novel series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, this project is a police procedural set in a world where superpowers are relatively common. It follows two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, in a homicide department that specializes in cases involving special "powers" and abilities.

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  • Initially didn't like it... then I did.

    We found the first episode to be a little hokey and over the top, almost a parody of super hero shows, and the wife almost immediately didn't want to watch it. However I realized after the fact that this was based on a really good comic book I'd read in the past; Unfortunately they stray far from the comic book, which is a detriment in my opinion, but it's still fun nonetheless.

    Perhaps this hokey 'over the top' sentiment is an overarching theme and sometimes the effects can be cheese (like Wolfe eating people) but after I stuck with the first episode, I found myself wanting to see more and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. It's just... fun! Recommended if you like comic books, super heroes, or sci fi.moreless
  • Here's the gist of it


    I wanted to love this show, but I ended up just liking it.

    It's spawn from a comic book series, which I've not read.

    From the wiki page, the first 6 part mini-series was entitled "Who killed Retro Girl?"

    So from the end of Season 1, with Retro Girl murdered, let's just say, it had to happen I guess.

    The show seems loosely based on the comics. Again, based on the wiki...

    Now as far as the show goes.

    It was inconsistent.

    Why would Walker lament about his powers after 20 yrs?

    You would think he would have made peace about that.

    Then there is the issue of Calista.

    Seriously, there is no rhyme or reason for her in the show, except as a badly implemented plot point.

    Why did Johnny Royale take a shine at her? Eventually, it would appear it was because she reminded him of his sister.


    But why would Walker be protective of her? Then Retro Girl? Finally, of all people.. Wolfe???

    That flip me right there.

    No reason.

    She took 'Sway'.

    That's it.

    Wolfe decided to pass to her the leftovers of his powers.

    Again, nothing about Calista made sense.

    Sure, she's got powers now.

    The end of the 10 episode was in fact, one of the few scenes very well orchestrated. Because we all think that Calista jumps and loses her life, except, the cop scene is all about the murdered Retro Girl.


    On the high note, Eddie Izzard... Top notch performance.

    Such a dichotomy, to play such evil and yet to be so sophisticated, and at the same time so damn bloody.

    Johnny Royale's character was ok, it was interesting to see how they could get creative with the use of teleportation.

    Who would have thought that in his secret lair, he now only teleported himself, but the air around him..

    Walker/Diamond was.. well.. ok.. Sometimes a bit annoying. The writing for him was wrong, the timing were wrong.

    Retro Girl's character was interesting, I'm sad to see her die, but it had to be done I guess.

    Now what about these special effects???

    I mean, c'mon.. what was with that?

    Smallville had better effect, was on a budget and still cranked out amazing scenes and visuals.

    And that was over 10 yrs ago..

    The tech has improved and his much cheaper now.

    So, no excuse really.

    Still the show has potential. I just hope that if there is a Season 2, it is more consistent.

    I would love to see answers to questions such as "Where do powers come from" and maybe a spin-off in that world.

    Now, the problem is.. they had a shitty Season 1.. so, unless they get very creative and sharp, not gonna happen.

  • Like Heroes... but without the suck.

    For a show about the implausible, Powers sure makes a world where superheroes are an everyday part of life seem very real. Sharlto Copley gives a nuanced performance as Detective Christian Walker, former superhero who has lost his powers, now working for the police department investigating powers related crime. Michelle Forbes is fantastic as Retro Girl, Walker's former lover and world renowned power who struggles with the responsibilities of being a power while also being a celebrity icon. My favorite is Eddie Izzard, who turns in a disturbing performance as Wolfe, the incredibly menacing villain who is like a boogeyman in the Powers world. Though he spends most of the series in restraints, it never stops him from being a palpable threat in every scene he's in. So far this show has been firing on all cylinders, and I can't wait to see where it goes.moreless
  • A new take

    This has got to be the best new show in town. A new take on the hero situation, how heroes and super beings are treated in average society. Good acting with a nice simple and easy to understand plot, and who doesn't like when ber-power people beats the big jeezes out of each other?

    Don't watch this show making the mistake thats it is a comic book you read when you were a child, nothing ever compares to what you did last week and the grass is always greener... watch it with new eyes and if you can not explicitly explain your inability to do so.moreless
  • Strickly for Kids

    This is a weird mix because its written and conceptualized in a world straight out of a kids imagination, but its been given a hyper real face lift type look (a la christopher nolan) the dichotomy between the absurd and the "realistic" makes this show off putting. If your under the age of 16 or you love the family channel this is the right fit. The content simply didn't make any attempts at plausibility when the environments and cinematography are trying to scream real world modern crime drama.moreless

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    Drama, Science Fiction