Powerless “Cold Season” Review


POWERLESS — “Cold Season” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Ron Funches as Ron, Jennie Pierson as Wendy, Danny Pudi as Teddy, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

Last week is where I can say that Powerless has started to pick up momentum. Everything up to that point was about hitting the right groove between story, plot and characters. The plot still has room for improvement when it falls to the background, but in these other two areas they are taking bolder leaps. Stronger personal presence, wittier humor, and in general just feeling like we are moving forward rather than taking step back. All the things that we look for in this week’s Powerless and beyond.

Powerless “Cold Season” was right on the nose from the start of this episode and somehow I love it. This theme plays so well into something fundamental about the DC Universe. I mean what is most joke-worthy about DC’s villains? The sheer fact that they have so many who all have iced based powers. So I could see them mocking the worst that could come this way for their city.

Emily convincing Teddy to enter a revolutionary invention into the Wayne Innovation contest was exactly what I was hoping for moving on to the next episodes. What I was hoping for is that we would get a little depth out of the other cast members like Teddy and Ron. They are funny, they have potential, and they have plenty of room to grow. For Teddy this was the perfect opportunity to highlight his skill at creating products. Better yet this was our time to get inside his head to see what made him stand out from the rest. The reason they gave for this innovation contest being a sensitive subject for Teddy with that said was just a bit over-the-top. There are a few times here and there where the humor didn’t quite stick and that was one of those times. Aside from this it was smart that they further pushed into his personal life too.

Emily working with Teddy was the best way to create exploration because she is just as new to understanding him as we are. Plenty of this even at this stage for Emily working at Wayne Enterprises remains trial and error. They work very well off of each other as well when both of their attitudes and personalities clash between enthusiasm and cynicism.

POWERLESS — “Cold Season” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Danny Pudi as Teddy, Jennie Pierson as Wendy, Ron Funches as Ron, Venessa Hudgens as Emily — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

One the other hand, Van having Ron assemble a toy in hopes of pre-occupying his new girlfriend’s child continues to embrace the idea that Van lives in his own world. Though like I stated above this was a time to squeeze some character depth out of Teddy and Ron, so this was an opportunity they didn’t waste to help us get to know Ron better. The little things matter, so it was nice to as well get the picture of what kind of person Ron is. His brand of humor at first wasn’t appealing, but as they peeled back his layers through later episodes up to this point he became more favorable through the small things about him which were surprising.

The dynamic between the cast as a whole continues to improve for the best. You don’t expect things to be perfect with them working as a team, but you expect to see stronger connections that go beyond what was seen in the first episode. That is where Powerless improves the most. Off the bat I would have assumed so much more screen time for Emily in comparison to the rest and was proven wrong. They really want to pull us into their world and do so while striking a balance between humorous and serious tones. Since Emily joined it seem like we are reaching that point for a lot of these characters where they are learning what it means to work with a legitimate team.

Powerless “Cold Season” was a solid episode for what it is. Focusing heavily on other characters who needed their time in the sun so to speak. Convenient situations are created at times, and some jokes a bit shaky, though overall entertaining because Powerless further pulls us into a world where superheroes really do exist and take different forms(not CW heroes).

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