Powerless “Emergency Punch-Up” Review


POWERLESS — “Emergency Punch-Up” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Jennie Pierson as Wendy, Danny Pudi as Teddy, Ron Funches as Ron, Christina Kirk as Jackie — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

It feels good to have a show like Powerless to look forward to each week when you are looking for some humor.  Last week I loved how we finally start to get back to some focus towards not only greater cast dynamic, but getting back to something focusing on team Wayne Security. We get just as much substance when we are addressing this team and what they have to do each week to get by. Shenanigans are fun, but you always want to feel as though you aren’t forgetting the reason why they are all there.

The team gearing up to leave for a company retreat was in my opinion an interesting choice for where this team finds themselves currently. It’s already been established that time does pass a little fast between episodes, but you would have expected something a little more plot-centered around the things they do as Wayne Security. With that said, their approach to this works for what we already do know about this team. The reason for this was justifiable and that really is all that matters in the longrun.

Now through the use of this retreat the dynamics of this team are further established by way of some clever interactions. From Emily’s perspective I enjoyed the focus given to the current place she finds herself dealing with this team. If there was ever one risk with her and I have pointed out during those first few episode, it was that she can sometimes come off too whimsical. Actually feeling some sort of pressure for the position she has, and for what is keeping them from the retreat are great ways to shake things up. The platform they set up for her to speak her mind so far is the highlight of any episode up to now. A lot of characters are direct with each other, though this was the one time where it really mattered for someone to be blunt. Setting aside the seriousness helped a lot which proves that they do know when at times to dial it back.

Going back to the establishment of the other characters, this was too a key moment to highlight their whimsical sides. Getting to that ridiculous stage for them, even if counterproductive on the surface, challenges those who would view them as a handful. When you take all of that into account, the situation with this retreat created simply makes sense. You could see what they were trying to go for here and it works.

POWERLESS — “Emergency Punch-Up” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Ron Funches as Ron, Danny Pudi as Teddy — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

I’m not going to lie, this was one of the first times I genuinely got a laugh out of Van. He has been funny as of recently, but this right here was the right push taking advantage of the kind of boss he is.

For the rest of the cast, the humor stuck. As many would point out, a lot of it is coming naturally as they have hit the right groove. Like the week before, characters like Wendy in particular is beginning to stand out. Up till recently she has been falling to the background and has a lot to offer when it comes to saying those things that are better left unsaid. Or as I would call a character like her, the PR nightmare. When it came to Teddy and Ron, focusing on some of their flaws was entertaining. If there’s one thing about them you notice right off the bat it is their flaws. They’re sensitive and they can be aggressive when you back them into a corner. Allowing them a wider expression of those feelings amongst the cast as a whole ampified what could have been ignored just because Emily was around.

Powerless “Emergency Punch-Up” was a strong episode. One would have assumed that this would have been straight humor through, but the development from Dr. Psycho pushed the boundaries of what could have grown stale for some of these characters if not addressed. A comedy show should always be funny, but there are times when striking a balance takes you a long way in engaging viewers on a different level.

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