Powerless “I’m a Friend You” Review


POWERLESS — “I’ma Friend You” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Michael Cornacchia as Hot Dog Tony, Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, Christina Kirk as Jackie — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

Two week’s without Powerless was hard to accept. There was definitely disappointment that what you thought was missing the new episode last week was actually them last-minute not airing the episode. I do have to say Powerless impresses me without how far it has come in a short time since the first episode. Like any comedy it was shaky those first couple weeks, but it has turned around to become a show that you can look forward to each week. A comic book tv show nonetheless that you can get a laugh out of. If you know me then you know that as much as I love the ones ongoing currently, they can get a little too caught up in drama and seriousness. Powerless continues to be a breath of fresh air.

The world-building here was awesome, just the kind of thing I like about Powerless. This show exists in the DC Universe, but so much of it they are still able to make their own which I appreciate. It gives them much more room to get into the superhero themes that shape this world without being forced to be vague.

Creating this character dynamic with Emily and Jackie was the highlight of this episode for me. I always say that Jackie is an underrated part of the main cast who entertains every scene. Her attitude wonderfully clashes with everyone because she is direct and has zero problem with it. “Emily this”, was the best thing to come out of this considering there are so many ways to twist this verb that perfectly summarizes her character’s every action and intention. I mean if that is what furthers bonds like this, then I welcome it. For Emily in particular you can see why she is so aggressive and it works for this episode in particular. Jackie needing some extra cash puts her in a vulnerable position. The worst person you could run into at a time like that is someone who tries to fix everything, even when she probably shouldn’t.

POWERLESS — “I’ma Friend You” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, Danny Pudi as Teddy, Ron Funches as Ron, Jennie Pierson as Wendy. Alan Tudyk as Van — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

The character development for Jackie was touching in her own kind of way. She is a tough nut to crack and I’m glad that they are taking their time peeling back the layers.

Van’s witch hunt is admittedly a treat for a plotline. Any time during the first couple of episodes I would have rolled my eyes, but it is easier to get used to the role he plays as the inept boss. Some might say that this is a cliche at this point, though there is so much potential created from someone who struggles so hard to put the business before himself. The reason for this witch hunt was as ridiculous as it gets. I expected nothing too serious and that was as whimsical as it gets for Van. Setting his eyes on Teddy, Ron and Wendy shakes things up since these three don’t get too many episodes together. You could tell that these three are close, but up to this point they haven’t genuinely shared shenanigans together. It makes things all the more harder when Van already fails at trying to intimidate. The truth behind what was actually happening to Van was satisfying.

Just seeing Wendy have more screen time made what they were put through worth it. She has the same potential as a character like Jackie, but she also isn’t seen as much as anyone else. Maybe a little part here and there, but this episode was the first time where there was actually some relevance to her being around.

The wait for Powerless “I’m a Friend You” to finally air was worth it. This was the first episode where you could really see what the full cast has to offer. The humor is starting to come naturally and I wouldn’t say ever as forced as it was during the premiere.

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