Sunday, September 25, 2016

TV Show Review: Power (Season 3)

The dealing and scheming of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) continue in the third season of the Starz crime drama Power. Ghost had narrowly escaped arrest and overthrow from rival gang members in season two. Still, Ghost tries to maintain his relationship with FBI agent Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), his high school sweetheart, despite an ongoing investigation and Ghost's wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton).

Power is another show that I caught up with this year as my growing dedication to being a television blogger has me catching up on shows that peak my interest. I was hooked from the first episode of the first season as I saw how Ghost juggled his legitimate business of Truth nightclub with his underground, illegal coke dealing and trying to control the outrageous temper of Tommy. Both Tommy and James are characters I enjoyed watching but I've yet to see them take on a villain that is equal to them except for each other.

The closest to a rival that any character gets to Ghost is Kanan (50 Cent) who also rap on that catchy single during the opening credits. Kana was down and out for most of this season after being beat up by Ghost and nearly burned to death, but his recovery and subsequent plot for revenge was one of the more intriguing parts of this third season. The passing of Felipe Lobos (Enrique Murciano) left a villain vacuum that was filled by Dean/Milan (Callan Mulvey) who was one of the cheesier bad guys to face St. Patrick.

As the crime world is in upheaval another threat emerges in Greg (Andy Bean), Angela's jealous ex-boyfriend and fellow FBI agent who was disgraced last season and comes at Ghost with a vengeance. He does everything in his power to tie Ghost to the Lobos murder but St. Patrick always keeps it cool and looks good in those suits doing it. Ghost is an anti-hero that is up there just under the likes Tony Soprano and Walter White while adding a new edge of suaveness to his role. Hardwick is a great actor and I hope to see him in more films and shows. Sikora brings a wildness to Tommy's character that contrasts so well with Hardwick cool-headed approach that the two of them have great chemistry as partners and best friends.

This season may not have been as strong as the first two but it certainly offered some surprises, though one particular twist felt a little silly to me. The world of Power, or at least New York City, operates on its own rules but I find the show very fun and almost always entertaining throughout a sustained season. The finale introduced new trouble for Ghost that will roll over into the fourth season. It's nice to see this show getting more attention as it is the highest view show on Starz despite their other hit Outlander. Starz is a channel on the rise with plenty of entertaining shows to watch. I still have to catch up on Black Sails and am really looking forward to Ash vs the Evil Dead season two. 

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