Wednesday, September 6, 2017

TV Show Review: Power (Season 4)

The fourth season of Starz's crime drama had plenty of twists and turns moving towards what looks like an all out war for the next season. The show picks up with James 'Ghost' St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) in jail after being charged by his former lover AUSA Angela Valdes (Lela Loren). Ghost's partner Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) has to take over the business amidst Ghost's absence, beating up anyone who messes with their drug distribution. Power is up against some really popular shows including one of the most popular shows but somehow I caught each episode only a few days later and found this season really entertaining. I always like to watch Jamie or Ghost succeed so seeing him in prison kind of sucked but it was just another obstacle he had to outwit everyone and escape. Meanwhile, Ghost's son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) has fallen in with the wrong crowd, particularly Ghost's nemesis and one of my favorite characters Kanan (50 Cent).

New threats pop up as Ghost has to not only survive his murder charge for Angela's old partner and lover but an abusive guard and a scheming criminal mastermind. Having to take over the legitimate club business while Ghost is locked up is Dre (Rotimi), a young man who Shadow took out of poverty. Dre is not the most trustworthy and it is clear that he is scheming behind Tommy and Ghost's back. Ghost is confronted by the abusive guard Marshal Clyde Williams (Charlie Murphy) and reacts violently when the Marshal tries to kill him. Ghost kills the guard and sees no way out when the criminal Tony Teresi (William Sadler) has another prisoner take the fall for the kill though now he uses his knowledge as leverage over Ghost. What he wants more than anything is to speak with Tommy though Ghost is not sure why.

Ghost dodges that conviction and also the one that put him in jail in the first place when Angela reveals additional evidence. Ghost's wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton) has to deal with the fallout of her husband while taking care of her daughter Raina (Donshea Hopkins) who suspects something is up with her brother. Tasha receives a disturbing text message that asks for a ransom for Tariq but he turns up fine and denies any trouble. She also starts a relationship with Ghost's lawyer Terry Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon). When Ghost finally gets free, he finds that there is a rival gang the Jimenez cartel growing in power as a supplier and Tommy has made several wild business moves.

Ghost proceeds to put everything back together while others scheme behind his back. He works to repair his image and keep his criminal empire intact. Kanan's co-conspirators have grown impatient with his plan to kidnap Tariq so the woman cop Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose) captures him and demands a ransom. Kanan teams up with Ghost to take out Jukebox and save Tariq. The plot thickens when Tommy finds out that Teresi may actually be his real father and threatens a war with the Jimenez cartel. Tariq doesn't learn his lesson and continues to associate with a criminal element. He witnesses a murder during a home invasion he helped execute and finds himself on the run. Ghost believes he's manage to avoid war and is even being recognized for his contribution to the community.

The season takes a mad twist when Tariq's actions lead to another villain and rogue cop Ray Ray (Marcus Callender) shoots Raina in cold blood when she confronts him. Tariq swears revenge but doesn't tell his father or the police. Tommy gets to the bottom of it but also finds that Dre has double-crossed them. Once again, Ghost evades arrest but the death of a family changes everything for him. It looks like there will be a huge gang war to start off the fifth season with Tommy, Kanan, and Ghost working together. Power is a fun show that always has some crazy plot twists making it very entertaining to watch. I am anticipating this show to return next year. 

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