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Powerless: Parks and Wreck

Powerless

For every super fight, there is a city. For every awesome altercation, there is destruction, and largely comic book films have only just begun addressing the fact that heroes like to break stuff. The good guys win and the bad guys get sent away to Arkham or some frightening super-max designed specifically for villain shenanigans. But the aftermath is always, almost the same. Powerless deals with the aftermath and the prevention of each violent event. Luckily, Wayne Securities is tasked with the burden of helping regular people deal with their weird, violent world.

Epi-Pens and plagiarism

This series takes place in the fictionalized Charm City, which is apparently the brighter, more colorful neighbor of Gotham. Day to day, Charm City is bombarded by villains and heroes come to save the day. Of course after a while, any person will get jaded when they have to live in constant fear of city level destruction. So as Emily, played by Vanessa Hudgens, watches in awe as her morning commute is disturbed by a massive fight, other citizens just try their best to ignore it. At work, it’s revealed that Emily is tasked with helping motivate the staff of the strangely start-up like Wayne Securities.

The company’s hugest accomplishment was the creation of the Joker gas epi-pen, but ever since that, Wayne Securities has been coasting and just choose to rip off Lex Corp. It’s a funny premise and the topic of people dealing with super hero destruction is unique. However, that doesn’t mean the series is wholly original.

Powerless

Powerless

Old Familiar Places

It’s not far-fetched to say that Powerless follows sitcom formulas quite closely. The cast is made up of familiar faces like Danny Pudi and Alan Tudyk, both of which bring their bubbly charms in spades. Vanessa Hudgens plays the quirky bright eyed, small town girl quite well but this is where the series kind of falls into same-y territory. There are inspirations taken from a number of other comedy shows like Parks and Rec, along with other series that feature quirky characters and goofy office shenanigans. At the same time, Powerless also leans heavily on wink and nod humor in its references to the DC universe at large.

DC's Powerless

DC’s Powerless

The Staying Power

At the end of the day, Powerless is an inoffensive sitcom with a lot of comic book references and a bit of potential. The first episode has just come out and a lot of other shows only find their stride after a few more episodes. It’s a fun watch and only the future will tell whether or not this show will get a bit cleverer. Try it out, because there are a few funny gags in its half hour run time and its closest rival, Marvel’s Damage Control, won’t be out for a bit longer.




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Gotham: It ain’t exactly Good

God, I wanted Gotham to be good.

I wanted Gotham to be great and in many cases it is, but unfortunately, it’s not the best thing on TV right now. The thing about Gotham is that it’s supposed to be about a prequel. It’s the place where Arkham, The Joker, Riddler, Hush, Scarecrow, and everyone found their start.

Gotham gets that, way too much and tries to play it straight faced all the way through.

The acting is great; every person plays their role well enough. Donal Logue does a great Harvey, but this is where I learn to doubt this series. The first episode is too filled with Batman related origins, and I get that it’s supposed to be about that, but even then, you get the feel that the creators are shoving too much in one episode.

Gotham

Gotham

Gordon is a great character on his own, but in the span of 45 minutes, almost half of the Batman villain lore is revealed. It doesn’t end up interesting enough to follow. Gotham’s filled with interesting characters and they are building Gordon to be the realist he eventually becomes. In many ways though, their trying to rush it, milking the first episode for as much nerd love as they can and that sucks. This is true for everyone except Fish Mooney, who is supposedly going up against the biggest crime syndicates in the city. She’s charismatic and fun to follow along with.

Spoiler warning:

For those that know a thing or two about Batman, here are some extra gripes I have about Gotham’s storyline. Okay, you have to admit that there are too many references into the series that don’t matter right now. Donal, one of my favorite underused actors, plays Clayface. Freaking Clayface! Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, and countless other major players show up in the first episode, making this series seem like its setting up stories that won’t play out that well. Like rolling several die many times and trying to keep track of each result while they’re rerolled again and again.

Conclusion

In the end, this series would have played better if the writers made it unravel like a slow boiling crime drama. A slow introduction and development of characters would have made each of them fuller and able to pull off bigger arcs. If you want to try something a little more fun, The Flash is now on its second episode. Sure, it’s a little dumber than Gotham, but at the same time, The Flash is also a lot more fun to watch.

Country Boy ethics with too much vague rhetoric. Plus video games, rap, rock, and films.