Powers Episode #9 Review – “Level 13”

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Alek: So close. We were so close to this being a watchable series…not a Mad Men…or a Breaking Bad…or even Monk…but something tolerable that you could have in the background while you were reading comics. So…so close.

This was purely a set up episode…while it wasn’t necessarily filler (like the aftermath episode)…this was one of those “to be continued” type episodes where nothing of note really happens and you just hope the next episode pays off the investment you just made in watching the first part. I have to applaud their effort though…the creators of this episode at least tried to make things interesting by having Walker play both Johnny Royalle and his Powers division partners. As mentioned before, his past actions and attitude haven’t really made him a hero in the audience’s eyes. Watching him go back and forth between “good guy” and “bad guy” was believable, since we all assumed he was already the villain in this story. The vacillation would have been more believable though if Sharlto Copley was a better actor (or maybe had better lines). Maybe it was his intent, but it just seemed like he was obviously lying to everyone. And in the end, no character actually trusted him. (Once again proving, how utter useless and selfish he is as a character.)

It’s difficult to write a review of this episode, since it was basically half of story. Although we were rewarded with Royalle finally being caught, it was a false ending as Wolfe has now escaped again. For being some of the “greatest” powers ever, Walker and Royalle are basically unsuccessful in everything they attempt.

There were some great lines in this episode though:

    Triphammer: “Did you promise him my leg too?”
    Walker: “He didn’t ask for it.”

    Walker: “I’m a cop now…doing cop shit.”

    Royalle (to Walker): “Focus on what you want, it’s what you excel at.”

…okay Powers, you have one episode left to impress me (or at least prevent me from feeling I’ve wasted 10 hours of my life)…bring it on.

Top Five Things That Disappointed Me From the Ninth Episode (from “shaking my head” to WTF???)

5. Triphammer, Walker, Denna and the Chief discuss their super secret plan…at a pub??? This was Triphammer’s idea wasn’t it?
4. So Walker is in the middle of this complex plan playing his former best friend against his current partners…and he takes the time to go on a date with Retro Girl? Priorities dude.
3. Don’t you start with that “end of the world” stuff, Triphammer. It’s what brought down Heroes…stay in your wheelhouse: substandard effects and petty crimes.
2. Did Simons really think Wolfe wasn’t going to kill him? Why is everyone on this show so stupid?
1. No one ever likes Part I.


It’s difficult to write a review of this episode, since it was basically half of story. Although we were rewarded with Royalle finally being caught, it was a false ending as Wolfe has now escaped again. For being some of the “greatest” powers ever, Walker and Royalle are basically unsuccessful in everything they attempt.


John: [Note: Although John and I both agreed to purchase Powers and to suffer through each episode, John has abandoned me and refuses to buy the series. That’s just lame. For each review, I’ll post this note highlighting just how lame John is. He sucks. Damn him for making me suffer through this series alone. And now, it’s even worse…since Playstation is allowing people to rent the series for FREE!]

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