The first DC comedy premiered on NBC and we are here to discuss it.
Not all superhero shows are the same, and the premise behind Powerless is to become a different kind of superhero show indeed.
In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.
With a cast comprised of stars, mainly Vanessa Hudgens and Alan Tudyk; but also Community´s Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk and perennial @Midnight winner Ron Funches the show has a lot of promising stuff we are hoping it can deliver weekly.
You can watch a Powerless Sneak Peak trailer below
In Charm city it appears as though super heroes and super villains are a thing of every day; and Emily grew in a “fly over” zone where she could only see superheroes fly by but never stopped, so she dreamed about one day going to the big city and start doing incredible things.
Emily ends up working at Wayne Security, an enterprise that is ran by Alan Tudyk as Van Wayne, Bruce Wayne´s cousin, (or as Van -who is very close with him- calls him “B-Dubs”).
In Wayne Security, they create products to help the Powerless, for instance with an anti joker venom syringe.
During Emily´s first day in the city, there is of course a battle between a hero and a villain where her train is thrown n the air and the superheroine catches it at the last second… but nobody, except Emily is impressed. After all, it happens every day.
In their first meeting, this dialog happens
Emily: I want to help people.
Van Wayne: I love that… as long as t´s helping people, plus kicking ass.
This leads me to believe Alan Tudyk´s character will be (as per usual with him) a high for the show.
The first scene of Danny Pudi as Teddy made me realize how much I miss Community. And introducing Ron Funches as head of engineering and chief of childlike wonder made me realize he was underused on Undateable.
The point behind Wayne Security is to make cheap rip offs from Lexcorp´s products as it seems, but probably Emily will try to make the team strive for greatness, ensuing comedy in the meantime.
All in all, a good new premise for a show, but it still needs to find both the rythm and the sweet spot for the humor. At this moment, and after only pilot aired, I am giving the show three more episodes to develop before my final grade. As is: Powerless is a show with tons of potential yet unfullfilled.
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