Power on Starz, is the perfect show to binge watch to get your heart pounding and your adrenaline flowing. It is a raw, sexy series that somehow is a combination of The Godfather, American Gangster and The Great Gatsby. The story line is terrific and keeps getting better each season. It beings together an exciting mix of actors, many of whom were not well known before this series.
In Power, the drug lord “Ghost”, like Gatsby, tries to use his illegally gotten money to fabricate a place in legitimate society and win back the woman whose family rejected him in his youth for not being “good enough”. Like The Great Gatsby, James St. Patrick (Ghost) discovers that you can’t have it all and that denying who you really are can result in ripping you apart and destroying all those around you.
Power was created by Courtney Kemp Agboth who, at the the end of each episode, gives a fascinating look into the minds of the writers. For example, she points out that throughout the series there is a use of mirrors to reveal the true Ghost. Every time James St. Patrick begins to believe he really is a legitimate night club owner, his reflection in the mirror will reveal that his true self is the murdering drug dealer known as Ghost. In one episode he comes home from a successful party at his nightclub, looking like a typical New York businessman. However, if you look at his reflection in the mirror, you will see that his white shirt is stained with a tiny drop of blood from when he had killed an enemy. The subtle touches like that make Power so much fun to watch.
A show with the street violence, rough sex scenes and gang warfare of Power is completely opposite to the upbringing of Courtney Kemp Agboth. She is an African-American who grew up in Westport Connecticut, graduated from Brown University and earned a Masters Degree in English from Columbia University. Still, she was always fascinated with the “other side” of the African-American experience. The side that her parents had taken great pains to keep her away from.
Someone who does have first hand knowledge of life on the streets is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson who is not only an Executive Producer on Power, but also one of the main actors in the series. He plays Kanan, one of the most frighting gangsters ever to appear on screen. Kanan is an “old school” thug, and hates the way Ghost is trying to walk away from his past.
Omari Harwick is perfect as “Ghost”James St. Partick as is Naturi Naughton as his beautiful wife Tasha. Ghost ad Tasha were married young and built the illegal drug business together. Now Tasha is furious that he husband wants to pretend to be a legitimate businessman and leave her for another woman. The “other woman” is Angela Valdes (played by Lela Loren) who also happens to be an assistant district attorney investigating the illegal drug trade in New York.
Ghost’s partner in crime is Tommy Egan (Joseph Silkora) an Irish-American thug who has been like a brother to Ghost since childhood. Unlike Ghost, Tommy understands that there is no way out of their life of crime other than jail or death. Even’s Tommy’s domestic life with his beautiful girlfriend Holly (Lucy Walters) is only possible because she is just as crazy and violent as he is.
In case you have not caught up with Power, we will not spoil the Season 3 season finale. We will say that it is as exciting as it is unexpected. For a time there were rumors that Power was cancelled and there would be no Season 4. Fans of Power, of course, went crazy on the internet until the rumors were put to rest and it was announced that there will be a Season 4 of Power.
- We rate Power Four Stars **** (be advised that it has sex scenes and extreme violence)
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