-Emily is growing with each episode and we love it.
-Ron, Teddy and Van having a superhero freak out was perfectly hilarious.
-We haven’t seen that much of Wendy hopefully that changes over the course of the season.
Powerless continue its steady rise with an episode that shows the tricky side of dating in Charm city.
Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) is feeling a little down on her romantic luck when she receives an invitation to her ex-boyfriends wedding. That is until she meets handsome doctor Dan (Robert Buckley). However, like most things it’s too good to be true and Jackie (Christina Kirk) informs Emily that Dan is a supervillain henchman.
While inspecting one of their products trashed in a super fight Teddy (Danny Pudi) and Ron (Ron Funches) discover a batarang left by the dark knight himself Batman. Unable to keep the weapon secret Van (Alan Tudyk) becomes aware that they have a way to contact Batman who supposedly owes him money. Secretly though it seems Van has ulterior motives, which is to become the next Robin!
There were plenty of laughs and a whole lot of fun this episode, let’s get into it!
Riddle me this? What looks like a henchman and acts like a henchman?
We were very curious at what the dating scene in a super city would be like, would there be just a casual dating of vigilantes and alien heroes alike? One we didn’t anticipate is the dating pool being filled with potential bad guys. A fun twist that served tonight’s episode greatly. It’s nice that we are now getting more into our characters on a personal level and tonight Emily was extremely relate-able. Most of us have experienced the pickiness that comes with dating and even more of us have probably glossed over the bad in favor of the good and attractive. Robert Buckley was a great choice for henchman, Dan. His classic boy next door looks and easy personality made it easy to understand why Emily might not immediately see what everyone else did.
We loved watching Emily struggle with how to be less sunshine and angrier when time to confront Dan about his evil career choice. It also made for some wonderful screen time for Hudgens who we were afraid could become one note.
Emily: “Were you working in the ICU? BECAUSE I SEE YOU, LIAR!”
After it’s all said and done and Dan goes away we find ourselves wanting a win for Emily. So, here’s to hoping Emily finds a nice suitor, super or not sometime in the future.
Every Batman needs a Robin.
It was great to see Van interact with a new part of the team and the Teddy, Ron, and Van team up to meet Batman were nothing but fun. Vans insistence that he is more important than he really is has us cracking up every episode in large part because Tudyk sells it so well. Van is played with such a sense of casual entitlement you can’t even be annoyed with him. Kudos to the show for keeping Van likable because we can’t imagine what this show would be without him as our corporate leader.
Ron and Teddy are such an adorable duo. We love Pudi’s bored cynicism and Funches makes Ron so lovable that the friendship between while on paper might not make sense works with perfect balance on the show. Adding in Tudyk to this episode plot with the three of them made for a truly comedic B plot that we aren’t soon to forget.
Teddy: “Why are you squeaking when you walk?”
Ron: “Yea and why are your nipples protruding?”
Van: “It’s cold and um, I think the real question is why aren’t yours?”
You and me, we’re friends…I guess.
So, we are really into the growing friendship between Jackie and Emily as reluctant as it may be on Jackie’s part. As well as Kirk and Tudyk work well together, Tudyk, as we’ve seen, can work well with anyone and light up the show. Hudgens and Kirk, however, are a great balance. Their yin and yang attitudes make everything between them a joy to watch. What we may love the most is that despite the differences Jackie under the surface is beginning to care about Emily. Her advice to Emily and her ability to keep her from falling over the edge of whatever cliff she’s straddling is great.
“If I don’t want your front hug what makes you think I’d want your back one!”
One thing we don’t see enough on TV is good female friendships and while that’s getting better as the years go on there’s still ways to go. It’s still all too often the male characters get the big wonderful partnerships and bro feelings and the women are left to catfight out of cliché bitchiness or romantic affection from a mutual crush. So being able to see the women in the office including Wendy (Jennie Pierson) simply just be friends is great.
Every episode Jackie continues to give us the best lines that stay with us well after the episode. The combined efforts of Kirk and the writers Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern are making for truly laugh out loud moments.
Jackie: He’s just a low-level henchman, I dated one in college it’s like dating the bass player”
Final Verdict: Powerless is staying consistent and we’re excited for what’s to come next.
Don’t think we will ever get tired of talking about how much we adore the way the show utilizes the DC Universe and superhero allure. We don’t think we’ve ever seen a show capitalize on the comic world in this way. It’s fresh, new and we think NBC made a solid decision green lighting this show. With the whole of the DC properties at its disposal, the potential for this show is so large and we’re already hype to see how much deeper they’ll go into it the longer the show goes on.
Little moments like the excitement of finding a batarang, the Riddler’s henchman wearing question mark t-shirts and the Green Lantern symbol punched into a henchman’s face are gold. We may be a little bias being the DC fans that we are, but we’re hoping these names are big enough that a general audience is enjoying it the same and maybe even becoming more interested in the DC Universe with every new reference made.
Dan: “I slipped and fell on a rock”
Teddy: “Was the rock shaped like Green Lanterns ring”
Dan: “Who knows? Sometimes pancakes look like Jesus”
QUESTION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
- Dan the henchman fizzled out will Emily ever find love?
- Van’s custom Robin suit was great, how many times do you think he wears it?
- What kind of superhero gadgets will the team invent next?
- What DC Easter eggs did you guys catch?
- Tweet us anyone ones we may have missed @TVAfterDark
You can catch episodes of Powerless on Thursday’s, 8:30/7:30c. Channel: NBC
‘Powerless’ Review [1×04] “Emily dates a henchman”