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Columnist and author Melissa Crawley writes about what's hot on TV.
‘Power’ is a missed opportunity
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Melissa Crawley has a PhD in media studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her book: Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's \x34The West Wing\x34 was published in 2006. She has also published work online ...
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Melissa Crawley has a PhD in media studies from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her book: Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television's \x34The West Wing\x34 was published in 2006. She has also published work online at PopMatters and Flow as well as chapters in the edited collections: The American President in Popular Culture and The Great American Makeover. Her weekly syndicated television column, Stay Tuned, is part of GateHouse News Service. Follow her on Twitter @melissacrawley
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When two people in a relationship start to move in different directions, the bond that keeps them together is likely to weaken and eventually break. When those two people are lifelong friends who built a drug empire together, broken bonds have the potential to lead to all kinds of very bad things. “Power” is the story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a major distributor of drugs to the wealthy of New York City. Along with partner Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), he runs a successful operation that has made both men rich. When Ghost opens a nightclub called Truth, as a front to clean his drug money, his ambitions to make the club (and his life) legitimate clash with Tommy’s loyalty to their criminal business. His desires also conflict with those of his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton), who in the early days, was the “Bonnie” to his “Clyde” and has no interest in giving up the game.

“Power,” in keeping with what seems to be a requirement for shows on Starz, is violent and has plenty of sex scenes. The storyline isn’t groundbreaking. While it recognizes the seductive aspects of power, it misses the chance to explore how deep and dark that seduction might go.

The show’s main conflict is Ghost’s struggle to change. Wanting something different for your life is easy to relate to and Hardwick plays Ghost’s internal battle with a decent mix of anxiety and indecision. The other characters however, aren’t much more than giant signposts of past and future. Tommy and Tasha represent Ghost’s old self. When he runs into Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), the high school crush who broke his heart, he sees in his rekindled feelings for her, a new self. It’s not exactly lazy storytelling but it’s too simple for a drama that has an opportunity to do more. “Power” is speaking to a subscription audience. It should push boundaries.

Unsurprising for a show executive produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the soundtrack adds a music video vibe to the storylines. The standard imagery of wealth—beautifully tailored clothes, expensive watches, big cars, stylish penthouse apartment—is used to visually convey Ghost’s influence. Again, it’s a simple way to suggest an idea that could be told through a better storyline. Tasha is a neglected wife increasingly desperate to hold onto both her husband and her lifestyle but exactly why she’s so desperate isn’t entirely clear. Her biggest complaint seems to be that Ghost isn’t having sex on demand with her. I’m hoping that she becomes the catalyst that destroys their lifestyle in a dramatic act of betrayal but that is the stuff of better shows.

“Power” wants to lure you into a dark world and then tempt you to find the light. But it would be so much better if the darkness was deep enough to make you care about finding a way out.

“Power” is on Saturdays on Starz.

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