TELEVISION | Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent's "Power" trust, family, and morality are examined and redefined
"They say the next big thing is here,that the revolution's near,but to me it seems quite clear that it's all just a little bit of history repeating"
-Shirley Bassey, History Repeating
The episode picks up with a dazed Tariq, still lying, still angry at his father, and still healing over his Kanan heartbreak. While he can barely look at his father and does't return his father's embrace, he runs to uncle Tommy, the one family member he feels he can trust. Tariq is still going to Tariq, but this episode was redeeming. He's not pretending to be someone he is not, he is just a teenager, questioning, frustrated, and messing up. Next we see Mak, expertly played by Sung Kang, on a quest to remove himself from the rest of the prosecution team, and find Greg Knox's killer. He is still smug, expertly dressed, and two steps ahead of the rest of his team. It's easy to see the latter is something that will either help or hinder Mak in the remaining episodes. When Tasha finally sees Tariq, she has ly be referred to as "The Reckoning" with her estranged, self righteous husband. Ghost starts to unload on Tasha after finding out that Tariq was kidnapped previously while he was still on a federally paid for vacation, but Tasha flipped the script, telling Ghost that while he was in jail, she was saving their family.
Speaking of family, everyone's favorite blood in-territory-out drug dealer turned, well, drug dealer, Julio, died last episode. Tommy immediately questioned Dre, who did an excellent job pretending not to know Kanan was alive or that he had any contact with Tariq. Then he put on an academy performance discovering Julio was dead and wanting to exact revenge on Julio's killer, aka Dre's accomplice. Someone must like Dre, God or the Power writers, because he skates through every situation with more charm and composure than the last and even got a promotion as the new distributor. Even when it came to confronting Tariq on why he was keeping his involvement with Kanan a secret, when Dre realizes all Tariq wants is answers he gives them to him, becoming one of the only people that Tariq can trust to tell him the truth. Let's recap, upcoming drug dealer who also wants to be a business man, using charm and street smarts to get what he wants while forming a friendship with his mentor's son. Sound familiar? OH. Like Dre whispered over Julio's cold, dead body, he won.
Rotimi and Joseph Sikora as Dre and Tommy in episode 7 of Power, avenging Julio's deathPhoto Courtesy of Starz
Also familiar, is Sandoval trying to pin his crimes on whoever they will stick. With Mak investigating every lead to bring Knox's killer to justice, Sandoval is planting seeds to set up agent Jerry Donovan as the killer. He even goes to kill Donovan, who just so happens to be at Angela's house discovering that Sandoval most likely is the killer. At this point, Valdez,Donovan, and Sax are assembling the real dream team to take down Sandoval.
A lot of previous predictions came true this episode. First, Teresi is Tommy's father. Tommy's conversation reveals two things, his mom purposely kept his father away from him, and his love for redheads is not just some strange Oedipus complex, but inherited from his father. Second, Tasha and Silver start their affair. Silver rubbed all up on Tasha's fur collar and I knew we were getting our long overdue sex scene. While overdue, their connection still seemed rush. Silver went from only knowing Tasha as the dutiful wife of James St. Patrick, to singing Karaoke with his friends, to popping up at his house. What did come out of this episode, is the reminder that Power's music director is a genius. Tasha singing Whitney Houston's " I have Nothing", asking for someone to love her for the real her, while pretending to be someone she isn't is poetic.
Power is doing something interesting this season with women. The most ruthless characters on the show are women. They are focused, fierce, and pretty dark. When you take into account the craziest person the three most ruthless people knew in the world was 5'5 115 pound Jukebox, Angie was willing to give up her job and take everyone down with her and bounced right back as a stronger leader in the name of truth, Tasha is cheating on her husband with every man who makes her feel wanted and we don't blink an eye, and the newest killer is the Jimenez sister who was heard to be so ruthless that everyone assumed she was a man- the traditional roles of women are being flipped upside down on it's head.
Another interesting character introduced this episode is Councilman Tate (Larenz Tate). It's obvious he wants to get to know James, and was rooting for his release, and that Stern is against him and Ghost being friends, but other than that, he remains a mystery. With only three episodes left in the season, and a whole lot of build up and no real movement, predicting the next few episodes is challenging but here goes:
- Mak convinces Jerry he knows he's an accomplice in the Homeland Security Agent's death
- Sandoval attempts to kill Angie but Ghost kills him in the moment instead
- Tariq goes looking for Kanan
- Tommy and Ghost have a standoff with guns after Tommy kills someone he probably shouldn't have
- Councilman Tate discovers who James St. Patrick really is and has a past of his own
- Lakeisha finds out about the affair with Silver and gets so jealous she tells Silver Tasha is a criminal
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What a supressive time it was
Love is a beautiful thing.
But the concept of love in and of itself turns humans into the most cliche versions of themselves. The grief of heartache, in particular, is uniquely transformative, breaking down humans of all shapes into feral cretins. The heartbroken human will cry at random intervals in the Trader Joe's check out line after spotting all the last minute snacks they and their lover used to throw into the shopping cart "just for fun." The heartbroken human will take up new hobbies like Ship-In-A-Bottle or Tennis that never have lasting power. Most importantly, the heartbroken human will yearn–oh how they yearn–for a companion.