Powerless is a fresh take on the superhero world (pilot review)

With so many action-packed shows focused on both DC and Marvel Superheroes, Powerless is a breath of fresh air to the comic-book-turned-TV genre. Starting with the credits, they not only allude to the big guys and gals of the DC universe, they show them and have you focus on the bystanders from famous comic book covers, opening your eyes to a world of characters you never knew of or cared about. This gives a strong presentation of what the show will focus on and stays perfectly in line with the show’s theme, that the “powerless” can still make a difference without being a superhero.

Focusing on a recent college grad who moves to the big city filled with heroes and villains, Emily wants to help the world become a better place. Vanessa Hudgens stars as the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Emily, who is the new director of research and development at Wayne Security. Like all college grads who are first entering the real world, she comes to find out that there are a lot of office politics, and not everyone is as excited as she is to work for tech mogul Bruce Wayne, or is as shocked when a battle between heroes and villains slows down the commute to work.

With a team of bored developers, assistants (played by Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, Christina Kirk, and Jennie Pierson), and her ego-centric boss Van (Alan Tudyk) who only wants to impress his cousin Bruce Wayne, Emily sets off to keep her team from losing their jobs. To do this, she must try to find a new piece of technology that will impress Bruce Wayne enough to keep the company going.

The show reminded me a lot of Parks and Rec mixed with The Office, not only because they’re coworkers, but because the silly jokes remain consistent and keep you smiling. It also makes sure to include C-list superheroes and villains like Jack-O-Lantern and Crimson Fox while also mentioning people like Batman, the Joker, and other big wigs in the DC universe.

Overall Powerless is a fun and original take on the superhero genre with a lot of potential and will definitely keep you wanting to see more of the half-hour comedy. Powerless was created by Ben Queen and premieres on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:30 pm.

Rating: 4/5 atoms


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