There is a popular television show that tells the story of a ruthless African-American family in New York City, with a patriarch that does his best to run a legitimate business, but is constantly being dragged into his illegal dealings. I know what you're thinking: "You're talking about Empire!" Nope! I'm talking about Power.
Power is one of the most exciting shows on television today. With all its violence, drama, power plays and dramatic irony, there's never a dull moment on the show. Also, unlike Empire, Power didn't suffer from the sophomore slump during its second season. However, Power doesn't get quite the same reception as Empire, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Allow me to explain why Power deserves to be hailed as one of the best TV shows of the 2010s.
The show centers around James St. Patrick, a successful (and sexy!) businessman that runs Truth, one of the hottest nightclubs in the city. However, his main business is in the drug trade, and his business associates in the street know him as Ghost. Ghost is desperate to leave the drug business and become a legitimate entrepreneur, but he is constantly being pulled back in from all directions. One of the factors pulling him back in is his wife, Tasha.
Tasha is even more ruthless than Ghost and just as ambitious, at least as far as drug dealing is concerned. She loves her life as a kingpin's wife, and she hates the idea of Ghost wanting to become legit. Aside from Ghost's desire to leave the drug game, Tasha also has to deal with her husband having an affair with his high school sweetheart, Angela.
For Ghost, Angela Valdez is "The One That Got Away." The second Angela came back into his life, Ghost (or "Jamie," as she's fond of calling him) fell in love with her all over again. Despite revealing his marital status to her, Angela found herself falling in love with Ghost as well, and began an affair with him. Aside from Ghost being married, there's just one other problem — Angela is a U.S. Attorney, and is very close to arresting Ghost's best friend and business partner, Tommy.
Like Tasha, Tommy has no plans to be legitimate and thrives on the drug trade. Whereas Ghost is intelligent and meticulous, Tommy is dim-witted and impetuous, acting mainly on his emotions instead of rational thinking. Tommy's lack of smarts allows him to be improperly influenced by his scandalous girlfriend, Holly, as well as his and Ghost's former mentor, Kanan.
Kanan was recently freed from a prison sentence that lasted a little over a decade. Being arrested is a hazard of the game, but Kanan is well aware that Ghost and Tasha are the ones responsible for sending him to prison. Now Kanan wants revenge, and he means to get it by any means necessary.
So Much Drama!
The previous seasons of Power never ceased to keep viewers fulfilled because they kept so much drama going week to week. For example, Angela and Ghost eventually learn each other's true profession, and do everything they can to find out what the other is doing — all while continuing to sleep with each other. As a matter of fact, Tasha ordered Ghost to stay with Angela to avoid prosecution!
In the meantime, Tasha began her own affair with Shawn, Kanan's hot 20-ish son, and Ghost's personal driver.
However, Kanan enlists Shawn to kill Ghost when every other opportunity fails.
Unfortunately, Shawn drops the ball as well (due to the fact that Ghost is like a father to him), and Kanan takes him out. Yes, you read that correctly. The man killed his own son.
In retaliation for Kanan's dirty deeds (oh yes, he did a lot more; more than I can even mention in this article), Ghost attempted to have him killed by burning him alive...
...but Kanan's evil behind escapes.
To add insult to injury, Ghost takes it upon himself to leave the game by killing anyone that can oppose him, including his distributor, Felipe Loboz. However, Loboz lives and demands that Tommy kill Ghost, or he'll kill Holly. All fans of the show know that Tommy is crazy about Holly, so Ghost is practically a dead man walking.
All of this is actually just the tip of the iceberg.
In an hour long drama about a drug dealer, you'd have to expect a good deal of action and violence, right? Well, Power brings it like no other. Gun fights, stabbings, — you name it, this show has it (thankfully they didn't show Kanan being burned partially to a crisp). Some scenes are so graphic, they put Game of Thrones and Oz to shame. Since some of the clips may be a little too explicit for this site, click here to see a snippet of Kanan's assassin, "Pink Sneakers," taking out all of her marks.
With its three-dimensional characters, drama filled plots and rousing action scenes, Power more than deserves to be regarded as part of the new "golden age of television." According to Variety, Power is not only one of the the most popular shows on the Starz channel, but its season two finale brought in 4.42 million viewers, which set a new ratings record for the cable station. This series definitely deserves more recognition, and if you're still not convinced, season three just started. I highly suggest you check it out!
Power airs on Starz, on Sundays at 9:00 PM EST. All three seasons can be viewed on Starz.com. Do you think Power deserves more high regard? Give me your thoughts in the comments section!