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Powers: Season 1 (2015/Sony Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Episodes: C-

In the wake of Hollywood capitalizing on every comic property possible, one such failure has been the new show Powers, which stars Sharlto Copley (District 9, Chappie) and is based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Taking a page out of Watchmen or even Kick Ass, the film ponders the question of "what if the world was full of superheroes who aren't actually heroic at all"? "What if all their "powers" were just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?" Enter the men and women of the Powers Division, the brave people in charge of protecting humans like us and keeping the peace over commercialized, god-like men and women who glide through the sky imposing their power over the mortals who both worship and fear them. Powers follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to investigate these cases and ultimately try to bring peace.

The pilot episode, directed by Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade, is laughably bad with some of the worst green screen/CGI that I have seen in recent years. The remaining episodes of the seasons get better with progression, but ultimately the only thing separating this series from a fan-made series is the appearance of Copley, Eddie Izard, and Noah Taylor - the filmmaking is average and not very innovating. It quickly becomes apparent that this story worked better on page than it does on screen. Perhaps the show is just a bit on the ambitious side, yearning for a bigger budget.

Spanning over three blu-ray discs, the episodes include the Pilot, Like a Power, Mickey Rooney Cries No More, Devil in a Garbage Bag, Paint it Black, The Ranconteur of the Funeral Circuit, You Are Not It, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Level 13, F%*k the Big Chiller.

The 1080p digital High Definition transfer is crisp and clear throughout with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossless, beautifully mixed DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track. Captions in English, English SDH, and French are also included.

Extras include Policing the All Powerful: Envisioning and Filming Powers, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, and From One Visual Medium to Another: The Art and Adaptation of Powers.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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