Based on the 2004 Marvel comics series by legendary writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming Powers is a super hero series far darker than your average Hollywood blockbuster being as it paints a far more realistic and complex world where powers rule and being born human is a dangerous business.
The excellent Sharlto Copley plays Christian Walker who was once the cities favorite super hero Diamond but due to a run in with the psychotic and extremely powerful Wolfe (Eddie Izzard) was transformed into a regular man.
Determined to keep doing good he became a Detective in the Powers Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, a highly risky job as they deal exclusively with individuals with special abilities.
Teamed up with rookie Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) the daughter of a successful retired cop both feel they have something to prove to the world and although their relationship starts on rocky ground they somehow learn to get along which is a good thing considering what they are set to face.
A new drug named Sway supplied by Christian’s old buddy Johnny Royalle (Noah Taylor) is killing off powers however the teleporting club owner couldn’t care less due to his greater plans which will lead him back into his former friends life and set him against several other heroes as well.
Complex and creative the storyline to Powers first season sets up a number of different threads which end up interweaving bringing together various strands revealing the past of many of the people entangled which further enriches the series.
With a whole bunch of interesting characters from world famous hero RetroGirl (Michelle Forbes) whose life is a never ending cycle of saving millions and PR appointments to her homeless obsessive fan Calista (Olesya Rulin) who ends up falling in with Johnny Royalle to the browbeaten Powers Division Captain Emile Cross (Adam Godley) to the rising new heroine desperate to be the next big thing Zora (Logan Browning) each has an important part to play in the intricate and involving series
Both Sharlto Copley and Noah Taylor are great and getting such heavy weight actors in the series as the central leads is a huge coup. Most surprising of all to many may be the casting of comedian Eddie Izzard as one of the most sinister and disturbed villains in the series Wolfe who sucks the life force out of people and has been lobotomized for the cities safety however he is more than capable of playing the character as anyone who saw his turn in Hannibal will testify.
Worth watching for the performances alone and paying dividends once you get sucked in Powers is an adult series not made for the faint hearted which proves audiences do not need to be talked down to or force-fed with mindless entertainment.