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#1 Movie of All-Time
#1 Romantic Comedy
#1 Movie Character
Plot - In a world where beings with special abilities (designated POWERS) exist with modern society, Two foul-mouthed homicide detectives investigate powers-related crimes. Based on the Marvel/Icon comic of the same name. Unfortunately.
Review - I've been reading the brilliant and phenomenal POWERS, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming, for about a decade now, and I dare say its one of, if not THE greatest work of fiction ever conceived. Bold statement I'm sure but nevertheless there it is. SO, I knew that once this new "series" was being produced on the....what was it...the Playstation Network (?), I surmised that this...let's call it...re-imagining, wouldn't even begin to capture the excellence of the comic book. Yet, when it comes to these sort of things you have to walk into it with a certain levity, an open-mindedness as to what you're about to witness. If not, its a sure thing you're not going to enjoy whatever may come from it, whether its great or not. That's the name of the game, and the game is enjoyment.
And for what it's worth, I was prepared. While premiering a lackluster trailer that didn't even hype me up in the slightest, I still wanted to give this series a proper, unbiased chance. The kind of chance that I gave Arrow, The Flash, or even Agents of SHIELD. And it paid off as all three of those shows along with other adaptations are like the majority of what I watch now. Which is really saying something. BUT, needless to say I was beyond foolish to do so in this regard. To borrow a famous line from Comic Book Guy off "The Simpsons...."
Worst. Adaptation. Ever.
Worse than anything you can think of - "Batman and Robin?" Surprisingly. "Elektra?" Sure. "The Spirit?" Uh-huh. Both "Ghost Riders?" Definitely. Later seasons of "Smallville?" Yep. "Gotham?" Yes on all counts. Shocking doesn't even begin to describe how much this just dropped the ball. Better yet, how it didn't even pick it up in the first place. So, yeah bad.
Most of you don't remember what it was like back in the 90s. Any time a comic book was turned into a show or movie, it was beyond hit or miss. When it hit, it became a classic, but when it was a miss, you definitely felt it hardcore. Back then, only the animated shows consistently produced worthwhile renditions of our favorite comics from Batman to Spider-man to X-men.
But now we've reached a flourishing renaissance of properties being taken seriously as an art-form, and because of that, we've seen productions that have staggered our imagination and brought back that youngster within all of us. I won't get into the beyond critical masses sinking their teeth into any imperfect rendition as that would extend this review to insurmountable lengths. But I will emphatically state that this show deserves all the nerd hate, internet trolls, and criticism it can possibly get. With Gusto.
Nothing and I mean absolutely NOTHING was essentially captured from the source material in any sort of decent manner. No characters were done properly to the extent of nausea. Not the leads, supporting characters, or even the small bit parts. It was all just wrong wrong fucking wrong.
No story-lines or arcs were done correctly. If you know the comic at all, this show loosely bases its first season on the first 3 volumes of the comic; "Who Killed Retro Girl?,""Roleplay," and "Little Deaths." Which, you can tell was a bad move because there's too much going on, with none of it remotely conveying any of these stories gravitas or structure. Hell, this even had ideas and elements from other volumes of the comic while completely disregarding so many strong points from all of them. If you're going to adapt a entire storyarc, why loosely? Why not completely? Or, ya know, better?
As a result of that ridiculousness, The narrative was sloppy, the pace was horribly disjointed, and the script is a waste of time as well as an excuse for characters to curse up a storm in the most nonsensical and incoherent ways....I mean, Fuck that Fuckily fuck in the fucking fuck you fucking fuck. Seriously, that's how some of this "script" sounded at times. Pathetic.
Also despite this series having reasonable production values and sets, NOTHING was done with them in order to recreate the TONE of the source material. Again, the comic is a darkly hued noir-tale with plenty of hard bleak colors and settings that always extenuated the dialogue, hugely flawed yet well-written characters, and an abysmally graphic content that was as mature as it could possibly get. And this show didn't even attempt to bring that to light, so to speak. Hell, ARROW actually looks like this show should've looked and Green Arrow isn't even that dark of a character.
Everything about this show was just downright miniscule and amateur hour. Say what you want about the medium of comic books but in the right hands it can craft one grandstanding ongoing story. In a way you'd think that bringing this particular work to the small-screen would give it a bit of a jolt. The kind of jolt that encompasses its already established roots yet also adds to the overall scope and presentation. This is a story of cops, law enforcement, heroes, villains, social commentary and the depiction of a world constantly on the brink while showcasing the intricacies of procedural investigations and the grandeur of beings trying to save or destroy the world, in more ways than one. The small-screen should've been able to convey both sides of that. Sort of like Law and Order (All versions) meets The Avengers or Justice League, yet in the vain of Spawn, Constantine, or Walking Dead in terms of overall storytelling. This, doesn't even come close...and it's not only disappointing but insulting to anyone whose a fan.
I've never been slapped in the face this hard for being a fan since George Lucas, but at least George tried to lie to me first. This doesn't even give me that luxury as its apparent from the start that this is fucking despicable.
To add insult to injury, I'm deathly surprised this was able to bring together the talent it did when it comes to the producers (Bendis and Oeming themselves) as well as the cast. Actors the likes of Sharlto Copley, Michelle Forbes, Noah Taylor, Adam Godley, and Eddie Izzard were not only completely misplaced when it came to character selection, but given nothing to make these roles the least bit memorable or even consistent. I mean, throughout this season, each one of them never gains any kind of steam, performance-wise. Its all just through the motions, basic and unenthusiastic. Like I said earlier, amateur.
I can not express this enough. I watched the entire 10 episode season and the only reason why I finished it was because I just wanted to make sure I finished it. I waited for better, but that never came. You could make the argument that this being Playstation Network's premiere series was the wrong project, yet considering what WAS on the screen, I know that this had the capacity to be infinitely greater than what it was. Also you could make the argument that since I'm just a huge fan of the comic, that I'm just being negative due to fanboy loyalty but no, that's not the case. When The Walking Dead was first announced, I was hugely skeptical then too but that show went far beyond everything I could've hoped for in bringing its content to the small screen. Its not on the level of the comic sure, but it uses its source material as a legitimate blueprint while crafting its own interpretation. Some of it doesn't work, but MOST of it gets everything right from characters, events, arcs, and of course, violence.
I dare say this show is nowhere near that ambitious. And even while looking at it casually, it still doesn't make a blip of sense as just....a series with no connection to its own source. Everything is jumbled, hackneyed, and stilted.
So yeah, no redeemable qualities whatsover. I hate this. I truly do, and now every bad adaptation that's come before it just a bit better because of it. So yeah, POWERS the TV series...or Playstation Network series.. blows.....Makes me wonder how this would've done on Netflix or one of the premium channels. Ah the missed opportunities.
Rating - 0/10.