Thwip! Watch – Powerless – S01E05 – Cold Season

Thwip! Watch is all about what goes on our screens, namely TV. Whether CW or Fox or NBC or what-have-you, you can be sure that we here at Thwip! have been watching it. Today we are going to talk about Powerless.

So far Powerless has been running on the strength of making fun of the DC Universe and leaning against the fourth wall, but with this episode, they are showing that they have the potential to be a comedy with some decent chops.

First of all, surprisingly there were two storylines being run in this in this episode, thus giving our characters some time to become more real.

Plot A is still concerned with Emily and her relationships with the office-mates (namely Teddy this time). It was a good look at showcasing Teddy (with Danny Pudi doing his stellar great job) and getting to know about him more (which is a good thing, kind of tired of Vanessa Hudgens’s Emily character, she needs to take a bit of a backseat and let the other characters shine…since this is the fifth episode, I think they can afford to do that now).

Then we have the B-story with Ron and Van having an unusual amount of interaction. While Van was the stalwart idiot that we have come to know and love, again it was all about the guy we don’t really talk about, Ron, whose childlike enthusiasm is given more context and feels more real instead of a one-note character quirk.

I kind of wish Crimson Fox had her French accent though.

I hope NBC lets this series spread its wings, it has some real potential, especially if they keep building up the characters and are willing to just go hard and heavy at jokes about the DC universe.


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