Friday, 3 February 2017

Powerless is Humourless

Powerless is a new action comedy which has the honour of being the first sitcom based in the DC Universe which is in dire need of an undeniable hit.
The series is follows the adventures of Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) as director of Research & Development at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, that specialises in products for ordinary humans who are posed to be victims in the battles between superheroes and supervillains. 

While the concept sets the show on the right track, the execution is quite poor leading to quite a dull thirty minutes devoid of humour. Comedy pilots aren't usually one of the best episodes of their respective series (unless you're Malcolm in the Middle or Arrested Development) but often show the potential a show has once the cast become accustomed to each other's beats as well as tuning into the show's brand of humour and their characters. Powerless is strangely unfunny and all attempts at humour are juvenile and resort to stating the obvious (e.g. Van Wayne says he's a guy who likes the see the big picture whilst pointing at a big picture). The jokes are too far and few and predictable to keep the pilot episode interesting beyond the first act. 

Furthermore, the show's producers Patrick Shumacker and Justin Halpern (who both created and produced the gone-too-soon sitcom Surviving Jack for Fox) have confirmed we will NOT see any of the big DC superheroes in the show (like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc.) and will instead introduce audiences to lesser known heroes and villains whilst making references to the head honchos. Though this may excite the most dedicated fan boys, I doubt this will interest regular viewers. 

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