You know, this could have been such a good series. When it was originally presented at SDCC, everyone loved it. Then show creator Ben Queen left the series and it was completely redone and it went from being a legitimately clever show to the complete disaster that we got.
This would have been a full season review, but NBC yanked the last three episodes due to really awful ratings. It could have been better. It should have been better. It just wasn’t.
Emily Locke takes over as director of R&D at Wayne Enterprises in Charm City, working under the failure of the family, Van Wayne. Her team feels unappreciated and constantly under performs, but she is dedicated to proving that her team can make a difference serving the unpowered public in a world where superhero damage is an every day occurrence.
Now I don’t mind that this is a comedy, although it’s far too much of a sitcom for me. What I mind is that it’s only ostensibly part of the DC universe. It’s really rare when actual DC heroes get mentioned and I don’t remember any of them actually showing up. You could have done this as an entirely independent production and nobody would have noticed. They invented all new heroes for Charm City. Why?
And frankly, this isn’t the show that I thought I was signing up for. It was pitched as “the people who clean up after the heroes”. Marvel has one called “Damage Control” that’s a non-comedic take on this idea and I might like that better. I wanted it to be kind of like the DC version of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where you were supposed to see the entirely human side of the Marvel universe, but that almost immediately went the way of the dodo and I think it seriously harmed the show. I want to see people living in a world of superheroes. That’s not what S.H.I.E.L.D. is and really not what Powerless is either.
I usually like Alan Tudyk, but he was awful in this. He’s not funny. Everything he says is forced. The rest of the cast is just terrible, especially Wendy, the obnoxious fat idiot that hates everyone. She’s only slightly more annoying than the rest, including Ron, who is always working on something cockamamie and Teddy, the arrogant Chief Design Officer who pisses everyone off, especially the audience.
I am struggling to find anything good to say about this series. Once Ben Queen was gone, it went right into the dumper. It might have been slightly better if they had actually tied it to the DC universe, but they didn’t. Have Batman show up! Talk about Superman! Don’t make up new characters, use actual DC ones! But no… that’s not the show we got and I think that’s why it failed. Good riddance to it. We deserve a lot better.