I'm sure most of you tuned in Sunday night (August 14) to watch the fifth episode of Power titled. 'Help Me.' The latest episode was a pivotal point for the series. Power maintains the element of mystery and with that element, it keeps its audience guessing, sort of in the dark but flashes the light without revealing too much. Power introduced the element of surprise and took its audience on an emotional roller coaster ride, by doing this, the series reached a new level of connection with its viewers.
Power begins where it left off with Tommy thinking Lobos tried to have him murdered and Holly trying her best to influence Tommy to kill Ghost, although she already put a hit on him.
Most of you already saw the episode, then you know what took place. Carlos 'Vibora' Ruiz played by Luis Antonio Ramos is back in town, after Detective Greg Knox played by Andy Bean tracked him down. Since his case is a high profile one, Ruiz had to be escorted into the federal building where everybody was cleared out to bring him in. But Joe Proctor, James St. Patrick's lawyer played by Jerry Ferrara saw him and looked at him like the ghost of Christmas past had just walked in. At that moment, Proctor knew Ruiz was there to only do one thing.
(Yeah, I know that's not Ruiz in the above picture, but you get the picture though)
And as a lawyer, Proctor displayed that he had St. Patrick's (played by Omari Hardwick) back to the fullest.
After Ghost confronts Angela Valdez played by Lela Loren of knowing about Ruiz, Greg Knox really thought he had Ghost by the balls but unbeknownst to him, Angela does. Angela is just playing her role when Ghost told her Lobos was actually him, she knows who Ghost is really and acts in denial because she's in too deep. That sly smirk she gave Knox during the questioning of Carlos Ruiz, was basically letting him know, she will always be two steps ahead of Greg Knox trying to bring the man she loves down. And let's just hope Knox's desperation to get Ghost does not get the best of him, because if it does, Valdez will be the first on his list. Luiz ends up not snitching of course, but that was not the element of surprise.
The element of surprise of Power's episode five of Season 3 was when Ghost discovered that maybe he does not move like a phantom after all, or maybe he is slipping. And the sight of the Jamaicans with guns aiming at him, reflected this for St. Patrick. The second element of surprise was when Tommy Egan played by Joseph Sikora discovered his girlfriend Holly played by Lucy Walters put a hit on his homie Ghost. Although Tommy was beefing with Ghost, we all knew (well maybe some of us), it was a sibling rivalry because of the pact of brotherhood between Egan and St. Patrick. Tsk, tsk tsk on Holly who found out the hard way that putting a hit out on Ghost, was a death sentence for her.
Those two scenes in Sunday night episode of Power literally jumped out the television screen and touched its audience. It had goosebumps effects, it was hair raising and heart pounding suspense, passion; and action at the same time. Two scenes being played at once, which heighten the viewers emotions because it made them feel. The audience felt what James felt at that moment when the Jamaicans stepped out the car and he looked back in his own car, seeing a silhouette of his son Tariq St. Patrick played by Michael Rainey Jr. and thinking this was the end for both of them. But most of all, Power was able to evoke sympathy for Ghost and some of its viewers actually shed tears during that scene. It took the series to several new heights and new dimensions of connecting with its audience, beyond the plane of the physical.
This scene also displayed Holly's carelessness and not having a care in the world, if Tasha or Ghost's children got caught in the crossfire of her hit against him. Holly is cold-hearted and is a killer herself in her own sick and twisted way. Lobos wanting Tommy to kill Ghost was an excuse for Holly to execute Ghost, at least that's what she thought. While Ghost was being confronted by Holly's wicked scheme, karma caught up to her at the speed of light and turned out the light in Holly's life. Unfortunately, she died thinking Ghost was dead but unaware his security team took care of her mess and cleaned out the Jamaicans.
In Power's episode four of Season 3, when Ghost took out the Koreans for Tommy, it showed the level of loyalty between those two and how Ghost was willing to risk it all for Tommy; even if Tommy was not speaking to him. And in the latest episode of Tommy finding out it was Ghost who smoked the Koreans, the look on his face was one of joy and elation of knowing Ghost's loyalty could not be tainted. Despite the fact of Tommy pointing a gun at St. Patrick and attempting to kill him, yet love took over and he couldn't kill the man that has been a brother to him most of his life.
Because of this loyalty between Ghost and Tommy, both of them was reunited at the end of the show like rice and beans.
I wrote that Power had the potential to be a classic like The Wire, but when you take chances and go against what's familiar, you create something new and different; which makes you stand out from the rest. There's no doubt The Wire is a classic on its own and Power is one too on its own standing and merit. This show deserves several accolades and awards. The Writers of Power are beyond extraordinary, the cast, acting; and the eye behind the camera of producing and directing Power are phenomenal. The question still remains, is Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson who is an executive producer for Power and an actor on the show, on his way to becoming a TV Mogul or a Multi-media Entertainment mogul? With his G Unit Films and Television production company, the possibilities are endless. Things that make you go hmmm, the potential is indeed there and if 50 Cent maintains that drive, he will reached a destination no other Hip Hop artist ever did in television and film production. But that's another article and until then, check out Power's episode five of Season 3 by clicking on the link below.
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