SPOILERS for S5E6 of Power
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Power has some issues this season, but I’ll get to that at the end.
Our latest episode starts us off with James learning that his estranged wife and side-piece are bff’s. I’m thrilled that these three decided to let it all out on the table instead of delaying the reveal any further. We’re over the halfway mark in this season and it’s time to push the narrative toward its resolution. James was absolutely bewildered and his feelings toward the absurdity of Tasha and Angela working together reflects my feelings about the show Empire as a whole: It doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why doesn’t it make sense?
Angela is the reason why the wheels are still spinning with the FBI, NYPD, and Dre conflict when you think about it. She could’ve easily left well enough alone when she first discovered that the NYPD was investigating the death of a dirty cop, but nope! She deleted the ballistics and is now dangerously close to being taken down. Truthfully speaking, she’s the real antagonist of this season but that’s a topic that will have to wait.
James is on this whole “kick” about becoming a better man, but everyone sees through the bull***t (except Angela, of course). I’ve always said that Ghost creates his own issues and nobody else matters as long as he makes it out ok. James was ready to abandon his family for the love of Angela, and I’m behind any other character that calls him out on his s**t. Kanan has said several times that Ghost is only out for himself and he has plenty of examples to support his position.
I want to see how long this change in James’ character lasts before he reveals his true self again. That alliance with Dre can’t be legit, right?
Tasha Ain’t No Snitch
Detective Rodriguez did her best to fill Tasha’s head with N***a Plot Twists, but the woman is too damn smart for that s**t. Rodriguez suggested that maybe Angela set everything up for Tasha to take the fall for Ghost’s (but really Tariq’s) work and the picture she painted was plausible. The scene was well crafted, ramping up the tension to the point where you bought the idea of Tasha ratting out her husband and his thot. Seriously, at this point I wouldn’t have blamed Tasha if she decided to say “f**k these folks” and sing like a bird. She’s gotten the short end of the stick from jump, so it would make sense.
This episode actually set up something I’ve been waiting for since Silver said he would never lie to protect a criminal. Tasha explicitly implicated Silver in her lie to Rodriguez, and judging by the preview it looks like he’ll be asked about his part in Tasha’s story. I’ll bet the house that he lies and it comes back to bite him in the ass like the postman from Man’s Best Friend.
For everyone wondering what the f**k that is, it’s the movie John Witherspoon is watching on Friday when he says, “That’s yo ass mister postmannnn.” It’s actually pretty entertaining.
But I digress…
John Mak Ain’t Playing
Man, Mak is a M*******A!!! He went out of his way to make sure Proctor would perjure himself. Proctor can’t even go and see his degenerate cousin with Han showing up with the disrespect. However, He wasn’t done there. As a matter of fact, that’s not even where Mak started.
HE STARTED BY GOING TO PROCTOR’S EX AND PROMISING HER A BETTER CHANCE AT GETTING CUSTODY OF THEIR DAUGHTER IF SHE HELPED HIM TAKE PROCTOR DOWN!!!
This savage is a damn Sith Lord. I just sat and looked at my TV in savage admiration. Between Mak and Saxe, everybody is going to jail on this show.
This season of Power has been painfully slow. It’s like we’re waiting in place for all the big stuff to happen. Floyd Mayweather (while explaining his beef with 50 Cent) said what everyone has been saying. This season isn’t close to as great as the prior four seasons. It’s decent, but not a great watch.
Dre is in way over his head and I appreciate the show constantly pointing this out. His journey to find a reliable Spanish translator gave us a lot of funny moments, though.
Speaking of Dre and his uneasy alliance with Ghost, I’m looking forward to seeing how Ghost plans to kill Diego. Some of his best scenes in the show’s history are when he lets the killer out.
Kanan is so great of a character that he makes you like Tariq. That’s s**t is CRAZY!!!
J2, the Unapologetic Geek
Laces is a national treasure...
SPOILERS for S5E5 of Power
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Power applied the Sith Lord’s “rule of two” principle to Kanan and Laces (played by a show-stealing Kendrick Lamar) and the results were stupendous. I want more of this alliance NOW! In the 4 ½ seasons of Power we’ve seen Kanan do some low down dirty s**t, but to this date he’s only shown compassion for two characters: Tariq and Laces! Anybody that comes on the screen yelling, “My n***a, my n***a, my n***a” and then proceeds to jump between two languages effortlessly has my attention. What’s even funnier is the fact that he’d say some real profound s**t in the middle of his rambling that would make you stop and think.
Kanan used his newfound strung-out friend to take out members of the Tainos in comically deadly fashion. Nothing can prepare you for how funny it is to see Kanan do a drive-by on a stolen bike that looks like it belonged to a little girl. Then… THEN after Kanan kills they guy, Laces asks if he can have the victim’s wallet. Kanan responds by telling him that he can, while also suggesting that he should take the victim’s shoes as well. Bruh… LACES LEFT BOTH BECAUSE HE’S ON THAT S**T AND PROBABLY FORGOT WHAT WAS GOING ON!!!
This team-up had me in tears from the onset, but at the end of the friendship I got something I didn’t expect. After Laces helped Kanan with one last kill, Kanan pulled his gun on the loveable dope addict. Laces turned around and psychoanalyzed his would-be executioner in such a way that Kanan paused and contemplated what was being said. When Kanan saw that Laces was not a threat, he let him go.
I WAS DELIGHTED!!!
Kendrick Lamar was exceptional in this role, and 50 Cent continues to shine in a part he was clearly born to play. I’m hoping we get more of Laces in the future. Especially if we can get another exchange between him and K that’s as funny as the vegetarian discussion!
Tommy is Still Scary
Tommy had to remind us how he is when you try to press him. Angela made a gutsy move by using Proctor to get a face-to-face with Tommy, and I’m not exactly sure how to feel about the outcome. I know Angela has some sort of endgame in mind now that she knows Mak and Saxe are on her ass, but going to the man she hates above all others seems desperate. Whatever the case, Tommy turned the tables on her silly ass quick when he pulled up to her doorstep and requested the same tracker she attempted to use to gain his trust.
The most eye-opening thing about Tommy getting the tracker is that the request came after a discussion he had with his father about what the definition of a “rat” is. I think it’s a good and creative choice to have Tommy wise up and realize his father isn’t loyal to him. I don’t know what he’s going to do with the tracker, but I’m sure that it’ll lead to Tommy taking Teresi down… maybe even Mak and Saxe.
Speaking of Tommy wising up, he got on Tariq’s ass during their little joy ride. It’s great when you don’t have to wait until the end of a season to see something you already know brought to the forefront. Tommy confronting Tariq about snitching to Dre and helping him escape was the exact talk Tariq needs right now. He’s playing a dangerous game. Although Tommy didn’t directly threaten him, the threat was apparent in his tone. Tariq knows now that although he is loved, Tommy will probably kill his ungrateful ass if he crosses him again.
Drunk Ghost is HILARIOUS!!!
Man when he’s drunk, James St. Patrick is a whole FOOL! I see why people were worried about him drinking again. James went the legal route to get Dre booted as head of the club, which also meant he stole the Queen’s Child Project event right from under Dre’s strong ass nose. James was cool until Tate brought Dre to the event any way. Tate is so damn disrespectful. How are you going to walk over the man whose deceased child is the reason for the Queen’s Child Project?
Politics as usual, I suppose.
So after the project gets the funding it needs, Ghost takes all of the Henny to the head and turns into the drunk uncle at the cookout. It started when Pastor Macedon (BRUH HIS NAME ISN’T “MASTODON”) offered counseling services to James and was met with “I’m not your son n***a!” Then Tate tried to talk him down and James got up and choked him. After all of that, Ghost went home and almost got his ass whooped by his son because he was too damn drunk to properly square up. All of this was hilarious to me.
Of course it all ends with him going to the one thot who will accept his thottish ways… Angela.
I'm mad as hell that they named this dude "Macedon". This is WORSE than "Mastodon"!
SPOILERS for S5E4 of Power
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Don’t you just love Kanan? From his first appearance on season 1 to now, he has been a national savage treasure. 50 Cent’s acting career has had a lot of rough spots. I mean, he didn’t even do a good job playing himself in Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and we’re not going to talk about that movie that played on BET where he lost all of the weight. (I’m not even going to type the name of it) But with Kanan, 50 has found the perfect role to match who he is as a real life villain. Kanan was messy af for revealing that Tommy’s dad was out of jail to Ghost in the way he did. I loved the looks Kanan gave that revealed just how much of a piece of s**t he was when other characters weren’t looking.
K’s finesse game is official. Somehow, despite the odds being stacked against him, he has gotten both Tommy and Ghost to trust him. Ghost confided in Kanan a little in the beginning of the episode when he spoke on how worried he was about Tommy and Tommy’s father. This is the second time Ghost has confided in him (is that what happened??) this season, and he still doesn’t realize that he is no longer in control of the situation with Kanan. Tasha has pointed out several times that it makes no sense for Kanan to still be alive both to Ghost and Tommy;however, neither of them can provide her with an answer for why he’s still necessary. That’s some GRADE A finessing right there. In this episode, Kanan sets two idiots up to pull a fake drive-by on Tommy’s newfound family, JUST so he could come in and look like a hero by killing them. Furthermore, it looks like it may have worked… for now.
There are a lot of people that I wouldn’t mind seeing die this season, but to me, Kanan can stick around forever.
Dre Ain’t Ish
Breh… Tate got tired of Ghost not wanting to play the role of the mourning father who wants to build a legacy for his daughter, so he unknowingly hires the man that was part of why Raina was killed in the first place.
I’m all for this s**t right here son.
Since this show began, Omari has had some great performances, but his reaction to Dre being appointed as the face of Tate’s project was perfect. He was menacing yet professional, and Dre played it well by showing how he just didn’t give a f**k about Ghost. The day Ghost gets his hands on Dre will be glorious. This season, while slow, has done a good job of building tensions in various stories, but the build between Ghost and Dre has been benefited the most from the slow burn. This twist makes Dre more dislikable and paints a darker picture of him.
Angela Did Something Right and Still Took a L
Angela got the leaders of the Jimenez Cartel, only for the DEA Thot to obstruct justice for the sake of plot and government. I almost felt bad for Angela in this situation. She finally did something right and got hit in the mouth for it. I love the fact that Alicia was willing to let her brother take the fall strictly because she was sick of his s**t. It’s a story that I quickly became invested in, and it must lead to her killing him. He’s far too reckless and sadistic to run an operation as sophisticated as the Jimenez Cartel. I can see Angela taking him out and appointing Dre, who she clearly has a thing for, as her new #2.
With this huge loss, Angela turned to the only person that knows how it feels to take a lot of successive L’s. That’s right: the end of this episode brought us the Thot Reunion we’ve been waiting for. Angela called Ghost to meet, and we were give a very subdued but well done scene. I’m sure she’s going to try and use him in some way, but I wonder how that’s going to go once he finds out she and Tasha have been bff’s for a while.
And I just realized I didn’t give scores for episodes 2 and 3:
Linda really did pull a Lady Elouise!!!
SPOILERS for S5E3 of Power
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Ghost has got to be a Gemini. I don’t know how I hadn’t seen it before now. Think about it. He’s hot and cold, has a dual persona, and has a swagger that serves as superior Thot Magic. No, I’m not saying all Gemini’s are this way. However, I AM saying that most of the Gemini’s I’ve met in my life share the same characteristics as one James St. Patrick.
This week’s episode saw James leave his Ghost persona behind in favor of the opportunity to show how a real man-harlot does a business deal. Listen, I know women love Omari Hardwick and his hairline that just won’t give up, but Power has given the fellas some nice eye-candy as well. We’ve gotten a chance to see Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren get it in several times, and the world was caught completely off guard when LaLa decided to show every man on the planet that has married her in their minds what she was working with. Despite coming into this episode knowing that we were overdue for a love scene that wasn’t weird (more on that in a second) and having my own ideas on who would get the love scene we were virtually guaranteed, I DID NOT EXPECT GARCELLE BEAUVAIS TO SHOW THEM CAKES!!!
I grew up a fan of the Jamie Foxx show. I’m going to tell you right now that I wasn’t a fan because of the comedy. I wouldn’t rank that show in my top 10 black sitcoms. However, if I had a list for the top 10 women from black sitcoms, Garcelle would probably be in the top 5. I was crazy about Fancy and she still got the juice. I’ve watched this episode twice now, but I’ve seen her big scene in this episode three and a half times (don’t ask) and I plan to watch it two more times before the end of this writing.
Seriously, though… I want her to come back and be James’ suga mama.
And Ghost finally checked Rashad on something only for Rashad to fire back by letting him know that he got played by Linda. (I know I’ve been using her real name, but that’s the name of the character Garcelle played) The thought of Linda pulling a Lady Eloise on James is hilarious to me.
If you didn’t catch that reference, your black movie card is under review.
Angela is Slow and Tommy’s Dad Ain’t S**t
The FBI is full of idiots, with Angela Valdez being chief among them. Detective Rodriguez pulled up on her and asked her some questions about Raina’s death and the dude Tariq handled. Angela was not only overly vague and defensive during the questioning, but she also decided the best thing to do was to use her authority to get all the evidence the NYPD had about the case taken by the FBI. BRUH!!!
I hope she goes to jail by the end of this season. She literally made the target on her back even bigger for Rodriguez.
That made me think of something. What if the got d**n NYPD ends up bringing down Angela and Ghost. That would be absolutely stupendous. Why? Because the FBI DESERVES NOTHING on this show.
Tommy’s dad has been playing Tommy AND the FBI since he hopped on the scene. He knew Tommy was hot on the streets, got him to come visit him in prison, and built a bond with him all so he could get the FBI to come and offer him a deal… AND IT WORKED FLAWLESSLY. It’s one of the best heel moves I’ve ever seen in any medium, and now savage walks the Earth again. Furthermore, he’s such a gangsta that no one that he knows can fully buy in to him being a snitch, despite the fact that that’s exactly what’s going on.
The story that they’re crafting here is worth the price of admission, and it gives us something interesting to follow besides the Ghost vs. Dre storyline, which is moving at a crawl.
I’m Just Going To Say It… Dre Has No Idea What He’s Doing…
I didn’t talk about this in the last entry because I forgot, but Dre’s story has taken a hard left. Diego Jimenez is a savage, dawg. And how did they get that point across? By revealing that he has some… peculiar fetishes. Diego came on the scene last episode BLASTING two chicks and forced Dre to stand and watch until he finished, but that’s not where the eye-brows raised. Nah, later you find out that he sent one of the aforementioned women to smash Dre so he’d have the opportunity to walk in and see it going down.
All of this AND he enjoys killing and the sight of others being killed.
One thing I appreciate is how the acting and writing show that Dre is in way over his head. His inner circle is crumbling because his flunkies don’t know who should get all of the credit, Diego appears to be running out of patience with him, AND he’s trying to keep up a lie that he told to Diego that is surely going to come back with a vengeance. I think he’s going to bite it this season, but my money is on Diego to do the deed now.
But for real, though… Can we get Fancy back for a few more episodes?