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The walls are closing in. Episode two of season four, aptly titled “Things Are Going to Get Worse,” finds Ghost nursing the wounds from the recent guard attack, and coming to grips with the reality that turning state’s evidence might be his only way out.

Proctor lays out how badly the case looks. Fingerprints outside the window. DNA found under the victim’s fingernails. The murder weapon showing up at Club Truth (conveniently planted by the corrupt Mike Sandoval) And most alarmingly, the desire for the feds to prosecute under the kingpin/R.I.C.O. statute to take down Tommy as well. After Ghost’s slips up in his wording about whether he’s previously killed anyone, he and Proctor both decide it’s wise that he doesn’t take the witness stand.

By the time Ghost finally sees his family, he words ring hollow. He’s a broken man whose failures are manifest in the despondent eyes on his wife and children. The recklessness of his affair with Angela has led to an estranged marriage, a depleted savings fund and no legal money that can be used for his defense.

The final bombshell comes with the news that John Mak’s prosecution team will be seeking the death penalty.

But there may be one lifeline remaining. The mysterious mob-connected inmate we met last week, Tony Teresi, has been keeping an eye on Ghost. After seeing our beleaguered protagonist handle himself well against another confrontational inmate, Teresi begins doing some digging. He appears to know recognize Tommy’s last name of Egan, but to what extent we don’t know (yet). And while Power is known for some plot twists that stretch reality, I’m already hoping this does not turn out to be something outlandish like Teresi possibly being Tommy’s father.

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TOMMY’S HAVING THE BEST EPISODE EVER!

Let’s applaud this man. First off, he gets to blow off some steam (and fluids) with LaKeisha. It makes sense that she’d be partial to him since he protected her from Milan. However, it doesn’t make the move any less idiotic for the both of them. For one, Tommy is compromising the trust of Tasha, who he’s supposed to be in business with. Second, LaKeisha is back to her jealousy/frenemy mode with Tasha; she vocalizes her resentment to Tommy that Tasha “steals” everything that belongs to her (namely Shawn). Even worse, she betrays Tasha’s confidence by revealing the brief emotional affair she carried with Shawn, which we know Tommy will throw back in Ghost or Tasha’s face at some point.

A bad situation just got messier, but I can’t be too mad at Tommy. There’s not a man alive that’s turning down LaKeisha in that scenario.

Tommy’s other standout moment was delivering some street retaliation to Domingo, a goon for the wayward Cristobal (who was seeking a side distribution deal with the Toros Locos camp). Domingo made the mistake of putting his hands on a soldier in Tommy’s camp. Tommy took it upon himself to make Domingo run at gunpoint and then ran over the man with his own car. It was one of those care-free, psychopathic moments that is simultaneously filled with dark humor and necessary considering the season’s depressing start.

Finally, Tommy dodged a huge bullet by loaning his car to his mother. The car had just been compromised by a police tracker. Assuming Mom doesn’t spend all her free time in drug houses, the feds will have a hard time tying Tommy to an R.I.C.O. indictment.

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CAN’T WAIT FOR TARIQ TO GET THAT WAKE-UP CALL

I’m trying really hard not to hate this kid. I mean, what kind of teenager do we expect after being raised by a mother enraptured by the drug-dealing lifestyle and an emotionally absent, kingpin, and cold-blooded killer of a father? And yet, the disdain I’m getting for Tariq is rivaling what I had for Namond years ago on The Wire.

Tasha and Ghost have passed along zero street smarts nor awareness. At Kanan’s behest, Tariq’s mirroring the reckless behavior of his father and appears an episode or two away from committing his first crime. I’m not even sure finding out Kanan’s real identity will be enough to snap him out of this father-figure delusion he has for 50’s character.

What I can foresee happening is Tariq catching his first body to protect Tasha or Raina. Symbolically, it would make more sense for said body to be Kanan, as killing him would represent Tariq’s complete loss of innocence and the failure of Ghost to not have his son repeat his path.

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DRE HAS TO PICK A SIDE

Kanan put it best to Dre when he had him yoked up — “You done told so many lies you ain’t got no friends.” Ghost nor Tommy will be in the forgiving mood once they find out he’s been lying bout Kanan being alive and seeing Tariq. And Kanan is only keeping him alive to extort $50k a week from the club.

For now, his usefulness to both camps is keeping him alive. Club Truth needs to run smoothly, and Dre is the only one with a clean enough name to do it. But the time is coming where he’ll have define his loyalties, even under the threat of death.

With the murder weapon being planted at the club, we can only hope that Dre was smart enough not to turn off all the security cameras.

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ANGELA AND TASHA FACE OFF ABOUT GHOST

As scorned as Angela feels, even she has begun having second thoughts about this case. She knows the savagery her ex is capable of, and the murder weapon being at Truth just feels wrong. Tasha instinctively knows it too. Even now through all the hurt, these two women have more common ground than they realize. I’m expecting that common ground to result in an uneasy working alliance as Angela continues to dig deeper into the case.

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Speaking of Angela, she continues to be ostracized at work. Her previous affairs make her a liability, and the others openly discussed making her a sacrificial lamb. No matter the outcome, you can expect Angela’s career as an FBI agent to be over. There is just too much dirt that will be revealed in the course of the trial. Unfortunately for the Bureau, the more they isolate Angela from the one sanctuary she has left (her work), the more they unwittingly push her back to Ghost’s side.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

  1. I dunno guys, from that confrontation I’m getting the feeling Angela could wash Tasha in a fight.
  2. We need at least 2-3 more Keisha sex scenes this season. Don’t disappoint me, Power writers.
  3. Proctor getting drugs from Tommy continues to develop his subplot. And makes him a potential character to die this season.
  4. How is Ghost’s beard looking shaky in jail but the line-up is still perfect?
  5. Now that Kanan has taught Tariq how to pick locks, I hope the next lesson revolves around getting him a personality.

What are your predictions for episode three? Sound off in the comments.

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Power S4.E1 Recap: A Ghost Under Pressure

Posted: June 25, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Concert/Film/TV Reviews
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Prison is the abode of regrets and failure. Nothing drove that home more than the opening scene of the season four premiere of Power, where we find our embattled protagonist, Jamie “Ghost” St. Patrick, in custody for the murder of federal agent Greg Knox.

Snatched from his club by Angela, Ghost replays all the events leading up to his worst nightmare. Tommy calling him a fool for dating a fed. His estranged wife Tasha echoing those sentiments. Whereas before Ghost had a measure of control over Angela’s emotions, he now finds his pleas of innocence returned with the icy glare of a woman scorned.

The problems are coming from all angles. Inside the jail, Ghost has to contend with a brutal C.O. (Charlie Murphy) that takes physical liberties on the basis that Ghost is a cop-killer. There’s little clean money Ghost and Tasha can put their hands on since Ghost cleared out their joint account during the brief war with Milan and Lobos. Adding to the humiliation in the St. Patrick household in a fed raid at the home, led by none other than Angela Valdez.

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As expected, they trash the place and even confiscate Tasha’s (legal) gun. Neither Tasha nor Angela hold their tongue with each other, but Tasha clearly gets the upper hand by listing Angela’s discretions within earshot of her colleagues.

Long-time watchers of the show should find immense irony in Tasha’s current predicament. In season one, she took immense pride in her husband being the “biggest drug dealer in the city” and discouraging his desire to go legit with Club Truth. Well, here’s the other side the game — your man facing life in prison and the feds potentially seizing all your assets.

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With that said, no one told Ghost to go have an affair with a federal agent. You feel the pain, anger and disappointment on her face when she goes to see Ghost in prison. In the coming weeks, it’ll be interesting to see who she relies on. Tommy is there, but there’s someone else who might be a better confidant…

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LAKEISHA’S BACK FROM VACATION!

Well, back from hiding. Turns out that Tommy only had it in him to kill one woman last season. Instead of taking Keisha out like Milan suggested, he had her lay low until Milan was out of the picture. Now Keisha’s back to handle her portion of the shop and armed with the knowledge that Tasha and Tommy are using it to launder money. She was by Tasha’s side during the raid and ready to throw down on Angela, so don’t be surprised if those two lock horns in future episodes.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

We got a bit of a swerve on this storyline. Last time we saw Tariq, he was drugged on Kanan’s couch being held for ransom. At the pleading of Dre, Kanan decides to back off the plan and have Tariq tell his Mom it was just a bad joke. Note how naturally lying comes to Tariq when Tasha and Tommy press him about who he’s been with all night. It mirrors the duplicity that Ghost has used with everyone in his life. And like his father, expect it all to come crashing down by season’s end.

Speaking of Kanan, the only one that senses his work behind these recent events is Tasha. It’ll be interesting to see how much more havoc Kanan can do with Jukebox and Ray Ray. If I had to place a bet, look for them to drop some bodies within Tommy’s distribution ring.

 

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A SECOND OPTION CAN NEVER BE #1 

With Ghost locked up, Tommy’s now running things. That’s never worked too well in the past. His partners in the drug distribution conspiracy are already worried about how Ghost’s arrest, on an FBI murder rap no less, will affect their business. Plus Tommy will have to figure out how to placate the Serbian connects, who have also been informed of the brewing mess by Petar.

We also see that Julio, who we thought was the level-headed one of the crew, is a sucker for love when he brings a former prostitute to Club Truth for Dre to employ. With all the heat coming down on Ghost, you’d think the one place they’d want to keep clean is his supposed legit business.

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ANGELA’S POWER STILL A FACADE

For all of Angela’s bravado this episode, there were several moments to remind her of her own culpability in this mess.

First was being confronted by Raina. All that abrasive energy Angela had for Tasha went out the window under that young girl’s questioning. What happened to wanting us to live with you? Angela had no answers, and the moment served as a strong reminder that the biggest victims of affairs tend to be children.

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The second moment came with the introduction of a new character in smug, hotshot district attorney John Mak (Sung Kang). He taking over the Ghost investigation and makes it plain to Angela that her reckless bedroom romps with Knox and Ghost disqualify her from publically working on the case. However, Mak still expects her to work full-time sans any credit.

Still, I have faith in Angie to have Ghost’s back once the truth comes out. Angela’s not as smart as she thinks she is, but she goes hard for love. Once she realizes the worst about Ghost isn’t true, she’ll find a way to sabotage the case.

OTHER STORYLINES TO WATCH FOR

  1. A season ago, Dre was just an ambitious hustler on the corner. Now running a nightclub and staying alive despite his loyalties being boxed between two dangerous forces in Tommy and Kanan. Unfortunately, I think the young gun is on borrowed time. There’s only so long you can play both sides. Tommy already knows he’s lying about who “Slim” is, and Kanan won’t hesitate to put a bullet in him the first time that $50k a week payoff is low.
  2. For Proctor to be such a savvy attorney, who else found it hilarious that his baby momma is strung-out, loudmouth cokehead? They wouldn’t interject his home life for no reason, so we’ll see how it impacts the storyline in the weeks ahead.
  3. The only person breathing a sigh of relief this episode is corrupt FBI agent Mike Sandoval. No one suspects he killed Knox, but he made the idiotic mistake of not disposing of the murder weapon after receiving that call on the pier. When the case against Ghost starts unraveling, Angela should finally start connecting the dots.
  4. If Ghost wants protection in prison, he should look no further than Tony Teresi. But what will mobster ask for in return?
  5. Y’all see how the judge was leaning towards bail until Proctor brought up that he was a successful African-American businessman? Foul. SMH

Was the premiere worth the wait? Sound off in the comments and be back next week for episode 2!

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It’s going to be a hot summer. The season three trailer for Power finds our conflicted protagonist James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) faces threats on all sides. Former mentor turned enemy Kanan (50 Cent) is out for vengeance after being left for dead by Ghost in the season 2 finale. His former best friend, Tommy (Joseph Sikora), is another enemy who’s being manipulated by his girlfriend Holly (Lucy Walters). Add on Ghost’s love triangle with wife Tasha (Naturi Haughton) and DEA agent Angela (Lela Loren), and you have a season with many explosive storylines to build on.

Season 3 begins on July 17.

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The deceit and treachery have finally caught up to one character on Power and it’s not who you’d expect.

*WARNING* Read no further if you don’t want spoilers regarding the “Time’s Up” episode airing Saturday night 8/8.


Shawn (Sinqua Walls) is murdered by his own father Kanan, who went into a murderous rage after Shawn’s failed hit(s) on Ghost. For the entire season we’ve witnessed the young, impressionable Shawn manipulated by the selfishness of every adult he cared for: Kanan, Tasha, Keisha and Ghost. They all used him for whatever they wanted, caring nothing about his own self-interest. That lead the poor kid into believing he could kill two birds with one stone — kill Ghost to not only win his father’s admiration, but also secure a future with Tasha.

The hit was botched from the start. Kanan and Dre were fools for trusting the clandestine murder of the city’s biggest drug dealer to a sheltered pup like Shawn. Second, the quiet location for the shooting was off-limits due to construction. Third, someone’s first kill should not be someone the assassin knows, let alone a figure that’s been a surrogate father to them. The last point is what allowed Ghost to talk his way out of the shooting when Shawn ambushed him at Truth. Ghost correctly argued what Shawn already knew; he was being manipulated into a life he didn’t want by a “bitter old thug.”

Then Shawn throws it all way. Ghost disarmed him and could, and some will argue should, have killed Shawn after he revealed the Tasha affair. Shawn left humiliated (but alive) and could have left town with Tasha as planned. Unfortunately, he just had to confront his father one last time.

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I bet Shawn wishes he would’ve had that father-son heart to heart over the phone.

Kanan was expectedly furious, but killing his son was an extreme that will probably surprise many viewers. However, think back to all the interaction between them this season. Kanan treated Shawn like a close friend/little brother more than a son. The bathroom blowjobs with the groupie and wanting to know about Tasha’s sexual prowess stand out as examples. It is important to note that there did seem to be a moment of regret in Kanan’s eyes following the murder. I hope we’ll get to see how Shawn’s mother (and Kanan’s sometime lover) deals with the loss of her son.


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We’re just alike, Angie… We’ve both been playing dirty… You’re just mad that you lost. – Ghost

This episode cements a theory of mine — Ghost and Angela are psychopaths. When we think of that word, we envision serial killers, but psychopaths are not necessarily violent. Two of the defining traits of psychopaths are regularly breaking the law and deceiving others. Ghost and Angie have down that in spades this season. Ghost gets credit for recognizing long ago his true nature. He deftly points out that Angie is just like him with the exception of letting love blind her decisions (which is why she “lost”). He forced her to come face to face with the complete true nature of the man she professes to love.

For now, we’ll have to take the ending “Fuck you Ghost” comment to signify her intention of ending the relationship. Nonetheless, this show has shown us intention and follow-through are drastically different things. Angie already showed signs of cracking, and further deceit, when put on the spot by Greg about his dealings with Ghost.

Next week is the season finale, guaranteeing us a definitive answer on whether Ghost or Angie will move closer or further apart headed into season three.

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You can only delay the inevitable for so long. The season 2 premiere of Power, aptly titled “Consequences,” saw the primary players facing the fallout for their season 1 decisions. And most importantly, our protagonist James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) discovered a chilling secret that will drive this year’s remaining episodes.

If surviving a murder attempt in his very own club wasn’t enough, Ghost’s attention is now directed on his mistress/high school love Angela (Lela Loren), who’s now been outed by Tommy (Joseph Sikora), his right hand man, as a federal agent.

“That bitch’s pussy got you stuck on stupid,” says Tommy in disgust.

Indeed, Ghost must feel like an idiot. Angela appears out of nowhere one night in his club and in no time he’s knee-deep between her legs with fantasies about starting a new life. The one area of his life he thought was safe and pure turns out to be just as big a deception as he’s been perpetrating to the public and his family. Not to mention, his wife Tasha reveals she knows about the affair and demands he stop.

Ghost’s two options have their pros and cons. He can cut all contact with Angela, but that leaves him in the dark about the extent of her knowledge on his criminal dealings. He can continue the affair to learn more about Angela’s case, but then he risks causing hothead Tommy to make a stupid move in killing her and bringing the wrath of the federal government.

Speaking of Tommy, anyone else catch the hypocrisy in his criticism of Ghost’s affair with Angela? Tommy’s been just as guilty by revealing the entire operation to his klepto girlfriend Holly.

Love issues aren’t the only big problems in Ghost’s life. His business front, Club Truth, had to be closed for weeks due to the shooting. In that period, rival mogul Simon Stern literally brought the building Ghost was renting out, making Stern his new landlord. Stern smugly lets Ghost know if he doesn’t take him up on his apprentice offer, he’ll have no qualms about evicting him once his current lease ends. That would leave the city’s biggest drug dealer without an outlet to wash his money.

On the street end, Ghost is trying to move his supplier Lobos’ weight among two camps with nothing but disdain for each other: the RSKs and Saldados. The RSKs suspect the latter in the season 1 murder of their leader Rolla, and are equally suspicious of Ghost, the actual killer. The Saldados leader, Ruiz, wants a bigger hand in executive decision that Ghost makes. All camps are unknowingly being manipulated by Kanan (50 Cent), who is now back on the street with sights set on taking over Ghost’s empire.

REMAINING BUSINESS

1. Kanan is none too happy that the hitwoman he hired, the mysterious Pink Sneakers, botched the Ghost shooting at Club Truth. He now sees her as a liability that needs to be silenced. In the meantime, he’s gone about secretly grooming his son Shawn (who just happens to be Ghost’s driver). Wait until Kanan finds out about Tasha’s flirtatious relationship with his son.

2. Speaking of Tasha, she’s continuing her own secret mission of stashing money. Yes, Ghost is starting to involve her more on the decision-making side of the criminal business, but she is still a woman scorned. That makes her moves unpredictable, especially if she finds out Angela is still in the picture.

3. When Holly wakes up out that coma, what will her mindset be?

4. Angela her own problems. Since her star informant Nomar was killed by Tommy in the season 1 finale, Angela has been taken off the Lobos case and assigned to “white-collar” crimes. However, she kept the cell phone of her CI and will be using that to continue her own investigation. How long before the trail takes her past having just having the connect’s street name of “Ghost” to her actual love, Jamie?

EPISODE 2 PREVIEW

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SEASON 1 RECAP

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[Video] Power | Season 2: Trailer

Posted: January 23, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Concert/Film/TV Reviews
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50 Cent’s Power will kick off its second season this summer. Watch the trailer to catch up on what’s happened thus far and what to expect for the upcoming season.