“Powers” is based on Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic series of the same name. The story revolves around homicide detective Christian Walker (Copley), a man once had special powers but lost them several years ago while doing battle against Izzard’s powered character name Wolf. Since losing his special superhuman abilities Walker works for a special crime force bent on removing anyone from the public who use their powers for criminal activity.
The pilot follows Walker and his regular human partner Deena Pilgrim (Heyward) as they investigate the death of a former powered collegue of Walker’s named Olympia. The death leads them on the chase of a “Powers” mob boss called Johnny Royalle (Taylor) notorious for dispensing ‘sway,’ a drug that promises to enhance one’s powers. Soon Walker’s old mate Retro Girl (Forbes) joins the mix as the investigation into the death and drug trail widens.
“Powers” also boasts a solid production crew that includes director and executive producer David Slade (Hannibal, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), the creative skills of Charlie Huston (All Signs of Death), Michael Dinner (Justified) and “Caprica’s” Remi Aubuchon (Falling Skies).
Alternate ways for viewers to receive their high production quality, high-end entertainment is on the rise. Netflix and Amazon have made inroads into the arena with award winning programming such as “House of Cards,” “Bosch,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Transparent,” just to name a few. With this new entry from The PlayStation Network, Sony could be well on its way to breaking that glass ceiling so long held firm by network and cable television.