The final episodes of Power return early January 2020 on Starz.
Release date: January 5, 2020 at 8pm EST
Cast: Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Shane Johnson, Jerry Ferrara, Sung Kang, Alani “La La” Anthony, Rotimi Akinosho, J.R. Ramirez, William Sadler, Lucy Walters, Joe Perrino
Power is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp in collaboration with Curtis Jackson. It debuted on the Starz network on June 7, 2014, and is currently in its sixth season. Power tells the story of James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a ruthless, intelligent drug-dealer under the nickname “Ghost,” who wishes to leave the criminal world to pursue legitimate business interests as a nightclub owner. St. Patrick aims to balance these two lives, while avoiding police capture amid a crumbling marriage and shifting economic alliances.
The show also features James St. Patrick’s family, which consists of his wife Tasha (Naturi Naughton), son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.), and daughters Raina (Donshea Hopkins) and Yasmine (Amaya Carr). Power also follows St. Patrick’s criminal partner and lifelong best friend Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), Assistant United States Attorney and love interest Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), friend-turned-rival Kanan Stark (50 Cent), protege and rival Andre Coleman (Rotimi Akinosho), and federal prosecutor Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson). Criminal defense attorney Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara), District Attorney John Mak (Sung Kang) and Congressman Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) also appear in the show’s later seasons.
Upon release, Power gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing. It is one of Starz’s most highly rated shows and one of cable’s most watched shows. Prior to the premiere of the fifth season, Starz renewed the show for a sixth and final season, which premiered on August 25, 2019.
Season 1 of Power received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Metacritic gives the season a score of 57 out of 100, based on 15 reviews, indicating a mixed reaction to the series. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the season a score of 41%, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 5.72/10. The site’s consensus states, “Power suffers from excessive plotting and the use of overly familiar by-the-numbers story elements.”
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter observed in his review, “Power seemingly wants to be a show that tells a big, complicated, meaningful story about, well, the perils and problems of power and how one man deals with them.” The New York Daily News staff writes in their review, “Power hits on all cylinders as it returns for its second season. Throw a couple of great women into Ghost’s life—his wife, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), and his recently resurfaced lifelong flame Angela (Lela Loren)—and you have drama that’s hard not to keep watching.” Critic Brian Lowry of Variety states in his review, “The three previewed episodes of the show, created by The Good Wife alumna Courtney A. Kemp, move briskly enough, but they’re still only moderately compelling. And while 50 Cent’s participation provides some promotional heft (he has a cameo in a later episode), the allure of such behind-the-scenes marquee names is usually limited. Mostly, this is undemanding escapism with all the requisite pay-TV trappings, along the lines of what Cinemax is offering in episodic form. While that might be a formula to keep Ghost visible for some time to come, creatively speaking, it leaves Power a touch low on juice.
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