"Powerless" is NBC's new sitcom series set within the DC Universes. It tells the adventures of Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens), Director of Research & Development at Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, which specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders in a world of superheroes and supervillains feel a little safer.
The company is run by Bruce Wayne's incompetent cousin Van (Alan Tudyk). Emily is from the "flyover state" (where Superheroes just fly over it, never really stopping by), and she takes up a new job in Charm City, a smaller city compared to a more metropolitan Metropolis and the more Gothic Gotham.
The plot looks promising, but it failed to impress a lot of critics. According to the Verge, the show is charming and in a world of superheroes, it's a welcome breath of fresh air, but the jokes are mediocre.
Hudgens character in "Powerless" is eager to make an impression as an eager and idealistic director, Entertainment Weekly said. It's understandable that there is not enough evidence yet to judge the series, but the pilot episode really just is flawed.
It lacks enough laughs, and comedy is the real issue. It did try to be quirky but the material is lacking. But the cast definitely works. Hudgens is likeable in her earnestness and Tudyk just knows how to nail his role. Hudgen as Emily has spunk and she both seems suspicious and pathetic to hew new co-workers. And the actress made her character work.
But then again, the series just started, and so there is definitely more room to grow. "Powerless" is distinctly different from other series, but there is a sense that the actors can make more out of the show. "Powerless" is directed by Marc Buckland and written by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
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