'Power: The Complete Fifth Season'
(Aidan Gillen, Michael Malarkey, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney, Ksenia Solo, et al / 3-Disc DVD / R / 2019 / Lionsgate)
Overview: In Season 5 James "Ghost" St. Patrick is in a dangerous alliance with his former brother-in-arms Tommy Egan and mortal enemy Kanan.
"Ghost" is blind to new enemies and must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down.
DVD Verdict: OK, telling it like it is, and 'Power' is by no means a terrible series. However, there are just too many things that bug me about it and it starts to rub in like a blister as the series goes on.
The concept is in no way original, but the lives of drug kingpins and gang members fascinate people and there seems to always be a demand for more, so I guess nothing wrong to satisfy some of that demand.
The story is what I have most of the issues with. The biggest drug distributor in New York living a fashionable life, surrounded by a few select guys?
I find it hard to believe that role isn't held by some kind of big mafia family (probably several when it comes to NY).
Even though the writers try to depict the main character and his partner as bad-ass and not afraid to do what has to be done when required, any group would have kicked their asses long before they arrived at their current position.
The women in this series must be some of the most annoying characters ever, sorry! Angela is a story in herself. Utterly annoying with her constant head-leaning and dreamy eyes. In-between the eternally romantic teenager parts, she's a bulldog attorney that doesn't stop until she gets what she wants.
Still, despite many possibilities she can't connect the dots in the following sequence: "Her lover has become a nightclub owner after having become rich from laundromats (!), ran together with his close associate and best friend from childhood who also happens to be suspected as the biggest drug kingpin of NY".
Jeez, no alarm bells ringing anywhere? But of course, women are obviously so blinded by love that they close their eyes for any shortcoming of their men, right? Wrong ... well, unless it's for a TV show, of course.
The other women in the series are just as annoying, but maybe not as unbelievable as Angela. That said, Ghost's wife Tasha also leaves me cold.
Tasha is written about as well as the standard As The World Turns heroine and, to be brutally honest, other actresses have done clingy, devious heroines better than Naturi Naughton's portrayal.
I would have preferred if they actually had more independent sub-plots (shopping and gossiping don't count) instead of constantly being a pain in the ass of their respective men.
Playing Devil's Advocate, all too often, the usual suspects at the studios crank out characters straight from central casting. Luckily, there is little of that here.
Omari Hardwick and Joe Sikora work well as Ghost and Tommy and the rest of the cast (outside of Naughton) is very good. The writing has been solid, and there is some caustic humor here, which I welcome.
In the opening episode, 'Everyone Is Implicated,' James "Ghost" St. Patrick forms a dangerous alliance with his brother-in-arms, Tommy, and mortal enemy Kanan. Angela is implicated in murder and turns to an unlikely ally. Tasha enlists LaKeisha to protect Tariq.
As we progress through the 10 episodes, the St. Patrick family grieves Raina while the AUSA's office discusses taking down "Ghost" and ending Angela's career. Councilman Tate exploits Raina's death. Dre maintains order within his organization.
As the heat begins to turn up, and after his spiritual awakening with Rev. Macedon, Ghost confesses his sins to Angela. Angela preps Tasha for Federal questioning and Ghost must break his business deal with Tommy when Truth is audited by the IRS.
As we head to the finale, when the RICO case comes crashing down, Angela breaks ranks to form her own A-team. LaKeisha takes a stand of her own while Ghost, Tommy, Tasha, and Angela race against the clock to prove their innocence...but to what end?
In closing, I will say that 'Power' is a MUST-WATCH show for anyone who loves gritty and gangster style shows with a ton of gray to wade through and discern.
In fact, furthermore, my hat goes off to Courtney Kemp Agboh and especially "50 Cent" (AKA Curtis Jackson) for creating and producing this TV masterpiece. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Described as “the show we wait all year to watch” by Lea Palmieri (Decider), the 'Power: The Complete Fifth Season' Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.95 and $34.98, respectively.