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. That man is James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and how he deals with these issues isn’t particularly intriguing. In fact, no part of Power is particularly intriguing. It feels like a superficial video rather than a real drama. Take out the sex and the swearing and it could be on ABC like any of its other vapid soaps.
Ghost made his name on the streets as a drug dealer. His best friend is also his right hand man in that trade, Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora). Tommy wants Ghost to take care of the drug business instead of focusing on his new nightclub, called Truth. But now that Ghost has a love affair with status – he’s got the over the top New York pad, he’s got a wife, Tasha (Naturi Naughton) who spends all his money like a spoiled brat and a glitzy club is kind of cool. Cooler than just being a front to launder drug money.