powerlessSuperhero Pro Tip #23: If you want to know if your co-worker is a superhero in disguise, break a chair on their back. If they collapse…not a superhero.

This is one of the many funny moments in the new NBC show Powerless, which Betsy and I thoroughly enjoy watching every Thursday night. For those not in the know, Powerless is the story of a team at Wayne Security (a company in Charm City and is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises) who is tasked with making the world safer from supervillains by creating items such as the Rumbrella (a device used to protect yourself from falling debris) or the anti-Joker venom serum.

When the pilot first premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con, it was a different premise where the team worked for an insurance agency that filed claims against superheroes and villains who created destruction. This current version gives the writers more stories to tell and a chance for Alan Tudyk (who plays Van Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s cousin) to shine as the daffy boss who is only trying to climb the corporate ladder and move to Gotham City to work for Wayne Enterprises. Watching the first few episodes only prove what we already know: Alan Tudyk is comedy gold.

The characters are still finding their way, but one standout has to be Van’s secretary, Jackie (played by Christina Kirk), who is the sarcastic, dry-humor counterpart to Emily (played by Vanessa Hudgens), who is a little too perky for her own good. Teddy, Ron, and Wendy (played by Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Jennie Pierson, respectively) round out the team of scientists. None of them have had a huge standout moment as individuals yet, but each character brings their own personalities to the team and we should see their developments in upcoming episodes.

The reviews for this show haven’t been great (it’s never going to win an Emmy) and who knows if it will last longer than one season, but we really hope it does because it’s nice to have a comic-themed show that’s not a drama. The TV and movie worlds seem to be dominated by comic book heroes, but none of them are funny. They do, of course, have funny moments (anytime Patton Oswalt appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is always good for a laugh), but at their core, they are dramas. It’s nice to see the tongue-in-cheek humor that has always been prevalent in the comic book world and while the show is still finding its footing (only three episodes in), we’re holding out hope this will be on for many seasons.


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