The story of James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city’s elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele.
I can’t believe that I waited this long to finally watch this Starz TV Series! I don’t know … Silly me … I was thinking this was going to be bite off of Empire, when in actuality, the only thing Empire and Power share in common, is that Terrence Howard’s Character, like Omari Hardwick’s character both came to power by the help of the women that were down with them from the start … Cookie in the case of Empire and Tasha in this story’s case.
But this review is not about Empire, but instead about DEA vs. Drug Dealers, Nightclub Scene Hostile Takeovers, The State vs. The Inmate, Gang Wars Over Street Turf…. And MUCH, MUCH MORE.
I tell you, this series is HOT and it’s like watching Scarface, Hoodlum, Carlito’s Way and New Jack City rolled into one. And just in case you’ve not seen any of this previously mentioned drug dealer films, then know that this entire series ultimately will tell the story of the rise and fall of a drug dealer with a desire to get out of the game and legitimize it, but due to unforeseen events, outside of his control, fate just would not allow it.
I love how the writers of “Power” wrote into the script, a scene where Angie & James have just finished making love again in Season 1 > Episode 5 and both of their phone rings in unison alerting them both to the recent chain of events, in which Ruiz was just stabbed by a hit woman posing as a stripper.
The irony here is that … James thinks Angie’s a mere Lawyer and Angie thinks James is a mere Nightclub owner, but in reality they are both SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY!
In episode 6, when Hollie said to Tommy, “I’m a f@cked up thief and you’re a crazy drug dealer … I think we were made for each other!”, my mind immediately went back to the beef G-Money and Nino Brown had over a stripper in “New Jack City”, because I knew that would be the main mistake on Tommy’s part that will eventually bring James’ empire down.
Again … very clever on behalf of writers, Courtney Kemp Agboh, Vladimir Cvetko and Safia Dirie, chiefly.
BEST QUOTE of the series, was when Ghost told Tasha (in a strikingly familiar Denzel Washington voice), “I Don’t Know Any Wrinkled Drug Dealers … They’re Either Dead Or Inside!”
Ghost’s right hand man, Tommy Egan, plays a convincing role as Joseph Sikora, so convincing, in fact, that I thought he was a black dude, despite how other NYC dealers referred to him as ‘M’ (short for Eminem or Marshall Mathers).
I love how the multi-cultural ethnic diversity of the Big Apple & Jersey are captured perfectly by the camera crew and the wardrobe / costume Dept. should get a raise.
I LOVE THIS TRES HIP & MUY INVIGORATING TV SERIES DRAMA by executive producer and co-star, 50 Cent … So much in fact, that Season 1 rates 5 or 5 STARS in my book!