There have been a lot of mob and crime shows out there, with some really knocking out of the park and others struggling to find their way. With STARZ’s original series Power produced by 50 Cent, they took on the approach a modern approach with a bit of a twist. Now fans that may have missed out on this series or are just wanting to get caught up before the new season can get into the club with Power: The Complete First Season.
The series follows 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. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all. This series started out a bit slow in the first couple of episodes as they set everything up, but as it all starts to unfold it gets pretty good. There isn’t anything overly original with the series, but the interjecting of the relationships being as much a focal point as the crime stuff makes it feel like there is more depth here. The cast all do a great job that includes Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora as well as appearances by La La Anthony, Victor BGarber and 50 Cent himself. There is a great tone to the overall series with the fight to escape the street gangster lifestyle with both the business world and gang life trying to pull him both ways. His struggle with both lifestyles makes for some compelling story elements, but its his ongoing relation issues with both his wife, old flame and his best friend that really makes the show work. Each of these elements bring their own set of problems to tack onto the business he deals with making him a bomb waiting to explode and when he does it affects everyone around him.
Despite starting slow it ended up being a great show that delivers on the drama like you would in this genre. This collection mot only features all 8 episodes of the first season but also numerous featurettes to take you further inside the series. Join in the underbelly of Ghost’s world when Power: The Complete First Season comes to Blu-ray and DVD on May 12th.
Be sure to check out the all-new season of Power when it debuts on STARZ on June 6th.