Despite positive reviews, NBC quietly pulled the plug on the final few episodes of Powerless. In addition to its cancellation, the remaining episodes have been pulled from air and may stream exclusively online in the near future.
Following an unconventional approach to the superhero genre, Powerless explores the average citizens of the DC universe. The series follows the misadventures of Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) as the Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security with her team Teddy (Danny Pudi), Jackie (Christina Kirk), Ron (Ron Funches), Wendy (Jennie Pierson), and Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk). With its comedic approach and diverse, jovial cast, Powerless fits more as an office comedy rather than another superhero series.
Sadly, what makes Powerless unique has also been its downfall. The lack of heroes doubles as a lack of interest for most viewers and is expressed through its viewership. The line Powerless toes between office comedy and superhero series also left audiences unsure which it wanted to commit to at times.
Regardless of its shortcomings, Powerless was still a wonderfully weird series I’m glad I took the time to watch. The cast gives zany and memorable performances with characters directly in line with DC’s underdog themes. Standout episodes include episode 7 “Van v Emily: Dawn of Justice” which, aside from poking fun at Batman v Superman‘s title, is a 20 minute long lesson in sexism in the workplace and not being afraid to use your voice. Episode 8 “Green Furious” features a similar lesson in a super (pun intended) way by casting Natalie Morales as Green Fury and depicting the different ways heroes are treated compared their heroine counterparts.
With shows like Silicon Valley and The Big Bang Theory still airing, Powerless may not seem necessary in this overcrowded moment of television history. However, in direct contradiction with its title, the series still struck me as powerful and essential.
Fans of heroes and not will find delight in this series and maybe even come out with a lesson they hadn’t expected in acceptance, perseverance, and friendship.
You can watch Powerless now on Hulu and stay tuned to Hypable for news on the release of the remaining episodes!