The second season of “Power,” created by executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh and executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, will premiere June 6. When asked to describe the second season, in one word, both Agboh and Jackson shouted, “Explosive!”
I’ve reviewed the first two episodes and I would add that it’s brutally detailed, skillfully crafted with rich dialogue and performances anchored in such truthful emotion that I felt, many times, that I was watching surveillance footage.
You might pass over “Power” based solely on a description, citing that you don’t want to see another show glamorizing the life of an African-American criminal mastermind. I understand. I, too, had that gut reaction, but when I reviewed season one, that feeling was smashed away. I was hooked in the opening credits and compelled to follow the messy life of James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and his loyal and dangerous partner, Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora).
The brutal game through which they make their fortune is bloody and uncertain, such is the life of illegal drug trafficking and the business of “cleaning the money.” It’s the same issue that Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy Sr. faced during alcohol probation. You see, “getting rich in the dark” is the American way. Just review the history of this nation before attempting to disagree.
Love is as dangerous as a gun and betrayal is more lethal than a bullet.
When I caught up with Hardwick and Sikora, I was pleasantly surprised because they both “remembered” me, and with cheshire cat grins and warm, tight hugs showed me the kind of gentle affection and positive vibes that helped me understand why both actors make the “bad guys” that they play so compelling.
When asked about the new season, both actors were on lock down on plot points, opting to give bread crumbs of clues that are hidden inside the structure of the characters’ relationships.
“My character is very influenced by Black culture,” Sikora shared. “As an actor, I am given such permission to let go, to add so much to the creation of the Tommy. He is also a goof ball, unintentionally, but he is.”
“Tommy wants to give immediate force, but Ghost wants to change things and use strategy … It’s not going to work. You must maintain power. Tommy is loyal to the streets.”
“There is not a lot of loyalty in season two,” says Naturi Naughton, who plays the wickedly smart and fiercely loyal Tasha St. Patrick. “At one point, she begins to question her allegiance to Tommy, and they are like brother and sister, and of course, she begins to questions her husband [Ghost]. He’s not the same man that she married, not the same man that she hid a loaded gun for in the beginning of his rise.”
When asked about the show and the issue of sliding loyalty, reveled by his co-stars, Hardwick kept it real, adding, “I really can’t share much about Season 2, but they are correct, loyalty is a tricky thing.”
Actress Lela Loren, who plays Angela Valdes, is, in my opinion, absolutely fascinating. While in high school, she was on an all-male crew team, and to help pay for her college tuition, she worked on a commercial fishing boat in Alaska.
Loren brings grit and power that comes from the deepest part of the human soul to her character. “It’s fun, as an artist, to explore the human condition,” she says.
When asked what the show could be named if not “Power,” the beauty’s uninhibited use of sexual imagery left the room silent.
Hardwick shot back, “I can’t beat that,” and paused to think, and then offered, “I would say that ‘Power’ could be called ‘Strangers and Lovers.’”
It’s evident that Hardwick is achingly different than the character, and the question of balance was raised. He stated, “We are born as artists, right? That’s an innate embracing of the good and bad that’s in all of us. Naturally, the genesis is that I truly believe that. Intelligence is one of the most dangerous things in the world and Ghost is smart.”
Season 2 of “Power” premieres June 6.