Power Book II: Ghost - The Complete First Season
(Michael Rainey Jr., Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo, Mary J. Blige, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2021 / Artisan - Lionsgate)
Overview: Power Book II: Ghost picks up after the events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with his fathers death while his mother, Tasha, faces charges for the murder her son committed.
Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the defense lawyer who is Tashas only hope of escaping prosecution by U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe.
Tariq turns to the drug game, entangling himself with a family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada. He figures out the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him - only better.
DVD Verdict: In truth, we all knew they were going to do a spin-off on Power since they have already got a built in audience, but this was the wrong way to go.
Tariq was one of the main characters I liked the least, especially as Michael Rainey Jr. (Tariq) seemed to be a rather one dimensional as an actor in Power.
Always the same demeanor and facial expressions which is not a huge deal for a side character, especially a young actor. But to make him the lead and main character was a bad choice in my opinion.
I never criticize shows for being unrealistic as most good shows have to be in some sort of way, but Power made you believe these guys were so good they could pull off the crazyish shit they do because the actors were so good!
Naturi Naughton is a good actor, but everything about the dynamic between the two just seems off to me. Tasha was tolerable in her role in Power, but again as a lead it feels repetitive and she is not a character you root for.
I would have loved a prequel where they show how Tommy and Ghost came to be who they were in Power or even follow Tommy after he takes off for California, but Power Book 2: Ghost is just too far out there for even me to believe.
And as it seems to be the common thread through a lot of the notice boards I frequent about this show, there is simply zero interest in the main character and we all just keep hoping for Tommy to show up again!
Furthermore, the only fabulous and well played characters are Davis Maclean (Method Man), Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson) and Tameika Washington (Quincy Tyler Bernstine), who all come together to remind me of what the original Power was about.
That all said, this series is now showing how Tariq is slowly on a path of becoming just like his father. It has a more modern outlook on how drug dealing is done in recent times and is portrayed in a humorous way (at times) where viewers can engage with the show.
Tariq is becoming smarter, better, faster and it is shown here well, but his pulling of moves just like this dad must feature an outcome of sorts - so like me, just be curious, not over-judgmental, and try not to ghost this second season completely! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
A favorable spinoff of one of Starzs most highly rated shows, the Power Book II: Ghost: Season 1 DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.98.
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