In many ways, Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent have created an alternative universe called Power of the past few years. Within this world, Ghost, Tommy, and Kanan have existed superheroes or villains depending on how you look at them. No matter your vantage point the trio has existed in a state of invincibility throughout the past five seasons. Between the three of them, they have survived being set on fire, shot, stabbed, thrown in jail and deserted by their families. However, this week’s episode starts to show true holes in their armor. From Tommy trusting a man who is not his father to Ghost killing a random man, it’s become apparent that this season is less about crime and violence and more about vulnerability.
Last week, Ghost showed his vulnerability by killing a random drunk driver who killed a teenage boy years prior. This week, we see Tommy confiding in LaKeisha and then being rejected. More importantly, we see him wanting to have a father so badly that he falls for the tricks of man that he’s much smarter than. If there’s anything this week’s episode teaches us, it’s that even the strongest or most devoid of emotion have vulnerabilities.
Meanwhile, it appears that the women of Power are turning the tables and becoming stronger than the main characters. Tommy’s Mom is the one who gives him the sternest warning about interacting with Teresi. Angela stays true to her word about keeping her distance from Ghost while finding another love interest. Most importantly, Tasha returns to being a mother when she drops her son off at Choate. She truly begins to see why Tariq has done some of the things that he has in the past. For what it’s worth, Ghost got played by a wealthy black woman investor for a dinner and a good night. All around the universe of Power, the men are falling and the women are rising.
However, there is one exception to this recent trend. Kanan has yet to slip up thus far. This is saying a lot for a man who killed his own son, messed up the situation with Tariq and was broke up until stealing money from Dre’s right-hand man. Moreover, it’s hard to see what his vulnerable spot is. He doesn’t have any family or friends. He has nothing to lose and he’s nearly seen death before. With all that being said, every character on Power has a flaw and Kanan is no different. We just have to watch long enough to see what his flaw is.