Season 4, Episode 6
Air Date: Sunday, July 30, 2015, 9:00 pm ET/PT on Starz
“You couldn’t get rid of me that easy.” — Kanan
Last week, Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) time in prison came to an end when AUSA Angela Valdez (Lela Loren) finally told Judge Tapper (Michael Gaston) the truth, a move that cost both her and AUSA Mike Sandoval (David Fumero) their jobs. But before that happened, Ghost killed Marshal Williams (Charlie Murphy) in a crime that was unfortunately witnessed by prisoner Tony Teresi (William Sadler). While “New Man” doesn’t follow up on the deal Ghost made with Teresi, you can be sure it will be addressed in a future episode.
As “New Man” opens, I was reminded of how much I missed seeing Ghost in his natural habitat. That body, both in and out of bed! Be still my beating heart. My feelings aside, I empathized with Ghost when he realizes his daughter Raina (Donshea Hopkins) and son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) aren’t there to welcome him home.
Although, it does give him time with Tasha (Naturi Naughton) to discuss the state of their marriage. While Ghost wants to “start over,” Tasha isn’t so sure. I don’t blame her, especially when you consider everything she’s been through. And, if you think about Tasha’s comment that Angela “blew up her entire life” to get Ghost out of jail, what will Ghost do when he realizes Angela must still have feelings for him?
The chains around the doors to Ghost’s nightclub, Truth, finally come off and the smile on Ghost’s face speaks volumes about how happy he is to be back. That is, until he sees Simon Stern (Victor Garber) standing there. That million watt smile soon turns to a frown when Stern enlightens him about the deal he made with Tasha. Needless to say, a loan from Stern always comes with strings attached. But when Ghost comes down on Tasha later for taking money from Stern, they realize it may not be such a bad thing after all. After all, if they’re going to make their relationship work, they have to trust each other going forward. But they also have to trust Stern even though he isn’t exactly a trustworthy man. He’s only out for one person…himself.
Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) and Julio’s (JR Ramirez) relationship is tenuous, at best. I’m not sure who’s less trustworthy but the minute Dre says, “Trust me,” a red flag should have gone up in Julio’s mind. What happens to Julio had me glued to my TV screen; I absolutely couldn’t tear my eyes away. Ramirez is a fine actor; the way he portrays Julio in the fight scene is better than some other actors I’ve seen in similar situations. He wasn’t going down easily, that’s for sure.
Tommy (Joseph Sikora) travels to Chicago to meet up with Jason Micic (Mike Dopud) to discuss their drug business and the money he owes him. Surprisingly, Jason makes Tommy an offer he may have to seriously consider, even though it’s something he’s refused to do in the past. But Tommy is in for quite a shock after the party Jason throws because it has to do with Milan’s (James Mulvey) death and who Tatiana (Irina Dvorovenko) thinks killed him. What transpires should give Tommy plenty of food for thought.
Kanan’s (Curtis “50” Jackson) sister Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose) is not the type of woman to be trifled with. I don’t think she has a motherly bone in her body. She’s only interested in two things: getting the money she thinks she and Kanan are owed from back in the day, and killing both Ghost and Tariq. If I have one complaint about “New Man,” it has to do with Hardwick and Jackson’s performances when Kanan shoves Ghost into a car, telling him he and Jukebox have kidnapped Tariq. In the beginning of the road trip to get the money, Kanan doesn’t come across as the hardcore conman, would-be kidnapper, and murderer we know him to be. He’s just too soft. Nor does Ghost act as angry and afraid as a father should be after learning his son’s life is on the line. But then, the mood changes when Kanan reveals he may actually have feelings for Tariq. Speaking of Tariq, I was also disappointed in Rainey’s depiction of him. Why isn’t Tariq infuriated when he learns the truth about “Slim?” And why isn’t he scared when learning he’s going to die? It isn’t every day that a kid has a gun held to his head. There isn’t a scintilla of confusion or rage in Rainey’s eyes. And how about the relief Rainey should have portrayed when Ghost wraps his arms around Tariq? Unfortunately, his acting is just too wooden for me.
Overall, I wasn’t as impressed with “New Man” as I have been with other episodes of Power. While we do get conclusions to some storylines, they weren’t as powerful, emotional, or engaging as they could have been. I mean, where is the tension that should have been present during Kanan and Ghost’s time together?
What did you think of “New Man?” Were you surprised by Tommy’s actions in Cleveland? Finally, he gets the closure he so desperately needs. Hit me up on Twitter @SeasideTV or leave a comment below.
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