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Power: The Mythology, History and Predictions

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Its all coming full circle now, I see where its all leading to. These characters are becoming new people, who their going to be when the show ends. The break up and fall of the Patrick dynasty. I envision Tariq will inherit Ghost’s drug business, and possibly become the man who his father wanted to be…legit, or Tariq will be the biggest goddamn drug dealer in NYC.

Similar to how the series Vikings introduced the next generation, Power may do the same. Look to the past; Ghost’s dad was a drunk who briefly owned a club, and lost it. Ghost reached heights his father didn’t, but struggles to escape the drug life. It might be this tragedy will end at the third generation with Tariq achieving what grandfather and father desired: legit businessman with an empire of legit businesses.

If Tasha goes to jail next season its like the season 4 plot all over again, repetitive. But history repeats itself, and the writers of the show embrace that philosophy. The actions, executions, and consequences of Tasha’s storyline in season five will be a different than what Ghost experienced in prison. The writers are brilliant. Either Tasha gets off or pulls a Cookie doing twenty years. Ghost becomes a single father with a redemption story between him and Tariq next season. With Tasha in jail Ghost is going to have to really step it up. Honestly, this fool might ended up hiring some Latina nanny and banging her, after all that is his type. He was with Angela and eyed Queen Jimenez with lust.

As a father, this fool can’t be running the streets, especially after everything your only son has been through. I mean is Angie gonna adopt Yasmin, anything is possible. Everything is up in the air.

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We saw how great Kanan and Ghost work together, and that sequence will definitely be explored further next year with the inclusion of Tommy. Meaning we’re being treated to a family reunion. I do wonder will there be conflicts in the family because Kanan did almost destroy Ghost’s distribution network in the first season. Kanan did set up Ghost to kill Rolla, but hey even Rolla said “It was Kanan right, you and that nigga still cool after all these years.”

Ghost replied “he’s my friend.”

Rolla shot back with “I’m your friend.”

We know Kanan killed his own son, and we know that Ghost’s knows Kanan’s son was sleeping with Tasha. And Ghost don’t give a fuck about no one but himself, so it we ain’t got no reason worry. All the arguments between Ghost and Tommy, and they still tighter than a pair of balls. Now we got Kanan in the mix. These guys are more than friends, they are brothers.

The influence Kanan has over Tariq can definitely come in handy next season with Tasha gone. Kanan is in the position be a kingpin too. They destroy Dre, K and Tommy Toms will be the new connect. This where the dynasty theory comes in. Ghost finally gets out the game, hell he could move back to Queens and run against Tate in a political election in season six. Ghost running politics, K and Tom selling dope all over the city, and Tariq ruling as the prince. Its a dynasty and Tariq inherits both worlds. Now I see that though show is not about two brothers, but three. It is about brotherhood. Tariq is a brother and failed to protect Raina.

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I love how Dre is gonna be the villain next season. I am a little confused though if Three Brothers are planning to wipe out the Jimenez too? They might go after Crystobal first. Killing him further complicates Dre’s conquest. Crystobal and his Tainos have been Dre’s key ally this season. Through them Dre contracted the Torros Locos to kill Julio, and in the finale Ghost killed the leader of the Torros who confessed to killing Julio and Dre’s involvement putting Tommy on alert. Now he’s out for blood. Dre has really thrown himself into the fire: betraying Tommy, trying to kill Kanan, and now Tariq sold him out to Ghost. Tariq told Ghost it was Dre who told him where Ray-Ray was hiding, before that Ghost didn’t have a problem with Dre at all. I’m assuming Dre’s association with the man who killed his daughter makes him guilty and that’s why Ghost is teaming up with his brothers.

Truth is though the backstory to Raina’s death goes back 10 years when Ghost sent Kanan to jail. Kanan gets out goes after Ghost, recruits the man’s own son, and in the process Tariq is introduced to Jukebox and Ray-Ray. Had Ghost never betrayed Kanan Raina would still be alive. True story.

Back to Dre, I wonder where this plot will take us. Does Dre die, go to jail, or make it out alive and at the top. But how do they keep the Brothers on the show with Dre running shit at the top? Is a truce made which divides the kingdom into two? I can see it happening. My reasons for this theory has to do with Dre’s development as a character. He has come a long way; from Kanan’s bitch to Ghost’s general manager, to distro, and finally to position of connect. And I feel like there is still more pages to fill in the Book of Dre. Power has three seasons left, I said in an earlier essay that the ending of season four sets up the third and final act for the series, so that means with Dre becoming a big villain next year he has a huge part to play in the wars to come. Furthermore, the actor is signed to G-unit Records and is close to 50 Cent. This is 50’s show as much as its principal showrunner, Courtney Kemp.

Dre reminds me of Vincent Mancini/Corleone from the Godfather Part III. He’s cold, ruthless, deceitful, and ambitious. But Vincent’s character was never explored beyond Part III as Mario Puzo intended with a fourth and final film. Not saying the same will happen with Dre, but this guy has been in the mix since season two. I feel like there is an importance to him.

Funny thing about Dre is his persuasion in getting others to do his dirty work for him. However, the boy is deadly with a blade. He killed pink sneakers and Father Callahan with a knife.

This essay was the discussion of the mythology and history gathered in my own observation of the series throughout its run complete with predictions and other theories. Unfortunately, I have concluded more questions than answers. In the near future it is possible I will follow up this essay because I do wanna explore it further. Call it a foundation. Power airs Sundays at 9pm on Starz, catch up with the series via the Starz app or on Hulu.

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The Clash of Titans: Power Review

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In the words of Proposition Joe Stewart “I gotta hand it to Ms. Kemp, I didn’t see this one coming.” Almost 50% of the event I predicted last week came true. I thought episode five was the mid-season finale, but episode six certainly takes the cake. Starting off with Ghost, this fool is still trying to pull the same tricks and strings. After everything you done why are surprised Tasha did not sleep in the same bed as you. Ghost ignores it, walks into the kitchen, and pulls the “Oh hey well let’s just forget everything and start over.” Tasha declined his proposal to start over as a family again. I am not big Tasha fan, but I respect and praise her decision to give Ghost a second chance. Look at everything that’s happened. All the problems, stress, and disrespect Ghost has done to not only her, but their children too. How can someone still be naïve of these consequences?

Ghost’s heart was in the right place, but it was not the right time. The fool should remember Tasha and the kids been through a lot, especially Tasha who has been hard at working trying to hold it down in his absence. His offer to get back together was genuine, just not appropriate with the timing. Give her a few days, a week, a month even. Let the fire cool a minute bro. Ghost the type of nigga who wants it all his way and no one else’s. “Oh, where are the kids? Why aren’t they here?” And personally, I hate those type of guys. I understand you want to be a man, and it’s your house, but you are doing too much.

This fool didn’t even get a sympathy fuck. Damn. Why are surprised Tasha didn’t sleep in the same bed as you? That is the second time Ghost pulled that shit. Last season when Ghost needed Tasha to run

Ghost hovering over Tasha like a predator asking to be taken back. “T, you didn’t have to do that.” In that fake ass Drake voice when he asked why she slept in Raina’s room. Ghost needs to get himself a white girl and be done with it. End of story. I’m glad Tasha accepted that floater from Stern! Ghost knows he wants to play the Uncle Tom role, partner with Stern and become the new bank of Harlem.

Every character is coming into his/her own. For example, Kiesha is growing sick of Tasha and her bullshit. Keisha wants to remain uninvolved in drugs, she’s clean and wants to keep the only thing she has clean too; her beauty salon. Keisha isn’t like Tasha or have a rich, smart husband like Ghost. She only has herself, her son, and her shop. Tasha can say all she wants about how much she cares about Keisha, but the truth is she doesn’t. The interaction between them in last week’s episode proves. Tasha basically Keisha a whore when inquiring why Tommy has not responded to her messages and calls. Girls joke with each other all time calling friends hoes, bitches, and sluts. But this time was different, Keisha wasn’t in the playing mood. The girl stressed out. Keisha’s response was sarcasm basically saying, “yeah I’m a slut, I get around.”

No need to discuss Chicago too much. I think Chicago was unnecessary, the only part that made any sense was Holly’s rapist uncle in Ohio. My initial thoughts after all was “Ok, you’re going to write up some confusion in Chicago that story wise could be excluded to get Tommy to go to Ohio.” I don’t know I felt they could have done without it, or made up something better that leads to Tommy ending up in Ohio. However, after reading an interview Courtney did with Entertainment Weekly it all made sense. She stated her troubles with asking Starz to extend this season of Power to twelve episodes. Starz declined the request, which meant Courtney had to revise the story she intended to tell this season. So, for all we know the Chicago plotline might have had more to tell initially.

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Dre shitted all over Julio. I’m sick of Julio too, he a good dude but as distributor he can’t cut it. He meets up with Dre asking a thousand questions, and Julio did confront Dre about Kanan. He couldn’t call Tommy due to his absence. Dre’s was honest, and was even shocked Julio knows Kanan is alive. Dre showed no fear in that situation “you asking me question look you my bitch or something.” Right there Julio should have decked Dre. Dre brought the idea of expansion to Julio who wasn’t biting and needed Tommy’s permission. Dre hits him with “you know if ask Tommy before you meet with new primeras, he’s gonna be why I am always wiping your ass for you.” Once again Julio has been punked.

Julio redeemed his character by going out like a gangster. He was formidable, and even though I rooted for his demise I cheered him support, felt sad, and respect his refusal to die. He took three Toros Locos on, men he once called brothers. But the Toros hit is going to backfire. Dre specially told them not to make the assassination look like a Toros kill. The Toros either failed at the task or the removing of Julio’s tattoo was intentional. I think the latter.

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Let’s get to the highlight of the episode though. The one I was pumped for and put so much focus on in my last essay. Kanan’s Revenge. It seems a huge portion of my prediction came true: Ghost begged for forgiveness, he didn’t cry though. Kanan killed Jukebox. Kanan rode off into the sunset with all the money. I think Ghost was shocked to see Kanan was alive, a lot of fans were stating it didn’t look real enough. But what can you see when you see a ghost? There is no proper response. My only criticism is Kanan didn’t seem angry enough or strike the amount of fear necessary for a man who lost ten years of his life, but he was calm and focused.

Ghost had nerved to ask why Kanan kidnapped his son, which didn’t surprise me. Typical Ghost can never man up for your sins. Kanan’s jokes and jabs made the showdown that much more exciting. “We’re gonna rob Tommy’s stash house to get the money.” Ghost tells him. Kanan laughs with “you gonna rob your own friend.” The robbery turned the tide, and I don’t know if it was Ghost’s intention but it sure did manipulate Kanan. We also got to see how well they worked together in the past. From Ghost’s perspective, it seems it was normal when they robbed a crew Kanan left bodies and Ghost admired clean jobs without bloodshed. Ghost had the “oh my god, what the fuck” look on his face. Then Kanan takes it upon himself to steal valuables from the victims, and kick em, and Ghost is looking back like “damn K chill out.”

The whole scene was funny, very comical. Ghost on the phone not paying attention to what Kanan doing, and we the audience see Kanan kicking and robbing dude with the dreads. We really got a flashback episode with this. Flashback in the sense we see how they used to work together, and not some poor dumbed down normal flashback like when get on Empire or something.

As their driving to get Tariq, Ghost finally admits why he set up Kanan. But the “I loved you like a brother, I wasn’t gonna kill you.” Well you should have, isn’t more honorable to kill your former boss then send him to jail? I think so. Like I said though the robbery turned the tables, and think Jukebox’s constant bitching to Kanan and manipulation finally broke him. He was tired of her, and couldn’t trust his cousin. So, he gave Ghost a gun and said, “let’s go get Tariq.”

Unfortunately, Jukebox forced Kanan to confess who he was and who killed Shawn. Kanan admitted to it all, he was a real G here. “I’m a no-good motherfucker, I wasn’t raised to be good. I’d kill Shawn again if I have to.” That is what I love about Kanan’s character he can adapt to ever changing situations and is honest too. He takes responsibility for his actions. I really have no predictions, I was just surprised to see some of my predictions from last week come true with the bonus of a partnership between Kanan and Ghost. I think Kanan has skipped town and we will see him again in future seasons. As for Dre, well I tried I really did root for him, but there is no way he is making it out alive. His plans are dead.

Power vs Power: The Analysis of Power, and a Prediction of the Powers to Come.

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I got to begin with Dre, who unlike other fans I believe to be smarter than we are led to believe. Dre is caught between two devils; Tommy and Kanan. But he is also in a position of power since he general manager of three nightclubs owned by Ghost, and has proved invaluable to as a Primera. Dre is smart, loyal, ambitious, and a hard worker. He is playing the character of weak duck.

In the last three episodes Dre has displayed strategic value; he developed an untraceable and elaborate dope-selling scheme in Truth, where the client purchases two bottles of liquor. One bottle shows up as ordered. The second bottle is removed from the shelf, disappears, and the customer is brought a small box of pills instead. Brilliant!

Secondly, Dre and Julio were brought in by the Feds for questioning. This was a funny scene. Both characters weren’t taken in together, but walked past each other downtown in the federal law building where they were questioned. Escorted by Feds. When they saw each other, Dre kept it flowing, smooth walking with only an eye to bat at Julio. Julio, however, turned his head and looked right into Dre’s eyes. Clearly a bad move.

Once Julio is released he goes to Truth and orders Dre to shut down the operation. Dre immediately goes to Tommy informing of Julio’s decision to cease drug activity in the clubs, and seed the lie that Julio was kept in the box longer than he was. Surprisingly, Tommy believed it. Now had Julio not been fucking up before by allowing Domingo to skate after smacking Grim, then Tommy might not have fed into it. See here? Dre was told to stop dealing, which meant no money for him, and with no money Dre cannot pay Kanan. Dre found the perfect scapegoat by taking advantage of an unfortunate situation. He took a problem and made it someone else’s problem thus setting for himself a path to promotion. Julio gets killed, and Dre has the chance to move up in the organization as the number two man. Dre moves up to number two and Kanan has more reason to keep Dre alive, and let’s be honest Kanan needs Dre. He is not as expendable as Kanan makes him out to be with his threats. Dre obviously sees this.

Dre wants to on the winning side, and right now it’s no telling who’s going to win. Will it be Tommy? Or will it be Kanan? Most likely Ghost since he is the main character of Power, the show is about him. But for the sake of story Dre has got to choose a side. Right now, he’s a spy for Kanan. As number two, Dre could even let Tommy and Kanan kill each other, with both bosses out the way Dre is free to take over the whole organization. The boy has a chance to win, and has increased his chances in last week’s episode by confronting Kanan with money to leave Tariq alone and a plan. Unfortunately, we were unable to hear the specifics of the plan. In that scene, we only saw them speaking through Julio’s eyes, who was surprised to see Kanan alive. First problem. The scene switches over to Tariq’s arrival at Kanan’s apartment, and he says hello to someone the audience is not exposed to. An hour later, Kanan returns home from meeting Dre to find Jukebox waiting with Tariq’s phone in her hand. Second problem.

This is where it all crashes. I have two theories: Julio redeems himself by informing Tommy about what he saw with Dre and Kanan. Tommy kills them both, and Julio is in the clear free to run as Tommy’s number two. Second theory, Tommy clips Julio before Julio can say anything leaving Dre free to continue his schemes. Now I have no reason or prediction why Julio gets killed, but it would be for his continued lack of respect on the street. The problem with Julio learning about Kanan can play out either way. It is Jukebox’s reappearance that jeopardizes Dre’s strategy. She has now convinced Kanan to kidnap Tariq, get ransom, and kill the boy and Ghost. Tommy is already suspicious about Dre since Tariq’s brief missing scare at the beginning of this season, and confronted him with the question “Who is Slim?” the codename Kanan has been using to remain anonymous. This is where things get complicated. Dre will be confronted again once Ghost receives the kill his only son has been kidnapped. How does Dre skate on this? I have no idea. Unless Dre crafts his magic like he has done before, then I’m sorry to say one of my favorite characters will die. But I strongly believe he will not die, I think there is more to Dre’s arc, and will continue to flourish in the seasons to come. And he is quick too.

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There are serious flaws in Jukebox’s plans; Ghost has no money. Milan took it all last season, the money Ghost recovered for reimbursement was spent, and his assets are still frozen by Feds despite him being cleared of the murder of Greg Knox. The assets will be thawed in a few days, since the charges were dismissed, but still anything can happen in such a short amount of time. What does Kanan do when he finds out Ghost is broke? How will Ghost raise the funds? And the final question pertains to the feelings Kanan has developed for Tariq. He has grown fond of the boy. He thanks of him as the son he never had, or the one he’s always wanted.

Kanan is very adaptive, in fact he is a better ghost than Ghost. In the beginning of the season when Kana found out Ghost was arrested he told Jukebox it is better to release Tariq and abandon the idea of kidnapping. Kanan knew with the Feds hot on Ghost and his kid missing heat would only increase and lead back to him. Dre returned Tariq home. The boy never knew what happened since he passed out from sipping lean, and continue hanging with Kanan. There were initial theories that Tariq will kill Kanan at the end of this season with discovery Kanan killed Shawn, who Tariq loved as a brother. Shawn was Kanan’s son. I highly doubt it now since Jukebox rekidnapped the boy. And my thing is Jukebox’s plan is so stupid, she already had Dre making weekly payments because the kidnapping plan fell through. The bitch is just greedy.

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The only way I see it all ending is with Ghost meeting Kanan at some warehouse. Kanan has a gun to Tariq’s head. Ghost falls to his knees, crying and begging. He apologizes to Kanan for everything; snitching on him, sending him to jail for ten years, and stealing away his only child. The hate Kanan feels finally cools as his anger toward his former student and friend melts away. He lowers his gun, but lifts it up when Jukebox comes out of the shadows with her gun ready to kill Ghost. Kanan kills Jukebox. He releases Tariq. The mentor and his student part ways not as enemies, not as friends, as two men who worked out their differences. An outcome like this allows the chance for Kanan to return in future seasons, maybe as some sort of ally to Ghost. This is another long shot theory. The parting of ways does close one story arc, and opens another. This would bring Power into its third act. 50 Cent has stated his intention end Power with season seven.

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The last three seasons should begin a new storyline for that closing act, one that wraps up the entire theme of the show. This was done in Sons of Anarchy where its main character stepped in new shoes all the while trying to find himself and leave a criminal style behind. Ghost’s arc is a stark comparison with minor differences; he’s already a king, but wants out of drug life. There’s no new shoes to walk in, but I strongly believe the events of season four will and have transformed him into a man seeking redemption for past mistakes made against family and friends. Over the past three seasons he has manipulated, lied, and hurt everyone close to him. This brings me to the character of Terry Silver, the lawyer defending Ghost. This man knew Ghost was guilty for murder. Silver is an ACLU type lawyer who has defended many innocent African-Americans and other minorities. With that kind of background this character has developed the ability to read people, to know when they are lying, and when they are innocent or guilty. Ghost tried to manipulate Silver, but it didn’t work, and Silver confronted him about that. He assumes Ghost is guilty simply because he knows this man to be a fraud and a gangster, so even though Ghost is innocent those close to him assume he’s guilty for all the harm he has done to them especially Angela. Think of it as the Little Boy Who Cried Wolf. You lie so much no one believes you when you are innocent.

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Silver is an honest man. He admits to Ghost that the money from his defense will go to men innocent sitting behind bars who need proper representation. So, this is a guy willing to accept blood money for the benefit of good purpose. A legit man operating in a corrupt world. Ghost wants to be legit, but unwilling to confess to corruption, and refuses to believe or admit the kind of man he is: manipulative, liar, deceitful, and disrespectful. Ghost has had a rude awakening in the first half of Power season four. The character of Ghost must now admit to the type of man he is rather than the one he thinks he is, and seek Redemption for all his crimes.

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Before I end this let me wrap up my predictions: Ghost and Angela will not reconnect this season. The speech she gave him when the charges were dismissed proves this. Angela will spend the rest of the season investigating who the mole was and who killed Greg. The investigation leads her to Mike, who may try to kill her, and from the trailer we see Angela pointing a gun to someone in her house. This has to be Mike. Ghost and Angela, if at all will reconnect in the season finale or season five.

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Tasha will not take Ghost back. The floater she accepted from Simon Stern will impact Ghost and his business for the remainder of the season. I am very excited to see Larenz Tate this season, still no word of who or what character he’ll be. Some say a love interest for Tasha, but we shall see.

Chicago recruits Tommy for a job to kill someone threatening their organization. They get him to do it because he’s the new guy, the recruit, and expendable. This job will most likely last two episodes, can’t see it going on until the finale. By the finale Ghost and Tommy will be reunited.