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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.

How House of Cards Trumps the Real Trump!

Say what you will about fictional television, but House of Cards might be a chief reason why were stuck with Donald Trump.

1. Raymond Tusk, a billionaire was tapped by President Walker to be his Vice Preisdent. Donald Trump is a billionaire who actually succeeded in becoming President of the United States.


2. Frank Underwood facilitated President Walker’s impeachment. I theorize Mike Pence might do the same.

3. Underwood’s chief of staff strong armed the FBI into framing journalist, Lucas Goodwin for his investigation into Frank Underwood’s time in the senate. Donald Trump has been accused commanding the FBI to cease their invesrigation into his ties to Russia and the case of Mike Flynn, this is also the reason the president fired FBI director Comey.

4. Again Underwood’s chief of staff threatened a subordinate to the president. The attorney general was forced to throw Underwood’s rival Heather Dunbar under the bus for communicating with known felons while campaigning for president. Donald Trump fired real-life acting AG Sally Yates for several reasons, but there was nothing linking her to associating with felons.

5. Frank Underwood chose his own wife as his running mate in the 2016 Presidential election. Donald Trump has in all but name placed his daughter, Ivanka as second-in-command.