Powers: “Mickey Rooney Cries No More” Review
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…
Powers’ third episode (the curiously named “Mickey Rooney Cries No More”) may have still focused on Calista as the show’s frustrating go-between, but the schism between those who adore superpowers and those who loathe them came into focus a bit more. In a good way.
Enter Triphammer – a non-Power “hero” who’s surrounded himself with armor and powerful gizmos that have allowed him to take up arms (even the one he doesn’t have) against evil-doers. He may have qualms about killing, but his fanatical devotion to his anti-Powers cause, which was so strong at one point that it roped in Captain Cross, is driving him toward trying to find a permanent “drainer” beam. Which seemed to work by episode’s end, but not before a few “whoopsies” – like Blue Magma’s head exploding all over the damn place.
Triphammer’s war isn’t with villains per se, but Powers in general. As we’ve come to learn that Powers don’t have to be evil to be dangerous. Innocent people can die just from someone discovering they have powers. Or not knowing how to use them properly. So Triphammer sees doom for the entire non-superhuman race. It’s an interesting stance to introduce here, especially since Krispen, while not suited up in fancy weaponry, seems to be on the cusp of this type of mindset. Which made him running off with Calista at the end so interesting because they both, based on their parents and upbringing, represent opposite sides of hero worship.
Despite everyone still wanting to get their hands on Calista (for different reasons) and Calista winding up back with Retro Girl, just as she also returned to Royalle, at least this episode brought this frustrating round-robin game to a close at the end when Retro, Royalle, and Walker all faced each other with the intent of leaving with the girl in tow. The grand opening of the Here and Gone club allowed the show to bring together all the separate Calista wards, who all share a past, and put them face to face. And Royalle’s plan to give out Sway, which increases Powers’ potency, nicely contrasted with Triphammer’s plot to erase powers completely.
With Wolfe being where he is, it’s been hard to get a full handle on his “abilities” on the show. When Walker mentioned that Wolfe ate hundreds of people, did that mean he literally feasted on their flesh or did he merely absorb them? Like one might assume in a superhero story. Like some sort of osmosis consumption. Even here, his penchant for “absorbing bio-kinetic energy” was brought up. So thought maybe he “figuratively” ate people.
Nope. He just f***in’ eats people! Bleh. There he was at the end, gorging himself on guards. A bloody mess. A very dark, primal act for a show that’s already fairly mean. I’m not complaining here, just observing. Wolfe’s an intriguing presence and I enjoy trying to figure him out. He’s also the show’s alpha danger, so him getting loose at the end holds promise. Because while it’s given Walker and Pilgrim stuff to do case-wise, Olympia’s death hasn’t been a great driving mechanism for the series so far. And Wolfe, having previously written an entire guide book about living with powers, seems like he might throw this world into chaos.
Walker and Pilgrim had a strange bonding experience in this one, mostly concerning their knack for being on the losing end of things. Though they tried to be “di-f***in-screet” about lifting Calista from the club, they came up empty handed. Both of them dealing with impulse issues. Though this time, Walker actually beat himself up about it to the point where Pilgrim had to reassure him that he was a good cop and a good partner.