'Power Book IV: Force' Episode 2 Review: Tommy makes new friends as well as foes
Spoilers for 'Power Book IV: Force' Episode 2 'King of the Goddamn Hill'
It's a much-awaited Sunday night for fans of many genres. Amid the Super Bowl excitement, the non-sports fans had their favorites to look forward to once more with Starz's 'Power' spinoff revolving around Tommy Egan being one of them.
The premiere of 'Power Book IV: Force' saw the non-nonsense Tommy (Joseph Sikora) descend on Chicago for a fresh beginning as his arrival was met by new threats and danger. Wanting to make his way into the drug business, he already gets into a shootout while trying to dig deeper into who runs what. Episode 2 ended with him meeting a drug shark Walter Flynn (Tommy Flanagan) setting up the beginning of his journey. With a solid first episode, here's what happened in the second and our thoughts on it.
The second episode opens on a slightly emotional note as we see Tommy looking at photos of him and LaKeisha (La La Anthony) and it's made clear that the man who slept with Gloria (Gabrielle Ryan) is clearly still not over his ex. We also see his brother JP ( Anthony Fleming III) get into trouble with his shop being shot at. After deciding to stay in Chicago, Tommy loses no time and finally makes contact with Diamond (Isaac Keys) in the second episode which sees them go on a risky, time-bound operation to deliver drugs.
Jumping straight into action the episode wastes no time plunging Tommy into danger when he and Diamond get taken by the Rojas Cartel and are forced to make drug drops or else they'll kill Diamond's brother. Joseph Sikora is a delight to watch and portrays Tommy who along with being a badass has a balance of shamelessness, swag, and feelings as well. Tommy's pairing up with Diamond was an entertaining watch with them making a dangerous and funny duo with their banter. An important and jarring aspect of the episode was the display of blatant racism and white privilege as we see a white police officer aggressively pull a gun on Diamond them immediately being all chummy with Tommy. The ingrained fear and rules that black people have been taught to survive are showcased well shedding light on the fact that nothing much has changed to this day. Besides this, another new development promises to bring more excitement as we see Tommy make contact with a 'Power' character Liliana (Audrey Esparza) which will be an interesting exploration that could possibly expose Tommy's past.
Along with allying with Diamond and his troop we also see him catch the eye of one of the drug families which hints at future partnership. Meanwhile, he also gets on the bad side of the Rojas after he kills the ones who kidnapped him. Add to that the fact that Vic (Shane Harper) spots him and Gloria together and we have a great mix of friends and enemies to look forward to. An entertaining episode that delves further into the new relationships being forged by Tommy, we look forward to the next one.
'Power Book IV: Force' returns with a new episode on Starz every Sunday at 8 pm ET.