Powerless is NBC and DC’s attempt to put a workplace comedy into the world of comic books. Based on the pilot we saw at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, it only kind of works. Here’s our spoiler-free first impression of the premiere!
The problem with Powerless is that it doesn’t meld its two worlds together nearly well enough, at least not yet. On the one hand, there are superheroes and suoervillians infesting Charm City. On the other, insurance claims adjuster Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) battles a stingy and dickish new boss (Alan Tudyk). The parallels between Emily and a traditional superhero are literally spelled out by her co-worker Teddy (Danny Pudi), which is about the laziest way to join these two ideas together.