Power The Kind of Man You Are Review
Starz‘s Power: Season 4, Episode 3: The Kind of Man You Are was an episode where slain FBI Special Agent Greg Knox played a key role in major characters’ decision-making, criminal ineptitude reared its convenient head, and the fallout continued from James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick)’s murder arrest.
Homeland Security Employee Bailey Markham (Lee Tergesen) made his presence and assertions prevalent in each scene that he inhabited in The Kind of Man You Are. Bailey Markham was a dog with a bone and that bone was FBI Special Agent Greg Knox’s innocence with regard to being Felipe Lobos’ inside man. Markham was stoic and resolute in his resolve to see Agent Knox’s name cleared. It was quite impressive to see that level of friendship and dedication on display. The only other relationship that matches it on Power is the friendship between Ghost and Tommy Egan.
Assistant United States Attorney Angela “Angie” Valdez (Lela Loren) was a duplicitous snake in The Kind of Man You Are but a good one. A.U.S.A. Valdez wasn’t trying to give Ghost a good deal when she visited him in prison. She was trying to get the sniffing dog of Bailey Markham away from her scent. She knew that if that dog began sniffing around her past with Ghost, what he might find. Valdez calculated that if she could put the entire case with Ghost and Knox to bed quickly, she might have been able to save herself from exposure. Her supposition was most-likely accurate. That probably would be what happened.
The interview / interrogation scenes in The Kind of Man You Are were some of the stupidest scenes a crime drama viewer has ever seen. Why didn’t any of the people being questioned say “lawyer”? Why didn’t any of the people being questioned say “I want a lawyer”? After you say that, the police can’t ask you any questions. You’ve asked for counsel. By law the police have to respect that request. The interview is over. Example 1: Jeremy Jenner‘s character in The Town said “lawyer” as an FBI agent walked into the room to question him. Upon hearing that word, the FBI turned around and walked out. Interview over. Example 2: Michael Imperioli‘s character in Detroit 1-8-7 couldn’t ask a suspect anything after the suspect said “lawyer.”
It was those cagey Power writers (Courtney Kemp Agboh, Jeff Dix, and Monica Mitchell) at it again, subduing logic and common sense in the service of their narrative. The writers would have the viewer believe that the criminals on this show exist in a vacuum where the one clear option in litigious situations is obscure. LaKeisha Grant (Alani ‘La La’ Anthony) is the only one of the three that might be witless enough to not remember the word “lawyer.” Maybe the whole situation dazed her but not all three of them. It was extremely odd that no one uttered the magic keyword, especially since all of them were involved in a criminal enterprise to some extent. Why take the risk during an interview or interrogation? Why say anything? It was one of the most head-scratching scenes in the series.
The repercussions of James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick’s arrest reverberated in negative ways in the lives of his children during The Kind of Man You Are. With Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora)’s role in the New York drug trade becoming bigger, Tommy didn’t have time to spend with Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) or to inquire about his well-being.
Traiq lashing out violently at school against bullies was to be expected. The world in Power seemed to be against the St. Patricks. Tariq St. Patrick couldn’t control that. It was something that he was powerless against. Bullies in school, that he could control and was not powerless against.
Unlike Tariq’s increased pugnaciousness, Raina St. Patrick (Donshea Hopkins)’s tears in The Kind of Man You Are were not expected. Raina had her mother’s level head. Raina didn’t want to be seen as weak or to add to the drama swirling around their family. That was exactly what she did, though unintentionally, when pictures of her crying were published in a newspaper. Raina had always been blind when it came to her father. Through Tariq’s hastily spoken words, e.g. Ghost never taking them (Tariq and Raina) to the neighborhood he grew up in because Ghost might be recognized, Raina may have started to believe that not everything that she knew about her father was true.
Before James St. Patrick revealed to Tony Teresi (William Sadler) that he was Ghost in The Kind of Man You Are, they were two captains in their respective fields sitting at a table together. Both of them had run criminal enterprises. Both were now in prison. St. Patrick and Teresi had a lot in common but none of that commonality was explored in The Kind of Man You Are.
Terry Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon) telling James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick what he was to his face was a situation that Ghost had never previously experienced. Ghost had always been able to fool people, to get them to believe whatever reality he wanted them to believe. Not with Silver. Silver saw through Ghost the moment that he met Ghost. In The Kind of Man You Are, Silver finally told Ghost what he thought of him. What bothered Ghost the most about what Silver said was that Ghost knew that every word that Silver had spoken was true.
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