Power Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Time's Up

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It was always leading to this, right?

There have been many deaths on Power since it's inception, but tonight packed one wallop of a punch as we lost someone who has been with us from the beginning.

If you haven't had a chance to watch Power Season 2 Episode 9, this is the time to stop reading. A review about the penultimate episode of Power Season 2 can only start at one place. 

Life in Prison - Power

RIP Shawn. 

While never my favorite character, it was still a shame to see him go in such a gruesome manner. Was it predictable? Sure. I assumed it was coming, as did many commenters, but it didn't make the final scene any less gruesome. 

I never believed that Shawn was going to go through with Kanan's plan to kill his Uncle G, especially after that botched attempt in the car. So it was all the more surprising when Shawn showed up at Truth with a gun pointed at Ghost's skull. The tension of the scene was brilliant, even though you knew there was no way Ghost was going to die. 

The most important moment for me was Ghost finding out that Shawn and Tasha had a relationship. I believe that is going to alter Ghost's relationship with Tasha even more than his relationship with Angela. 

How badass was it to see Ghost take the gun from Shawn like it was nothing? Ghost can be one scary dude sometimes, but you could really see the rage in his eyes as he stood over Shawn and screamed at him to leave town. If only Shawn had just taken his advice and left right away. 

Instead he just had to see his father and get in one last parting shot. He just didn't realize that shot would be his last. 

But you right about one thing. I ain't your motherfucking daddy, cuz you don't deserve to be my son.

Kanan [to Shawn]

In case it hasn't been clear enough all season, I hate Kanan. He just murdered his son in cold blood and showed absolutely no sympathy. Ghost better bring him down. Hard. 

Besides that killer ending, there was a few other major happenings, including Tommy's imprisonment and a wicked showdown between Ghost and Angela. 

Let's start with Tommy, who was behind bars for most of the hour, unsure of who he could really trust. 

Tommy: Who the fuck are you?
Proctor: An angel of mercy. Now shut the fuck up and sit down.

Proctor (with a silent assist from Ghost) worked feverishly to get Tommy acquitted, while the feds did whatever they could to get Tommy to flip on Lobos. While Tommy is many, many things, a snitch he is not. That became quite apparent to the feds when the appearance of his mother didn't even cause him to bat an eyelash. 

We haven't been graced with many Tommy and Angela encounters, but their basement meet up was a classic. The best exchange being each's assertion that the other one messed up Ghost's mind. It's plain as day that Angela has done a number on him, but is it possible the man he's become has a lot to do with Tommy's influence? 

It's an interesting thing to ponder, with these two individuals arguably being the most influential people in Ghost's life. And when a decision had to be made between the two, Ghost had to chose Tommy. But why? Well I believe that was more so to protect himself and his family, because even after he blew up Angela's case and got Tommy freed, he still believed he and Angie could have a future together. 

We both been playing dirty, Angie. You just mad you lost.

Ghost

How bizarre was that whole exchange between the two? Some may look at it as Ghost continuing to play her. With them together, he can rest easy knowing she won't be coming after him. 

I saw it as Ghost actually thinking he and Angela could have a legitimate life together. It was a delusion of the highest degree and quite frankly it infuriated me. If he thought Angela would be with him after what he's just done to her and her career, then he's not as smart as he thinks he is. 

Time will tell if those two will ever find their way back to one another, but I have to believe any type of reconciliation between the two will be far down the road. 

Everything Else You Need To Know

  • It's pretty obvious Kanan is going to blame Shawn's death on Ghost, right? He'll say Ghost found out about Shawn and Tasha and killed Shawn out of jealously. I like to believe Tasha would be smart enough to see through that, but she's going to be so hurt, I don't know what she's going to believe. 
  • Kantos' office was ransacked, so it's safe to say it's just a matter of time before Truth is back in Ghost's hands. 
  • Greg FINALLY confronted Angela about her relationship with Ghost and now they're going to work together to bring him down. Are you convinced Angela has what it takes to really do that to Ghost?
  • Proctor was great this week, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of him in the future. 
  • Did Ruiz seem a little leery of Kanan's plan to kill Ghost? Or was I seeing things?
  • Way back in my Power Season 2 Episode 1 review, I discussed my three gospel rules about this show, and they were on point this week. 
  • As excited as I am to see how this all plays out, I'm kind of dreading the finale because that means we have to wait so long for more episodes. 

Okay, now that you've had time to process, what did you think about "Time's Up"? What will Kanan do next? Will Angela succeed in bringing Ghost down? How will Tasha react to Shawn's death?

As always, let's debate everything in the comments and prepare ourselves for next week's finale!

Time's Up Review

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