Critic Consensus: Powerless has a strong premise leaving room for improvement -- and strong performances from a talented cast -- but the show's initial spark is dimmed by uneven execution and a lack of laughs.
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Powerless has a high-flying concept indeed. Too bad it fails to take off.
The actors do wonders with their flimsy roles, and the special effects are impressive. But the repetitive Powerless lives down to its title, and the violent ends for smushed onlookers is unsettling, not funny.
Funny idea that doesn't quite attain the level of "funny show," but a good cast along with a few good lines indicate this superhero sendup will eventually get there.
Powerless otherwise is notably short on pop or long-term promise, with things staying pretty flat throughout Thursday's scene-setter.
While I'm a little worried that Powerless will repeat jokes, I'm more hopeful that the world of superheroes will just become background to a clever workplace comedy.
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