‘Power’ season 3, episode 9 review: Have Tommy, Tasha had enough of Ghost?

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Who says that James St. Patrick has to be the person running the show on “Power“? While we have certainly seen Tasha make some moves on the series in the past, her decision when it comes to Milan proved itself to be one of the more interesting plays we’ve seen for her over the course of the series to date.

After spending most of the series trusting Ghost and what he said as fact, we’re starting to see now a situation where, as the title for this episode references, Tommy calls more of the shots. After Tasha slept with Ghost for the first time in a long time, a move that came after he told the kids at school about the personal toll his work as a “nightclub owner” can take on the family, she passed along Ghost’s intentions to kill Milan to Tommy. In turn, he then used that new deception on Ghost’s part to make some moves of his own. Ghost’s decisions led directly to Tommy killing Ruiz, and then also him seemingly working with Milan once more.

The true shocker came in the closing minutes, where it was Tommy himself who made it clear that Ghost may need to go, and the difference between this and Lobos saying this is clear. Previously, Tommy felt as though he had to make the move against his longtime friend. Now, he may want to as he may be feeling like he has nowhere left to go and nobody to trust. Ghost turned his back on him multiple times, and has not really even checked in on him emotionally ever since the loss of Holly. The character development and the journey for Tommy this season has been tremendous, and that’s anchored even further by quite possibly the best performance of Joseph Sikora to date. He and Naturi Naughton in particular have been outstanding through the past several episodes.

Ghost now finds himself almost adrift, given that no one seems to be fully on his side anymore. Tasha’s looking out for herself and her kids, while her son Tariq is spending more time stealing shoes with Kanan than caring about anyone else. Tommy’s more concerned about himself, and even Angela has her own problems as she continues to try to manipulate Greg into considering other options for what happened to Lobos.

All in all, “Power” is now firing on all cylinders; in terms of acting, writing, and momentum, we’re at a high point in season 3. Episode Grade: A.

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