Review: The ‘Power’ universe captivates

‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ is available to watch via Starz network. Photo courtesy: Variety

Have you thought about watching the show “Power” but you’ve been unsure if it’s something you’d like to indulge in? Well, let’s review, shall we?

The “Power” series is one of of the most popular streamed series on Starz. This show was created by Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

They put their personal experiences together and developed all the characters.

Jackson used his past experiences before he became what we know as “50 Cent” to give Kemp some inspiration as she wrote.

From the start of the show in 2014, it has increased by a whopping 10 million viewers per episode, and it is the network’s most-watched show, according to The Washington Post.

“Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” a fictional series based on a few non-fictional events, is a prequel that highlights the early years of Kanan Stark’s life and what made him who he was. The original series was “Power,” and the sequel was “Power Book II: Ghost.” It is now being followed by “Power Book III: Raising Kanan.”

This is what we call the “Power” universe. “Power Book II: Ghost” focused on Kanan Stark’s mentee Ghost, where we get introduced to Kanan and his cousin Laverne, also known as “Jukebox,” whose younger self is also in “Power Book III: Raising Kanan.”

This fictional series is thrilling, violent and realistic for some people who happen to have been raised in similar environments. “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” gives you a feel of what it was like to be a young African American teen in the early ’90s, living in Brooklyn. The show provides similar feelings as those of “Belly,”
Boyz N the Hood” and “Juice.” It even includes social issues such as racism, police brutality, homophobia and other major social problems.

This show digs into the lives of Kanan Stark, played by Mekai Curtis, Stark’s mother Raquel Thomas, played by Patina Miller, Stark’s cousin Laverne “Jukebox,” Stark’s uncles Lou-Lou Thomas and Marvin Thomas, played by Malcolm Mays and London Brown. The actors do a phenomenal job of holding the audience’s attention and being invested in their roles. The actors chosen to play those parts were picked perfectly and adeptly fulfill their characters’ personas.

The entire “Power” series is a must-watch if you’re a fan of ’90s movies, ’90s culture, action, thrillers, and heartfelt soaps.With the viewers’ support, this show won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. The Starz network can be viewed through any television that’s compatible with apps and through cable services with additional monthly charges.