Things were looking up for Powerless at the end of February. Four episodes in, the series had grown from mind-numbingly generic to reasonably amusing workplace comedy, and one that had actually started making use of the DC Universe setting. Sadly, it seems a lot can change after a week off. “Cold Season” sees the show stumble back to where it was in its first couple weeks, reminding viewers that there’s still a long way to go before Powerless becomes the DC comedy they deserve.
This isn’t the first time where a Powerless episode could be quickly and easily rewritten to remove any and all superhero elements from the equation. Sure, Crimson Fox hung around long enough to have a few speaking lines for a change, but otherwise the plot turned out to be very simplistic ad straightforward. On one hand, Emily tried to prod Teddy into taking a risk and entering the Wayne Innovation contest. On the other, Ron struggled to stand up for himself while the self-absorbed Van used him as a gloried assembly line worker. Either of these plotlines could have unfolded on any number of sitcoms or workplace comedies, which once again raises the question of why NBC even bothered with the DC tie-in.