Review – Powerless S01E07: Van V Emily: Dawn of Justice

Powerless banner

In last week’s episode of Powerless, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) tried to bond with Jackie (Christina Kirk), despite the other’s noted reluctance. Meanwhile, Van (Alan Tudyk) tried to flush out the culprit to a crime with nebulous evidence and decided on Teddy (Danny Pudi), Ron (Ron Funches), and Wendy (Jennie Pierson) as likely perpetrators.

This Week on Powerless:

In the Powerless episode “Van V Emily: Dawn of Justice,” Emily faced off with Van in a battle of wills, using a child’s game to settle an office dispute. Meanwhile, Teddy dealt with the aftereffects of being saved by a dashing superheroine, and his desire to see her again. 

POWERLESS -- "Van V Emily: Dawn Of Justice"
(Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

The “A plot” of this episode focused on the similarities and differences between Van and Emily. Although the pair may argue that they have nothing in common, this episode seemed to refute that point. That’s part of the reason that those two characters work as a comedic pair, as well as an in-universe team. Emily is far more grounded than Van is ever going to get, but they share a certain sort of stubbornness that practically runs Wayne Security. Without Emily’s stubbornness, Emily and her team would never get anything done. However, Emily and Van’s shared inability to let certain things go cause at least one problem per episode, and drove both of last week’s main plots. 

POWERLESS -- "Van V Emily: Dawn Of Justice"
(Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

On the other hand, Teddy’s crusade to come face to face with Green Fury once again was about as creepy (as Ron halfheartedly noted) as his active efforts were unsuccessful. He seemed to assume that Green Fury would have been just as dazzled by him in their brief encounter as he was by her, and the writing in the episode does not do too much to settle said issue one way or the other. In Teddy’s defense, falling in love with one’s rescuer is likely a common scenario in the Powerless universe. Teddy’s way of handling the situation was unique to him and probably should not lead to attempts at replication since it was both uninvited and fairly creepy.

The best thing that can be said about the “B plot” is that seemed to help resolve who might take over the mantle of the dearly departed (to a Metropolis-adjacent area) Crimson Fox. Not only did Green Fury make a heroic appearance in this episode, the Gladiator made another appearance (though we still don’t know for sure if he’s really Alex, the main cast’s Wayne Security co-worker). Although last week it seemed that Charm City would once again be left in the lurch, abandoned by any savior remotely competent enough to deal with the city’s needs, at least two superheroes are trying to step up for this beleaguered city. The commotion over the rush to fulfill the “hero vacuum” that Crimson Fox has left behind may be part of a future episode of Powerless

A new episode of Powerless will air Thursday, April 13th at 8:30/7:30 central, according to TV Guide.

How did you feel about this episode of Powerless? Tell us in the comments!


Images courtesy of NBC.

Follow Word of the Nerd on


There’s a little bit of nerd in everyone!

About the author

Siobhan Dempsey

Siobhan is a 24 year old MLIS student who prefers to read over socializing and is passionate about diversity and accessibility.

SuperHeroStuff - Shop Now!

Tweets From The Nerds!

@magenta24uk Reviews, commentary, original content about comics, movies, television, books, etc.

Hulkbuster Build-A-Figure Review This is my first attempt at doing a product review. I used one of…