So there's a Powers series on Playstation Plus. They have the first episode on youtube. I just watched it.
It's kinda "meh". The tone feels close to the book, but it's lacking a lot of the humor the book had. There's exposition up the wazoo. Every scene is just people explaining shit to other people. The world is fucked up and wrong. The cops just spend the whole time explaining powers culture and wanabes and the weird shit kids do to try to get powers. They spent this episode not even trying to solve a murder. Christian Walker's character is played like a stone cold super-cool gruff-voiced asshole, and in the book he's kindof a schmuck who has an current of strong emotions bubbling under the surface. He keeps cereal in his desk and doesn't 'get' dirty jokes and has a hard time with sarcasm.
Deena, on the other hand, is played in the series like she's a... fucking I don't even know. She's just flat. In the book she's the one who's willing to break rules. She's really the smarter one of the two in the book, and she's way better at the social engineering shit. She's also really willing to just jump into a mess and start fucking people up. She will beat the shit out of a suspect to get info. Her and Walker keep each other in check throughout the series.
In this show, tho, they are just not at all that pair, and I don't know what dynamic they're going for. Deena takes shit from people (something she would not fucking do in the book), and Walker's the angsty fuckwad who keeps wishing he had powers again. In the book he's fucking over that shit. I just don't... I don't know what they're doing with this show. It's not just that it's different, it's that the characters are shitty and have no character. They just explain shit to each other. I wouldn't mind if they were different if they were SOMETHING. First episode, tho, so maybe they haven't figured out how to write them yet, I dunno. It took 'em until the second story arc before they got a handle on them in the books...
But man, it was frustrating to watch it. They had all of these characters from the books, but they're all doing totally different shit. They're starting the series out on one of the story arcs that is like 3 or 4 arcs in and trying to combine like four cases into one season of the show or something. They've got The Wolf / Walker shit from the Z arc, they've got the drug-powers shit from the arc where Deena becomes a powers junkie and loses her shit, they've got a teenaged Callista being fucking saved by Retro Girl (who is fucking alive for fuck's sake), they've got Zora set up like she's some kind of fucking Draco Malfoy Powers pureblood douchebag for some reason, Johnny Royale is doing some weird assassination bullshit with Sway (the powers drug) and apparently everyone thinks he's dead for some reason, they're doing the Olympus case without the benefit of three series of books explaining all of the relationships that Walker had with these people so Walker's reaction to one of his best friends dying is like "oh... darn...", and they don't have fucking drainers, which just seems like a massive fucking flaw, given how Walker supposedly lost his fucking powers in the first place - which they've fucking changed in the series to make Wolf more of a villain I guess?
I mean, sweet jesus, why even bother basing the show on the book at all? They've literally changed just about every god damned thing you could possible change. If the names of the characters were different, I would think this was just some kind of coincidentally similar series that had nothing to do with the book. I get that you have to change some shit, but the show comes off like a mess because they changed everything, so they have to sit there and explain everything the whole time because they've got like three seasons worth of exposition to get through so that you know what the fuck is going on with all of this shit they're trying to do.
A scene where Callista is being interrogated after being a witness to Olympus' death. Walker casually explains to Deena before she goes into the room that wannabe powers will suck off someone with powers in order to temporarily get some powers or weird effects. Apparently, Callista is going around sucking off powers to get some powers (!?). Now this is a fucking HUGE divergence from the books, but it's just done without any sort of grace at all.
The better version of that scene would have them go into the room and then ask Callista some basic questions about the situation. Relationship to Olympus, why she was there, then have Callista explain why she wanted to fuck Olympus (and please, let it be any kind of fluid transfer, not just blowing... that's such a shallow alteration). THEN you have Walker quip about it or whatever. Then you continue on the interview and you end the scene with Callista just leaving. Then after Deena and Walker are on their way to the coroner to see if there's a cause of death, you have Deena crack a joke about Walker's possible past interactions with his female fans and if any of them got powers, and have him be irritated by that or whatever.
CHARACTER SHIT! Not just explaining stuff. Fuck. It makes me wonder if Bendis is involved in any way in the writing, or if he's even able to read the scripts. He writes fucking great dialogue and banter, and this is so not his banter. They took a few lines from the books and tossed them in there, but they fucked those up as well.
It's really just god awful. I'll have to watch a few more episodes before I totally write it off. They got a couple of really good actors in it, so there's potential in there, but it needs better writing.
So depressing. I've been wanting A Powers series or film or something for ages, and they went and screwed the pooch on it. Sucks.