The Power – Season 1 Episode 3 “A New Organ” Recap & Review

A New Organ

In The Power Season 1 Episode 3, Seattle deals with the aftermath of the plane crash. It was caused by an electrical malfunction on board, and Governor Danden tells Margot to step back and let him handle it. But Margot has an inkling that teen girls were the cause of the crash, much like in Tunde’s video.

Tunde gets a call from CNN wanting to buy his video and contract him for more. His father wants to forget his journalism dream and stop bringing shame to his family, but Tunde knows what he wants.

He later shares the news with Ndudi, who reacts in anger. After all, he got the job from her story, and then he put her face all over the internet without her consent. Unable to make amends with Ndudi, Tunde packs up to leave for his new job.

Meanwhile, someone from the Sisters of Christ convent finds Allie collapsed on the side of the road and pulls her into her car. Sister Maria feeds Allie, who introduces herself as Eve.

According to Maria, the convent takes in more girls like “Eve” everyday. Girls who have nowhere to go. The girls there reveal to Allie they all have the power. This upsets her, because she thought she was special. But her voice assures her none of them can do what she can.

The head of the convent, Sister Veronica, believes their abilities to be an unfortunate mutation and bans the use of the power.

Allie doesn’t want to leave a paper trail and doesn’t think she can stay at the convent, but Sister Maria convinces her to stay. She shares her story of being cast out by her family by coming out as a trans woman. Veronica then found her and took her in but was excommunicated by her church for it. All the sisters here have been looked down on for their kindness. So they came together to create a convent based on that kindness. 

On Jos’ way to school, the bus driver denies her admittance into his school bus. Today he’s not driving girls. At school, people are talking about the girls who have “it.”

Classes get suspended due to a directive from the governor to address the rumor that some girls are experiencing discharges of electricity. Jos’ teacher asks girls who have it to identify themselves. The girls who have it are being escorted out. And Jos’ friend outs both her and Kat as having the power.

Margot and Helen go talk to the survivors of the plane crash only to find the feds beat them to it. They are holding a 12-year-old girl because some passengers identified her as the cause of the crash. Rob gets Margot in touch with Tash, his ex, for help.

Tash gives Margot a hazmat suit and sneaks her in to see the girl. She says her hands started hurting a few days ago. She didn’t mean to hurt anybody on the plane and doesn’t know what she did.

Margot next talks to the flight attendant. The child jolted her when she tried to put her belt on. At first it hurt, and then it felt amazing. Now, she has the same powers. And she thinks they both brought the plane down.

Rob calls Margot to give her news about Jos. They go to her school to find girls trapped in clear cages at the school. They pick up Jos, who tells them about how her powers work. She can’t control it like other girls. It doesn’t happen when she expects it too. They see this firsthand when, in a fight with her brother over the remote, Jos accidentally sends a shock to Matty’s head.

Matty’s injury will be okay, but will lead to scarring. Margot tries to comfort Jos, but she doesn’t want any of it. She thinks Margot only cares about her family when her job is on the line.

They then take Jos in for an MRI, and the reading shows that her power is coming from her collarbone, not her hands. It’s a new organ that generates electricity. Tash thinks it could have always been dormant and now has turned on for survival. Teenage girls have developed it out of necessity.

Margot calls Daniel to tell him that girls are developing a new organ. And it could somehow be contagious. But Daniel already knows this from the federal investigation and isn’t sharing it with people. Margot thinks he just doesn’t want to ruin his senate campaign, but she wants to tell people and help prepare them.

Politicians everywhere are calling the power a hoax. But Margot and Helen want to do the right thing. So, Margot holds a press conference. She announces that teen girls’ powers are not a hoax. They need to give information to women and girls about what is happening in their own bodies, so she shares that the electrical condition is not a virus; it’s the presence of a new organ along the collarbone, and it can be transferred to older women as well.

Margot makes quite a splash through her press conference. After her, people everywhere start repeating what she said. The information spreads. But not everyone reacts with understanding. Many call for capital punishment and martial law.

The Episode Review

The parallels to the world’s response to Covid-19 are strong in this episode! Margot has her work cut out for her becoming the leader Seattle, and perhaps the world, needs to educate people about rapid global changes–even as she’s disrespected and underappreciated by her own daughter. Margot has enormous amounts of empathy and intelligence to address these political matters–but can she open her eyes to see what’s going on at home?

Meanwhile, the relevance of Allie’s voice is becoming clearer, building her as a prophet. A voice in one’s head, telling her she’s more important, more special than others? That sounds like how religions are started. But I feel like the conviction of her uniqueness puts her in danger at an already-religious convent.

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