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2014-15 TV AWARDS: Most Creative Use of Powers

The 2014-15 season of TV was a landmark one for superhero TV shows! To celebrate, AP2HYC is hosting its first annual TV Awards. Make sure you vote for your favorites at the end of each article and keep checking back to see who wins!

If we were going to run through all of the powers displayed in the 2014-2015, we’d be here forever. It’s pretty cool seeing the huge variety of superpowers we had this past year, but only a few stuck out in our minds. These were powers that were truly unique and creative, and showcased just how far our technology has come at bringing these abilities to the small screen. Here are our nominees for the most creative powers in 2014-2015.

Featuring contributions from writers: Ryan Fitzmartin, Jason Wong, Kathleen McEneaney, Scott Swartz, Brian Corliss


1. Johnny Royale – Powers

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There have been some very cool uses of teleportation in comic movies and TV. Nightcrawler attacking the White House in X2 is extremely memorable, and has entered into movie legend. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a great teleporter in the character of Gordon. However, nothing is cooler than Johnny Royale’s teleporting in Powers. Royale is a killer who murders people through the use of his teleportation abilities. In the first episode, Royale grabs a man by the neck and teleports his head away, leaving only the body. It is a terrifically freaky and unexpected way to kill someone. The “teleportcapitation” is a highly creative and extremely unique killing, which is emblematic of the coolness of Powers.


2. Daredevil – Daredevil


Murdock’s sonar powers make him more of a bat than that other masked vigilante with ninja moves. He can smell distant enemies, hear lies, and gauge the angle of objects to cause the perfect ricochet, but the application as medical diagnosis was a fresh, intriguing use that couldn’t be predicted from the series description. In Daredevil’s fifth episode, “World On Fire,” Matt (Charlie Cox) informed Claire (Rosario Dawson) of her wound reopening because he tasted copper in the air. Then he used his hand to feel the vibrations of her bones to judge her injury as a hairline fracture. He’s not so intelligent that he has both law and medical degrees, but it’s more that our mortal hero has been dreadfully beaten up enough times to recognize these injuries himself.


3. Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


As far as powers go, seismic energy generation is a pretty interesting one. Being able to control the vibration of matter at a molecular level opens up a whole world of possibilities for powers. But it can also lead to some problems. It takes Skye a little while to comprehend and harness her powers, causing injuries to both herself and others. But once she understands the extent of her powers, Skye is able to do incredible things. From causing an avalanche, to blowing people away with shock waves, to being a human defibrillator, Skye has already found a variety of uses for her powers. And she has just scratched the surface of what she can accomplish.


4. Reverse Flash – The Flash


The Reverse Flash, for all intents and purposes, is just Barry with time to actually perfect the use of his powers. Speed mirages, you got it. Mastery of vibrating molecules, piece of cake. Being able to tap into the speed force to time travel, done and done. The Reverse Flash was powerful enough to take on three heroes at once and nearly defeat them, which says something about being able to effectively use your abilities at a very, very, high level. The Reverse Flash managed to show just how powerful a speedster can truly be, vibrating hand and all.

5. The Flash – The Flash


On paper, the ability to run as fast as Usain Bolt with some quantum jet engine strapped to your back doesn’t sound exactly thrilling in the grand scheme of heroism. Barry Allen runs fast. Exceedingly fast. Fast enough to dub himself the Flash and to wear a sweet pair of lightning bolt flair on his helmet. To the show’s credit, this single power could have looked absolutely awful, but it doesn’t, and furthermore, I believe that the show has some of the best visual effects this side of the small screen. Yes, we know he’s fast, but in a late season episode, preventing a tsunami powered by the Weather Wizard, Barry runs the Central City beachfront property in order to quell the energy of the oncoming wave. He has to run quickly to build enough to combat the wave, and maybe he had extra Wheaties or a wonderful morning workout at hot yoga, but Barry ended up tearing through space-time to run directly into the previous day. The aspect of time-travel became a large plot point following the episode, including the season finale where he went back to stop the death of his mother.


6. Liv Moore – iZombie

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Liv Moore eats brains. To those who have read the book, Warm Bodies, the following seems familiar, and the show graciously makes a nod to the book/film in one of the episodes; when Liv Moore eats a victim’s brain, she inherits their personality, their wants and needs, as well as having flashbacks brought on by triggers that help her to solve the victim’s murder. She passes off her ability as being psychic, which isn’t far off, except her crystal ball is a bit more squishy. Each episode she takes on a different persona, and it is a great display of talent for actress Rose McIver; however, the strongest moment of this was from the episode “Patriot Brains” where she consumes the gray matter of a former sniper who suffered from PTSD. But the skills she received posed an opportunity to take out Blaine DeBeers. With Blaine in her scope, she has a moment of mental collapse and cannot pull the trigger. This leads to the most heart-wrenching scene of the series.

Who do you think had the most creative powers this past season? Vote below!

Most Creative Use of Powers of 2014-15

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Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

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