A YouTube-based serial about four twenty-somethings sharing an apartment together in Chicago. Oh yeah, and they all happen to have superpowers.The show revolves around Donald, Jonas, Sebastian, and Virginia trying to go about their lives while also trying to deal with, and depending on the person in question, either exploit or ignore their superpowers. Meanwhile, a mysterious supernatural entity possesses people in search of an unstoppable force of power... and our super-powered protagonists catch its eye.There are currently seven episodes out of an estimated ten.The first episode can be found here.
This show provides examples of:
Action Girl: Both Sebastian and Virginia step it up a LOT in Episode Seven.
Awesome McCoolname: McTryck, an annoying comic book lover who comes in to to argue with Jonas and Spike almost daily.
Aw Look They Really Do Love Eachother: When Donald loses his job, the team realizes they can no longer pay their rent. It's a split vote on moving together to a smaller apartment or kicking Donald out in exchange for a new roommate, and it's up to Jonas to decide. He and Donald do NOT get along. And then...
Berserk Button: Bella is completely unresponsive to her captors' threats and physical abuse. Threaten her boyfriend, though, and she shows you what she's really made of.
Body Surf: In Episode 3, an unknown evil force starts out as a black cloud, takes over a teenage boy's body, and takes over other people as it finds stronger bodies to inhabit.
Buffy Speak: "You can't be a vigilante without first being vigilant-y...-ish."
Cloning Blues: The first couple of copies, referred to as Fox Two and Fox Three, are pretty willing to go along with whatever Sebastian wants and are happy being part of the collective Sebastian Fox. After Four, though, they start to get a bit unstable, and Fox Four has an individualist streak leading her to even live her own separate life under a different name, resisting being pulled back in, eventually moving out.
Conversational Troping: Jonas and Donald on the roof is of particular note when they talk about what type of superpower Donald most resembles (Batman, but not the Frank Miller version)
Evil Laugh: Donald during his fight with Jonas and Sebastian while he's shocking them both with lightning. Subverted because he's not evil, but at the moment he was mad with power.
Exact Words: Sebastian tries this tactic to convince her and Virginia's first customer to let them take the case.
Sebastian: We haven't failed a case yet.
Virginia: *Pointed look*
Sebastian: ...Well, we haven't!
Eye Scream: Carl gets this twice. The first time around, Donald blinds him with a shock straight to the sockets. Later, Damon forces his useless eyes out of his head and replaces them with smokey ones.
Genre Savvy: Jonas. Donald goes to him for help because he knows a lot about superheroes ("There's nothing wrong with that!"), and Jonas even unwittingly predicts the existence of the evil smoke thingy.
Jerk Ass: Jonas. He has a crush on Virginia, so when she goes out on a date with another guy, he secretly mind controls her date to give her a really bad time. (It also seems possible that he's done this before in the past).
He also heavily implies he forced a lot of girls at 16 to date him, and since he had full control...
Joss Whedon: The writer of PoPS, Jake Jarvi (who also plays Jonas), is obviously a Joss fanboy, as there are several references to his work. (On a side note, it seems that Sebastian probably ships Buffy/Giles).
Limited Wardrobe: For some unexplained reason, Jonas wears the same shirt in every episode.
Magical Defibrillator: Donald can stop normal peoples' hearts with lightning, but he can also restart them with a quick jolt.
Muggle Best Friend: Spike, Roxy, and Veronique are the only normals to know about the Platoon's powers. Spike in particular is good at playing the normal human when the occasion arises.
To Avatar: The Last Airbender : “Man, I am trying to see if Katara's going to end up with Aang or Zuko! Kinda hoping Aang, but I am never going to find out if you keep bothering me about this!”
The Stinger: Episode Seven has Sebastian punching the guy who hired them to steal an expensive statue.
Super Strength: It's very likely all four of the main cast get this along with their individual powers. Jonas and Donald's experimenting has uncovered that they're far more susceptible to each other's attacks than to non-superpowered Spike's, and on the inverse, their powers affect regular people much more than each other. Fox Four has also demonstrated extreme strength.
Taser Tag Weakness: Unsurprisingly subverted. Bill tries to take down Donald this way, completely forgetting that Donald USES electricity as an attack. It ends up supercharging him for a while, leading him to zap anything he touches, including his phone and another person. Thankfully, it wears off.
Team Mom: Virginia. She refers to the group as a family, and she breaks up a superpower fight between the other three in Episode 1 with a short, momish lecture afterwards. Happens again in Episode 5 when Donald doesn't return from fighting crime and Virginia gets worried.
Teleport Spam: While Virginia's power is not technically teleporting, it can be used to much the same effect in battle. This is best demonstrated in Episode Seven, where, when combined with Sebastian's clones, it produces truly amazing results.
Theme Naming: The four business men left from Damon's old company are Danny, Dicky, Riley, and Rickey. And then there's Bill, who was just hired, so he hadn't gotten a chance to prove himself worthy or unworthy.
Time Master: Virginia. Though she can initially only make time stand still for everyone but herself, she later discovers that she can unstop other people, teleport, and time travel.
Title Drop: The gang comes up with it on the spot in episode 5.
Unscrupulous Hero: Jonas, good guy dark actions both in episode 7 where he kills four people and describes it as adding to his death tally and implied in his past where he was a horrible person as a teenager and he clings to his resolve not to use his powers to keep himself honest.
Villainous BSOD: Jonas is hinted at having one of these in the past, forcing him to try to never use his powers again. He still has a hard time controlling the impulse though.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Bill's the only one of Damon's henchmen who's not okay with getting physical when interrogating Bella, even if it takes him a while to speak up about it.