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Power IV: Force dedicated to Mike Zobel after crew member's sudden death

Olivia Olphin April 18, 2022
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It was the finale of Power Book IV: Force on Stars this week. However, many fans noticed that there was a tribute card at the end of the episode dedicated to Mike Zobel. Who is he? What does he have to do with Power?

We taker a closer look at Mike Zobel’s contribution to the Power series, as well as his wider film career.

Power Book IV: Force’s final episode dedicated to Mike Zobel

The latest Power spinoff, Force, has been bringing in big audiences each week, as fans are loving the story of Tommy Egan after he cut ties with New York.

However, as the credits rolled on the final episode this season, fans noticed that it was dedicated to a man named Mike Zobel. They were wondering if he was an actor on the show, or part of the crew.

Unusually Zobel doesn’t have his own IMDB page, and appeared to have been a very private person. However, he was part of the crew on Power Book IV and this touching dedication comes after he passed away in 2021.

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Who was Mike Zobel?

Mike Zobel worked on Power Book IV: Force as part of the car team. He was a well-known automotive expert and enthusiast in the film and TV industry.

Zobel was from Shorewood, Illinois, and he passed away suddenly on 24 August 2021 at the age of 51 during the filming of Power IV.

He was known in the industry as an expert ‘Picture Car Guy’ which involves taking care of the cars on set, adapting them for each film and sourcing the right parts. He was also a ‘Teamster’ of local 727, where he worked in Chicago for multiple films and TV shows.

His family shared that he loved his work because “he was able to drive all sorts of cars” and to make friends with so many actors and crew members on set.

He had been married to his wife Jayme Zobel for nearly 30 years and they had two sons together, Ryan and Luke.

Will Power return for another season?

Starz has just announced that Power Book IV: Force will be coming back for a second season. The episodes have been bringing in big numbers each week for the spinoff series. It is currently the most watched series in Star history with 3.3 million multiplatform views in the US.

However, the second season will see Gary Lennon take over from Robert Music as the series’ show runner and executive producer.

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We send out our condolences to the family and friends of Mike Zobel following this news.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.