Supergirl: Never toy with a Nice Guy’s emotions

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Previously on Supergirl: In the wake of an attack on Lord Technologies, Max Lord was planning a “countermove” against the Kryptonians, and when James Olsen came around to investigate, he got tied up and beaten for his trouble. There was much sexual tension between Alex and Max, while James figured out that Winn has feelings for Kara. And once again, this show’s version of Hank Henshaw is actually the Martian shape-shifter known as J’onn J’onnz.

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To kick things off, we get the most bog-standard villain prison escape scenario in recent memory. First, we meet two guards who are on edge about bringing breakfast to one particular prisoner. Supposedly this guy gives them “nightmares”, but we’ll meet him in a minute, and Hannibal Lecter he is not. One guard goes to bring him his breakfast (while the other one stays behind, for no reason whatsoever) and the prisoner in question turns out to have a giant doll in his cell that talks, and it says creepy stuff like “I love you, do you love me?” Yep, this is totally something they would allow an inmate to have in a maximum security prison.

Oh, but wouldn’t you know it? The guard sees the prisoner lying unconscious on the floor of his cell, and not realizing this is in fact the oldest trick in the book, he immediately unlocks the door and walks into investigate. Alone. Without even calling the other guard for backup. Yadda yadda yadda, the prisoner immediately comes alive and attacks the guard with a very Phantasm-inspired yo-yo with razor-sharp blades. The prisoner then puts on the guard’s uniform, and kills a couple more guards with his yo-yo on the way out.

Supergirl: Never toy with a Nice Guy's emotions

The Gillette Fusion Yo-yo, now with an unprecedented fifth blade!

And between the creepy doll and the killer yo-yo, it should be clear to all that this prisoner is actually Superman arch-nemesis Toyman. He’s appeared numerous times on the DC shows, both in live-action and animated form, and let me tell you, the interpretation of the character we’re about to see is going to make you wistful for that time he was played by Sherman Hemsley.

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TV Show: Supergirl
Tag: Supergirl (2015) Episodes

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  • Greenhornet

    Since I’ve given this series enough grief, I’ll just point out something that’s common in movies and television.

    “…their conversation is a big storm of clichés, where Winslow Sr. actually says, “We’re the same, you and I,”…”

    When someone says that, you KNOW that they’re a villain. I can’t remember ANY hero or heroine saying that to a bad guy.

    • Jonathan Campbell

      Korra more or less says that to Kuvira in the last episode of Avatar: TLoK.

      • Moppet

        A joke about Korra being the villain would be taking the low hanging fruit, I suppose, but it doesn’t look any less tasty than the fruit higher up on the tree so I’ve mixed feelings.

        I honestly tried giving super girl a chance, tried finding positives (there were some), but DC continues to make T.V. shows I do not like, Gotham might be a slight exception but what I like about it is fairly limited, with no like of issue beyond. It’s strange because I rather like DC animated shows like Batman, Superman, Justice League, JLU, Static Shock and Batman Beyond. Even the Green Lantern CG cartoon was decent until they decided to make the A.I. the villain, which I didn’t enjoy in the first place, but her reasons for going villain made my eyebrow twitch angrily.

        I can’t really disagree about the obvious villain being clued in through bad writing, or, possibly, more accurately, lazy writing – though there’s a fine line.

  • Matt Oblivion

    I haven’t watched the episode (I’ve been able to avoid doing that for the whole series thanks to your recaps) so I don’t know exactly how Winn refuses to continue his friendship with Kara, but it sounds like he’s put his feelings out there and gotten the definite answer that they aren’t mutual. As long as he’s not a dick about it, is it really that cruel or unreasonable for him to want to distance himself from a friendship that will leave him disappointed? I mean, I think there’s a difference between crying friendzone like an entitled asshole, and respectfully backing away to look out for yourself.

    It’s never pleasant to have to put a friendship on hold or call it quits altogether, but in certain cases, it’s probably healthier. This sounds like one of those cases, especially considering, as you said, he’s been behaving with a general “weirdness” around her and this development likely wouldn’t improve that.

  • CaptainCalvinCat

    Sooo, I have bought the show on DVD and – hell, its awesome. I’m having a ball with those episodes and have to admit: I don’t get, why our good Winston O’Boogie is so dismissive of it.
    This episode featured Henry Czerny, whom I liked to hate as Conrad Grayson in Revenge, and although he was criminally underused in this episode, the show in and on itself was great. I’m looking forward for the next episodes.