SUMMARY: Toyman breaks out of prison and tries to reconnect with his son Win through killing his former boss. Meanwhile, Alex goes on a fake date and J’onn ruins a security guard’s life.
Margaret: Welcome to Tales from the Krypton. We just watched episode 10 of Supergirl, where they decided that giving the least likeable character his own episode was a great idea, everybody. This was really what this show needed.
Syd: Win is not the least likeable character. At least they didn’t give Aunt General Astra another episode.
Margaret: He’s the least likeable main cast character. As soon as they started going in that direction, I thought, “Are you kidding me? I do not want an episode focused on Win, because it’s going to make me kill somebody,” but instead, yo-yos did. Could we talk about how ridiculous the yo-yos were?
Syd: Well, in the opening scene, the guards go to drop off food for Toyman and he has toy traps set up and kills them with toys. So I was just wondering why they let a criminal known for killing people with toys have toys in his cell.
Margaret: Not to mention that the guards fell for the old pretending-to-be-dead trick.
Syd: I’ll give that a pass. Maybe they should have some sort of protocol for dealing with a prisoner who seems dead, but I can understand wanting to help. I don’t understand how Toyman got the raw materials to make murder weapons. Did they give him the yo-yo and not think he would try to kill someone with it or did he make that professional looking yo-yo out of whatever he found in his cell?
Margaret: If he did, kudos to Toyman. He deserved to escape if he made that out of his forks and such. How did he melt plastic into perfect yo-yo form? If you have the wherewithal to spend 15 years making a yo-yo, you deserve a little bit of escape time. As long as you don’t kill anybody, I’m cool with it.
Syd: Well, when someone has a murder yo-yo, it’s bound to happen.
Margaret: The actor who plays Winslow Schott, Sr. is one of my favorite character actors only because he was in Mission: Impossible – the first one – as the director of the IMF. He has a scene with Tom Cruise where he has a really weird, distinct way of speaking.
Syd: Is that the scene with the aquarium?
Margaret: Yeah! When they first showed him, I didn’t realize who he was until he started talking to his son and I was like, “It’s Kittridge!” I love the way he enunciates things. I find it really interesting and fun, so I might have been way more invested in Toyman just because I like the actor.
Syd: While I was watching this episode, I was thankful that in our lifetime, we have a lighthearted take on the D.C. Universe and Superman’s mythology in particular that is genuinely fun to watch. It’s called Lois and Clark.
Margaret: It is so much fun!
Syd: They did a Toyman episode in 1994 with The Jeffersons’ Sherman Hemsley as Winslow Schott called “Season’s Greedings,” which I recommend you watch, because it stands in stark contrast to this dreary, dismal show. I don’t even know what tone Supergirl is going for in general.
Margaret: The problem that they’re having is that they started out trying to be even cheesier than The Flash, but this episode was way more like Arrow than The Flash. They have a character with a cutesy name like one of The Flash’s rogues, but he is just legit crazy.
Syd: Toyman has been done dark before. He wasn’t created to be dark, but especially post-Crisis and throughout the 90s he has been played pretty consistently creepy. I can understand why they went this route with the character, but this was the most threatening and most flat-out evil character we have seen on this show.
Margaret: And they gave him such a perverted motivation. It was really kind of terrifying. In a way I understand it, because toys really can be creepy. They were trying to turn something cutesy on its head by making it frightening. It is very easy to make a doll scary by giving it a high-pitched voice saying, “I love you. Do you love me?” in a dark arcade. If that happened to me, I would pee my pants.
Syd: And that doll’s repeated refrain played into the episode’s theme of unrequited love – the way Toyman wants his son to love him and his son wants Kara to love him.
Margaret: But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The next scene after the prison break has Supergirl and J’onn J’onzz flying together.
Syd: They talk to Alex about what limited intel Jimmy gathered last episode – which is pretty much nothing. He knows that Lord Technologies’ office building has a basement, which is as much justification as the three of them need to decide to break into the building. The show doesn’t seem aware of it, but the D.E.O. are bad guys.
Margaret: They’re operating under the assumption that since the audience knows that something weird and crazy is going on in that building, that spending the time to actually justify the D.E.O.’s actions is unnecessary. We’ve already established that this show doesn’t care about anyone’s justifications or motivations. They just do things.
Syd: You’re just supposed to assume that the protagonists are right in their actions, even when doing things that in real life would be questionable to horrifying.
Margaret: That’s also why I’m really annoyed at Kara and Alex for pressuring J’onn J’onzz into using his powers and operating openly. I would understand if they were making the point about how weird it is that J’onn is pretending to be a dead man in order to take over a government agency. That’s kind of crazy.
Syd: They want you to be on J’onn’s side, so they can’t bring up the fact that how he got into his position is completely fucked up.
Margaret: It was also really not cool of them to say that it was so great for Kara to come out to the world as a superhero, so J’onn has to show his own powers. Let him do his own thing, since, in the context of this show, where the good guys are ok with the fact that J’onn assumed Hank Henshaw’s identity and took over the D.E.O. under false pretenses, his choice not to become a superhero is something they have to respect.
Syd: Him not wanting to use his powers and not wanting to expose himself is completely understandable on its own, but the problem is that they can’t examine his reasons and motivations in a way that elucidates how wrong everything he’s already done is and how wrong everything they’re doing is. So they come up with these insane, nonsensical justifications, like when Alex says that everyone was fine with Kara coming out as an alien, and J’onn saying that’s just because she looks like a blonde cheerleader. J’onn is a shapeshifter! He has the option to fight crime literally in the form of a cheerleader!
Margaret: The essence of the argument is that he should come out as who he truly is, which is the tall green martian. Fighting crime as a blonde cheerleader would be the same as being Hank Henshaw. He’s saying that if people knew who he truly was, they would try to kill him.
Syd: What I’m saying is that whether or not he can be a green martian out in society is beside the point. Him hiding his identity is more than not showing what he looks like, which is kind of arbitrary when in his natural state, he is a shapeshifter. He is hiding his powers and abilities – that is not being true to who he is. He is hiding that martians exist – that is not being true to who he is. There are differing philosophies about the need for visibility vs. the need for safety among minority groups, but I will say unequivocally that if white Christian Americans are afraid of Muslims, American Muslims shouldn’t respond by using government resources to cover up the existence of Islam – that’s going too far. Even if J’onn is afraid of how people react to his physical appearance, there are other steps that he could take.
Margaret: In the real world where there are complex things, that totally makes sense, but in the world of this show, when they say, “You need to be yourself,” they mean he has to be his big, green self in front of people and everyone will love him for being his big green self.
Syd: But if he’s really being himself, that means being a superstrong telepathic shapeshifter, which – as we’ll see later – is not a good idea in a world of humans. I know that Kara and Alex don’t yet know the ramifications of J’onn’s powers, but if he explained to them, it would make a much better excuse than anything he said to them. He could say, “Hey, I would break humans by being myself,” but he doesn’t make that point until it’s too late.
Margaret: That I will give him, because he can break humans, so he doesn’t want humans to know that’s something he does. Moving on, let’s get to the one scene that I liked.
Syd: You mean the Lucy/Cat interview?
Margaret: Yes. I actually really liked that scene.
Syd: I was enjoying it briefly, until Cat asked Lucy, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and Lucy asks, “Is this a job interview?” which was weird because I thought it was a job interview from the beginning and once it was revealed that Lucy didn’t know, it made me wonder what she thought was going on, considering there was no previously established relationship between Lucy and Cat.
Margaret: I thought it was supposed to be Cat catching up with the Lanes because she knows the family sort of from working at the Daily Planet. Either way, that’s a small, minor thing to me.
Syd: There were a few small things wrong with this scene.
Margaret: Why I liked the scene is because I loved seeing Cat actually courting someone and not being so catty.
Syd: I see what you did there. My problem is that I have come to like Lucy and this scene did her no favors.
Margaret: Really? I think the reason why Cat responded to Lucy like that is because Lucy isn’t afraid of Cat and everyone else is either bowing to her or afraid of her and Lucy treats her like she’s just another person. That is why the two of them hit it off really well – because Lucy is fearless.
Syd: I like that interpretation. That wasn’t how I was reading it, but now I will because I like it better than what I was thinking.
Margaret: The way I saw it, it fit with all of the other things that Lucy was saying – that she had been working for all of these old white men being a JAG for so long and wanted to work for a kickass woman – so when she met with Cat Grant, she didn’t fear her or think anything more of her than that she was a kickass woman and wanted to know more about her. So I liked that the scene put the two of them together and they liked each other.
Syd: My problem with it was that they hadn’t set up what Lucy’s situation was beforehand and then after the scene, they didn’t really explicate it. Cat gives Lucy a speech about how after giving up her job for a man, Lucy had to get back to work, but I had assumed that she had been searching for a new job, the way normal people do when they quit their jobs. Lucy gave no indication that she was looking for a job, so what had she been doing, and what was her plan? It’s not like Jimmy proposed to her and she was planning to become a housewife – that wasn’t even an option. She had to start working again at some point, so why not for Cat? Why does Cat think she has given up her career and why does Lucy resist Cat at first?
Margaret: I think that she had taken some time off to figure out what she wanted to do, I guess, because she had been gone for the past three weeks and nobody said why.
Syd: Well, throughout this whole episode we had several scenes of her talking with Jimmy about her career and during that time she never brought up what she had been doing or what her long-term goals were.
Margaret: That is weird, but maybe the past three weeks she had been wrapping up her old job. I imagine she would have to pass off her old cases to someone else instead of just passing off files, so I’m going to say that’s what she was doing, because I’m on Team Lucy.
Syd: You’ve joined me?
Margaret: I’m totally Team Lucy. This episode sealed that for me.
Margaret: I really liked Cat respecting Lucy and saying, “You are a smart woman who is driven. If you don’t get another job, you’re going to try to fill the void in your life with other things and you’re going to go crazy. Take my job offer.”
Syd: It was a very Cat moment.
Margaret: They’ve often shown Cat as someone who doesn’t give a shit about anyone, but this was a very observant moment where she recognizes the drive in another person.
Syd: Let me just point out that Cat still might not give a shit about anyone else. She needs legal representation, as we saw clearly in the e-mail hack episode. Her interest in Lucy could be entirely selfish.
Margaret: That could be true, but there’s a reason why she picked Lucy Lane in particular. I’m not saying it’s altruism, I’m saying it’s observation. They keep showing Cat not giving a shit about other people and their situations, but this episode showed that she really is attuned to that.
Syd: I disagree completely. That has never been the case. She sees through everyone and always knows when something is up. The only person she doesn’t give a shit about is Win.
Margaret: Actually, this episode made me think that she did care a little bit about Win.
Margaret: Anyway, I liked how they handled Lucy and Cat together in an interview.
Syd: Moments later, the office is raided by Cameron Chase, FBI.
Margaret: Who is that?
Syd: Well, I’m glad that they mentioned her name very prominently so that I could Google this character who has never appeared in a Supergirl comic. Cameron Chase had her own comic book series where she was an agent for the D.E.O. Apparently, the D.E.O. was a thing from a comic book. So now that I finally have this context, I hate this character because she is the reason that the D.E.O. exists.
Margaret: But she’s played by Anya.
Syd: Yeah, but I still hate the D.E.O. so damn much.
Margaret: The character was there to give Win and Supergirl a reason to get involved in the plot instead of letting the FBI handle it. Win cooperated with the FBI and they tried to kill his father, which is why Supergirl had to get involved.
Syd: It was also important for the climax that the FBI suspects that Win is complicit in his father’s crimes.
Margaret: Right, so this sets up things for later.
Syd: After the interview with the FBI, Win talks to Kara and they had a moment that I don’t think was meant to be shocking, where Win says to Kara, “You have a homicidal maniac in the family, too, so you know where I’m coming from,” and I couldn’t believe he said that. What an asshole!
Margaret: This entire series, all of Win’s jokes have been really shitty, so I kind of took it as just another example of that.
Syd: Oh, was that a joke?
Margaret: I thought it was a joke.
Syd: In order for Win to still be a good guy, I guess it would have to be, but we were given no indication that it was supposed to be humor. It looked like that was how Win relates to people. Then again, as he mentioned in the Thanksgiving episode, he has no friends.
Margaret: Is Chester Dunholtz somebody from comics at all? Everyone really emphasizes his name like it’s somebody we should know.
Syd: He was in a Superman story once. He stole one of Winslow’s toys and Toyman plotted revenge and the whole thing was pretty dumb. You should know by now that any name they make a point of you knowing is probably from Superman or Justice League.
Margaret: I also liked that the creepy toy that Toyman gave his son looked a lot like Batman.
Syd: No, that’s what Toyman looked like on Super Friends. We used a picture of him in a previous entry. Here it is again:
Margaret: Then we move on to the only scene where I disliked Lucy, which was the fight between Lucy and James that looked like they took two different scenes and edited them together, because nothing either of them said answered or responded to anything the other said.
Syd: It’s like the Hepcat sketch from The State.
Margaret: This fight starts out innocuously, with Lucy asking if James would be okay with them working together, because working with your live-in lover can be stressful. You’re working together, you’re going home together – I understand that whole idea. Then they talk about completely separate things until Lucy says, “I’m not asking your permission.”
Syd: That fight was engineered to play on what the writers think your assumptions are. I think it’s interesting that you did assume that Jimmy had a problem with working with his girlfriend, because he didn’t express that at all and that made me think it clearly wasn’t the reason he was upset, which turned out to be true. Lucy did assume that Jimmy’s problem was having her around the office, which is pretty reasonable of her, so this didn’t turn me against her so much as it did against the show’s writers. Awkwardly withholding information instead of having characters talk through their problems is something they lean on all the time. That’s why I’m convinced that Aunt General Astra’s plan is not going to be evil at all – because they made such a point of not telling you what it is that they have to be planning some stupid fake-out twist.
Margaret: I hate that shit.
Syd: So they ultimately reveal that Jimmy just wasn’t satisfied with his career path and it was handled about as well as this show usually handles things.
Margaret: I liked how this ended, but this scene made me dislike Lucy and James as a couple. I didn’t like the way they put them together. I just thought, “Why aren’t you guys talking? Nothing you are saying is connecting to each other.” Then she says, “I’m not asking your permission,” when she asked for his opinion and he gave his opinion. James is being a dick by not saying anything and she is slightly overreacting and I was like, “Come on, guys! Get your shit together!”
Syd: So, then Alex decides that she is going to take matters into her own hands and find out what Lexwell is up to.
Margaret: Also, can I note that she is listed as Mata Hari in Lexwell’s phone?
Syd: Right! Does that mean he doesn’t know who Mata Hari is? She’s a famous Dutch double agent and someone who has nothing in common with Alex other than being female and keeping secrets.
Margaret: Mata Hari actually would be interested in sleeping with Lexwell in order to get information. As opposed to Alex who is openly suspicious of him.
Syd: That’s true! She shows physical discomfort whenever she’s around him.
Margaret: It makes absolutely no sense.
Syd: Either he is underestimating Mata Hari or that is some wishful thinking on his part.
Margaret: That or he has a complete and utter disconnect of who everyone is around him. Or, what it most likely is is the writers thinking it is a clever reference despite it being wrong.
Syd: So, they go on a little date.
Margaret: Which is strange, since in the last episode he said, “Whatever this partnership was, it’s over.” And now he’s enthusiastically back in with champagne – which I was convinced was drugged. Because that’s the kind of douchebag that he is.
Syd: Oh my God, he is that kind of douchebag, why didn’t they do that?
Margaret: They kept on having long pauses while they sipped from their glasses and it seemed like they were making the champagne important, so I was convinced that he had done something to it. It actually made me really nervous.
Syd: Then Alex says, “The aliens were dangerous, what were they looking for?” Why did she assume they were looking for something? We were given no indication that they were looking for something, it seemed as if they had a grudge against him personally. That’s what I assumed.
Margaret: You know, you’re right. I just figured they were looking for something because Alex and company kept saying that they had to be looking for something.
Syd: Meanwhile, while Lex is being distracted, J’onn sneaks into the basement and he finds the girl with the black eyes that Lexwell is keeping in his basement. She’s a clone of Supergirl or some attempt to duplicate her, right? They’re probably going to call her Bizarro, even though that doesn’t make sense. It’s reminiscent of Match from Superboy.
Margaret: I think so. When we first saw her last episode, I definitely thought she was a clone of Supergirl, but seeing her now it’s a different actress.
Syd: They have these clues – they had her skin flaking off and her being hooked up to an IV of inorganic solutions instead of blood. It’s like what Geoff Johns did to Match and when they reveal what she is I will probably have a tirade about that. This is going to be some synthesized Supergirl and will probably be their take on Bizarro Supergirl, but I’m going to reserve judgement on this until I see how they do it.
Margaret: I couldn’t tell if I liked or hated Lexwell’s actor acting as J’onn acting as Lexwell.
Syd: I’m against it.
Margaret: I could see why people would think it was funny, but everything he was saying was so off that if I saw my boss acting like that, I would call security.
Syd: I would think, “My boss is having a nervous breakdown. He is taking rejection way harder than I thought he would.” So, then J’onn gets caught by a security guard whom he mind wipes. This mind wipe is not just erasing what just happened, it took away years of his life and did permanent brain damage.
Margaret: At least they actually show that this is not an okay thing that he did. The show is often weird about what is acceptable and not acceptable. He comes back from the mission upset with himself and what he did and they’re not trying to show it as a noble choice.
Syd: The show is still of the opinion that protagonists are good people who do good things and we’re not supposed to question their decisions. He probably won’t suffer any repercussions for ruining a man’s life. When he’s caught by the security guard, I understand him taking drastic measures, but what I hold against him was how unjustified breaking into the building was in the first place.
Margaret: This is one of those times I feel like we’re supposed to question what he did.
Syd: No we’re not. The very fact that he feels guilty was meant to show how noble and caring he is. Alex and Kara’s opinion of him hasn’t changed, so ours isn’t supposed to, either.
Margaret: Now we’re into deep Win Schott territory.
Syd: Win goes to confront his father with the FBI.
Margaret: And they have the line that I hate the most in all tropedom: “We’re the same, you and I.” I hate that line so much, whenever I hear it it’s like nails on chalkboard.
Syd: It’s because you’re the same as so many people and people are always telling you that.
Margaret: Yes! It’s because I am a clone and I hate people telling me that. “We’re the same, you and I” is the most awkward phrasing of “You and I have a bond.”
Syd: Or “We are so much alike.” Or “We have so much in common.”
Margaret: Instead it’s, “We’re the same comma you and I.” It’s so stilted and lazy.
Syd: Unless you’re really committed to being a supervillain and have studied supervillain cliches and your favorite supervillains and all the things they’ve said. It just shows he’s nervous about making a good impression as a supervillain.
Margaret: He had to show his son he was the supervillain he always wanted to be.
Syd: But, the father Win is talking to isn’t really his father. It was some sort of glass decoy that is completely capable of acting like a real human, which is world changing technology. We’ve seen technology being introduced and then ignored before on this show, but every time I think, “Wait, that is a possibility in this world? This world is crazy.” It’s so weird that it looks so much like the world we’re living in when everything should be different. They should be constantly using these technologies, especially when we’re looking at crime fighting operations. This sort of technology would be great to use in negotiations or any situation that could become violent. It’s just weird that they sent Win in to talk to his father at all when this technology exists.
Margaret: I don’t think the FBI knew it existed. I think they’re saying Toyman invented it.
Syd: Did he also invent the AI holograms? And if the Army hasn’t told the FBI about the AI holograms yet, someone will be able to reverse engineer Toyman’s glass decoys, right?
Margaret: We’ll see it in season 2.
Syd: So, Cat is angry that Kara never told her that Win is Toyman’s son, because she wants an exclusive interview. Why didn’t Cat know?
Margaret: She never knew his name!
Syd: Oh, that’s a good point. Cat even makes the point when Kara says “I didn’t think he wanted anyone to know,” of saying, “Then why didn’t he use a fake name?” I thought, “You knew his name too,” but I guess she didn’t.
Margaret: This is the scene where I thought Cat actually does care a little about Win. She wants him for the interview, but when Kara pushes back saying he wouldn’t want that she doesn’t press for it. She just says that if he’s on Diane Sawyer, he’s fired. Which seems a very Cat way about caring for someone in her employ.
Syd: That’s giving Cat a lot of credit.
Margaret: I don’t think so.
Syd: It could just be that she doesn’t want an interview with someone who is openly hostile and not willing to talk.
Margaret: I like Cat as a character and I think she’s more caring.
Syd: The last few episodes make it hard for me to care about Cat any more.
Margaret: Aw, really?
Syd: You saw what they did to her.
Margaret: But, that was more everyone lying to her than her as a character.
Syd: By “they,” I don’t mean the other characters in the show, I mean the creators – the real life people making the show. The writers are the gods of this world and they do not seem to care much about Cat.
Margaret: But I do. I like Cat a lot and I want her to have more to do and have better things happening.
Syd: Then, Win is talking to Kara and Kara is relating to him. She is saying that the day that his father started making toy bombs was the day his world was destroyed just like her world was, so she understands. And then he goes back to the line about, “Oh your aunt’s crazy, too.” Why are they harping on Astra?
Margaret: She did kill people on Krypton.
Syd: It’s not that I want to see more of Astra, but they need to either show us that she’s doing something bad or stop telling us that she is.
Margaret: Right, but that’s all in the service of them relating to each other so Win can finally kiss Kara. She pulls back because she was comforting him as a friend and not inviting him to kiss her. He leaves and is immediately kidnapped by his father.
Syd: So, then we find out Toyman’s villainous plan, which is making Win kill his former boss with a toy gun so that they will both go to prison and be together for the rest of their lives.
Margaret: Well, it doesn’t have to be them going to prison. He has come up with a deranged plan that he thinks means no matter what happens the two of them will be together. As I was watching, all I could think is, “Holy shit, this guy is so crazy.” That’s where the character actor was really selling it. He totally thought this was a great plan and I bought that. And for the first time in the entire series, I actually thought, “Oh my God, poor Win.”
Syd: Aw, I was already feeling like “Poor Win” after he kissed Kara.
Margaret: No, I kind of felt like that, but I was more glad that he finally did it.
Syd: So you were thinking, “Good for Win.”
Margaret: Yes, and at this point it was “Poor Win.” This episode seemed to decide that they were going to shit on Win as much as they can.
Syd: So Supergirl saves the day at the toy expo and it doesn’t matter how because it doesn’t make any sense. She set off the sprinklers, blew cold air around the room so there was ice everywhere. Then, the bombs went off and the ice stops the bombs.
Syd: And then we have Kara confronting Win after work and Win explains to her how he feels. It was mostly a good scene.
Margaret: This was another scene that I liked. I like honesty.
Syd: Except for the forced way that Win explains to Kara that having a crush is like being a supervillain.
Margaret: That’s a little awkward, but at the same time I get the feeling of what he’s saying. It’s not fair to her because she wants to be friends with him, but he has this huge crush on her and everytime he thinks of her with someone else it actually makes him upset. He’s saying, “If my father hadn’t have come back, I would suppress that and that would shitty of me. And now, instead, I can finally tell you the truth because the idea of continuing like this kills me. I can’t be friends with you right now.”
Syd: Do you know why this makes me cringe? This felt like a genuine character moment and I am terrified about how they are going to resolve it. They can’t have any natural character growth because that’s not how this show does things. The last time they had a moment between characters that we thought would change their relationship and move the show forward was Cat finding out Supergirl’s secret identity. They’re going to do something like that. They are going to have some pat resolution.
Margaret: Ugh, please don’t. Because I loved the fact that they’re finally doing something right. The more they take away the teenaged bullshit of, “I really like her but I can’t tell her.” Or, “I really like him but I can’t tell him” the more I will like this show. That scene where he’s finally honest with her was fantastic. I like the fact that he actually grows as a character and isn’t Creepy McFriendzone Character. He’s actually a person who is having feelings and not holding those feelings against her, as he has in the past. He clearly states that his not wanting to just be friends with her is not her fault, it’s his. That’s perfect.
Syd: It was a great moment and I’m dreading how they’re going to ruin it because we both know that they are.
Margaret: And speaking of ruining moments, the scene after this is the worst cover of “Heartbeats” I have ever heard in my entire life.
Syd: I’m not the only one who noticed!
Margaret: Oh my God. I love that song – both the Knife version and the Jose Gonzalez cover – so when they started to play this cover I immediately paused it and did the Darth Vader Noooooo. Whatever this was was a travesty.
Syd: Wrapping up, it turns out Lexwell planted a camera on Alex’s bag, so now he knows Supergirl’s secret identity.
Margaret: Not to mention that it is the biggest camera with red glowing lights attached to her bag.
Syd: It’s kind of amazing that she didn’t notice it. It’s kind of weird since the D.E.O. should have a protocol for this, because she was just meeting with an enemy. You would think you would have to be screened afterward because this is something that happens all the time, right?
Margaret: Also, why would you bring your own purse? Wouldn’t you just bring something else?
Syd: Oh come on, I can forgive that aspect of it.
Margaret: Okay, but you come back from meeting with a hostile and you don’t check whether you have a bug? That’s crazy.
Syd: Right, she is in a psuedo-espionage organization. You would think she would be more cautious. But, anyway, now Lexwell knows Supergirl’s secret identity.
Margaret: They also talked about J’onn J’onzz and Hank. So, does he know that? Is it an audio-visual thing? Or is it merely visual? All he talked about is that he knows that they’re sisters.
Syd: We don’t know if he also knows J’onn’s secret. I think he knows he’s a martian because he saw him walk through a wall.
Margaret: He saw someone who looked like him walk through, but they didn’t have inside cameras where he was actually Hank Henshaw. All they saw was him go through the door.
Syd: Are you sure they didn’t have a camera in the room? Otherwise, why would they show him turn back to Hank Henshaw in the room? If you’re on a covert mission, why would you turn into your other fake identity? Turning into literally any other person would be preferable to that.
Margaret: I guess this may be too smart for the show, but if you have a camera inside the room, someone could hack it and see what was going on in there. But, having the camera outside, you would see everyone going into the room for security reasons and not know what’s going on in there.
Syd: I’ll just assume he knows everything because this show is terrible at keeping secrets.
Margaret: And consistency between episodes.
Syd: Oh right, he may no longer know next episode.
Margaret: Next episode he’ll be like, “Wait, what? Sisters? How?”
Syd: Next episode will start with, “We have to find out if Supergirl has any relatives.”
GRADING THE EPISODE
Margaret: C! It’s up!
Syd: This episode wasn’t enjoyable. Saying the grade is higher is misleading because this was such a dull episode. Through so much of it, I was thinking, “How long until it’s over?”
Margaret: I wasn’t thinking “How long until it’s over.” Because there were parts where I was actually interested in seeing how it was going to wrap things up. But, there also wasn’t anything where I thought, “Yay! Let’s see how this goes!” It’s not something I’m excited about, but I felt like I was so relieved that it wasn’t as bad as the last episode that I wasn’t upset by it. I could watch this.