SUMMARY: J’onn J’onzz is interrogated for killing and impersonating Hank Henshaw. He and Alex are sent to Project Cadmus to be killed and dissected. After Kara reveals that she is Supergirl, Lucy agrees to help her free them.
Margaret: Welcome to Tales from the Krypton, Episode 17 where we have found out that everything is good and mind control is fine.
Syd: This is a very reference heavy episode and I have not seen such shallow references outside of a Seltzer and Freidberg comedy, like Epic Movie or Meet the Spartans. I think references are more forgivable when you just can’t think of anything funny so you have a reference instead of a joke. On this show, I don’t even know what the purpose of these references are. It’s like they don’t understand how adaptation works. It’s frustrating because there’s so much potential when you’re adapting a long running series, especially as they have no pretense of adapting actual Supergirl comics, so they are essentially adapting the entire DC universe and it gives them such latitude to look at everything that’s happened and really nail down who these characters are at the core and what stories resonated. They could really emphasize the parts of the characters that work and avoid the parts that don’t work. That’s not the strategy they use here. In this episode, they need a douchebag government stooge to be their villain, so they call him Jim Harper because that’s basically who that character is, right? And they have Dick Malverne in this episode and they think, what is it about the character of Dick Malverne that people like? He went to the beach that one time. Right? That’s the essence of his character, right?
Margaret: I have no idea who these characters were, so as you said, I just imagine Alex’s junior high crush was a guy who was a surfer and loved the beach. I also imagined Eddie McClintock’s character, who was part of one of my favorite SciFi series, Warehouse 13, is just a government douchebag. I thought it was just random names without any connection.
Syd: Like all references on this show, the one nice thing about it is it reminds me of things I do like. I hear the name Jim Harper and I’m reminded of Seanbaby’s article on The Six Most Half-Assed Superhero Origins and then I have a smile on my face that lasts until a character opens their mouth and then I’m angry again.
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