Apologies for not posting reviews for the past two episodes of “Supergirl“. To be fully honest, I simply fell behind on airings over the holidays and actually marathoned episodes 8-10 this week. Still, just to keep things all-encompassing, I’ll offer my thoughts on the two episodes before this one. “Hostile Takeover” (1.08) and “Blood Bonds” (1.09) pretty much formed a two-parter involving the machinations of Kara’s diabolical Kryptonian aunt, Astra…
…and neither episode really worked for me. They weren’t bad, but they were pretty run-of-the-mill overall and really only held together by the cast. It was a big letdown for me, especially after how much I enjoyed the four episodes before it. No matter, as with the entrance of The Toyman, played by my man Henry Czerny, the show appears to be back on track again. Czerny (Clear & Present Danger, Mission: Impossible) had a wonderful run playing heavies and/or government stooges in the 1990s, but I honestly haven’t seen him in a whole lot since then. As a result, having him play the big baddie this week was a treat.
The fact that he is playing a villain as colorful as The Toyman made things all the sweeter, especially given his fatherly connections to Winn. This week did a marvelous job of juggling both the superhero and the personal aspects of Kara’s life, while also furthering the subplots that don’t involve her. Maxwell Lord’s involvement is always a hoot and yes, it has everything to do with Peter Facinelli’s low rent Tom Cruise portrayal of the character. For whatever reason, I just can’t get enough of it.
Hank (or should I say Martian Manhunter?) has finally come into his own. The revelation of his true identity a few episodes back has finally allowed him to fully breathe as a well-rounded character. This has helped his scenes, as well as the overall goings on at the DEO immensely. Honestly, the worst thing about the show at this point is the cliched and overwrought drama between Kara, her Aunt Astra, and Astra’s husband, Non. Here’s hoping the showrunners can breathe some life into that aspect of the series, because as of now, it’s the only thing that grinds my entertainment to a halt. Given that it’s the core arc, that’s not a good thing.
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