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TV Review: SUPERGIRL: Season 1, Episode 10: Childish Things [CBS]

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CBS’s Supergirl Childish Things TV Show Review. Supergirl Season 1, Episode 10: Childish Things finally gave an episode that focused more on Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and his troubled past with his father Winn Sr., who the public knows as Toyman (Henry Czerny). Toyman didn’t come out as a terrifying villain, especially since he is one of Superman’s foes from the comics. However, it did provide some backstory into Winn’s life as we learned more about his father and what drove him into the crazy criminal mastermind that he is.

The start of the episode shows us Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) in his Martian Manhunter persona training Kara (Melissa Benoist) with some flight exercises. The effects on the show for J’onn J’onzz is still a little clunky but it did give us some great effects in that training scene. The episode went deep into Winn’s damaged psyche, giving us a very shockingly efficient episode. The episode was also one to give much more screen time to Winn as Kara does what she can to help him deal with his father.

Much of the episode focused on Toyman who escapes from prison and plans his revenge on the man who made money off of his inventions by using his son to help him. We learned quite a bit from Winn about how his father ended up from being a family man into the crazy lunatic that the public sees him as. It was an emotional episode for Winn as his father tries to manipulate his son into helping him exact his revenge, even telling him that they are one and the same. It was noticeable to see the emotional impact between the two characters who used to share a father and son bond. Jeremy Jordan has done a great job showing Winn in a vulnerable state. Henry Czerny also played the role of a villainous father quite well; expanding on the character fans may be familiar with.

One of the major turning points in the episode was when Winn landed a kiss on Kara, finally confronting his feelings for her. Unfortunately, Kara doesn’t feel the same way for now. It was crushing for viewers to see Winn not getting the girl, even after admitting that he loved her long before she told him she was Supergirl. This pretty much may plant the seed to seeing Winn go down the same path as his father, but time will tell if Winn will get over his love for Kara.

One of the weaker storylines during this episode was with James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). Their relationship hasn’t been strong this season, even if Kara is added into the mix. We learn that Lucy is given a job by Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), which doesn’t sit well with James. The only reason James isn’t happy about this is because he feels that his job at CatCo isn’t going anywhere. The only reason James moved out into National City was to find his own success, but it hasn’t been easy since he’s been getting the same type of work as the Daily Planet. Seeing Lucy get a job doesn’t do him wonders, but at least they were on good terms clearing things up between them so it doesn’t get too awkward for them to work together in the same place. Speaking of good terms, it turns out Lucy and Lois Lane aren’t speaking to one another. We wonder why that is, but hopefully they can address that soon.

The other weak development was with the DEO as both Hank and Alex (Chyler Leigh) try to uncover what Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) is up to. Maxwell still hasn’t come out as a great villain on the show, but we are uncovering layers of him as we learn more about his plans. We get to see Hank use his abilities to gain access to Lord’s secret lab, where he discovers the comatose girl from last week’s episode. However, Hank gets caught, causing him to use a mind erasing ability on a guard that comes with a cost. Plus, Lord seems to be onto him after seeing the feed of Hank phasing through one of his metal doors. Even Kara’s secret is in jeopardy after it was revealed that Lord had planted a camera on Alex’s bag to spy on them. Now Lord is only one step away from finding out the truth.

‘Childish Things’ may not have been one of the best episodes of the season, but it did offer a very powerful performance from Jeremy Jordan as we learned more about Winn’s family. Toyman may not have been a petrifying foe, but he did become one of the most cold and calculating villains we’ve seen on Supergirl. We definitely can’t wait to see what’s in store for Winn this season after all that’s happened as we reach the halfway point of this season.

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Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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