The Toyman plays his final game as Supergirl, finally, makes its return to our screens
On this week’s episode of Supergirl, the team’s kara-oke night is rudely interrupted by the news that Winn’s father, the Toyman, has died. Despite Winn’s tumultuous relationship with his father, this news hits him hard, but the heartbreak is only beginning. When his mother (guest star Laurie Metcalf) visits, Winn discovers that the reason for her apparent abandonment of him is simple, but so sad: his father was incredibly abusive, and made multiple threats on Winn’s life. His mother only left his life to keep him safe.
While Winn deals with the world’s worst family drama, Kara (Melissa Benoist) provides a listening ear for Mon-el. For most of the episode we, along with Kara, believe that Mon-el is seeking Kara’s advice on his relationship with his wife — ouch. It’s only after Kara stands up to him that we realize that Mon-el wasn’t intending to discuss his romantic relations with Kara, but rather, was trying to warn her about something that involves her just as much as it does himself and Imra. The confusion is totally worth it, however, because it leads to a powerful scene in which Kara stands up for herself, telling Mon-el that he just can’t talk to her about these things. It’s not fair to Imra, and most importantly, it’s not fair to Kara herself.
Speaking of unfair, we learn this episode that Myr’nn has dementia, and is slowly forgetting his life. In a devastating scene, Alex (Chyler Leigh) realizes that Myr’nn doesn’t even remember his own grandchildren. It’s an emotional scene, topped only by J’onn’s monologue on the choice to live as a black man in modern America. Poignant, timely, and inspired, J’onn’s speech reminds us what we love about Supergirl — it isn’t afraid to be political, and underneath it all, these alien characters are metaphors for social outcasts, minorities, and anyone that is mistreated by mainstream America.
Here to discuss flying monkeys, fearless heroines, and father figures is our Supergirl roundtable:
Mia (@dreaminofspace) – Newly graduated scientist, huge nerd who loves all things superhero, space or supernatural
Olivia (@atjogialove) – avid tv watcher, bread eater and Melissa Benoist fan
Christine (@christinecenon) – Supergirl reviewer at FanBolt.
Katie (@melszorel) – lover of DC Comics, writing, and pizza!
Adam (@abnormallyadam) – TV enthusiast, YouTube reactor and huge fanboy!
1. The episode started with some fun amongst the DEO team — karaoke night! Which Supergirl character would you partner with for a karaoke contest?
Mia (@dreaminofspace): Karaoke night was the best and Kara taking it so seriously at the beginning of the episode had me laughing so hard! I’d wanna sing something fun. Can I “steal” an idea from Glee and pick Kara and we’d sing “I Need a Hero” (Bonnie Tyler)?
Katie (@melszorel): Well, the fact that Kara can RAP, and everyone else had been drinking and didn’t sound that great? I’d wanna do the typical I Will Survive or Time After Time karaoke staple with some gestures and dance moves. but if I had to pick a character, to be honest, I’d choose Alex. I don’t wanna sound crappy next to Kara. My Karaoke Queen.
Christine (@christinecenon): OMG, those bookend scenes were amazing, so fun to watch! I’d probably partner up with either Kara or Winn for a karaoke contest. They looked as if they had so much fun up on stage, and they were so silly as they performed their chosen songs! That’s totally how I personally karaoke!
Olivia (@atjogialove): I would definitely partner with Kara!! Both because she looked like she had the absolute best time up there and would help me be less nervous- but also because it’s kind of a dream of mine to sing “Take Me or Leave Me” with Melissa.
Adam (@abnormallyadam): LENA! 100%. I know she wasn’t at the karaoke bar but I would still love to sing with my queen! But also Winn or Alex would be goals too!
2. This episode focused on the relationship between Winn and his mother, who hasn’t been a part of his life in recent years. Given her reasons for the distance, do you forgive her?
Mia: I guess, yeah, I do. I just feel she could’ve got a message out to Winn in the 20 years she was absent… Just something to keep him going and help him. But knowing Toy Man, I don’t blame her for not daring to. Domestic abuse breaks a person down completely – as does any abuse (I speak from experience sadly) and you can’t blame a victim for making decisions that to you seem horrible – it might be what they consider their only option.
Katie: I completely understand her reasoning. Mary would have rather Winn hate her than her ex-husband psychopath murder him. When you’re a parent you have to do what’s right for your kids and family, even if it’ll hurt them. I’m glad they made up in the end.
Christine: No one likes being abandoned, but given we know why she left, I personally would forgive her. That was a tough situation to be in; she only did what she thought was best for herself AND for Winn. I don’t think she was being selfish, which is important. Winn forgave her. I would, too.
Olivia: I don’t know. I understand that to her she’s protecting her son and I think that’s incredibly noble, but at the same time I understand Winn being hurt. When he really needed her his mom wasn’t there. And to him it’s probably always going to feel like she walked out on him on some level.
Adam: At the beginning, I didn’t. But as the story progressed and we found out what had actually happened, I do forgive her. She was just protecting her son like any mother would, and I think Winn has now realized this. It’s not going to happen overnight but baby steps.
3. Flying monkeys, dinosaurs, and toys, oh my! Did you enjoy the fairly silly nature of this week’s danger?
Mia: Yes! I really did, and I loved how the silliness didn’t take away from the seriousness of what the episode was dealing with. We need something fun and light in between all the dark. The flying monkeys were my favourite, so twisted!
Katie: It was like a toy store horror movie. I quite enjoyed it. Some of those inventions were awesome. Deadly, but awesome.
Christine: The silly nature of this week’s danger fits Winn and his mother perfectly. Supergirl has been kind of dark lately – it was refreshing to see a change in the mood. This week’s episode was a lot lighter, even given the circumstances. It was entertaining seeing our heroes trying to defeat flying monkeys and the toys!
Olivia: I did! I love the wizard of oz so the flying monkeys were super fun! The dinosaurs were really cool and I can just imagine how excited that made Melissa. As serious as the episode was I like when they have sillier elements in the show. It felt very Toy Story and I loved it!
Adam: You know what? I actually did. The flying monkeys were a highlight for me! But also Supergirl getting trapped in the action figure packaging was unexpected. It’s always good to have a little bit of fun amongst all the serious worldkillers lol.
4. Supergirl took the time to dive into social issues this week, with a fantastic speech from J’onn on the reality of choosing to live as a black man. Do you enjoy when Supergirl gets intentionally “political”?
Mia: It makes me a bit sad how talking about, and highlighting the awful things that racism, homophobia, xenophobia etc. are, is taken as being “political” when it should be just human decency to treat another human the way you would want to be treated, regardless of political inclination. But since this is seen as “political” (and in this day and age, it’s also necessary, even though it makes me sad), yes, I wholeheartedly enjoy when Supergirl goes there intentionally. TV is writing, writing is an art form and art exists to educate, enlighten and provoke. Young children, as well as old people, watch this show and we could all do with some education, even when we think we’re as educated as we can be. And especially when someone like Trump gets to become president, it shows us we need a wave of change and we need to start somewhere. That somewhere might as well be TV shows and books.
Katie: I do enjoy when they talk about real life events, or political, controversial topics. I absolutely loved J’onn’s answer to Alex. The show is about Aliens and Alien refugees, there’s going to be some crossover between fiction and reality, and they usually have handled it well in the past. So I think it’s a good thing they bring up different topics like that.
Christine: I personally enjoy any show that tackles political and social issues that we as a planet face today. It’s good to make those who aren’t aware, well, aware. I personally loved that scene the most – it’s true, J’onn could’ve been ANYONE; instead, he chose to be an African American man. I love him even more now.
Olivia: I think they could have done a lot more with it. I appreciate them bringing it up but there’s so much they could have done with that scene and part of me feels like the way they did it in that scene felt like they heard people complaining about the racism in the show and the fandom and addressed racism as a whole in order to try and put a bandaid of sorts on it.
Adam: I adored J’onn’s speech during this scene. It’s so important and it also gave us a bit more backstory on his character too. When Supergirl gets “political” and they do it right, it’s a force to be reckoned with.
5. Myr’nn presumably told J’onn about his dementia. Where do you think his story goes from here?
Mia: I read somewhere (was it an interview) that J’onn might take on his father’s memories, since Martians can do that. I think that would be lovely. Dementia can worsen rather quickly… For example my grandad had Alzheimer’s and he went from remembering fine to not knowing who I was anymore to passing away in around 5 months. I think we’ll eventually see M’yrnn passing away.
Katie: That whole scene between Alex and Myr’nn made me tear up. And then the hug between J’onn and Alex at the bar. I think J’onn will do everything he can to help his father. He just got him back.
Christine: OMG, this subplot KILLED me! I love M’yrnn, and I actually didn’t even piece together that he was losing his memory until this week’s reveal! Poor man. And poor J’onn! Just when they’re both in the same planet again and living under the same roof and developing a great relationship with one another. I think it’s only going to get tougher – unfortunately, I believe M’yrnn will pass on, but not before he and J’onn develop an even closer relationship. I cannot wait to witness that. Reminds me of Randall and William from This Is Us!
Olivia: I don’t know. I think it’s going to be a super hard storyline. Dementia is something that affects so many people and that I have personally seen my family and friends go through. It’s so hard for the person and the family and I know it’s going to be a heartbreaking storyline.
Adam: Honestly, as sad as it is, I can see him either leaving or slowly dying. And both options are going to make me cry regardless. I personally think J’onn will stay by Myr’nn’s side till the end. I am not ready for this storyline. But we’ll also get to see J’onn being a bit more vulnerable.
6. Kara stopped Mon-el from what she thought was a discussion about his feelings in regards to his wife. Are you proud of her for standing up for herself? And for thinking not only of her own feelings, but Imra’s as well?
Mia: I am, and I wouldn’t have expected anything else either! That’s just who Kara is and who she has become throughout three seasons. She’s not afraid to stand up to herself anymore and I think Cat Grant has a lot to do with gaining that “superpower”. And as for thinking about Imra’s feelings as well, that’s Kara’s pure heart and kindness. Oh, I love her. I wish we all could be like her.
Katie: I am incredibly proud of her. Earlier she accepted his apology about lying, but when he wanted to talk to her, I was fully in support of her telling him like, no you can’t be telling me stuff like that and it’s not fair to either of us (herself and Imra). I love that Kara has been standing up for herself when it comes to mon-el.
Christine: I am proud of her for standing up for herself! I even more proud that she cares about Imra’s feelings, as well. That’s so noble of her, standing up for her ex-boyfriend’s wife. Kara is in such a complicated position – I commend her so much for being so strong!
Olivia: I was actually. I feel like Kara hasn’t really had a chance to stand up for herself with him. I feel like it’s been a lot of him talking and her standing there so I was happy to see her get a word in and be able to make it clear where she stands.
Adam: I’m always here for Kara standing up for herself and knowing her worth. Of course Mon-El talking about his feelings about Imra to Kara would be slightly uncomfortable. Kara’s worked so hard to get to where she is and she wouldn’t want to take a few steps backwards. I’m also glad she thought about Imra’s feelings because she is Mon-El’s wife and he should talk to her without getting Kara involved.
7. Lena was MIA for the majority of the episode, until the final moments in which we see her in a lab with an unconscious Sam. Thoughts on this? Is Lena attempting to cure the Worldkiller problem?
Mia: This was such a great segway into the next episode and for pulling the Worldkiller storyline back into focus again. I truly wonder if Lena actually does know Sam is a Worldkiller or if she thinks she is something else? I can’t wait to find and to see how this progresses. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride from here on out!
Katie: I still am not entirely sure she knows she’s the World Killer. But I hope in whatever way she’s helping her, she doesn’t get hurt. Her or Sam. You can tell that Lena really cares about her and wants what’s best for her. I just hope it goes smoothly. But this is Supergirl and she’s Lena Luthor, so I doubt it’ll be a walk in the park.
Christine: I think Lena IS trying to cure Sam from her Worldkiller issues! If I remember correctly, Lena promised to help Sam figure out what was going on with her. Lena’s such a good friend.
Olivia: I think Lena is starting to catch on to the fact that Sam might be a world killer and wants to figure it out. I think this will be super interesting especially considering how close Lena and Sam have gotten.
Adam: It’s always a pleasure seeing Lena Luthor. The Queen has made her appearance. I had thought Reign might’ve kidnapped her, but glad I was wrong. At this point, I’m 98% certain Lena knows about the worldkillers. And I genuinely think Lena is trying to help Sam in any way she can. Hopefully she doesn’t make it worse.
FINAL VERDICT: With an emphasis on family, plus a little politics, a little romance, and a lot of pain, “Schott Through the Heart” is the perfect re-entry into the world of Supergirl
Supergirl is rooted in family. The show’s central relationship is that of two sisters, and the government agency that has somehow become an extension of their family. This week, the focus was on fathers and sons — the conclusion of Winn’s abusive relationship with his father, and the unfortunate beginning to the end of J’onn’s relationship with his. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are touches of social critique (J’onn’s speech) possible romance (Kara and Mon-el) and so much heartbreak we can hardly stand it. But, hey, we’re Supergirl fans — we live for this stuff.