Sunday, February 26, 2017

Powerless - Emily Dates a Henchman

The title pretty much gives away what happens in the latest episode of Powerless. Playing on the trope that even good men are actually bad guys whose secrets haven't been discovered yet, Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) begins dating a man she believes to be a doctor but who is in fact a henchman (Robert Buckley) for the Riddler. While her co-workers (many of whom have been through this themsleves while living and dating in a city with heroes and villains) see through Dan at once, it takes a little longer for Emily to recognize he's actually a henchman (even though the trip to the secluded super-villain base should have been a pretty big clue).

The twist has a good payoff when the new boyfriend shows up to rob Wayne Securities of their new indestructible cell phone covers (well, indestructible except for water) for a ridiculous plan to build a tank out of them to beat Batman. The episode's B-story involves a Batarang showing up in the possession of Wayne Securities from a recent attack foiled by the Dark Knight Detective. This gives Teddy (Danny Pudi), Ron (Ron Funches), and Van (Alan Tudyk) their own storyline as the fanboys hope to catch a glimpse of Batman when he returns for his proprietary technology. The two stories are eventually linked by Van's ridiculous costume and his equally insane desire to become Batman's next sidekick.

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