Painkiller Jane

Season 1 Episode 10

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 22, 2007 on Syfy
8.1
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Jane and Maureen go undercover after a young woman dramatically ages overnight.

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  • A heavy-handed commentary of today's beauty culture, with some lesbian overtones and character development thrown in for fun.

    7.5
    Subtle, this show is not. Models are insecure waifs. Beauty is fleeting. Growing old sucks. Killing people to stay young sucks even more. Yawn. I expect more from this series at this point. They have a habbit of taking familiar plots and adding a twist. That's why I kept expecting the neuro to not be the very obvious "kiss of death" woman. Alas, the neuro was very predictably her. The lesbian overtones were ridiculously thrown in to pander to the straight males. Hey look, models changing. Oh, and now they're touching. Oh, and Jane is handcuffed to a bed. Stay tuned boys, you never know what will happen next on Painkiller Jane... that wacky, sexy superhero. Worst of all for me, was the death of Amanda. It was so "thrown in." I liked her as a humourous side-character. She helped humanize Jane. Her death had no emotional impact and was completely unnecessry to advancing the plot. It eliminated a little sparkle of humour from the show.



    The big pay off of this episode is that Jane is shown to be more and more neuro-like. We discover that she can control her powers using her mind. I would have preferred she struggled more with learning this control, but they seem to be rushing the story along, perhaps because they suspect a second seasons isn't coming.



    Finally, the death of the neuro triggered from reliving Jane's injuries was a great moment. It was reminscent of The Crow and serves as a reminder to Jane's team, that Jane feels tremendous pain, despite her fantastic healing abilities. They should not take her ability for granted.moreless
  • Another high point of this first season. The episode combines a good mystery along with the continuing exploration of Jane's powers. A surprising scene with the Neuro shows the history of Jane's injuries to good effect. A great episode!moreless

    9.5
    Wow! This was a really good episode, again. Much better than the previous one ("Trial by Fire"), which I thought was the weakest episode since episode 2.



    The main story held my attention while the revelations of Jane's powers continue to flesh out her character. While the team investigates cases of Neuros, we follow along on Jane's search for answers to the questions about her healing power. In this episode, we learn about the effect that her mind has on the healing. Previously Jane (and the audience) thought that the healing occurred spontaneously. Now we know that is not the case.



    It was interesting to see how the writers revealed this facet of Jane. It became an important part of the case of the fashion model Neuro.



    The scene in the lab with the Neuro as she suffered through all of Jane's previous injuries was an unexpected twist. Another good use of the healing power to throw in some fancy visual effects. It made sense in the context of the story, and it was neat to see too.



    Painkiller Jane gets back on track after the weak court room scenes of the previous episode. Another high point of the first season.moreless
  • This show is really starting to have substance.

    8.9
    The show is slowly picking up and developing it's own character. Especially now that the show is focusing on Jane and she is learning and developing her abilities. After all that is what the show is about. This episode Jane learned that her mind is what control's her ability and she went as far as to control her mind so much to make herself old. Now that she has figured this out, she has put two and two together and has realized that she herself is a nero. I do not know how she is going to handle this information once it completely sinks in. But at least for now it will help her understand her life.moreless

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