Painkiller Jane

Season 1 Episode 2

Toy Soldiers

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 2007 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When military stockpiles start to go missing before a presidential visit, Jane and the team are forced into high alert. Meanwhile, Jane confronts a Neuro with the ability to control the dead.

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  • An army of undead soldiers?

    One of the things I love about sci-fi shows is that they can take the tv watcher just about anywhere. This episode is no exception as the writers have us delving into undead territory. What we have is a neuro that can re-animate corpses and is doing so to create his very own life war game. The plotline was very interesting on this one, and I thought it was well done. The characters are growing, and we see Jane learning more about her super-human healing powers. Although, the good Doctor can't figure out why she has this inate ability. It'll will certainly be fun watching her figure things out ... and of course, she'll get plenty banged up for her trouble.moreless
  • Getting there!

    The show is slowly but surely getting there as the

    Team is forced into high security mode and doing it

    Very quick. Before a presidential visit to their town as stockpiles are coming. Meanwhile, Jane must come to grips with who she is and who she is working for. While meeting a neighbor who may have a gift like she does. But only different.
  • BOOM! Wow! Check out the giant HOLES in the PLOT!

    Dead guy attacks military base, rolls under garage door and "disappears". Supersecret task force has tape of "dead guy" lying dead and getting up, but no further camera work to see where he went!? Do munitions bases have only one camera, strategically set up to view only the entrance to the garage? LOL

    I love comic books, but this is ridiculous. Is this anything like the books? I've never been a fan of Joe Quesada anyway, but I suspect that Frank Miller isn't curled up in a ball worrying about his competition these days lol...

    Oh well, another comic book adaptation down the tubes. "Captain America" TV movie, anyone?moreless
  • A number of military storehouses are compromised by individuals who don't die. As a presidential visit is scheduled in a few days, the ops team are concerned that an assassination attempt may be forthcoming. Jane does not agree with this assessment.moreless

    I watched this episode and still have to give the series a few more miles on it before I consider it worthy or not. Character development is still in play here. We are introduced to Jane's neighbor who seems to have a mysterious quality about her. Whether she plays any significance in the up coming episodes is unknown. Maybe she's a Neuro or has some other special quality that the team can utilize or maybe we'll never see her again. I guess it's up to the ratings or should I say the network execs as to if this show will even play out. Anyway I found this episode to be somewhat interesting with a twist ending that had nothing to do with a presidential assassination attempt, and more to do with the human qualities in life. In any event it's cool Friday night diversion.moreless
  • this series has more problems than can be solved

    oke first the simple part

    this episode deals with a neuro that can reanimate the dead, which then steal lost of heavy weapons etc. Backstory jane is not dealing with her abilities very well

    now for the serious stuff

    i watched this episode thinking that there might be redemption from the pilot. The simple fact is that there is none, the actors do not deserve the term, loken is well hot but that is way to little to save the series. The others are worse, danby plays a big guy with no brains (and does it well making him boring)

    rob stewart is about as good actor as rod stewart, only 1 expresion, and the dialog between him and loken is without anything that would indicate a connection, it just words on a page.

    the edit is crude and hurried, the effects cheap and the scripts are lame and lack depth

    conclusion, lets organize a funeral for this corpsemoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Jane is told that if it had been five years ago the track that she is standing on would fry her. However, both of the tracks have to be touched to cause electrocution as only standing on one does not close the circuit.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jane: (voice-over) Okay, I was weak, get over it. Amanda was going out and I was going with her. What did I have to lose? Except my... dignity.

    • Jane: Got him!
      Riley: Damn, I thought you were talking about the president.
      Jane: Albert Malley was spotted 40 miles from that dedication site.
      Riley: Yeah, he's dead. He probably has a bad lousy sense of direction.
      Jane: If Malley was there, Neuro was there.
      Riley: Do you want me to call in and abort McBride?
      Jane: Not until I'm sure. Monitor this band and keep me posted. Okay?
      Riley: Yeah, no problem. To hell with the president! I didn't vote for him anyway.

    • Jane: (voice-over) I'm not convinced we're brought up to deal with our problems. Mostly, we just distract ourselves when something tough comes up. We learn that early.

    • Jane: (voice-over) As a kid you'd always be given something good to help you deal with something bad. Go to the doctor here's a balloon, fall down and scrape your knee, have a cookie, if you cry hard enough you might even get two, and when you're grown up it gets even better, you get to eat the whole bag.

    • McBride: Are you okay?
      Jane: No, I am not okay; you shot me.
      McBride: I shot through you.
      Jane: Could have killed me.
      McBride: But didn't.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 18, 2008 on AXN
      Slovakia: July 14, 2009 on JOJ
      United Kingdom: May 6, 2010 on Syfy/Syfy HD