King's not quite the evil genius we thought if he didn't keep his own private trilsettum reserve, given that he needs it to friggin' live.
Since he was showing signs of ill health, it could be that he had developed a new strand of trilsettum, one with three of the Powells' powers (wouldn't need JJ's since he's already a genius). He was waiting for enough of the old serum to run through his system before injecting himself with the new batch which might have been in another lab. One that would need a key card to enter. Like the one that Helen had taken from him.
Also, wasn't he fired? So what is he still doing in his office? And alive, given Mrs. X's penchant for killing her disappointing employees?
Seeing he was ill, maybe she thought it was only a matter of time, so why bother when there were more important fish to fry. Could be he was in his office trying to figure out a way to get to the new trilsettum formula without a key card because if he leaves the office he'll have to leave the building and then he's really locked out. Ah, but there comes Jim and Steph, and he seizes on an opportunity.....
How crazy is it that King is the one to suggest that the Powells work together as a team?
On second viewing, it becomes apparent how subtly he's manipulating the Powells. Notice earlier in the office he tells Jim and Steph that he tried to "protect" JJ from Helen. She's the bad one. He's just a dying man..cough...cough.... Ah, King, you manipulative bastard, you. Got them to create a diversion for you.
Haven't at least a couple of non-genius supers managed to escape King's facility?
Yes, but what evil genius admits to making mistakes? The way I fanwanked it is that all trilsettum guinea pigs that proved to be unstable or too dangerous were placed in the facility. Teleportation Guy from the second episode was being held deep underground in the facility. But perhaps because he remembered the X-Men story where the mutants were held captive by Dr. Doom and Arcade, he decided to risk a blind teleport much like Nightcrawler did, and was free. But to keep his former jailers preoccupied and off his tail, he popped back into the facility and set several other cellmates free including Quake Girl, Arson Guy, etc.
Interesting that there are consequences to JMTing too far. Hopefully if there's a second season, Daphne will be reluctant to do it. Either that or they will nerf that ability because it makes her too powerful fighting any single super.
There could be ways to keep Daphne from using her voice or being heard. If she doesn't have the element of surprise, that limits her chance of pushing. Of course, if her powers develop even further she could become telekinetic. Wonder if they could take Daphne down the Dark Phoenix route. Joshua told Jim he mindswept Daphne to protect her from herself. While not entirely true, he could have sensed her potential.
Yay for Stephanie finally realizing that at super-speed she could knock the guards out with a gun she grabbed from one of them. That it took a genius scientist this long to realize that she could do that, not to mention to actually do that, is pretty pathetic.
But Steph isn't a fighter. Even when dealing with Arson Guy, she didn't seem to confront him as much as try eluding him. Although a speedster, her first instinct as a scientist is to reason with someone or think of a solution rather than resort to physical confrontations. That was why Jim was surprised when she knocked out all the guards. I would like to see Steph become more of a fighter if there were a second season. It seems like such a waste of a cool power. My biggest complaint about Steph is when she's all "Oh, Jim. *Sob* *Sob*"
Putting aside Stephanie's still inexplicable inaction at this point, how can King possibly show up to save the day right then and not get noticed by Mrs. X?
Perhaps he had gotten a key card from the unconscious guard, injected himself with the new trilsettum and was able to zoop past her or take another route to the cell. It would explain how he was able to reach them after being on the upperlevel just moments before. Also, how he was able to find Joshua and Jim's cells so quickly.
How is it that a) Mrs. X can get to the helicopter before Stephanie can zoop there b) Stephanie seems out of breath from what little zooping she did
She didn't zoop the whole way. She left the cell with Daphne and JJ. Makes sense since you don't want to leave your kids since moments earlier they were about to get shot. Goodness knows how many other guards with guns are around. They might have told her after awhile, especially if they heard the helicopter, to race ahead of them and they'd catch up.
As for b): Not enough carbs that day? Her son has been kidnapped. Can't blame her for not having much of an appetite.
I don't think King literally got the Powell's abilities. No evidence of JJ's brainpower, Stephanie's super-speed or Daphne's mind-reading or pushing.
He's already a genius, so no need for brainpower. (Of course, if he had tried to boost his own brainpower then there might not have been a need to kidnap JJ) He zooped over to Jim and threw him into the fence. Steph instructed Daphne to mentally push King so as to stop him, but King was able to block it and throw some of that telepathic energy back at Daphne so that it hurt her. Now it could be that he just had an ability much like Joshua had to just shield his mind and not the power to push. However, I'd like to think that he could read Steph's mind and knew she was holding the antidote behind her back. However, for his own perverse amusement he pretended to be unaware just so he could hear Steph say she cared for him, and also because it lured her close enough to be caught without a chance of her eluding his grasp.
The antidote originally took some time to wipe out Joshua's powers. Maybe Stephanie whipped up an extraeffective batch?
Joshua had been weaning himself off trilsettum. However, King was loaded with it, so the antidote had no trouble finding the trilsettum in his system, and the reaction was instantaneous.
Edited by torgoman, Apr 8, 2011 @ 1:58 AM.