Ah, here’s where the “reflection through a dark mirror” set-up yields some insights you don’t usually get in regular superhero fare. A hero (or heroine, as too many forget is the more proper term) has doubts about her desires to continue crime-fighting? She even goes so far as quitting her “job?” That’s a familiar dilemma. However, this episodes touches on what I think is actually one of the biggest conceits of superhero universes - - that you’d see all these people having long, part-time superheroes careers when they aren’t actually obsessed sociopaths.
Take Batman. It makes sense that he’d devout his whole life to vigilantism. A childhood tragedy’s given him a pathological hatred of criminals. He doesn’t have to worry about a day job or a family. He’s got enough wealth to fund an arsenal of gear. And, most importantly, his persona is his identity. He’s driven to exercise all the time, and train every day, and brutally fight scumbags every night because that’s his compulsion.
Most other superheroes, though?
They don’t have nearly as intense personalities, and it’s therefore less believable that they’d devout that much of their lives to combat. So we have Blue Rose, here. Crime-fighting isn’t her compulsion - - singing is - - and I just don’t see her as the kind of gal who’s getting into brawls on her off-hours. I could only picture her doing this for a couple years, but if that album ever comes out and takes off, I’m sure the pull of that life would be too strong to resist.
Anyway, like I said, it’s one of those conceits you just have to go with. This is really more about emotional reality than any logistic plausibility, and that’s why I’m not going to dog on the episode because Rose’s heart-to-heart with her Dad was actually pretty touching and it does have a good message about the real nature of altruism. However, I still don’t buy that she would’ve gone back. Or, at least, that she’ll stick around for much longer.
Watch this episode "Many a True Word is Spoken in Jest" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.