Alright, I’m going to have to call BS on this show.
There is no way that one, half-cocked punch from Barnaby was enough to kill Jake during their little shoving match at the stadium. Unless he somehow died during the time-skip and that scene is thus in the same realm lost souls where all the sub-titles that randomly go missing during dialog (which happened a lot this episode, even despite my fiddling with the color of the text.) I’m been having a barrel of fun with this show, don't get me wrong, but I’m going put aside the usual relativism and leave the words un-minced - - that’s sloppy storytelling. That scumbag was supposed to be the scourge that shaped Barnaby’s life and yet, when it came time to bring that arc to some kind of natural conclusion, TIGER & BUNNY backed off of the proper fall-out worse than FMA would with a kissing scene.
Barnanby’s memories going wonky are the result of Jake using his telepathy to do some involved manipulation. That’d be the perfect getaway, wouldn’t it? Not only make the victim think you’re dead, but also make him doubt that you ever actually committed the crime in the first place. If that's the case, it would make this section absolutely brilliant - - it would mean that the crew has the audience totally in its palm - - but I’ve found that any time I start making conjecture like this, my theories are a lot more elaborate than the plot that the show’s actually going for.
See, the macro plot’s picking up again (after a couple lighter, breezier episodes) and, part and parcel with that, it’s also reminding me of more and more superhero comics. Ouroboros’ zealous followers and their fanatical mantra is a lot like HYDRA's from CAPTAIN AMERICA, while the hereditary and persecuted nature of the NEXT recalls X-MEN’s mutants even more. And if Kriem didn’t already seem enough like Harley Quinn, she might as well be an Earth 2 analog after this extended flashback and her Stockholm Syndrome throughout felt like it was seriously riffing on the MAD LOVE Batman special.
That's not a criticism, of course. Not at all. But it's unavoidable to observe.
Watch this episode "Ignorance is Bliss" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.