Appreciating a well-written villainy requires you to take a step back from your viewing experience. If you’re frustrated at what’s happening in the plot, if you’re annoyed that the bad guys have cheated to get the upper hand, if you’re shaking with the burning desire to see those bad guys out of the picture… then the writers are doing their job perfectly. The “villains you love to hate” are the ones who get all the attention; they’re the ones who get put on t-shirts and who kids want to buy action figures of. However, I’d argue that less-sexy, less-fun villains like Mr. Maverick are the harder ones to write though - - and they’re also the more effective kind of heel.
Man, I’m just dying to see Kotetsu put the hurt on this guy. I want him to pop that nasty wart on his nose.
I’m starting to suspect that Tiger might actually have a second NEXT power, himself. He’s obviously got Longshot’s dumb luck ability (or intuition, as he’d probably prefer to call it.) Seriously, he went through all the filibustering nonsense about getting matching pins to make that day at the ice rink memorable and, lo and behold, that’s what saves him from getting brainwashed. That’s what’s probably going to end up saving the day for everybody, too.
To shot-call the now-requisite American comics, this particular twist makes me think of the big Marvel story arc HOUSE OF M which was about all the heroes getting sucked into an world-gone-mad alternate reality. Wolverine somehow was the only hero who could remember the old reality and a big chunk of the plot involved him trying to shake the rest of the heroes out of their supernatural brainwashing. I suppose that adds another “meta” angle on Maverick’s retcon powers, then, since he’s essentially putting everybody on HERO TV into another 'verse.
Though I’d still have to say that doping everybody’s tea to get this business done is a significantly-less agro approach than what you would've usually seen in this genre. Just an observation, of course. Nobody get upset, alright?
Watch this episode "Full of Courtesy, Full of Craft" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.