Seeing as these two episodes of Supergirl were aired out of order, I decided wait until I had seen them both before writing them up.
Supergirl is a girl. I feel I have to say this, because people seem to think that if she does anything remotely girly, she’s failing as a role model. People never really say this about male characters when they act boyish. Boys in such shows have a free pass to act like boys, but girls? Sorry, no free passes. Nobody bats an eye when Oliver Queen shifts from girlfriend to girlfriend (he’s on his third great love now), but having a romantic storyline associated with a female superhero is somehow wrong?
I call bullshit.
If we prevent strong female characters from having a romance, or behaving like a girl (in context), then we’re shifting women from one two-dimensional stereotype to another.
Okay, rant over. Let’s get on with the shows!
This episode is more about the people than the foe. We see the relationships between the characters evolve a little, and yes, the old standby of needing some sexual tension in a show is thrown in with about as much subtlety as an anvil. We know that Kara and Jimmy like each other, but as this is a TV show, they won’t actually get together for a few seasons, and if they do, there’ll be something that forces them to be apart again. I could add another rant here, but I won’t. We also get another look at Maxwell Lord, and where his character is going. It seems like he’s being set up as another Lex Luthor, as opposed to what he was known for in the comics. We also see more of Hank Henshaw’s abilities. While Henshaw is being portrayed as more of an ally than a foe, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. He’s going to go bad, and when that happens, I can see a twist where Maxwell Lord steps up to take his place. This is purely conjecture on my part, but if that is what happens, I won’t be surprised, but I will be slightly pissed off. I would rather see Henshaw remain good, but be ostracised for keeping his abilities secret, so that he has a way back into the DEO.
Livewire gets an origin story, and we get to see some of Kara’s childhood. Former Supergirl actress Helen Slater also arrives, this time as Kara’s foster mother. This is another episode where the villain of the week takes more of a back seat to the family dynamic between Kara and her foster family. I loved that about this episode, though. This show is succeeding where all of the Superman movies failed: It’s making Supergirl a more well rounded character. She’s not just a nerd, and not just a hero. She’s learning how to be more, and with the quality of the villains, she’s getting more of a challenge, and seeming a little less than invincible. This is not to say that she’s weaker than Superman (her strength was illustrated when she beat Reactron). She’s having to use her brain in both of her personas, and applying the lessons from each into the other.
At the end of the episode, we learn more about Henshaw’s early involvement in the Danvers family. While this may seem like more hints that Henshaw will go bad, I have a feeling that what happened to Kara’s foster father will explain how Henshaw got his powers. I’ll be watching carefully to see where that arc goes.
Also, Cat Grant gets the best lines. Her little twists to common phrases are hilarious.
I’m looking forward to the next episode! Are you still watching? What do you think of the show so far?