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Supergirl S2E3 “Welcome to Earth” Review and Recap

images-1Last night’s episode of Supergirl starts off with the mystery alien escaping the DEO facility where he was being held. The timing couldn’t be worse since J’onn J’onzz has gotten ready of his stockpile of Kryptonite and the President is coming to tour the DEO facility and sign her Alien Amnesty Act into a law. Meanwhile over at Catco, Jimmy Olsen is having a hard time reigning in a super aggressive Snapper who thinks that he’s the new boss and we’re introduced to Maggie Lawson who is a pro “good” alien science cop who’s all about equality.

We’re treated to none other than Lynda Carter, yes the OG Wonder Woman herself, the day after Wonder Woman Day became am actual thing instead of me rocking the tiara at home alone, playing the President. This treat is made all the more sweeter when coupled with the other bad ass ladies taking command over the small screen last night.

After Madam President is almost incinerated on stage by a rogue alien who is not too fond of the Alien Registration Act, Kara and Alex step up to save her and go hunting for the person responsible. After Winn discovers that the mystery alien isn’t form Krypton but, their rival planet Daxam, Kara is convinced that he’s the threat to the president. Alex goes on an alien hunt with Maggie who’s got all the ins with the alien community and after a trip to a dive bar, Maggie reveals to Alex that she’s a lesbian.

Meanwhile back at Catco, Kara in her human life is covering Lana Luthor who is all set to reveal her prototype alien detection device, after some tense conversation and friendly debate Kara destroys the device with her heat vision when Lana is not looking so that her secret isn’t discovered. Kara turns in her article to Snapper who is not too pleased at Kara’s reporting style.

In Kara’s super hero life, she finds the rogue alien, Mor-El and puts him in an alien time out at DEO headquarters. She’s forced to take a look at her own prejudices when another attack occurs and the true alien villain is revealed. It gives her perspective on why some humans feel how they feel and she channels it into a great article.

images-2During the second attack on the president the Danvers sisters try and defeat the rogue alien who escapes and takes Maggie hostage. After they  track her down, there’s a huge boss battle style fight scene that ensues. Obviously, Supergirl kicks major ass and the threat is neutralized. Alex starts to rethink the way she feels about aliens who she’s not related to and Kara has a heart to heart with Mor-El to let him know she won’t be prejudging him and to tell him about the fate of both of their planets.

Jimmy finds a creative, but effective, way of cutting Snapper down to size and making it clear that he is the boss and Snapper works for him and Kara talks to Lana about how even though they don’t agree there can be some respect and understanding in their opposing positions. We also discover that Madam President is an alien herself and, I’m betting she’s a good one. I’m also hoping that this means we’ll be seeing more of her in future episodes this season. And, if that wasn’t enough awesome packed into one episode, they threw in a female bartender at the alien dive bar who like J’onn J’onzz is also a Martian. Making her the last daughter of Mars.

Overall this episode was amazing. We were treated to so many powerful, complex and fiery, nasty women that my head almost exploded from the girl power emanating out of my TV screen. The icing on the cake was the way the writers kept Maggie’s story line in tack and did it LGBT justice.They didn’t try and sensationalize it, or use it as a trope they made her a person first and that person just happened to be a lesbian. I loved that her lesbian status came up and, then they went right back to rogue alien hunting. Kind of like it happens in real life. There was no stigma or using her being a lesbian as a period at the end of every sentence or worse, making it the only thing she was. The writers have been killing it with diversity and their portrayal of minorities, women, LGBT and people of color since the show started and it’s one of the things that I love about Supergirl. We get complex characters, no tropes and no nonsense.

Overall Rating: 9.5

TV Review: Immigrants Get the Job Done in Supergirl S2E3 Welcome to Earth


In a single hour of Supergirl, writers Derek Simon and Jessica Queller grapple with racism, homophobia, and xenophobia through both metaphor and reality. Instead of going the original X-Men route where Stan Lee used a team of white teenagers to explore racism in the United States, Simon and Qweller deal with it head it on in pointed speeches from J’onn, who mentions how being taking the form of an African American man has had an impact on how he is treated, and new supporting cast member Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), who talks about how growing up lesbian and Latina in Nebraska, has caused her to connect with the more extraterrestrial citizens of Metropolis. Rachael Talalay’s (Doctor WhoTank Girl) direction of the scene captures why science fiction and superhero stories have captivated people of color and LGBTQ folks as she lovingly closes in on the different features at the aliens at the bar. Chyler Leigh (who plays Alex Danvers) also has magnetic chemistry with Lima, and even though, they are chasing a lead on a possible Kryptonian assassin of the president of the United States (played by a a positively regal), it seem like they are on a date at a gay bar. Text and subtext mingles to create an over the top, yet wonderful episode of Supergirl.

The main plot of “Welcome to Earth” is centered around the signing of the Alien Amnesty Act, which allows all extraterrestrials to become American citizens. There are overt parallels with the amnesty towards undocumented immigrants in the United States, and both the real policy and Supergirl one are connected to the fact that the United States is a nation of immigrants from all over the world. However, instead of having Supergirl fight against some xenophobic figurehead, Simon and Queller have her confront her own implicit racial biases towards Mon El (Chris Wood), who is from Daxam, a planet that was involved in a civil war with Krypton years ago. While Mon El is being held in DEO containment, Kara basically tells him that Krypton is a more “enlightened” planet than Daxam, which characterized as a lawless, warlike land. She is the good guy, but this is flat out racism. This scene is painful to watch, but shows that everyone (Even paragons of virtue like Supergirl.) have biases and prejudices that we need to overcome. This is in spite of Mon El’s inclusion in the plot being your usual run of the mill red herring deal as it’s revealed that an alien named Scorcher is behind the attack on the president.

Scorcher is the weak link of this episode. Her powers look cool, but there is really no substance to her character. She is just there so Supergirl and the DEO have something to fight and investigate. But Simon and Queller don’t revert to superhero comic politician cliches with the president’s reactions to her attack as she (slightly naively) continues to push the Amnesty Law even when she is attacked by an alien twice. These attacks are also a chance to show Supergirl’s unflinching heroism as Talalay zooms in on shots of her covering the president with her cape, or carefully using her freeze breath to make sure that the Amnesty Act is unharmed. It’s unfortunate that Scorcher is a pyrokinetic plot device, but she is a small setback in an episode filled with real world connections underneath a warm sci-fi veneer. Plus Lena Luthor returns in this episode and shows the signs of being a possible, excellent Big Bad as Katie McGrath delivers her lines to Kara with a casual friendliness even as she channels her inner Donald Trump and says that humans must have the ability to detect the aliens among them. Lena has the makings of a great villain because she thinks she is helping out (and making a buck) with this new technology, and because she isn’t impulsive like Metallo or Scorch, but quite the chess player.

Supergirl also continues to do an excellent job showing the difficulties that Kara has in her day job while also finally giving James Olsen some scenes that channel his undeniable charisma in Season 1 as he and Snapper Carr butt heads. By the end of “Welcome to Earth”, it is clear that he is the boss as he rewrites Carr’s choosing to take a moral stand instead of hiding behind the cloak of objectivity. Snapper does get to show off that he’s a journalist’s journalist as he pursues all angles (including religious) of the Amnesty Act and helps Kara channel her passion for the truth while filtering out her “pro-alien” bias to be an objective reporter. It’s nice to see Kara learn the craft of being a reporter instead of just using her day job as a way to set up plots, and the bias discussion with Snapper dovetails with a conversation she has with Mon-El where she admits her bias towards his planet.

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Maggie Sawyer is truly a great addition to the supporting cast of Supergirl as she instantly connects with Alex Danvers with their similar take charge attitudes as they try to one-up each other at the scene of the attack on the president.. And on her own, she fills in a gap in Supergirl as she is connected to both the human and alien citizens of National City in her job as a police officer. She also happens to frequent an alien bar and be the ex-girlfriend of a certain prominent DC character, who gets revealed in a gorgeous flourish of CGI and yet another tense confrontation scene from Talalay. Talalay builds the connection between Maggie and Alex through glances similar to the looks Cate Blanchett throws Rooney Mara’s way in the 2015 LGBT indie film Carol. Add some sharp banter, and the fact that Maggie helped Alex have a more sympathetic view towards aliens and see them as nuanced individuals, and we have the start of a beautiful friendship, er, romance.

Supergirl soars to new heights in “Welcome to Earth” as Derek Simon and Jessica Queller pay tribute to the Super-mythos’ immigrant roots while taking racism, xenophobia, and homophobia head on through superpowered metaphors as well as great characters, like Maggie Sawyer, J’onn, Mon-El, and even Supergirl herself, who confronts her flaws in this episode while continuing to be adorable, especially in her interactions with Lynda Carter’s president, who is an alien herself…

Overall Rating: 9.5

Supergirl S2E2 : The Last Children of Krypton Recap

supergirl4Last night’s episode of Supergirl was full of highs and lows for the characters and the episode was all the better because of it. The  episode starts off with Kara and Superman doing some serious tag team National City saving. They seem to be enjoying themselves as a crime fighting duo and Kara seems to be enjoying herself and feeling more emboldened. That is until the Metallo shows up and we are introduced to the Cadmus group. The duo gets their buts handed to them and are defeated with Kryponite powered weapon power.

Superman and J’onn J’onzz have at it over J’onzz decided to stockpile the Kryptonite they discovered so they could weaponize it , instead of destroying it. Before the episode is over they have a nice share moment where they pretty much settle on the fact that they don’t trust each other and while they won’t be friends, they can still work together to save the earth and keep the humans safe.

Meanwhile Kara has a lot on her plate. She meets her new boss who has no desire to have her working as a reporter and she does what Kara does, which is complain to Cat. Cat being the Queen Bee of all media, is having no parts of Kara’s insecurity and she tells her that if she wants respect she’s got to demand it. She also drops the bomb that she’s leaving National City and going out to follow a new path. This leaves Kara and the viewers feeling a bit upset. Kara and Cat’s talks are a highlight of the show. Their relationship disproves every stereotype of women in power and how they treat other females. Kat has full faith in Kara and her abilities and really wants Kara to see it too.

Kara and Alex’s relationship takes a mini hit in this episode because of Kara and her Kryptonian bonding with Clark. Alex feels like Kara is unappreciative of the sacrifices that she’s made to protect and be there for her. Kara feels like it’s fun to have family that’s just like  her around. Luckily the two sort out that Kara can have both and they squash their beef in time to kick some serious Cadmus ass. The viewers got treated to Alex being a super bad ass and her and Kara’s fight team up let all of know that when the Danver’s girls go all out, it’s lit.

Jimmy Olsen, who is absent most of the episode, turns up at the very end and makes it known that he’s taking over Cat’s job, making him Kara’s boss. This could have gone all kinds of weird but, the writers kept it feminist and, even though Jimmy offered to fix Kara’s boss problem when she declined he stood back and let her handle it herself. After Kara takes on the new boss and earns what appears to be a little of his respect, she takes a trip to visit the newly discovered Kryptonian and the episode ends with him awake and his hands around Kara’s throat. We could be worried but, at this point, we’re all pretty sure it’s Valor and he’s a friend not a foe.

Overall this episode was a fun, action-packed, bittersweet romp through Kara’s evolution as a person and as a superhero. She’s learning to hold her own and stand up for herself inside and out of the cape. The writers do the characters justice by making them complex without any hint of caricature or trope. If these first two episodes are any indication, this season is going to give us everything we loved about season 1, except for our beloved Cat Grant and, it’s going to give us something even better.

Overall: 8.9

TV Review: Family Comes First in Supergirl S2 E2 “Last Children of Krypton”

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Even though most of the action deals with the emergence of Cadmus and the deadly effects of kryptonite, especially when you stick into a deadly ex-mercenary now named Metallo (Frederick Schmidt), “Last Children of Krypton” mainly focuses on the familial bonds between Supergirl and Superman, and Supergirl and Kara Danvers. With Cat Grant leaving her work and new boss Snapper Carr (Cougar Town‘s Ian Gomez) being just a general pain, Kara ponders leaving National City to be in Metropolis with Superman, who is one of the few people she can be comfortable with in both her superhero and civilian identity. Alex has been Kara’s rock since she landed on Earth, and this conversation drives a rift between them. Most of Robert Rovner and Caitlin Parrish‘s story is dedicated to the reconstruction of this bond and drawing a parallel in the relationship between Superman and J’onn as they go from not trusting each other to connecting over the loss of their homeworlds and finally becoming allies and teaming up in a badass, cross-cutting action sequence from director Glen Winter.


It will be sad to see Tyler Hoechlin though as his two episodes playing Superman have kind of been a masterclass in playing the character, and his bond with Supergirl has just been plain adorable. The cold open where they joke about bullets and punching fists while easily apprehending a pair of armed robbers shows that unlike what Cadmus has been saying that these godlike beings truly care for humanity. But Hoechlin can do serious too in the Kryptonite subplot as he deepens his voice while confronting J’onn about some missing kryptonite that is being used by Cadmus to power up Metallo. Even though he doesn’t curse or drink alcohol and uses the word “jiffy” unironically, Superman in Supergirl  isn’t a naive boy scout, but a veteran superhero, who isn’t afraid to be confrontational. He is competent and cute.

The scariest parts in “Last Children of Krypton” isn’t when Supergirl is knocked out with a kryptonite blast (Her healing factor should be able to deal with that.), but when Kara Danvers is completely ignored by her new boss Snapper Carr after getting her big promotion to reporter last episode. Melissa Benoist does an excellent going from the pretty damn confident Supergirl to the too flustered to say a single word cub reporter. Ian Gomez is in complete control with his portrayal of Carr using a deadpan delivery with a side of passion when he tells Kara that she has basically been handed her job. And, on paper, this makes sense with her sudden promotion from assistant to investigative reporter. Rovner and Parrish don’t fall into the storytelling shortcut trap of quickly making Kara an excellent reporter, but give her a small victory when she hands in a story about the Metallo fight. Carr doesn’t throw her out of the office, but she is very much at the bottom of the food chain and is far from having the perfect dual life of skilled reporter Clark Kent and superhero Superman.

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On a technical level, “Last Children of Krypton” is an improvement from the season premiere with Winter making the action center around hand to hand combat and energy blasts instead of complex aerial maneuvers, which are difficult to do on a CW budget. J’onn mostly stays in his Hank Henshaw form, but Winter breaks out the Martian Manhunter effects at just the right moment for a big action climax or a sad mini monologue. Superman was a baby when Krypton fell, but J’onn had to see his entire people wiped out by the White Martians so he isn’t adverse to using more proactive means to keep his new home, Earth, safe. Just like last week, the best action scenes feature Alex Danvers as she joins the whole cast of Arrow by getting a nice little parkour scene while she is on the run from Cadmus goons, and her reunion scene with Kara is on the field of battle. The mirrored superhero fights in “Last Children of Krypton” have a kind of healing effect on the strained relationships between J’onn and Superman and Alex and Kara. They connect to the episode’s main theme and aren’t just there as some kind of “Well, it’s been almost 40 minutes. Let’s fight.” afterthought.

The only small flaw in “Last Children of Krypton” is the fact that secret government organizations like Cadmus have been done to death in superhero and science fiction shows. However, Rovner and Parrish add a couple new wrinkles to keep this well-worn trope from being boring. First, there is the fact that Cadmus’ goals are very similar to the “good guy” DEO’s goals as they both want to protect Earth from aliens. But the DEO has a more nuanced approached to dealing with extraterrestrials because they have two of them on staff. Next, Cadmus is the polar opposite of Non and Myriad from last season, who were Kryptonian supremacists while Cadmus is alien supremacists. Finally, there is the general mystery angle between who is pulling the strings because we have only seen some unnamed scientists and soldiers so far. It is probably Lena Luthor, but some dialogue about Alex’s dad Jeremiah seems to hint that he may be under their control. So far, Cadmus aren’t the best villains ever, but the parallels to the DEO keep things running for now while the best writing of Supergirl is reserved for the relationships between characters, and Kara struggling in her day job.

The cherry on top of “Last Children of Krypton” is the tearful goodbyes between Cat Grant and Kara as well as Supergirl. There is hugging all around as Cat decides to leave Catco and start on a new, unknown adventure. Her willingness to jump into the unknown acts as an inspiration to Supergirl, who is losing the support of Superman a little earlier than she though and is trying a new job as investigative reporter. These scenes show that there can be great emotional payoff to cultivating relationships between characters instead of focusing on plot twists and gimmicks, and hopefully, the writers of Supergirl will continue to develop the themes of family and friendship while the mystery of Cadmus deepens, and the Kryptonian Mon-El wakes up.

Overall Rating: 9.0

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supergirl2fiTomorrow is new comic book day! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below. We’ll have our picks a little later this morning, but while you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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The Comichron – September 2016 comics sales estimates: DC takes 39 of Top 50 slots – For those interested in the sales horse race.

CBR – CW Developing BOOM!/Archaia’s Hacktivist As TV Series – This could be interesting.

ICv2 – Robbery at Essen Inspires New Game – A bad and good story combined.


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Talking Comics – Detective Comics #942

Talking Comics – Great Lakes Avengers #1

Comic Attack – Revolution #3

Talking Comics – Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Talking Comics – Supergirl #2

Talking Comics – Warlords of Appalachia #1

Preview: Supergirl #2

Supergirl #2

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Brian Ching
Cover by: Brian Ching
Variant cover by: Bengal

“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMEN” part two! Supergirl battles Cyborg Superman in the Fortress of Solitude—and there can be only one winner! But even a temporary victory can spell certain doom for Kara and her new home as her father’s plan at last comes to light! Meanwhile, the race for Cat Grant’s prized internship heats up, and Kara finds her human competition to be just as challenging!


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mosaic-1-coverIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited to get? Sound off what you’re planning on getting in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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CBR – Supergirl Premiere Rockets CW Ratings to 8-Year High – That’s good to hear!

Comics Alliance – Finn Jones Says ‘Iron Fist’ Will Acknowledge Diversity Issues – Well this will be interesting…

The Beat – Jamal Igle announces Action Lab Entertainment departure – Good luck Jamal!


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Talking Comics – Black #1

Comic Attack – Cage #1

Newsarama – The End of Summer

Newsarama – Glitterbomb #2

Newsarama – Mosaic #1

Review: Supergirl #2

supergirl2fiSupergirl #2 has all the ingredients of an intriguing teen superhero comic: twisted family drama, killer robots, punching, and of course, adolescent awkwardness. Writer Steve Orlando, artist Brian Ching, and colorist Michael Atiyeh give Supergirl quite the hard time as various men in her life keep telling her what’s best for her from Cyborg Superman saying that he’s her dad Zor-El to her classmate, Ben Rubel, interrupting her and getting a spot as one of Cat Grant’s Young Innovators. In light of a male presidential candidate interrupting a female presidential candidate multiple times and still complaining about not having equal time, the events of Supergirl #2 are very relevant as Orlando simultaneously explores the tragedy of Krypton’s destruction and the cutthroat world of new media.

Speaking of media, Orlando and Ching’s take on Cat Grant is fantastic as they start to build her arc as a journalist who wants to go from reporting gossip for the Daily Planet to running an “open source” media empire. She is the most engaging character that Orlando has written this side of Midnighter and his original creation Virgil and gives Supergirl life lessons while Ching makes her throw choice side eye at Kara’s timidity as well Ben’s brashness to interrupt Kara and answer the question. Cat is also self-aware and understands that her ego and cult of personality could lead to fall of her nascent media empire, which is why she is getting the most talented people to research and check the news before she brings it into the world. Even though (for now) it’s missing the warm banter and friendship/love triangles of Catco in the Supergirl TV show, Orlando and Ching’s version of the organization in the comic is much more bleeding edge and intriguing. It will be interesting to see how the company as well as Kara’s civilian life fits into the storyline featuring Cyborg Superman and the return of Argo City.

For most of Supergirl #2, Kara speaks in her native Kryptonian to Cyborg Superman, who claims to be her father Zor-El, and towards the end of the issue, shows her memories that only Kara’s father would know. His story is a tragic sci-fi epic as he subjugates himself to Brainiac to save Argo City and his daughter, who meets in battle as a supervillain. However, Cyborg Superman remembers his life on Krypton when he sees the hope shining through Supergirl. The overly literal connection to the House of El is on the nose, but Atiyeh’s faded reds, blues, and yellows create the effect of long forgotten memories coming to the forefront of Kara’s brain and also make Cyborg Superman a more sympathetic figure. He cares about Kara even though his body possession and robot-obsessed ways are extremely creepy.

supergirl2interiorThree issues in, and Orlando and Ching should be praised for not resolving the conflict between Kara being a native of Krypton and a current resident of Earth as she struggles to fit in. Ching captures her loneliness in a quiet scene where she floats above her bed while her adopted mother, Eliza Danvers, calls out to her. This moment where she finds solace in her special abilities is a perfect transition for Cyborg Superman’s “flashback attack”. Supergirl has been treated like dirt over her peers so maybe a return to Argo City would make her feel better. (If the city wasn’t populated by the main family from Tom King and Gabriel Walta’s Vision.) However, just like she defeats Cyborg Superman with the power of her fists, she uses sarcasm to keep Ben Rubel on edge saying that he only got his position at Catco because of his super interruption abilities.

In Supergirl #2, Steve Orlando, Brian Ching, and Michael Atiyeh take the internal conflict between Earth and Krypton out of Supergirl’s head and into the light of day. Cyborg Superman may speak Kara’s language and give her the offer of a return to her home planet, but his Argo City is definitely not And Orlando doesn’t just focus on the upcoming battle, but deepens the characters of Cat Grant and Eliza Danvers as Kara begins to forge relationships. Ching’s loose, John Romita Jr-esque art style that adds energy to the brawl between Cyborg Superman and Supergirl, and Atiyeh’s nostalgic color palette make Supergirl #2 a comic with both a physical and emotional punch.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Brian Ching Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Supergirl S2E1: The Adventures of Supergirl Recap


Season 2 of Supergirl kicked off with a bang last night on its new home The CW. Any fans who were skeptical about how the change in networks would effect their beloved show can relax.

Fans and newcomers to the show were treated to a new intro and that classic CW look. Always ready to keep the viewers on their feet there was a space pod crash and a mystery Kryptonian crash landed on earth.

In the interim between season 1 and season 2 the clandestine alien hunting team have moved into newer digs. No longer underground and with a little more autonomy, the lovable laughable Winn is now a member of the team. He’s their tech guy and it was a clever way to keep him on the show since it looks like Kara won’t be spending much time at the office season.

Supergirl -- "The Last Children of Krypton" -- Image SPG202a_0016 -- Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist Kara/Supergirl and Tyler Hoechlin as Clark/Superman -- Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

We also get to meet Superman and see the big cousin, little cousin ribbing and love that we needed. Having Clark on the show means Kara has someone, like her to talk about her Kryptonian problems. The Superman intro was delightfully campy, complete with slow motion running and shirt ripping to reveal the giant house of El crest.

The villain this time around is kind of ambiguous. Lex Luthor may or may not be trying to take his sister out and he’s willing to put all of National City at risk to do it. Supergirl and Superman team up throughout the episode and prove that two heads are better than one. I just hope that this mash up does not turn into the Superman show with Kara as a side kick.

Everyone’s favorite mogul and Kara mentor is back and still being the awesome example of a boss chick that we love. She is putting pressure on Kara to chose her next career at Cat Co. because she’s too good to just be an assistant. A good quarter of the episode is Kara trying to choose her path and Cat trying to lovingly but, bluntly get her to make a choice. In the end Kara chooses to be a reporter which Cat knew she would chose from the second she met her. That’s why Cat was so hard on her. She wanted to polish the diamond in the rough. There’s something refreshing about seeing them interact. We get to watch an older successful woman mentoring a young woman just starting out. She’s not trying to turn her into a clone, she’s trying to help her be the best she can be. So often in media we see women tearing other women down, exhibiting a sort of Highlander (there can be only one) mentality, or lamenti about boys. Their relationship is the kind that little girls need to see because it’s an image that is lacking in most media & depictions of female relationships.

clarkandkaraSpeaking of relationships, Jimmy and Kara are trying to make the relationship thing work. But, it’s not going as well as planned. clearly these two love each other and we all love to ‘ship them but, the timing isn’t right and Kara isn’t as into it as she could be. There is this great moment where Kara breaks the news to Jimmy and he acts like a human being. I phrase is like that because so often men take it the wrong (aggressive) way when women friend zone them. When Kara tells him that she just wants to be friends because she needs time to figure out who she is, how she can be Kara and Supergirl and, how she can manage a career he accepts it and supports her instead of telling her why she is wrong and pushing a romantic relationship on her. There was no saltiness and he kept his sulking to himself. It was a nice example for the young men watching, a feminist flag saying that women are not property and they don’t owe you a romantic relationship .

Another nice example for the men watching was Superman himself. When Kara asks for his advice about balancing it all he gives it to her. He doesn’t mansplain or tell her what to do instead he tells her how he did it and that she can figure it out. He treats her as a person instead of an object. He listens instead of ordering and, helps instead of sowing seeds of doubt.

Lena provides an antiCat for the series, she’s a strong woman but, she’s a variation on the most common women in power trope. She’s ruthless, cold and kind of heartless. She doesn’t even bat an eye at shooting a mama who was sent by her brother to kill her, even though Superman or Supergirl could have taken him down. But, the shows  take on this trope makes her relatable. She’s end fighting for her place so long she knows she’s alone and somehow it comes off less sexist and cliched and more complex and real.

With the threat to Lena neutralized and another unconscious Kryptonian pod person in the mix, Clark decides to stick around. The last few minutes of the show gave us the birth of Metallo who I’m assuming will be one of this seasons villians. Pod man (or should I just call him Valor? Because, it’s not like y’all weren’t thinking the same damn thing) will hopefully join the fight and I’m hoping the hero injection on the show doesn’t over power the She-ro the show is supposed to be about.

Overall this was a great start on the new network. It was serving up a little Smallville magic and I am hoping the magic continues. Supergirl is one of the few truly Girl powered (and empowering) shows on right now and, I am hoping that the writers continue to do right by her because she deserves it.

Overall Rating: 9.7

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