Saturday, March 18, 2017

Obsessed with Supergirl

 So, I'm completely & totally obsessed with the CW series Supergirl. I'm not sure how it happened but I know the exaxt episode it happened.  When I started the series with season 1 on CBS, I was completely unimpressed & even felt Supergirl was a little lame.

I stayed with it though & was very glad I did. The amount of girl power in the form of female actors on screen was amazing. I haven't seen that much time devoted to females on screen since Xena. Not to mention the great chemistry between them. Calista Flockhart plays Cat Grant & her chemistry with Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl) is awesome. Kara is Cat's assistant. There's a whole scene where Kara gets mad at Cat & yells at her (for good reason) & Cat takes Kara out for drinks. She explains that women cannot lose their tempers at work. Men can throw chairs out windows but if a woman so much as raises her voice, she will be labeled as emotional or hysterical or unable to function in a business/upper management or CEO. Truth right there. So much truth. That relationship was an amazing part of Season 1. Unfortunately, in season 2, CBS handed the show over to the CW network & they wrote Cat Grant's character off 2 or 3 episodes in. I think this was a huge mistake.  Cat is sorely missed in Season 2.


Another great relationship is that of Kara & her sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh).  It's a very touchy/feeling relationship but one not without issues. Alex was an only child before Kal-El dropped Kara off with the Danvers. There's quite a bit of resentment about that. Right off the bat I pegged Alex as a character that might have more to add later as well. She had a certain swagger & familiarity to her. I pegged her as our future LGBTQI character & in Season 2 , we have a very realistic coming out story for this character. #Sanvers was born & the Sanvers fandom was rewarded rather quickly.  Alex telling Kara was very emotional for me, personally.


One thing that was pretty lacking in Season 1 was a complex & layered villain. We had Red Tornado, Livewire, Maxima, General Lane, Jemm, Maxwell Lord, Idigo (brainiac 8) and the big bad, Kryton's own Non & Kara's Aunt, Astra. Maxwell Lord was an alienaphobe, billionaire, tech guru.  He was so incredibly cardboard. It just never really took. Astra was a pretty good villian but she didn't make it to the end.  Non was annoying.  The Non/Indigo thing was actually kind of creepy to me.

Season 2 gives us the best possible villain of all. Lena Luthor. It's been a constant "is she , or isn't she" when it comes to her character in more than one way. Is she evil or good & is she or isn't interested in Kara/Supergirl romantically. Let me tell you, the subtext between these two ladies is DELICIOUS. Katie McGrath is the actor playing Lena Luthor & she is drop dead gorgeous. A shipper group of fans called SuperCorp has risen & I won't lie, I've joined them. Katie McGrath's Lena Luthor was what started my serious obsession with Supergirl. I had really begun to love the show because of all the things I mention above, as well as Melissa Benoist amazing & fun acting. She really is perfect in this part. However, once Lena Luthor entered the show, that was it. I'm 110% hooked. I can't miss an episode & have even delved further into fandom with vids & fanfic.



I really, really hope they keep this Lena/Kara/Supergirl storyline going for way more than one season.

Lena's possible betrayal is going to be heart wrenching, if it happens, which I really hope it doesn't.

I'm fairly certain they will never be able to top Lena Luthor. Certainly not Katie McGrath. The chemistry between the two actors is pure electricity. It makes me a bit worried for future seasons.



I'd love to see a great storyline where we thing Lena has turned bad but it's really all a set-up or is something different altogether.  Right now my running theory is that she is trying to take down her Mother because she really blames her for Lex Luthor's psychotic break & her abandonment.  In doing so she uses Supergirl.  Once Supergirl learns this, of course, she feels betrayed but in a way understands & together they figure something else out.  This psuedo betrayal with make things very complicated with her & Kara. In one of the most recent episodes Lena is shown moving the white knight next to the black queen on a chess board.  I believe that she is the black queen & Supergirl is her white knight, but it could also be that she sees herself as the white knight trying to take down the black queen, her mother.



Now, I do want to point out some of the bad.  The screen time for all the ladies dropped off big time with the move to the CW. We're talking down more than 50% on some episodes.That means all the ladies combined are only getting about 25% or less of the screen time. For a show about a lady hero with a sister with a girlfriend & a female villain with female assistant that seems incredibly wrong.  The show has focused quite a bit on a new male hero, Mon-El of Daxam, as well as Jimmy Olson & Winn becoming team Guardian. While that is all good and fine, all of that taking attention from our main hero seems like a slap on the bottom with an order to make the coffee.  C'mon guys, the show is called Supergirl. Seeing all these amazing women on screen is the real draw of the show. Focus.  The last few episodes have started to head back the other direction. I think it is in part to the female fans that are crunching the numbers and keeping the writers accountable. Thanks, gals!

Another not so fun new development is the attention focused on Kara's love life. First it's Jimmy, which wasn't overwhelming the narrative in Season 1. The chemistry between Jimmy & Kara just didn't work & I was happy to see them drop that relationship right off the bat in season 2. Unfortunately, she went directly from Jimmy to Mon-El & it HAS dominated much of the narrative. Mon-El is a frat boy. He is sold to us as a Frat boy with a heart of gold who wants to be a better person by becoming a hero. I'm not really buying what they are selling. He's a douche. Period. He doesn't seem to give Kara the depth of attention she needs, gives her terrible advice, and doesn't respect her at all. Ugh.


Now, my hopes are that they continue to play up the Kara/Lena subtext, have Mon-El slowly taper off, have the focus go back to Kara/Supergirl & balancing the hero with the human.  Stop with the relationship crap.  The Cadmus storyline is good, but I'm not sure how much longer they can drag that out.  I'm looking forward to seeing exactly what role the US President (played by Lynda Carter) plays & how that pans out.  Let's explore Kara & Supergirl and her struggle with balancing her life.  That was a fun & good storyline.  Let Kara & Supergirl grow without the need for a romantic relationship.  The dynamic with Lena is great.  Kara & Lena being best buds will lead to Kara wanting to tell Lena she is Supergirl.  Of course the DEO & Alex will all find this problematic since they don't trust Lena.  Get back to the reporter stuff.  Get back to the story fundamentals.

Whatever happens, I'm hooked...for now. Totally & completely.  Let's hope the writers realize their mistakes & it only gets better from here!

Supergirl airs on the CW Network, Monday's at 7pm CST

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