thoughts on that Supergirl show

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***VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

NOTE FROM AUTHOR: POST CONTAINS MAD SPOILERS FROM THAT SUPERGIRL SHOW

IT’S ON NETFLIX IF YOU WANT TO WATCH IT AND DON’T CARE ABOUT SPOILERS.

 

I really like it. I like how it tries to show you that believing in people is the best course of action. Over the course of a few episodes there’s a domino effect perception change from those closest to Supergirl outward, resulting in a quick but beautifully smooth positive character development. Oh, and a villain who’s basically Lex Luthor with hair.

I don’t dig that it uses Superman to make itself credible (although the fierce opposition of Supergirl’s that she’s not Superman is nothing less than ironic, don’t you think? Plus it works). For the first couple of episodes there’s a lot of referring to Superman as ‘he’,’he’ did this and ‘he’ did that (probably to remind people that this show was connected to Superman), and I was starting to get annoyed. Then, Calista Flockhart did a stunning soliloquy about how women have to work twice as hard for almost the same as men, and how you can’t get ‘work mad’ (brilliant) so you need to find an outlet (also brilliant). She faltered a bit at the end when she started talking about how amazing she was (her character flaw is pride, that’s the most interesting one).

I love Calista Flockhart in this role. She’s a force, and one wonders if her character is even human until she shows her sensitive, motherly side. Her introverted kid speaks her character’s wisdom in the only episode he’s in, and it almost instantly gives you a new view of her character. Then when her older son comes in? Whoa… (although Kara mos def crossed the line by mailing her own letter to Calista Flockhart’s older son)

I very much enjoy watching characters struggle only to come out on top. Everybody loves an underdog, right? I love the toughness necessary to coach an underdog. Tough love is underappreciated in the moment. Especially when it’s rightfully deserved. Who else but someone we love would tell us things that are meant to make us stronger? Even if it picks at a tender spot. Like her sister when she was kicking her ass in the Kryptonite boxing arena.

01/07/17: I stopped watching this show at the same time I took a writing break because I associated the show with writing. I’ll go back to it eventually.

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