Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Supergirl Episode 215: Exodus


Supergirl Episode 215, titled 'Exodus', aired this week and was very good episode, the perfect sort of rebound episode I needed from last week's clunky fare.

My biggest gripe last week was that it seemed as if no character was thinking clearly about Jeremiah. The DEO, a black ops group that has dealt with shape-shifters and traitors just let him walk into their midst without a decent physical or mental scan. This week it felt as if there were definitive repercussions from the events of last week. People are up front and critical of each other when it comes to drawing a line between work and family, duty and loyalty. With last issues speed bumps addressed, I felt I could move on.

This season has also been interesting in how it has been using the alien metaphor to react to the current political climate of the day. With undocumented aliens being rounded up and deported in the USA right now, this episode where Cadmus is rounding up and planning to deport extraterrestrials felt all too real.

But for me, the biggest bonus of the episode was the fact that after a couple of episodes where Kara and Alex felt like they were drifting apart, we saw them come back together. In the rare combo of an action sequence and a highly charged emotional scene, the sisters reunited in a way.

Add to that a moment that made Lyra almost too good to be true, a very nice brief scene with Lena, and a small redemption for Jeremiah and you had the series get back on track for me.

Lastly, once again Chyler Leigh slaughtered it in this episode, running the emotional gamut believably and showing how savage a combatant Alex is. Seriously, I hope her performance this year will be noticed by the Emmy's.

On to the particulars.
With the Alien Registry list in their hands, Cadmus begins abducting aliens and carting them away. The episode starts with a human appearing family in a car being pulled over and dragged away in a nondescript van.

At the DEO, the crew is stymied. There is no trail for them to lead back to Cadmus. Winn wonders if Jeremiah has cloaked the Cadmus thugs somehow. It leads to J'onn declaring Jeremiah as a hostile, to be apprehended on sight. It obviously doesn't sit well with Alex but she says she'll do her duty.

Kara however is really keeping her focus on the endangered aliens. She thinks CatCo should run an article warning everyone but Snapper won't do it without dedicated sources. He drops 'fake news' as deterrent to running a story with only Kara's word. And when Kara protests he says her Moxie is at Defcon 3. Nice line.

In an interesting wrinkle, Kara says Supergirl will give Snapper an 'on the record' exclusive interview. You would think that Kara would be worried about exposing her secret identity but the safety of the aliens must trump that fear.


Cut to 'the alien dive bar' (is that the official name?). We see Winn and Lyra talking about the movie adaptation of Dune with James. I heard two people talk about the Bene Gesserit on a live action Supergirl show. I can die happy. But Lyra seems almost too perfect. I still wonder if she is somehow a wolf in perfect girlfriend clothing.

The bar is raided by Cadmus and all the aliens, including Lyra are forced into the nondescript van and carted off. It is a nice fight scene with Alex wielding a pool cue and Maggie dropping people with her sidearm. But in the end it is The Guardian who captures a Cadmus thug.

The Cadmus agent's mind is impenetrable to J'onn and he simply won't talk. Alex decides that maybe a beatdown will loosen the guy's lips. It is a vicious scene of Alex battering this guy almost sadistically. The whole time she just keeps saying 'where is Cadmus'. She is frenzied. Her speech is pressured. She is frightening and strong. It is both brilliant and disturbing. Luckily, J'onn intercedes before she can do permanent damage.

Ironically, his first suggestion to her is to have a drink. I worry she has a drinking problem. Maybe her friends are enablers?


Meanwhile, Supergirl's interview with Snapper is vague and not valid enough for Snapper to run.

Without mentioning the name and while on the record, she does say that an off the book government agency had the Alien Registry List stolen off their servers.

Now maybe it isn't a meaty enough story to run and warn aliens, but the very presence of this thing should be an above the fold story putting heat on everyone to release information. I am kind of surprised that Kara would give even that much.


Meanwhile, we see just how much of a struggle Alex is having with her Dad betraying everyone.

Jeremiah suddenly appears in Alex's apartment and asks her to procure a weapon from their arsenal which will help him free the abducted aliens. When she agrees, the Jeremiah persona melts away revealing it was J'onn all along. He was testing her and she failed. With her 'judgment compromised', J'onn suspends her.

It is a pretty brutal test. Maybe cruel.

But the truth is, I felt it was appropriate given last episode. J'onn let his guard down and let Jeremiah in. He most likely feels responsible. And he may be overreacting a little himself. For me, it was these scenes that helped redeem last issue.


Later, Kara hears Alex plead her case for reinstatement. Again, I think appropriately, Kara agrees with J'onn. Remember, Kara saw through the Jeremiah ruse before Alex last episode. It is clear that the usually cool, calm, and collected Alex is shaken here. She isn't thinking straight nor should she. But ranging from violence to tears in a heartbeat means she might be a liability on the battlefield. Again, Kara siding with J'onn makes me think she also learned from last episode's debacle.

But in a perfect twist, Maggie says she will help Alex investigate on her own. Maggie will support Alex in her search for Jeremiah. I thought for sure Maggie would agree with J'onn and Kara. So this was a very nice twist. And it led to a great scene.


The two go out on a rogue sort of action date. They stop Brian, the ever-present alien accountant with a gambling problem, from being kidnapped by Cadmus. Alex copies the Cadmus' van's GPS system. Suddenly she knows where Cadmus is hiding.

It was fun to see these two lay the smack down while smiling and flirting. Even Brian wishes he had what they have in a relationship. Cute.

But here is where I have to again scratch my head. Alex decides she will go and invade the Cadmus site herself, alone. Now you might think Maggie would support her here as well. Or, more importantly, you think Alex might call Winn in with the information.

I suppose given the DEO's approach to Jeremiah and Alex's desire to bring him back peacefully, this solo mission is the only way. But Alex's unwavering belief that Jeremiah is still ' a good man' and her thoughts she could navigate an enemy base alone seems to justify everyone's concerns about her mental state.


Inside the Cadmus base, we see Alex skulking around, taking out their troops, until she is finally overpowered. She is brought into the core of the base where she learns Cadmus' plan. The ship we saw last week is a Hoshin Frigate, the best of the Kazark fleet (neither word means much to me). The ship will take the aliens to Takron-Galtos where they will be then brought to their homeworlds. (For a Legion fan like me, Takron-Galtos is a nice name drop.)

Again, this sort of deportation of refugees resonates with current news. Alex reminds her father that some of these aliens fled from poverty, violence and genocide. She asks how he could do this. He says the only way Cadmus would leave his family alone was for him to cooperate. He would save his own children at the expense of these others. It leaves Alex dumbfounded. That is not how they were raised. She knows Eliza wouldn't agree with this.

It is a well done scene with Alex seeing that her father had a good reason for his actions, but the ends don't justify the means here.


 Earlier in the episode, Kara ran into Lena (they were supposed to have a spa day). Lena says she'll do some digging at LexCorp to see if Lillian left any information of where the aliens might be being held. She also tells Kara that if Snapper won't run the story that Kara should do it on her own platform, blogging and tweeting.

Kara does just that. While fearing for her own job, she is reminded by Mon-El that she usually knows what is the right thing to do. She knows warning people, even if it costs her, is the right thing. She posts her blog article. (Hey, if Kara needs any blog advice ... I'm here. I'm just saying.)

Meanwhile, Lena does indeed find out that Luthor still runs a huge naval base which is still receiving supplies. It is the holding site. Lillian learns of this from a plant (Lena's assistant is working for Lillian, fantastic!). When two goons come to rough up Lena, they accidentally push her off the balcony leading to a standard superhero save. Lena tells Supergirl where the abandoned LCorp site is.

For people clamoring for a Lena/Kara relationship, this is like putting gas on the fire.


The blog post gets so many hits that Lillian is forced to launch the ship prematurely. There might only be a few hundred aliens on board, but as Lillian says 'it's a start'. Lillian is just so deliciously evil.

But Alex didn't show up with just a gun. She had already planted Haldor mines (did she mean Maaldor mines?) around the site, most set on a dead man's switch. (Can I just say I love the 'dead man switch' bluff in all media, so I loved this.) Alex then again calls upon Jeremiah's good nature. He doesn't need to worry about his family. They can protect each other. He doesn't need to be part of this evil.

He nods and the fight is on. Alex drops the switch setting off the mines. She runs to the ship to try to stop its launch from the cockpit. Jeremiah brawls with Cyborg Superman. We always wondered who would win! Turns out it is the Henshaw Cyborg. I don't think Jeremiah is dead but he took an eyebeam to the chest.

Again, the action sequences (which are almost all Alex-centric and street level) within this episode are very well done.


Despite mines and mayhem, the spaceship takes off and as soon as it leaves Earth's atmosphere, it'll hit lightspeed. Something or someone has to stop the ship and the only one capable is Supergirl. (Remember, Lena told her.)

This was my favorite moment, my favorite scene of the episode. Supergirl presses herself against the ship, straining to stop its ascent. Alex says that saving these people is solely up to Supergirl know. She knows her sister can do it. The two press their palms against the glass. Initially Kara looks worried like she can't do it. But her sister's faith pushes her and she is able to bring the ship down.

There is so much here.

The music is this sweeping piece of growing urgency that adds tons to the proceedings.

So much emotion is conveyed without words by the sisters. The hands touching through the glass just resonates with Kara being put in her rocket and zipped away. Kara knows what it is like to be on the other end of the glass. This would be a goodbye. Wonderful.

But also, this is the sisters realizing how much they love each other and how hard it would be to live without each other. The two have sort of drifted apart a little this season. Alex has Maggie. Kara has Mon-El. And the Jeremiah issue has put a deeper wedge. Suddenly they needed to be confronted with life without each other. All that emotion is there ... ripping out my heartstrings.

Lastly, no one ... and I mean no one ... can yell with exertion like Melissa Benoist. You feel her strain against this ship, just like you felt her anger when blasting Red Tornado. Awesome.

With the aliens saved, there is nothing but the fallout.

Kara gets fired from CatCo for posting her blog article. She comes in to find her desk packed. And Snapper, while saying he was rooting for her, lays down the harsh truths of journalism. She ran an unverified piece and got lucky. Similar journalistic mistakes have led to market crashes or fascists in the White House (again, leaning against recent real world news).  Kara has never really stuck hard and fast to the rules of the press. This was rough but appropriate on Carr's part.

J'onn apologizes to Alex and tells her to get back to work. He was cruel, but he was worried that Alex could get hurt if she went off unhinged as she was. In the end, she still almost got hurt. Alex sums it up. They all need to stop doing the wrong things for the right reasons. That is what Jeremiah got wrong.

In her apartment, Kara laments her being fired. 'Supergirl is what I can do; Kara is who I am.'. That is a near straight lift from Dean Cain in Lois and Clark. Also great.

Mon-El wonders if being Supergirl and being with him might not be enough for now.

Of course, there will be no rest for the weary. The aliens tracking Mon-El are circling the moon. It's his parents. Nice cliffhanger.

I loved this episode for all the heartfelt reasons above. I especially loved seeing the super-sisters sort of united in purpose again.

But there were a ton of small stuff I haven't commented on. Lillian Luthor quotes Nietzsche (perfect). She says Jeremiah is the only Superman Cadmus needs (touching on Cain's acting past). Mon-El imitates Ricky Ricardo (do people even know who that is anymore?). And the burgeoning friendship between Lena and Kara being showcased was great too.

All in all, this was a great rebound episode from last week's which I felt missed the mark. Can't wait to see where we go next.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Certainly an improvement from last week's chapter. It helps people aren't behaving as idiots in order to make the plot advance.

"'Supergirl is what I can do; Kara is who I am.'. That is a near straight lift from Dean Cain in Lois and Clark. Also great."

Nice reference, but I'm a little tired of the show lifting lines from Superman lore instead of using SuperGIRL's lore. I wish they used her own mythos rather than making the "Superman with boobs" group think they're right.

"Alex sums it up. They all need to stop doing the wrong things for the right reasons. That is what Jeremiah got wrong."

This resounds with me. Of late I've heard endless praise for a super-hero web serial in where all characters "do the wrong things for the right reasons" and I'm apparently supposed to think it's deep and complex because of it.

"For people clamoring for a Lena/Kara relationship, this is like putting gas on the fire."

I don't care for shippers' opinions, especially after a Kara/Lena shipper tweeted Gates after the Mxyzptlk episode to tell he should never write Supergirl again, and another of them wished the show was cancelled after hearing Lena's character is straight.

Snapper firing Kara was tough but it's undeniable he was right.

Gee, if you hadn't already reviewed Adventure Comics 424, you would have got a good excuse to go over it now. Although Kara quit in that story, she had to choose between her ethics and her work and picked the former.

Supergirl saving her sister and the ship was a great scene. A moment of Kara-tharsis -like John Feer calls it- it's always awesome to behold.

I wonder how Kara will react in the next episode when she finds out Mon-El lied to her. I imagine the answer is "not well". Sigh. Mon, Mon, Mon. First thing Brainy did when he met Supergirl was telling her about his shameful lineage. She understood and accepted it.

You? Well, you'll surely be stuck in the Phantom Zone for thousand years before the next season anyway, so it doesn't matter.

I know I'm getting off topic, but I wish we see a little more of Superman, and the Legion and Batgirl make an appearance.

aa3on said...

Credit where it is due… This was amazing. When she stopped the ship I got the same chills as when I watched the first season episode ‘Red Faced,’ which I regard as one of the greatest superhero moments ever. And the music (the same as when she solar flared against Red Tornado) packs quite an emotional wallop. It was awesome.

At first I thought there might have been an inconsistency with Supergirl being in space. The season one finale had her willing to lay down her life because she knew she couldn’t survive in space and Alex had to save her using Kara’s Kryptonian pod… but the special effects in ‘Exodus’ clearly shows they’re still within the atmosphere; she’s safe.
Such care and attention to details make all the difference. The CW can do it when they want.

Anonymous said...

Now I know from where Alex gets her talent for bad decision-making , its a legacy from her Dad plain and simple. Alex has an impressive rap sheet in this one, beats a suspect, conspires to steal a weapon with "dad", goes rogue, attacks Cadmus solo and then dashes on board the freighter where she can do exactly nothing except shake her pom-poms while Kara literally does the heavy lifting. Oh and she gets to keep her job unlike Kara who made a reason sacrifice this week, Alex realizes its good to work with enablers.
Seriously I love Chyler and Alex but the character needs to change her name to "Blunder Woman" she makes bad choices in a crisis plain & simple.
Can't wait for "Alex in Rehab" I'm trying to figure out which Supervillain Berlanti et al can option to run the clinic....any thoughts?

On the other hand I'm sure this could have ended with Kara trapped on the freighter and Alex saving the day somehow...so I should be glad the Title Character is getting some Props on Her Own Show.
Yeah Adventure 424, Steve Skeates at his best, Supergirl quits her job and goes into a career spiral that doesn't end until Marv Wolfman snuffed her in COIE#7....but its a good issue and worth reviewing along with some of her dust ups with Mxie in the early Adventure Run as well.
All snarking aside, I liked this ep, I felt Supergirl was a bit marginalized but "finished strong" with good plot possibilities going forward....

JF

Anonymous said...

"At first I thought there might have been an inconsistency with Supergirl being in space. The season one finale had her willing to lay down her life because she knew she couldn’t survive in space and Alex had to save her using Kara’s Kryptonian pod… but the special effects in ‘Exodus’ clearly shows they’re still within the atmosphere; she’s safe."

I'm not sure that the writers care much for that particularplot point. I wouldn't be shocked if she flies beyond the atmosphere in another episode.

"Yeah Adventure 424, Steve Skeates at his best, Supergirl quits her job and goes into a career spiral that doesn't end until Marv Wolfman snuffed her in COIE#7..."

Oh, yes. Marv Wolfman. The man who spawned Terry Long -and inflicted it upon an unready world and an unlucky Donna Troy- and killed Kara because she was an expendable character that added nothing to the Superman mythos. And let's remember he wanted to turn rebooted Lois into Lex Luthor's mistress.

JF, Anj already covered that issue:

http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/review-adventure-comics-424-linda.html

aa3on said...

"I'm not sure that the writers care much for that particularplot point. I wouldn't be shocked if she flies beyond the atmosphere in another episode."

There are many plot points the writers don't care for, so I wouldn't be surprised by it either. I hope they don't though because that would be flying in the face of what's been established, which the CW does. A lot.
This episode though, I thought, was definitely an improvement.

"Now I know from where Alex gets her talent for bad decision-making , its a legacy from her Dad plain and simple. Alex has an impressive rap sheet in this one, beats a suspect, conspires to steal a weapon with "dad", goes rogue, attacks Cadmus solo and then dashes on board the freighter where she can do exactly nothing except shake her pom-poms while Kara literally does the heavy lifting. Oh and she gets to keep her job unlike Kara who made a reason sacrifice this week, Alex realizes its good to work with enablers.
Seriously I love Chyler and Alex but the character needs to change her name to "Blunder Woman" she makes bad choices in a crisis plain & simple."

Great points. I too was a bit shocked at Alex going Rambo on the prisoner to the point where it was almost uncomfortable. Maybe it was her time of the month this episode?
Happy International Women's day, people. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review Anj, and par for course for Supergirl this ep : rough or inconsistent plot points, but ALWAYS some great
(Team) Supergirl moments. My personal favorites of the latter always include Alex's "Dibs" gun, and Maggie getting to use it
as well. Also "Achievement Unlocked : Tables Turned on Boss (Carr)." And let's not forget the Lena / Supergirl "Drop Something?"
scene, and the Alex "Let's Get Nuts!" deadman switch scene either!

I'd add the scene of Supergirl holding down the ship from taking off, and while I can't deny it hit the right action and heart
strings, AND WAS A TOTAL SUPERGIRL SAVES THE DAY MoMENT, My Suspension Of Disbelief Meter(TM) snapped at the way it played out.
You'd think a superpunch or heat vision to the engines, or even severing the engine section entirely from the ship would work,
but agree though Chyler and Benoist's acting skills saved the moment from being turned into complete hash.

I also have to acknowledge the the Supergirl / Carr scene, but in hindsight, the way it played out could have been stronger -- I'm
of the personal opinion Supergirl could have just called a pressconference on herself to break the news -- she's famous enough
that any reporter would be there -- with Carr as one of the reporters there, and it would have made the "I Never Lie" / "Too
Much Fake News Out There" contrast play out better, which Carr (rightfully) was trying to teach her.

And good point about the "Supergirl is what I can do, Kara is who I am" comment. While I loved its inclusion, couldn't we tip the
hat to Sterling Gates and say "Hope, Help, and Compassion For All is what I'm about?" Just sayin' :)

In any case, waiting two weeks for the next episode will be nigh impossible, especially from the trailer put out, and what seems
to be the most EMBARASSING interplanetary family dinner! And yeah, Mon-El better line his pants with shingles!


Regards

KET said...

"Kara gets fired from CatCo for posting her blog article. She comes in to find her desk packed. And Snapper, while saying he was rooting for her, lays down the harsh truths of journalism. She ran an unverified piece and got lucky. Similar journalistic mistakes have led to market crashes or fascists in the White House (again, leaning against recent real world news). Kara has never really stuck hard and fast to the rules of the press. This was rough but appropriate on Carr's part."

Well, Snapper has displayed himself as a traditionalist when it comes news journalism. However, Kara is a millenial in this series, and news blogging seems part of the NEW tradition of how people receive their news these days, isn't it? Perhaps a career twist may be on the horizon to Kara's ambitions of being a reporter yet this season.


KET

Scrimmage said...

As usual, the left-leaning bent of the show's writing staff once again reared its ugly head in this episode, first with the heavy-handed depiction of "alien immigrant families" being rounded up, and forcibly deported by jack booted, para-military thugs, and then with Snapper's needlessly divisive comment about “fascists in the White House.” If TPTB want to “alien-ate” half their viewers, they're doing a good job of it.

I can ignore the fact that Cadmus' plan seems wildly expensive and inefficient, or the idea that Lillian seems to think that Jeremiah is the only big brain that can get the job done (although I thought his expertise was in alien biology, not rocket science), but there were just too many places in the story where the characters' actions, or the plot itself simply didn't make any sense for me to enjoy this episode. I can think of a lot of better things to do with a giant spaceship than use it as an intergalactic shuttle bus. And don't you think the US Government might frown on a private entity launching a spacecraft over a densely populated area? Even if their plan worked perfectly, they'd STILL be in big trouble.

Meanwhile Kara wasted half the episode trying to write and publish an article warning the aliens about Cadmus' plans, when it would've been MUCH more efficient for her to simply make a public statement as Supergirl on live TV, that would've INSTANTLY been picked up by the press. Her career killing decision to publish it in a “blob” that no one has ever heard of was as uncharacteristically stupid as Kara trying to build her reporter career based on “Supergirl quotes.” If she values her secret identity at all, the LAST thing Kara should do is to have her name publicly associated with Supergirl, much less be known as “Supergirl's coffee buddy,” like she told Lena. There's a reason why no one ever thinks of Clark Kent as “Superman's Pal.” If Kara really enjoys writing and being a reporter as much as she says she does, she needs to quit taking “super” shortcuts, and put some serious effort into learning how to do the job right, like anybody else who wants to be good at what they do. Kara really needs Lois Lane to give her a few pointers. As it is, she deserved to be fired.

So does Alex. I'm sorry, but she consistently allows her personal feelings and emotions to cloud her judgment and interfere with the job at hand. As a result, she's a danger and a liability to her team. Until she gets her act together, Alex simply can't be trusted, and she needs to stay on the sidelines. If Alex were in the military, she'd be court-martialed. I DID enjoy seeing Alex and Maggie team up to kick some butt, which is WAY better than their usual relationship drama, but Alex is completely out of control.

So is Alex living with Maggie, now? And when did Mon-El move in with Kara? Apparently, dating someone on this show means immediate co-habitation. I guess we can expect Winn and Lyra to be shacking up any minute. (Lyra? Lillian? Lena? what's with all the “L's?” I thought that was Superman's thing.)

Finally, I was very disappointed in the climactic “Supergirl vs. the Spaceship” scene. How could Supergirl land a ship with it's engines blasting, without doing tremendous damage on the ground? Why didn't she simply disable the engines? Why didn't the front of the ship crumple under the strain? It was a nice idea, but poorly executed.

I had to chuckle a little bit at the end of the show. After muscling down a giant spaceship all by herself, Kara visibly struggled to pick up the box of her personal stuff that Snapper cleared out of her desk. Sometimes, it's the little things that mean so much.

Next Week: Supergirl faces her most challenging enemy yet... UNEMPLOYMENT! I'm looking forward to it, almost as much as I'm looking forward to her appearance on the “musical episode” of “The Flash” in a couple of weeks. That should be fun, Fun, FUN!



KET said...

"Next Week: Supergirl faces her most challenging enemy yet... UNEMPLOYMENT!"

Well yeah, because the show isn't on next week. No new episode until March 20th, so be sure to save the RW armchair rants until then. :)


KET

Anonymous said...

I never really bought into the whole "Kara Danvers was meant to be a reporter" meme, too much like Cousin Kal to be sure. I always thought it'd been cool if she was self employed responsible to none but herself so theoretically any absences on super heroic business need not be explained.
Anyhow one of her bestie is CatCo's acting CEO so I'm sure something can be found for her, maybe in the mailroom.
:)

JF

Anj said...

Thanks for all the great comments and sorry I havent been able to answer them one by one. Real life invaded.

I am glad that everyone seems to like this episode. Alex is a bit of a hot head, but I like that in her.

I wonder if Kara's firing is a reason to bring Calista Flockheart back for an episode.

Hurray for this last week!

Anonymous said...

"As usual, the left-leaning bent of the show's writing staff once again reared its ugly head in this episode, first with the heavy-handed depiction of "alien immigrant families" being rounded up, and forcibly deported by jack booted, para-military thugs, and then with Snapper's needlessly divisive comment about “fascists in the White House.” If TPTB want to “alien-ate” half their viewers, they're doing a good job of it."

Scrimmage I am in 100% agreement with you. Realzie that Adler, Berlanti and Kreisberg are all leftist regressive progressives trying to, whether they know it or not, shove one world government down our throats. And for Lilian Luthor to quote Nietsche shows the writers communist/SJW/NWO/Soros temper tantrum over November's elections.

To which I say...GET OVER YOURSELVES SNOWFLAKES, AND FAST!

At another website I posted a brief review blasting this episode's ultra politics (did TPTB know about people like Kate Steinle, who was killed by a FIVE TIMES DEPORTED ILLEGAL ALIEN...or is she a conspiracy theory?) and got raked over the coals for it. Having recorded it on my DVD recorder, I rewatched the show, but objectively, no showing of my Independent libertarian conservative bias.

Based on that "mulligan", if I were to offer a grade, I would have torn up the D to replace it with a B+.

I cringe when I hear the word diversity...because what is SEVERELY LACKING in this aside from physical make-up...IS DIVERSITY OF MIND. Something Hollywood does not believe in. Now, when they name dropped Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, it was another temper tantrum all whining about Queen Hillary not getting in and screwing the world even more for her sugar daddy George Soros!

I'll bet not even 1/4 of the audience knows who he is!

HEY WRITERS, SOME OF US SUPERGIRL FANS AREN'T STUPID YOU KNOW!

Kent G. Hare said...

Yes, this episode was definitely better than the last two. But that’s all that can be said. It was, in fact, a low bar which it barely cleared. This show has fallen hard in the move to the CW. The whole “aliens walking among us” aspect feels more like Men in Black or the demonic subculture living in L.A. on Angel than Supergirl. And it makes me very, very glad they did not fold the Super-Universe into the Arrow-verse and make them on the same Earth.

I started out as a huge fan of Supergirl. This season I find myself dreading it week by week, and wondering why I’m watching it rather than Gotham.

“This season has also been interesting in how it has been using the alien metaphor to react to the current political climate of the day. With undocumented aliens being rounded up and deported in the USA right now, this episode where Cadmus is rounding up and planning to deport extraterrestrials felt all too real.”

Except that it’s nothing like that. The parallel – which the show transparently intends – does not track. The show has an illegal shadow organization more akin to the Ku Klux Klan rounding up and deporting lawfully registered aliens; what you call “undocumented” aliens are in fact in violation of our laws (which is why they are called “illegal”) being subjected to those laws being belated enforced by legitimate agents of our government.

That is, however, the crux of the matter. For the creators of this show, most of the entertainment industry, and a large part of the general public and obviously a large part of this little SCBC community, our government itself is not legitimate because they do not like the outcome of the last presidential election.

aa3on said...

"HEY WRITERS, SOME OF US SUPERGIRL FANS AREN'T STUPID YOU KNOW!"

I've been criticizing the writers for most of this season. But for other reason than politics. I know the frustration; it sucks when you think you're alone when, to you, what is wrong is there on the screen as clear as day.

I love Supergirl stopping the ship in this episode. But I'm still not sold on this season. After loving the first season, I'm glad this show got picked up for its second; Supergirl inspires so many people... but not being able to unsee what I've seen, I'd rather they have cancelled it rather than degrade such an iconic superhero as Supergirl. The CW is beneath her. These are just my opinions.

I admire strongly those that can not get too involved in their thoughts like I do. Every day is a war in my head! Still, the Supergirl comics are awesome. DC has said many times that they lead with the comics... So as far as I'm concerned the comics are canon, not the TV show.
Though the show does have its moments. Like I said in an earlier comment, for the powerful and emotional scene where Kara stops the ship, I give credit where it is due.

aa3on said...

"This show has fallen hard in the move to the CW." ... "I started out as a huge fan of Supergirl. This season I find myself dreading it week by week..."

Hi, Kent G.Hare... I relate to this 100%.

Anonymous said...

Hey listen the Poor Girl is an Illegal Immigrant in every single way right down to her foster parents who repeatedly and casually committed multiple felonies on her behalf....The SJW epithet has been pretty much forced on her by circumstances.

:)

JF