Punching Is Thicker Than Water

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 8.29.05 PM.pngSUMMARY: Cat Grant’s career is in crisis when her email account gets hacked by someone within her own company. Meanwhile, Supergirl decides that punching Astra is more important than finding out what she wants and nobody in the D.E.O. questions this decision.

SUPERMAN COUNT: 3


Syd: Welcome to Episode 8, where Jimmy can stop trying. He’s the best thing on this show by such a wide margin that it’s embarrassing to the rest of the show.

Margaret: I know! Despite the fact that I still really love Melissa Benoist’s acting.

Syd: Look, Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart are doing great, but all of the likability that the writers can muster is going into Jimmy.

Margaret: I’m going to disagree with you about Cat Grant’s character, at least. I love Cat Grant’s character, but it feels like since she is semi-antagonistic, they keep on rebooting her every episode, which they don’t do with James’ character.

Syd: I enjoy Cat’s character for what it is, but it isn’t likeable. Part of her function is to be antagonistic and hard to like. Unfortunately, that can be limiting at times.

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Jemm Is Truly Outrageous

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SUMMARY: When an earthquake hits National City, Kara continues to be a superhero despite temporarily losing her powers. Alex and Hank track down a psychic alien. Nothing else important happens.

SUPERMAN COUNT: 7


 

Margaret: Tonight we watched episode 7 of Supergirl, called “Human for a Day,” but that’s not really true.

Syd: Even without her powers, she’s still an alien and it didn’t last the whole day, so this episode lies to you twice before it even starts. Then we have the intro, which has the line where Kara says, “An accident forced me to reveal my powers,” which is a minor thing, but it bugs me that every episode they frame her superhero career as something she was forced into rather than something she chose. It implies that if her sister weren’t on a crashing plane, she never would have used her powers to help others. It denigrates her character and I don’t know why they would choose to put it that way when introducing her.

Margaret: D.C. seems to be running rampant with the idea of the reluctant hero. Despite the fact that it’s not actually what happened, they’re trying to say, “She didn’t even want to be a hero to begin with,” which is kind of true, but it was her decision to say, “No, this is what I want. I don’t want to be a regular person. I want to live up to my fullest potential.”

Syd: So the episode opens with Kara talking with her A.I. hologram mother.

Margaret: We just said last week that we didn’t want this thing back in our lives.

Syd: I was just thinking that we don’t talk enough about how the regular cast of this show really does an exemplary job. Everyone is great. We trash Win’s character a lot, but the truth is Jeremy Jordan is doing a good job.  Really, the only actor we have a problem with is the one who plays Aunt General Astra, and that’s just because she’s horrible.

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Just Thinking About Tom Morrow

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SUMMARY: Lucy Lane’s father visits and is a dick to everyone. Max continues to hit on Alex. Supergirl learns to vent her anger by killing a robot.

SUPERMAN COUNT: 11


 

Syd: Welcome to week 6 of Tales from the Krypton: Supergirl vs. Red Tornado. So, Margaret, I guess you could say that Supergirl was really seeing red.

Margaret: Boo!

Syd: I’m sorry.

Margaret: The main plot of this episode seemed completely pointless. The whole Red Tornado thing was completely and utterly useless. What was the point of that entire thing?

Syd: You’ve got to get your fight scenes somewhere.

Margaret: Which are still not well choreographed. So let’s get into the story.

Syd: In the opening scene, we learn that this show should never, ever, ever try to be topical. Supergirl stops an angry driver and frightens children on a slow news day, so the news asks Maxwell Lord for a comment. Lord makes reference to police brutality and says, “We should put a body camera on Supergirl.” You know what, writers? Real people were killed. This isn’t a cute cultural touchstone.

Margaret: This shouldn’t be the topical thing to show you’re in touch with current events. The quip makes it feel flippant.

Syd: They might as well say, “You know who could use a Supergirl? Planned Parenthood! Am I right?”

Margaret: I just threw up a little in my mouth.

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