Hello, Megan

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SUMMARY: Cat Grant struggles to reconnect with her son Adam, who has a much easier time connecting with Kara. J’onn saves a racist Senator from a fellow Martian. The audience learns a lesson about tolerance, unless they are paying attention.

“As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” – Mike Godwin

Syd: Welcome to Tales from the Krypton, where we just watched episode 11 of Supergirl. The show’s creators must have been dissatisfied with the fans’ reaction to the last episode – which was actually one of their better ones – so they released this episode, which makes the previous one seem like a masterpiece by comparison.

Margaret: The funny thing is, I was fine with the last episode. I thought that it did some interesting things and I liked that. This episode just infuriated me. Let’s go back to last week.

Syd: Two episodes ago, I posited the perhaps controversial opinion that Jessica Jones is less grim, more life-affirming, and more inspirational than Supergirl. I can no longer see that viewpoint as controversial. Jessica Jones belongs to a category of television and film that doesn’t show a genocide onscreen. Certainly, it is a broad category, but it is one to which the first season of Supergirl inexplicably doesn’t belong.

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The Wind in the Winslows

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SUMMARY: Toyman breaks out of prison and tries to reconnect with his son Win through killing his former boss. Meanwhile, Alex goes on a fake date and J’onn ruins a security guard’s life.

Margaret: Welcome to Tales from the Krypton. We just watched episode 10 of Supergirl, where they decided that giving the least likeable character his own episode was a great idea, everybody. This was really what this show needed.

Syd: Win is not the least likeable character. At least they didn’t give Aunt General Astra another episode.

Margaret: He’s the least likeable main cast character. As soon as they started going in that direction, I thought, “Are you kidding me? I do not want an episode focused on Win, because it’s going to make me kill somebody,” but instead, yo-yos did. Could we talk about how ridiculous the yo-yos were?

Syd: Well, in the opening scene, the guards go to drop off food for Toyman and he has toy traps set up and kills them with toys. So I was just wondering why they let a criminal known for killing people with toys have toys in his cell.

Margaret: Not to mention that the guards fell for the old pretending-to-be-dead trick.

Syd: I’ll give that a pass. Maybe they should have some sort of protocol for dealing with a prisoner who seems dead, but I can understand wanting to help. I don’t understand how Toyman got the raw materials to make murder weapons. Did they give him the yo-yo and not think he would try to kill someone with it or did he make that professional looking yo-yo out of whatever he found in his cell?

Margaret: If he did, kudos to Toyman. He deserved to escape if he made that out of his forks and such. How did he melt plastic into perfect yo-yo form? If you have the wherewithal to spend 15 years making a yo-yo, you deserve a little bit of escape time. As long as you don’t kill anybody, I’m cool with it.

Syd: Well, when someone has a murder yo-yo, it’s bound to happen.

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AKA Pretty Little Liars

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SUMMARY: When caught in a lie by her boss, Supergirl decides to get out of her predicament through further deceit. Meanwhile, James unsuccessfully tries to figure out a supervillain’s scheme.

WARNING: This blog contains spoilers for Jessica Jones. The sections with spoilers have been marked with SPOILER, so that you can skip over them and get your Supergirl commentary without ruining Jessica Jones plot points.

Syd: Welcome to Episode 9 of Supergirl, where the military is bad news, but secret paramilitary organizations are AOK.

Margaret: Not only that, they are the idealistic way to go. They have faith. That’s why they’re so secret.

Syd: You might notice something different about the tone of this entry. That’s because during the two-week break from Supergirl, Margaret and I watched Jessica Jones, and after that, it feels hard watching something as depressing as Supergirl. To people who judge a show’s tone and moral philosophy mostly by its color palette, it probably sounds like I’m just being a contrarian – “Up is down! Black is white! Jessica Jones is life-affirming!” but I mean it sincerely. Supergirl is not a carefree and fun show. Like Jessica Jones, it has murder, mind control, mental and emotional manipulation, unhealthy familial relationships, and a shady, frightening government conspiracy. Unlike Jessica Jones – which is mostly about coping with and overcoming the evil in your life – Supergirl is mostly about finding easy solutions to immediate problems while ignoring the bigger ones.

Margaret: I felt similarly. At the end of every Jessica Jones episode, there were times when I felt overwhelmed by how heavy what just went down was, but I never asked myself, “Why am I watching this?” After watching Jessica Jones and the interesting and heartfelt way that they dealt with important and difficult issues that didn’t feel pandering or like it was talking down to anyone, the way Supergirl handles things and the way it expects that we won’t understand concepts makes me feel more depressed.

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