SUMMARY: Clark Kent arrives in National City to investigate a space shuttle explosion, which appears to be targeting Lena Luthor, who had just become the new CEO of Luthor Corp after her brother Lex was imprisoned. The culprit appears to be John Corben, an assassin apparently hired by Luthor (probably Lex, but maybe not). Superman then has to stop Corben from killing civilians with drones. Then Kara becomes a reporter for some reason and breaks up with Clark’s friend Jimmy.
Margaret: So, here we are. Back again.
Syd: I had real reservations about returning to this series. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about at what point something can be called “fascist,” especially when applied to people who don’t know enough political science to espouse a coherent political philosophy, and then we have this series, which people accept because they expect superheroes to be a bit fascist, but in the comics I read, she was never the enforcer for a secret government agency with the stated goal of rounding up undesirables (particularly ones of an undesirable race or national origin) for execution or indefinite imprisonment. I mean, that’s definitely fascist, right? I wasn’t sure with the current political climate that I could keep watching this show.
Margaret: I know you had reservations, ones that I have also thought about. However, I did want to give this show another chance as it moved to a different network. CBS has generally been a network that I believe caters to a different audience than us: people who may believe that what Supergirl does may not be good, but is necessary. The CW is generally a network that believes in romantic soapy drama and dark but silly shows. Supernatural, Buffy – even The Flash and Arrow to a certain extent – are a part of that. I continue to want Supergirl to be a better show than it is simply because I so desperately want a good female superhero show that is still on the air. I was hoping the move to the CW would move it away from the angles I found so horrible on CBS. However, there is already so much already in the DNA of the show that it may be impossible to fix it without simply forgetting its origins.
Syd: I would be fine with Jessica Jones and Agent Carter still being on the air instead. I also would like if they brought back Wonder Woman, but maybe the cast is too old. This show feels like a lost cause. My theory is that this was never intended to be a superhero show – that they pitched it as essentially 24 with aliens, and they hitched it to a remake of Lois and Clark so that they could get a known brand attached and it never really was entirely true to either idea – though the soapy part worked so much better than the action part, so I was kind of hoping that a reduced budget would force them to focus more on the characters and their relationships. Instead, they brought in Superman and the entire show became about him, which it kind of was already, but never this explicitly.
Margaret: Believe me, I wish Agent Carter was still on air and I’m definitely looking forward to Season 2 of Jessica Jones. I know they pitched Supergirl to the CW before CBS bought it, and I wonder if it was a different show then. I can definitely see CBS reading Supergirl and saying, “Superheroes are big right now, but our thing is procedurals and three-cam laugh track comedies. Let’s squish what we can into this Superhero show and see how far it can run.” So, I somehow envision the CW show still being a Supergirl show that is mostly about Superman, and then the CBS wanting the DEO involved to give it a NCIS sort of feel. All in all, a show that is supposed to be about a hopeful superhero who believes in the best of humanity does not work well alongside the same show that jails people with abilities without trial and kills people indiscriminately.
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