Skip to main content

SUPERGIRL REVIEW (S1E3): 'Fight or Flight'


★★★★☆ (4/5) 

Living in your cousin's shadow can't be easy. Just ask Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) who as CBS's 'Supergirl' continues to remind us through three episodes in the show's rookie season. A rookie hero herself she tries to stand on her own but when a foe of Superman decides to take out his revenge on her it requires the Man of Steel to bail her out. I'm just hoping it doesn't become a crutch to use James Olsen's super-alert-watch to call in Big Blue every time Kara gets in trouble. 

In this universe, Superman looms large as the most powerful  established superhero so it would make sense that Supergirl's emergence would pale in comparison. This has been addressed multiple times as Supergirl is underestimated and compared to her cousin. She insists she wants to carve out her identity even through adversity. The struggle is real but how long can Supes show up without showing his face to the camera?

Ben Krull, dubbed Reactron by James, has been battling Superman for some time we learn and he's looking to exact revenge. Krull's wife was killed when Superman was unable to save her while preventing a nuclear explosion and was hit with a deadly amount of radiation. Krull survived and developed a way to harness nuclear energy. Having lost someone he loved, Krull wants Superman to feel the same by targeting Supergirl.

Reactron kidnaps tech mogul Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) as bait to lure Supergirl and when she's overmatched against the non-metahuman, Superman saves the day. We don't see his face of course because that would involve casting an actor not named Henry Cavill to play him. And then you'd have to pay that person to talk but why do that when you can just show his encouraging instant messages, emojis and all, to Kara after she cleverly defeats Reactron in the end?

 If nothing else, Superman's influence on 'Supergirl' separates it from other comic book shows on television. Kara has more to prove than Oliver Queen or Barry Allen. She's burdened with carrying the feminist flag in a world of male heroes, one who happens to be family, working under a high maintenance boss (who's also a harsh mentor), and still learning how to be a hero. It's a lot for one woman, but it's part of the growing pains for her, and the show, that's balanced by her sense of justice and enthusiasm for doing good. She's more than capable but still learning. 

The biggest progress this week is the continued growth and development of the supporting characters. The whole Kara/Alex relationship seems more believable beyond the constant encouragement and acknowledgements of trust. A scene as simple as them kicking back eating not talking about their feelings constantly and being real, "I hope you get fat," as Kara gets the last pot sticker adds some depth and dynamics that feel authentic. James is also revealing more of himself as a bit insecure and protective. He's quick to call in the calvary to help Kara even if it hinders her growth. He's expressing concern even if it's a little misguided because he feels powerless to do something himself in this new metahuman landscape. Even Cat gets to show her journalistic skills while not staying humble and flirting a bit with Lord. She's been allowed to show some new layers beyond her grumpy aloof exterior. 

Even though the DEO stuff seems to be the weakest points so far on the show, Hank "Red Eyes" Henshaw seems to be warming up to Kara as part of the team. I'm sure we'll find out if he turns out to be Cyborg Superman as in the comics or Martian Manhunter as some on the internet  have wondered. Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) made her debut and as James' ex-girlfriend is sure to complicate things for Kara if she's starting to fall for him. There's plenty of personal drama for sure but I'm hoping the super crime-fighting continues without more help from her cousin and wins or loses on her own merits. 

Check out this preview for next week's episode "How Does She Do It?"



"How Does She Do It?" - Kara’s two identities are stretched thin when Supergirl must protect National City from a series of bombings and Kara is tasked with babysitting Cat’s son, Carter. Also, James is conflicted when his ex-girlfriend Lucy Lane seeks to rekindle their relationship, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, November 16th on CBS. Levi Miller guest stars as Carter Grant, Cat’s son, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum guest stars as Lucy Lane.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

All-New Mythological Thriller GOD COMPLEX Coming from Top Cow

Writers Paul Jenkins (Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin) and Bryan Lie team up with artist Hendry Prasetya (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers) for an all-new mystery thriller in GOD COMPLEX, an ongoing series launching from Image/Top Cow this October.


GOD COMPLEX is set in the futuristic city of Delphi where a young digital-forensics investigator named Seneca finds himself embroiled in the bizarre murders of three church acolytes. Guided by his cryptic mentor, the Ruler named Hermes, Seneca uncovers a stunning conspiracy and a mystery that will turn his entire world upside down. 

Join the GOD COMPLEX team on a unique vision of a digital future powered by mythological gods. GOD COMPLEX is the first original toy line-up from Jakarta-based GLITCH. It features sci-fi and high-fashion reimaginings of mythological gods from various beliefs/regions like Greek, Egypt, China, and Japan. The toys first released in 2012 and are available for purchase at www.glitch-store.com. GOD COMPLEX is created by Brya…

REVIEW: 'Crosswind' #2 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

Chicago hitman Cason Bennett and mousy Seattle housewife Juniper Blue have inexplicably switched bodies and lives. A mysterious stranger has called them each to tell them they have to play the game. 'Crosswind' by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs is a juicy satisfying crime fantasy that sizzles with intrigue.


CROSSWIND #2 Story: Gail Simone Art / Cover / Variant Cover: Cat Staggs Published: July 26, 2017 Diamond ID: MAY170671 Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
The mind-breaking crime fantasy continues! Slick Chicago hitman Cason Bennett and mousy Seattle housewife Juniper Blue have inexplicably switched bodies and lives, and a heartless, relentless killer seems intent on killing them both. Don't miss this edge-of-your-seat thriller by fan-favorites GAIL SIMONE and CAT STAGGS!
Cason and Juniper are forced to play their new roles in their new bodies. Juniper has to clean up a bloody crime scene from the end of the last issue and Cason has to make a killer dinner for Jun…

REVIEW: 'Genius: Cartel' #1 (of 5) by Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin, and Rosi Kampe

"Seventeen-year-old Destiny Ajaye took on the LAPD in her South Central Siege and paid for it-not with her life, but with her freedom. Now, Destiny is sequestered in the Madrasa Institute, a government school for prodigies. But will she use her gifts to wage war at the military's behest-or is she already planning another revolution?"


GENIUS: CARTEL #1 (OF 5) Story: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin Art / Cover: Rosi Kampe Colorist: Brad Simpson Letterer: Troy Peteri Published: August 16, 2017 Diamond ID: JUN170655 Digital : $3.99 Print: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
As you can imagine it hasn't been an easy transition from street-level revolutionary to government think tank subject. Destiny Ajaye is frankly too smart, too many steps ahead of the class to find the black ops simulations stimulating. It also drives her crazy that her field boss doesn't listen to her suggestions resulting in disastrously executed operations. But what is a teenage prodigy to do when your only ch…

RAVEN YEAR 2 Begins: The Teenage Lesbian Pirate's Quest for Love and Vengeance

RAVEN is a pirate revenge adventure, a soap opera full of messy teenage love stories, and about a dozen coming of age stories set on the high seas. Think "Legend of Korra" at sea with an all female cast.


This series has one of the most diverse and exciting casts of any comic on the market. It's full of action, adventure, and revenge - but even more full of love stories and soap operas. RAVEN is one of the first YA comics with an openly gay leading lady. But on top of that, it has a cast of women who represent a wide spectrum of the LGBTQ community. It's equal parts soap opera and actual opera.
Writer Jeremy Whitley hopes readers experience "Joy, connection, and love" when reading this book. He goes on to say that "It's a book where different types of people are heroes than what we're used to, especially in YA fiction. I feel like everybody should be able to find at least one character they either relate to or fall in love with in the pages of t…

KICKSTARTER SPOTLIGHT: 'Death Metal Zombie Cop' Issue #1 by Felipe Smith

A Superstar LAPD Rookie (Marco Miranda) & his disillusioned Training Officer (Rhonda Riley) discover that a corruption-plagued Justice System and the tightening stranglehold of the Drug Cartel are just the tip of the iceberg when L.A.'s deadliest Urban Legend reveals itself to be very REAL.


The creator who brought Robbie Reyes, the All-New Ghost Rider, back to life for Marvel is back with another high-octane adventure with his Kickstarter passion project, Death Metal Zombie Cop. If the title alone doesn't grab you then check out the amazing art. 


DEATH METAL ZOMBIE COP is an Action/Horror comic originally conceived in Japan (shortly after ending serialization of PEEPO CHOO with Kodansha) & now made in Los Angeles. It's infused with Dark Humor, real LAPD situations, West Coast slice-of-life antics, and over 5 years worth of development and HEART! 

ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
"All pledged funds will go towards DEATH METAL ZOMBIE COP #1 production costs and bac…