Skip to main content

SUPERGIRL REVIEW (S1E14): "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"


★★★★☆ (4/5)

"Truth, Justice and the American Way," has been the moral code for Superman and by extension for Supergirl. In Monday's episode, Kara deals mainly in gray as she has to confront a villain whose moral code is extremely twisted. At the same time, she's keeping Maxwell Lord in the DEO secret prison denying his civil rights. It's a complicated and compelling episode that gets serious about what it means to live up to that mantra. 

The big baddie this week is Master Jailer of the former Fort Rozz who's hunting down escapees and playing judge, jury, and executioner. His violent motto of “By breaking the law you have forfeited your right to exist,” begins to give Kara pause about the way she dispenses justice. 

James brings it up to Kara early on. He's none too pleased about her imprisoning Lord against his will and without due process. The total disregard of Lord's rights goes against the very fabric of Superman's code of ethics, something James knows first hand. He's trying to remind Kara that as Supergirl she's held to the same standard. The fiery scene is not only the best between Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks but the most authentic. 

In another rare scene, James and Cat have a quiet discussion about journalistic integrity. She recalls a time as a reporter where she was convinced to write a positive piece on an actor despite his abusive behavior. She compromised herself opting for the puff piece instead of telling the truth. A move she second-guessed herself after the actor would go on to kill a woman. It's a poignant lesson from a surprising source about committing to honesty and integrity. 

Surprising because in the same episode Cat is passive aggressively demoting Kara by hiring another assistant, Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci), to supplant her. She's still a little bitter about Kara's break-up with her estranged son. It's these type of petty office shenanigans that sometimes derails episodes this season. The whole childish back-and-forth messaging between Kara and Siobhan about James didn't serve much purpose. We all know Siobhan will become the villain Silver Banshee but this story line felt like filler. 

A lot was made of Lexi Alexander directing this episode and with good reason. The Punisher: War Zone helmer brought more energy and a cinematic eye to the action scenes. The fight choreography was ambitious and thrilling but held back by a television budget. There was some inconsistency though as Master Jailer went toe-to-toe with Supergirl but gets his butt handed to him by Alex. Nonetheless, Alexander's fluid direction and visual composition elevated the feel and look of the show. 

Even though the show has been wildly inconsistent in its first season, it finds moments of depth and truth that balance some of the forced narratives. In the search for justice and morality, Kara blurs the line with her stance on Lord's captivity but the deal she and the DEO make with him that sets him free rings false because, you know, he's still responsible for abducting women for his Bizarro experiments. Instead, it's used as leverage to keep his mouth shut about the identity of Supergirl. So it becomes about selective truth, bartered justice, and certainly the American way. 

Here are scenes from the next episode:

Kara travels to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in hopes of learning how to defeat Indigo (Laura Vandervoort), a dangerous being who can transport via the Internet and who has a connection to Kara’s past. Also, James’s relationship with Lucy reaches a crossroads, on Supergirl, Monday, Feb. 29 at 8/7c. Only CBS

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

REVIEW: 'Death or Glory' #2 by Rick Remender and Bengal

After a raucous debut, 'Death and Glory' takes a weird turn. Like a really weird turn. Imagine David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and out came out issue two of this new series from Rick Remender and Bengal. The question is is that a good or bad thing?


DEATH OR GLORY #2  
Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Bengal Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
With a botched heist job, a bullet in her side, and all her money gone, Glory wrestles with what to do next. The cargo her ex-husband was trafficking wasn't drugs but people and after putting them all safely on a bus to Arizona, she's broke and being attended to by one of the Brazilians that stayed behind. Her scheme was pretty straight-forward - rob the money that the dirty sheriff was going to transport and use it for her dad's surgery. Easy peasy. Then it all went to hell as the sheriff recognized her, she dropped the money, and now no one is happy, not the sheri…

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

New Sci-Fi Horror Series INFINITE DARK From Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell Coming in October

Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.


In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.

Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…

INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.