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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 28 January 2017 at 1:41am | IP Logged | 1  

The reduced budget(shifting from CBS to CW) has resulted in a lower energy level(quite literally, in the latest episode). The attempts to 'humanize' Kara by having her prevail in situations where she's depowered or overmatched, aren't working. Kara seems like she got a better deal in the 'Flash-Arrowverse' during the crossover: Everybody ended up loving her, she felt the 'team spirit', she got a little break from all the angsty co-stars.
Maybe it's time to switch Earths, permanently. Leave her Earth in the capable hands of Mon-El, and the inevitable 'long-lost girlfriend from Daxam', who can take the name...Power Girl...
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Not much interest in Supergirl, it seems, but I kinda liked last night's Mr. Mxyzptlk episode. Some nice nods to silver age and bronze age elements (Lallor, Starhaven, and of course, getting Mxyzptlk to spell his name backwards!)

Kinda missed a Superman cameo, and Mxyzptlk turning him into a parade balloon, or an ant-headed mindless creature... but not necessary.

I really liked the ending, when the effects of Mxyzptlk's magic were reversed when he went back to Zrfff.

Things I missed:
Would have liked to see an image of the short guy in the derby. Maybe, "I'm from the Fifth Dimension, Supergirl. I can look like anything I want", and then a sequence of images, including the silver age Mxyzptlk.

I was very satisfied with this ending, but- why couldn't Mxyzptlk have just popped out of the Fortress? Shucks, he could have said his name backwards, or magically zipped out. Dunno why he was "trapped."

I was hoping for more fun and frolic. Threatening to kill thousands or even split the Earth in half seems a bit much. Then again, Mxyzptlk's later appearances did seem pretty blood thirsty.  It's just not to my taste.

I really liked this episode, and I'm liking Supergirl. Just wish they could put aside a little of the human drama.
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My interest for the show is waning ,but last nights was pretty fun for the most part.
Positive- No James Olsen in this episode.

Negative- The Alex and Maggie relationship seems to have turned the once strong willed and durable Alex into a fragile and irrelevant character.

A personal traditionalist quirk of mine- Mon-El needs some kind of uniform when fighting.

Looks like the Jeremiah Danvers storyline is back on for next week.
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Doug, I disagree that they've turned Alex into a fragile woman.  Everyone has their vulnerable moments when they're with the person they love.  That doesn't make them less than who they are, it makes them more.
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I would agree with you Kevin but it seems like the "vulnerable moments" are all we see of Alex lately.

Looks like she may be coming back strong in next weeks episode though!
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The whole Alex-Maggie situation bores me to tears. Its a combination of how its been written and the fact that Maggie looks like Renee Montoya, not Maggie Sawyer. I'd love to slap whoever cast the actress.
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To answer JB's question a while back, Robert Redford and Warren Beatty turned down Superman because they said they didn't think they would look right in the costume or flying. And Will Smith said he turned the part down because he already upset enough people by playing James West. I don't know if that's quite the same as realizing they would be miscast, though.
And I also am turned off by all of the names the Supergirl series "borrows" for unrelated characters. What's the point? In my opinion, the same thing happened to Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness."
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I notice looking completely wrong for the part didn't stop pointy-nosed Beatty from portraying hatchet-nosed Dick Tracy!

And, yeah, sometimes it seems the Supergirl producers just draw names out of a hat and do whatever character they want with it.  (Turning Vartox into an ax-wielding murderer was especially egregious.)
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My interest for the show is waning ,but last nights was pretty fun for the most part.
Positive- No James Olsen in this episode.
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I find myself in total agreement on all points.
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I think they wrote Supergirl as a real biotch this week. Mon-El may have been doing some chest thumping but he was doing it because he cares for Supergirl. She really was condensending.

But maybe he doesn't mind emotional beat-downs - he got the girl in the end.
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I think they wrote Supergirl as a real biotch this week. Mon-El may have been
doing some chest thumping but he was doing it because he cares for
Supergirl. She really was condescending.

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Amusingly, I think the only thing that Kara did wrong was forgive Mon-El so
quickly and not give him more time to dwell on the fact that he needs to stop
reverting back to the dudebro he was initially.
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I'm noticing the show is becoming quite Buffyesque.

We have a Giles (J'onn), a Xander (Winn), a Willow (Alex) and although the Kara/James romance was short-lived, James does have a wee bit of an Angel vib to him. 

We have demons (aliens) living among society (the alien make-ups also look very much like Buffy/Angelverse demons).

There is even a musical episode coming up. 

This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Buffy and Angel were fun shows and if Supergirl can capture that same spirit, it could one day be as good. 


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Posted: 24 February 2017 at 6:24pm | IP Logged | 13  

Thankfully, no one uses the 'Blah blah blah much?' dialogue thing.
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The Joss Whedon influence is pretty strong throughout the CW / DC shows. But Arrow, Flash and Supergirl all had a strong, original voice in their initial seasons. They tend to become full-fledged homages to Buffy / Angel when they run out of ideas. "Olicity" wrecked Arrow, IMO. 

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James does have a wee bit of an Angel vib to him. 
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What? In two seasons he's yet to find a personality, while Angel had one from the get-go.
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And sadly, they couldn't make James Olsen out to be Superman's Pal... because his "pal" moved so far out of town that he didn't remember his signal watch. Well, not to use it.

I mean, yeah, give Supergirl her shot. But when she's obviously outgunned (e.g., when she has to ask J'onn for help), why NOT call the Man of Steel? (In show continuity anyhow.()
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Last night's ep was a bit too paint-by-numbers for me. You can see the 'twist' coming from a long way off and the dramatic climax left me thinking "Wow, that character does not deserve that job. What happened is probably a firing offense."

It's telling when NOBODY agrees with the guy who has reasonable suspicions and voices them, only to be shouted down by those who put their professional brains on standby.
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Two episodes in a row without "James". Are the producers also figuring out that the character just isn't working?
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Remember when Mon-El was kidnapped by Cadmus? I thought
the twist was going to be that Mon-El, instead of being
the only sane man when it came to Danvers, was instead
being manipulated by Cadmus. He would be trying to
undermine everyones trust of Danvers until Cadmus could
recapture him. But no, standard plot.
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For those who don't watch the show but want to know if Supergirl is as tough as her cousin..



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Oh yes, Supergirl. More powerful than... the Man of Steel?

See, their fight was while Superman was under control of Silver Kryptonite*. So he could very easily have not been at the top of his game. One fight does not determine a war... not that there should be one, but any excuse to get Superman in and a fight scene in addition, I guess.

Is lead SO rare that its presence on Earth NEVER affected the Daxamites until it was omnipresent? What about them little projectiles the police use? Are those not made of lead anymore? (Just one example.)

Superman might not have come up with the solution that Supergirl and the DEO did. But I'll bet he WOULDN'T HAVE KILLED DAXAMITES. (I know a lot went back to the ships, but at least one was killed, and I can't believe they all escaped.)

It's their show, but I was REALLY expecting that to save Mon-El, they were going to project him into the Phantom Zone for a 1000 years, until Earth's atmosphere was clear of lead. The Phantom Zone... you know, THE WAY IT WORKED as in all the precursor Superman movies that seem to be canon. Then again, this Supergirl doesn't reconcile with the Supergirl movie... and don't even get me started on Jimmy vs James.

*SILVER kryptonite? Why not a sample of Red Kryptonite? Seems easier to explain that the Daxamites figured out its properties on Kryptonians than a whole damned new brand of K that no one has ever heard of before. Thank God they didn't use Pink Kryptonite....
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In addition to Melissa Benoist (the series' main asset to me) we had Superman and Cat, so the episode was an enjoyable one.
There were a few things I didn't like (Supergirl stronger and more altruistic than Superman?), but it was fun and emotional. And I liked the fact that Supergirl didn't hesitate to make her decision at the end. 
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Oh yes, Supergirl. More powerful than... the Man of Steel?

Why not? The yellow sun gives them equal power and while Superman may have more years of experience being a superhero, Kara has been combat-trained by J'onn and the DEO, which may have given her a bit of an edge.


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See, their fight was while Superman was under control of Silver Kryptonite*. So he could very easily have not been at the top of his game.

That possibility was addressed by both Kara and Alex and refuted by Superman himself who maintained he was in fact at full power during the fight and that Kara legitimately defeated him. He also wouldn't have been pulling any punches since he believed he was fighting Zod.

Honestly, this was mostly likely done to show the viewers that Supergirl is not a second banana to Superman (as the character is typically thought of) and that she is equally capable. She is after all, the title character. 


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SILVER kryptonite? Why not a sample of Red Kryptonite?  
 

To use him directly against Supergirl, Rhea needed Superman to believe Supergirl was his enemy. Red Kryptonite would have made him bad overall, but wouldn't have given Rhea the ability to manipulate him into going after Supergirl specifically. 



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The ONLY DC show that didn't have a lousy season ender was Legends of Tomorrow (aside from Rip Hunter choosing to leave again). The other three shows were good...until the last few minutes, then went to hell.


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Brandon, let's chat.

FIRST AND FOREMOST: This IS Supergirl's show. She's going to win. So I can't argue that point. But without that meta-consideration...

Superman vs Supergirl - your point of her training is a good one. After 12 years or so for Supergirl, and 27 for Superman (rough estimates, granted), I don't think one is processing yellow sun energy more efficiently at this point.

Superman may have determined that he was at his absolute best even under the effect of silver Kryptonite. I once was quite certain that, after an outpatient surgery I had had, that I could very easily walk out of the recovery room, through the hospital, and out to the car and drive home.

Let's say that self-judgment is not always accurate and leave it at that, hmm? :) (And thank God that my wife is smarter than I am!)

I disagree with your assessment of silver vs red K. The only reason not to use it is that it hadn't been introduced in the show yet - but neither had silver K. A piece of red Kryptonite could just have made the victim extremely susceptible to the suggestions of the first person to tell them something. "Superman, you want to help us, your friends the Daxamites. And when you see Supergirl, it's not her; it's Zod. And he's trying to kill you and everyone you love." CERTAINLY not out of the capabilities of red K.

I mean, either Kryptonite works; but all things being equal, why introduce an entirely new element when an existing one works just as well?

You make some good points... definitely worthy considering.
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