‘Supergirl’ Breakdown: “Triggers”

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Kara Danvers is still sad. ugh.

It’s time once again for the breakdown of this week’s episode of “Supergirl.” It’s your one of many stops to find out the deets on what occurred over in National City this week. What makes this stop different from the rest? I’m little more blunt and sarcastic.

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This week, Kara Danvers’ world are colliding as a psychic villain named Psi paralyzes her and the citizen’s with the greatest fears. Originally, she thought it had something to do her trauma from being in that pod from Krypton. She was so traumatized by relieving this, she actually had panic attacks from it. It turns out her fear was that Mon-El would be going through the same things she did in the pod…or he might be dead.

Samantha and her daughter Ruby returned for something that I spent the most part of the episode going “Why should I care about this?” The subplot for them wasn’t any spectacular because it was just lame to a certain degree. She was trying to move on with her life but her daughter wanted to talk about it. It could have been done better. The subplot doesn’t really tell me why I should care until the end when it’s revealed that she’s helping Lena run her companies.

It also seems that they were going for some metaphorical shit in this episode as Psi looks a lot like Kara. I think it was intentional on how similar both look to each other. It’s kind of like that Psi is the physical manifestation of her fears about Mon-El. When she lets her fear control her, Psi is running free and doing whatever she want because Supergirl can’t stop her. It wasn’t until she stopped worrying about the consequence to sending Mon-El away that Psi was stopped. She stopped letting the fear run and control her both sides of her life. Don’t worry though, because she did the same thing last week. Next week, she’s be back to depressed Kara. She has every right to be but if you are going to have it be a common theme, then don’t have it come across as being resolved.

This episode is pretty much is a continuation of last week’s episode. The week theme was “moving on.” I like that the whole “Kara misses Mon-El” is continuing but it would have been better to air with the premiere as a two-hour premiere. While it did build a lot of the story for the season, it felt like something we’ve already seen. Having Samantha be in charge while Lena (Is it just me or does Lena occasionally have a British accent?) is running Catco is actually genius. It puts her in the mix more because I have a feeling that she will be having a bigger part as the season progresses.

The dumbest move of the night was the fact that Kara was planning on changing in an elevator. Does she not realize that those have cameras in them and that anyone could open it up and see that Kara Danvers is really Supergirl? It also didn’t help when she was having a panic attack and was in there for what was probably a couple of minutes.

“Triggers” was definitely better than the premiere but should have been with it instead of a week later. It progresses the story but not until the last five minutes. It pretty much spends most of the episodes tying loose ends from the premiere.

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‘Supergirl’ Breakdown: “Girl of Steel”

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Kara Danvers is sad

Welcome to the first breakdown of the CW show “Supergirl.” Since the sharing of my thoughts on “Big Brother” was such a popular thing, I thought I would do it/bring it back for shows that I’m going to watch anyways. This will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the newest episode, you really need to get on that shit.

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The episode follows the aftermath of what occurred last season. It’s pretty much an episode where Kara is just depressed, moody, and grieving the fact she had to send her boyfriend Mon El into space in order to save his life and the entire city. She pretty much just turns off being Kara Danvers and becomes Kara Zor-El/Supergirl the entire episode. Because she’s turned off Kara Danvers, she becomes distant from her friends and is just really a bitch. Melissa Benoist’s performance in this episode was rather good. She plays a much more pissed and jaded Kara. You can tell that she is just over it all due to she had to sacrifice her boyfriend.

This was very reminiscent to what Buffy Summers experience when she had to sacrifice her boyfriend Angel to save the world in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” Buffy left town for months and became disconnected with her friends and family. It took two episodes to finally get back emotionally and not cut out her friends. “Supergirl” rushed this into just one episode. By the end of the episode, she’s back to being Kara Danvers like nothing happened. There was no really resolution to it besides her almost drowning. It was just anticlimactic.

“Girl of Steel” isn’t a bad episode, but it isn’t the way that I would have opened the season. I get that they have to deal with the events that occurred in the finale, but they way they did it made it drag. This episode dragged A LOT. I am glad that they returned to the Kara is trying to balance the issues of her personal life and her life as Supergirl.

This episode really doesn’t raise my hope that this season will be better than the one before it. “Supergirl” is still the weakest out of the entire DC Universe on the CW and it feels like it doesn’t want to change that. It needs to grow and it doesn’t seem to be doing that. I really hope the this improves over the course of the season, if it doesn’t, it will be a shame. So much potential.

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Season Review: Supergirl

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The end of the world is here as it’s time for spring finales for all of our favorite television shows. It’s time to reflect on the past season for some of our favorite show. To kick it off, let’s reflect on Supergirl, season two.

“Supergirl” isn’t a bad show. I actually preferred this season to the one on CBS. It just a show that is there.  There was time that I would forget it’s on and not really care like I did for the other three DC shows on the network. The acting is good and the show does present a different version of the Arrowverse, the universe that the show is located in, than what we normally see.

This season featured two main story arc: Finding Kara and Alex’s father and facing Cadmus and an alien invasion from the Daxam army. There’s also a lot of subplots like James Olson no longer wanting to be taking picures but saving the city, Alex’s sexuality, and J’onn finding out that there are other Martian’s on Earth. The subplots hurt the main story arcs to an extent. The subplots were sometimes way more interesting than the main arcs. There was also so many subplots that it overshadowed the actual story they wanted to tell.

There was also too many characters that bogged down which ones you needed to care

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Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor

about and which ones you don’t. I found myself at times not liking characters that I knew that the producers wanted me to like. The introduction to a Superman was nice and really showed how much we need another Superman show/TV movie. He was a nicely added character to the overall plot when needed. They didn’t use him all the time and which was nice because they let Supergirl be Supergirl. The addition of the Luthor’s, minus Lex and his father, didn’t really add anything to the story. Sure, they were a big plot contributor to the first story arc but other than that they were just ehh. Both Lillian and Lena didn’t really have a personality but rather were just there. Lena seemed to be always in trouble and needed to be saved by Supergirl.

 

It’s because of the massive amount of characters, you don’t grow attached to them. “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “DC Legends of Tomorrow” can make you feel things and invest into the characters. They also don’t have an overabyndance of characters that really don’t mean anything. Like, I love Laurel and Sara Lance. I don’t know why but they are the best part of the show and my favorite characters in the entire Arrowverse. I also love Killer Frost and would love to see her be the main villain in season four of “The Flash.” I’m emotionally invested in the characters of Black Canary/Black Siren, The Canary/White Canary, and Killer Frost. I don’t feel that in with any of the characters on “Supergirl.” They need to cut back on characters in season three.

 

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Chris Woods as Mon-El

The standouts this season were Chris Woods and Chyler Leigh. They both did amazing job with their characters that made them shine more. I’ve seen Chris act in “The Vampire Diaries” where he made his character of Kai the most enjoy villain of since The Originals. He shined so well and really made Mon-El a character that I didn’t know I would like. I like how they took him from what was pervieced a Daxam was from Kara’s explanation to someone who Kara loved and is the totally opposite of how he started the show. Chyler is just a badass. Like she is rivaling her stay on “Grey’s Anatomy” when it comes to how awesome she is doing at this role. She took Alex from someone that really wasn’t important to someone who is stealing the spotlight and
getting it more. There was one episode where Alex is missing and she really stole the episode with that performance. I also really like the fact they gave her a love interest who happens to be a girl. Alex had the most growth this season and I honestly can’t wait to see what Chyler will do next season with the character.

 

The show is currently suffering from growing pains and identity crisis. “Supergirl” seems to not know if it wants to be serious like “Arrow” or something in-between like “The Flash” and “DC Legends of Tomorrow.” It hasn’t found its place yet and what kind of show it wants to be. It’s suffering from first season issues in it second season. This could be because of the fact it’s on a new network. But it hurt the show. You don’t know how to feel because you can’t read the tone of the show. Again, it’s not a bad show but rather just one that still hasn’t found it’s way in the world of DC shows on The CW. There is a lot of things they need to change for season three and I hope they can do it because it would be a shame to lose a show like it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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