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Oh, the Humanity! SUPERGIRL’s Sick Day

Supergirl’s seventh episode (“Human for a Day”) unpacks the idea of identity, of who a person is at their core. Kara, after fighting Red Tornado, is temporarily drained of her powers. She is, for all intents and purposes, human. Which means she promptly catches a cold on the way to work. No, seriously. Kara has […]

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SUPERGIRL’s Anger Management

Supergirl’s episode six (“Red Faced”) is rife with disaster and familial complications. The major theme, though, is anger. It’s a fascinating take on how anger is perceived when exhibited by a woman, and I liked the social commentary on that. But let’s get to the bad guy, shall we? Cat’s mom is in town! Okay, […]

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Exes, Evil, and Explosions on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s fifth episode (“How Does She Do It?”, which was originally scheduled as episode four) opens with Supergirl being followed by some kind of megadrone. We later learn it’s powered by Maxwell Lord’s tech—yes, the smarmy billionaire is back. And no, nobody has punched him yet. (I volunteer as tribute.) Meanwhile, Cat Grant has earned […]

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History and Secrets: SUPERGIRL’s “Livewire”

(Author’s note: The episode that aired last night was actually episode 5; episode 4—“How Does She Do It?”—was pulled for the schedule out of consideration for victims of the attacks in Paris.) In episode four of Supergirl (“Livewire”), it’s pretty clear that everybody’s got some kind of secret. Kara’s foster mom Eliza Danvers comes to […]

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Fights Like a Girl: SUPERGIRL Packs a Punch

In the premiere of Supergirl, Kara Zor-El (played by Melissa Benoist, whose performance is utterly charming) has a lot of learning to do—and that is not necessarily a bad thing. After a mishap on her way to Earth as a child (her pod got caught in the Phantom Zone, resulting in her arriving after her […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.