Kris, Annie, and Stephanie discuss episode 8 of Supergirl‘s Season Two as well as the “Heroes v Aliens” crossover event with Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. While we were thankful for the somewhat emotional (and homoerotic — Hi, Lena!) “Medusa,” the first DC crossover event featuring Supergirl left us wanting, well, more Supergirl.
- Thanksgiving! Alex tries to come out about being queer, and James and Winn try to come out about being vigilantes, but they all are interrupted by a weird portal appearing in Kara’s apartment.
- Cadmus steals a virus called Medusa that could kill all aliens (except Kryptonians) on the planet. Kara’s father designed it, so she's really happy about that.
- Supergirl tells Lena that her mother is head of Cadmus, and Lena comes through! She tricks her mother into thinking she wants to help. Lena is a glorious badass.
- Kara’s mom tells her Mon-El has a crush on her, but he denies it when Kara asks. Delirious from being exposed to the Medusa virus, Mon-El kisses Kara, but he doesn't seem to remember afterward, so Kara lets it go. It's all very frustrating for us.
- Alex does come out to her mom, who kinda knew already, and thanks Maggie for helping her realize who she was. And then there's smoochies because Maggie uses a play from Lauren Lewis’s Book of Lady Game: seduction featuring pizza and beer.
- J’onn takes on seriously surly Cyborg Superman, and Supergirl smushes him. But he escapes! Twice! (The guy is pretty big. How does he keep just disappearing?) And then J’onn’s whole problem about turning into a white Martian is resolved with one line of dialogue. Harrumph.
- The portal thing that interrupted Thanksgiving dinner turns out to be Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon coming to recruit Kara to help them with a little alien problem in their universe.
- I really liked the Thanksgiving episode. Family time drama with the Danvers is always interesting, especially with Alex trying to come out to everyone. I love the relationship between Alex and Eliza more than I can say – their conversation made me cry! And the Supergirl/Lena subtext makes me giggle.
- I do think the storyline in general is getting a bit too crowded with James/Winn debating about telling everyone about being vigilantes, Supergirl and Mon-El (meh) and J’onn turning into a White Martian. I’m not too excited about the first two and thought the latter was resolved way too quickly. Hopefully, Supergirl as a show will continue to concentrate on Kara’s journey instead of being split between too many subplots.
- The “Invasion!” crossover was okay, speaking as someone who doesn’t watch the other DC shows. I would have preferred more Supergirl participating in the action instead of being sidelined the last episode and seeing things like Cisco and Felicity taking down the bad guys instead of the aftermath. There was too much Barry and Oliver. I would have liked to have seen more of the other characters featured.
- I liked “Medusa” a lot! The balance of character screentime was a lot more to my liking in this episode. But I want more for Kara, and a storyline that’s about HER.
- The scene with Alex and Eliza at the DEO made me cry. Alex's coming out storyline has been extremely satisfying to me.
- I love Lena Luthor so much and would be perfectly happy to have her in every episode of Supergirl from now on.
- Invasion(!) was underwhelming. I wanted more crossing-over out of a crossover. Oliver seemed to dominate all three episodes, with Barry close behind.
- I really liked the Thanksgiving Supergirl episode, mainly because I'm enjoying the heck out of Lena Luthor/Katie McGrath and her seeming inability not to gaze longingly at Kara/Supergirl. I was worried for a moment that Lena might prove Kris and I wrong by colluding with her mother, but she came through!
- The more I see of Alex, the more I think “It me!” whenever she is on screen. Is there an over-achieving only child on the writing staff?
- And Alex finally said she's gay! Good for her! And got smoochies! But what was with all the drinking? Hrm…
- Kara can't be interested in Mon-El, can she? Right? BUT THEY DIDN’T RESOLVE IT SO WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT GOSH DARN IT.
- I was pretty disappointed with the crossover. Instead of being an epic team up, it just felt like a three-hour Barry and Oliver-athon. It did reaffirm my opinion that Oliver is the worst, and I really shouldn’t watch Arrow. How dare he be rude to sweet, precious Kara! (Sorry, Arrow fans. The show just is Not For Me.)
- I wish they had crossed over more characters from Supergirl to the other universe and had more meaningful interactions between characters who don't usually exist in the same show, e.g., Iris and Kara or Alex and Sara.
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