Friday, March 15, 2019

What I’m Watching: Supergirl

Supergirl: Season 4, Episode 14 “Stand and Deliver” (B)

It’s interesting to see what this show is doing now by having Brainy start the “American Alien” march as Lockwood tries to use his official government platform to repeal the Alien Amnesty Act. I’m not sure how much of this is based on the comics and how much has been created or tweaked specifically to parallel current politics. Manchester Black and his crew of angry aliens do give some weight to the “good people on both sides” argument, and I guess that’s why Supergirl was able to inspire one person who came with hatred in his heart to switch sides and help an alien up. As she tackled her worst possible assignment to protect Lockwood, Alex came to a better place with Supergirl, which is helpful, and it’s nice to see the crew of alien superheroes leading the march, with Nia embracing her Dreamer identity and trying to stay in costume even when she’s not actively engaged in something heroic. Haley continues to be somewhat puzzling since she increasingly reflects positive ideas even if she’s too obsessed with following orders, and, even though Lockwood appears to be backing down by going through Congress (a humorous notion given our president’s route), there’s going to come a time soon where people will have to definitely choose sides. Unlike at this point last year with the endless Reign saga, this season shows no signs of letting up as its conflicts continue to intensify and add more depth to all the characters and themes involved.

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