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

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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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 5:47am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

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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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 7:22am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

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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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 9:25am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

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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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 10:52am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

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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Posted: 21 February 2017 at 12:07pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

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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Posted: 23 February 2017 at 11:35am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

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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Posted: 23 February 2017 at 10:40pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

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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Posted: 24 February 2017 at 1:49am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

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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Posted: 24 February 2017 at 5:58pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

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 post reply

Thankfully, no one uses the 'Blah blah blah much?' dialogue thing.
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Posted: 24 February 2017 at 7:40pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

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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Posted: 25 February 2017 at 4:19pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

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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Posted: 26 February 2017 at 10:08am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

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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Posted: 28 February 2017 at 8:22am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

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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Posted: 04 March 2017 at 3:37am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Two episodes in a row without "James". Are the producers also figuring out that the character just isn't working?
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Posted: 04 March 2017 at 5:43am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

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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