Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Supergirl - We Can Be Heroes
Although the latest episode of Supergirl involves the return of Livewire (Brit Morgan), including Kara (Melissa Benoist) freaking out about her arch-nemesis' return (did I miss something, when did Livewire graduate from recurring villain to nemesis?), the central theme of the story deals more about the show's heroes than its villains. This includes Supergirl's disapproval of discovering the truth about Guardian, the mixed success of Mon-El's (Chris Wood) first field experience, and J'onn (David Harewood) choosing to forgive and help M'gann (Sharon Leal) through traumatic episode.
I'd feel better if this episode had taken place before the Invasion crossover where Kara met with, and fought alongside, several heroes without super-powers. While her reasoning of wanting to keep her friends safe certainly makes sense, her conclusion that those without super-powers can't actually be heroes comes off more than a little naive given what she's been exposed to. As for Livewire, the twist of having her not be the main villain of the story but the victim of a mad scientist creating weapons lead to an unexpected team-up of Supergirl and Livewire. I'll be curious to see how long Supergirl's detente with her new frenemy lasts.