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Supergirl

When we last saw Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), she was just about to give in into her Kryptonian hormonal urges and seal the deal with fellow super-powered alien (Daxamite), Mon-El (Chris Wood). Before they could complete lip-lock, a bizarre, inter dimensional being, Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), crashed their romantic party, claiming he was Supergirl’s No. 1 Super-fan/Ultimate Fanboy and asking for Supergirl’s hand in matrimony. Perplexed, not to mention flummoxed, Supergirl hemmed and stalled until Mr. Mxyzptlk left the building, but his sudden disappearance  didn’t mean he was gone for good; it meant the opposite. Mr. Mxyzptlk was nothing more than a stalker, albeit a stalker with near omnipotence (think of a love-obsessed Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation or the Great Kazoo from The Flintstones).

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Credit where credit’s due. The late (very late) Russian author Leo Tolstoy was onto something major when he said, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” more than a century ago. That axiom applies to the “Luthors,” the first family of corporate crime in the DC universe, on or off the comic-book page. On Supergirl, the Luthors include not just Lex and his father, Lionel, but also his biological mother, Liliane (Brenda Strong), and his adopted sister, Lena (Katie McGrath). As it turns out, though, Lena’s not just a stray orphan the Luthors decided to take in out of the kindness in their hearts, but the product of an illicit affair between Lionel and Lena’s (unnamed) mom, gone at the four to accident or disease. In short, Lena’s biological connection to the Luthors raises the distinct possibility that she’s just as evil, amoral, and sociopathic as her brother, (adopted) mother, and biological father. (more…)

Lex Luthor isn’t the only Luthor ready to stir up trouble for our heroic Kryptonians and this time around his mother Lilian is out to make it a family affair with her daughter Lena. While Supergirl believes that Lena is her friend, can she be trusted or will blood tell? This upcoming episode promises to uncover the background story of Lex Luthor’s sister and perhaps the first look at Lex Luthor himself? There is a quick look at his power armor in the teaser. So grab that axe, break the glass, and click below to watch the teaser. (more…)

Two Martians enter, only one Martian leaves. Actually, that’s not right. On tonight’s Very Special Episode of Supergirl, “The Martian Chronicles,” it’s White Martian (evil) vs. Green Martian (good) with a self-hating White Martian (for good reason, since she’s not evil), M’gann M’orzz (Sharon Leal), turned Green Martian pretending to be human (standard for Martians of any hue or color) on the side of our resident superheroes, Supergirl/Kara Zor-El/Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and the Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood), with Kara’s adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), on perpetual back-up. The battle royale – like all battle royales – doesn’t happen until the last few minutes and when it does, it’s confined to a single, closed location (TV budget, in effect) that deliberately, consciously borrows from James Cameron’s Aliens and John Carpenter’s The Thing, but it’s less about the fight than the subtext: It’s all about overcoming our/their differences and fighting/defeating a common foe. (more…)

Part of the fun of Supergirl is seeing actors from other superhero movie and TV shows in new and/or different roles. Smallville’s Supergirl Laura Vandervoort appeared as the villainous Indigo, original Supergirl Helen Slater plays Supergirl’s adaptive mother Eliza, 70s Wonder Woman Lynda Carter recently played POTUS, and Dean Cain, who played the Man of Steel on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has portrayed Supergirl’s adoptive father Jeremiah. Now there’s news today that the Lois to Cain’s Clark is joining the CW’s Girl of Steel program, but Teri Hatcher‘s role is so far super-mysterious.  (more…)

Given that it’s now 2017 and the world has progressed a bit beyond the classic paranoia and dislike of LGBTQ people and issues, it’s somewhat surprising to learn that a former fan of The CW’s Supergirl felt it necessary to complain on Twitter regarding the show’s recent revelation and coming out of a main character. Unfortunately, that’s what went down just a few days ago when Twitter user @TaronYoung complained to a Supergirl Twitter page about having to explain homosexuality to his 7 and 10-year-old children.

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After a midseason break that seemed much too long, Supergirl returned to television in Supergirl Lives, with Kevin Smith in the director’s chair.  This isn’t Smith’s first Arrowverse rodeo, having previously directed a couple of episodes of The Flash, and considering The Fatman’s unabashed love for all things DC Comics, fans of Supergirl were excited to see what he would do with his chapter of Kara Danvers’ story.  While the premise of the episode seemed promising, what audiences wound up with was an episode that was a little cliche and actually took a bit away from at least one of the characters.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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The fact that the CW renewed all it superhero shows – Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow – five months in advanced of when network schedules are announced in May, sends a particular message about how much they like being in the hero business. Still, there’s one day of the week where the CW doesn’t have a superhero show, which is starting to feel like a grave oversight given how successful the other four are. There is some potential as the Arrowverse keeps getting bigger, but CW President Mark Pedowitz is ruling out one possibility: the dude with the big red ‘S’ on his chest. (more…)

Looking Back At The Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016

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It’s a terribly kept secret that there’s too much good TV to watch; for every series you manage to finish watching, there’s two more already queued up and ready to binge. It’s an embarrassment of riches, as in you’re embarrassed when people ask you if you’ve seen the hot new show and you’re forced to answer “no” because, hey, there are only so many hours in a day… That’s what you need semi-professional critics for. In reviewing the last 12 months, and looking at the plethora of sci-fi, superhero, horror, and other genre TV shows, we’ve paired it all down to a Top 10. Here, in our humble estimation, are the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016! (more…)