Supergirl Round Table: Radioactive Turkey

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It's Thanksgiving on Supergirl Season 1 Episode 4 and even superheroes have to deal with the awkward family dinners.

Below, TV Fanatics Jim Garner, Kathleen Wiedel, Christine Orlando, and Stacy Glanzman discuss the humanization of Cat, Mr. Danvers the DEO agent, and something about meta-humans.

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Did you mind that the episode aired out of order?

Jim: I couldn't tell that they were out of order, I did think it was odd that they showed the Thanksgiving meal early.

Kathleen: If you check the production codes, "How Does She Do It?" actually comes before "Livewire." They switched them around after the terrorist attacks in Paris as "How Does She Do It?" revolves around Supergirl trying to stop a series of bombs while trying to babysit Cat's son. Honestly, it's just going to be weird airing that during Thanksgiving week...

Christine: I completely understand why they did it, but there were little mentions that made me feel like I missed something.

Stacy: I understand and respect the decision as well, but I admit now I want to see what happens next with Alex's investigation into her dad and wish we didn't have to wait two weeks!

Were you surprised to learn that Mr. Danvers was a DEO agent?

Jim: I was more surprised to learn that Hank never told Alex that her father had worked for the DEO or that anyone else didn't mention she wasn't the first Danvers to work for the DEO.

Kathleen: I wasn't hugely surprised, as such, but it did give us a little view into just how much of a total SOB Hank Henshaw can be...

Christine: Yes, I didn’t seem that coming. It also seemed odd that Hank wouldn’t think that Alex would figure it out at some point, so yeah, I was surprised.

Stacy: I was surprised as well, and especially surprised to see that Hank has been in their lives a lot longer than they realized. It will be interesting to see what Alex does with this information.

How do you feel about the mix of human villains versus alien ones? Do you want to see more of one or the other?

Jim: I like the mix of human and alien villains. I think it keeps things fresh that it's not all about fighting Kara's aunt.

Kathleen: I'm with Jim on this one. It would get boring fast if it was just Astra sending out goons week after week!

Christine: I like it. I agree that they need to mix things up to keep it interesting. All aliens all the time could get boring.

Stacy: I agree as well that I like the mix of villains. It means Kara has to learn and adjust her strategies based on who she's dealing with.

What was your favorite quote/scene?

Jim: My favorite part this week was the direction they took Cat Grant, she was a little more human this week, understanding that Kara worked her butt off for her and she knew nothing about her AND was willing to be bait for Supergirl. I guess if Perry White never figured out who Superman was, no reason to think Cat Grant will figure out who Supergirl is.

Kathleen: It was a very humanizing scene for Cat, who often comes across as a complete, ah, witch, when she finally learned about Kara's family. Cat always seems so self-absorbed, so it was interesting to watch her step outside herself for once.

Christine: I agree with what everyone said about Cat. I loved learning about her family and seeing her reaction to Kara’s story. Secondly was Kara’s declaring chocolate Pecan pie as the best dessert in the galaxy. It’s hard to argue with that.

Stacy: While I also loved the scenes with Cat, my favorite was the conversation between Alex and her mom. Alex has been carrying around this burden for so long and never received credit for everything she has done to protect Kara. It was a sweet moment when Eliza told her that she has always been her Supergirl.

Did anything disappoint you?

Jim: I'm not a big fan of the "energy passed through an alien and gave me powers" trope. I'll give them a pass on this one, but Arrow and Flash have already well established there are meta-humans in the world, so Livewire could have been a meta-human just as easily. That being said, I wonder if we will see the other colors of kryptonite introduced in Supergirl, one of them has been used to transfer Superman's powers to others.

Kathleen: Since the production staff have said that they are (at least for now) keeping the Arrowverse separate from Supergirl, I'm not going to argue for meta-humans. Though I do agree with Jim that the genesis of Livewire seemed a bit odd. It was an ordinary lightning bolt, yes, and not spawned from a particle accelerator exploding, so how does that translate into superpowers? Then again, so many superheroes got their abilities by having toxic waste dumped on them, so by comparison this is a totally reasonable origin! Bah, what do I know?

Christine: Meta-human? I’m going to need to get a superhero dictionary to keep up with you guys. I hated that James called Kara because he got bored on his trip with his girlfriend. For some reason, that really bothered me.

Stacy: Can I borrow that dictionary when you're done, Christine? I agree with you on James calling Kara. He has made the decision to be with Lucy. If he's regretting it, then he needs to do something about it, and he needs to be fair to both of them.

Stacy Glanzman was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in March, 2019.

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Supergirl Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Chocolate pecan pie is the best dessert in the galaxy, and as someone who's been to twelve different planets, I mean that literally.


Kara; He was tough.
Hank: She.
Kara: Oh. Respect.