Supergirl Season 1, Episode 12 “Bizarro”
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – As usual, several scenes of women talking to each other in this episode. And while there were moments when the dialogue between them was not about a man, those moments were few. Kara and Cat mostly discussed Adam while Kara and Alex mostly discussed Maxwell Lord. I am also going to go ahead and implement a rule for all DC comics shows that no Bizarro-character dialogue will ever count towards inclusivity scores.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – Same two African-American series regulars, still not ever talking to each other or any other named, non-white characters on the show.
Russo Score: 0/3 – There is no LGBTQ representation in this episode. And it would have been easy, they could just set up Bizarro – the inverse of Supergirl – to have boring, irrelevant romantic melodrama with the various young women at Lord Technologies – just like Kara does with the men at CatCo.
Kittehs: 😺/5 – I fell asleep twice trying to watch this episode. At first I blamed this on my own fatigue, but then similarly had trouble finishing the episode on a third attempt after a night’s rest. One happy kitteh would have been enough to pull me away at any point.
Low points: This episode was like a concentrated dose of everything I don’t like about the show. I don’t care about Kara’s feelings for Adam Foster, I don’t care about Kara’s feelings for Jimmy Olsen, I don’t care about Maxwell Lord at all and especially not his anti-Supergirl feelings. The whole hour I was wondering: “Can we get Brainiac, or Power Girl, or some kind of help over here please?”
Highlights: The highlight of this episode was the setup for next week’s episode, which I have been looking forward to anyway, and which also signaled the end of this particularly weak episode. Also, crammed in between the unwieldy discussions of son/suitor Adam, Cat and Kara’s dialogue continues to be a highlight each week.
Dad edits: Maxwell Lord’s treatment of Bizarro, which was contained in just two or three short scenes, was messed up. We didn’t skip it, but if I had it to do over again, we would’ve skipped the electrocution conditioning bit. Otherwise, this episode was pretty easy to digest. And way less guns than usual, yay!
Supergirl airs on CBS on Mondays at 8/7c