Supergirl Season 1, Episode 13 “For the Girl Who Has Everything” (mega spoilers)
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – I don’t even try to keep up with how many scenes pass this test each week. Of course it gets complicated – some of the women are only in a dream, one was a shape-shifting male alien – but there were still several clear cut 3/3 scenes this episode, the best being the Astra and Alex scenes. Good stuff.
Shukla Score: 3/3 – Wow, it happened! The two recurring African-American characters on the show had some scenes together, for the first time ever, and those scenes passed the test. Not much to say other than that, since none of their scenes together were critical and the circumstances were utterly ludicrous (see low points below).
Russo Score: 0/3 – No LGBTQ representation. WTF, people?
Kittehs: 😻😺😿😾😺/5 – These kitteh faces tell a story and pardon me if I recount it here at length. There are five of them because it was really good television and it would have taken a lot of kittehs to pull me away. That said, it was also a somewhat frustrating episode, even while it was really good. The story is a classic Superman tale, about a creature that attacks the Man of Steel and places him in a virtual world of his dreams, where Krypton was never destroyed and he has a life with the El family. Perhaps more importantly, it was adapted into what is surely the best episode of the Justice League animated series and arguably one of the best episodes of any cartoon show, ever. Just sayin’! I was enamored with the idea* of this episode before it started, I was happy with the first act, but then I got sad as I realized that the episode was really not going to focus much on Kara’s virtual life on Krypton. When it became clear that Kara’s exit from her dream world would not be prompted by soul searching, but by her Earth-sister shouting at her for a minute, I actually got kind of pissed. So I watched the episode a second time, free of my hopes for the story, and was happy again. Because this was, on its own, probably the best episode of Supergirl so far. The third act especially kicked ass.
[*: It was not realistic to hope it would be as stimulating as the Justice League adaptation, anyway, because there is no way to include something like the Batman segment, which was amazing and brutal (if you click the link, bring tissues). Seriously this was a kids show.]
Low points: Come the fuck on, Kara does not get a plus one – much less a plus two – for her friends to visit the secret anti-alien task force bunker. Come the fuck on! That was the only low point that I experienced in what was, as I said I believe, the show’s best episode yet.
Highlights: Everything about J’onn J’onnz assuming Kara’s form and identity was great. Well written, well played, really fun television. The fight sequence between Astra and J’onzz & Alex was some of the best action the show has ever done. Also later, I got chills when Henshaw/J’onzz said “Astra was a righteous kill.” 👏
Dad edits: Eek, somebody got run through with a glowing sword. Hmmm… …at the very least, this episode will require a lot of conversation. I will most likely skip past Alex running Astra up to the hilt. Since it isn’t gory, only the moment of impaling is problematic. 👍 My kid will love the bit where J’onzz gets Kara in trouble at work, I’m looking forward to that.
Supergirl airs on CBS on Mondays at 8/7c
(A video preview of episode 14, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” is not yet available)