Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Supergirl, “World’s Finest”

Progressive/nerd/parent review (spoilers)

Is it okay for grownups to get really excited about this? Because I totally did.
Is it okay for grownups to get really excited about this? Because I totally did.

Supergirl Season 1, Episode 18 “World’s Finest

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – This episode took much longer than usual to ace the test, waiting almost four and a half minutes before giving us a scene of Lucy Lane and Livewire discussing recent mysterious electrical events.

Shukla Score: 0/3 – Unless I missed it, Jimmy Olsen was the only character in the episode that both had a name and is a person of color. Boo!

Russo Score: 0/3 -Another zero score for LGBTQ representation this week. Here is an idea: Lucy Lane comes out as a lesbian after being closeted for years to protect her military career and avoid more bad blood with her father, who is the kind of asshole that would have a problem with this development. Bam! Look at that CBS, I just solved your Russo test problem for Supergirl and gave you the most coherent character development arc for Lucy Lane in the whole show. Look how not hard it was! I won’t even invoice you for my creative consulting.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – The weak Kara/Jimmy shipping prevented this episode from going a full five kittehs, but the team-up of Supergirl and the Flash – not to mention Kara and Barry – was delightful. Perhaps the ultimate rebuke to Zack Snyder’s execrable story choices in Batman v Superman is that CBS made a more entertaining and engaging DC team-up happen in a one-hour TV show than Snyder could muster in a movie three times as long.

Low points: Jimmy’s jealousy of Barry and general whininess the whole episode was really off-putting. Even at the end, instead of fixing it up, they decided to tease the next episode instead. Jimmy also turns out to be immune to electrocution in this episode, as a bolt from Livewire barely seems to bother him or even muss his shirt. And as much as I appreciate the sentiment of having citizens and first responders rescue Supergirl – especially for an episode titled “World’s Finest” – it was all really hokey and I threw up in my mouth a little – not to mention it required making both the Flash and Supergirl unbelievably useless in a fight against two villains with limited powers. Finally, the lack of any sexual tension between Kara and Barry was baffling to me. Really it is a failure of our culture that we can’t even represent vanilla heterosexuality on network TV, but seriously you cannot tell me that two young, powered people in peak physical states from different universes would not take at least a few minutes to experiment with consequence-free super-sex. I’m not asking for super-friends porn on CBS, just some kind of allusion to the reality of having young, super-fit people together.

Highlights: The Flash and Supergirl teamed up! Even better, they didn’t have some dumb fight first! Best of all, the solution to sending Barry home was to have a race. Nice job on the fan service, folks. As a bonus, we get to watch Winn be his usual asshat self to a lady – this time pleading with Siobhan Smythe to let him fix her (gag) – and then, as should happen in that situation, she rejects his offer and yells at him hard enough to send him across the room.

Dad edits: No edits, my kid will love this episode start to finish. The violence is all pretty mild and almost entirely limited to meta-humans. I predict we will watch it at least once a day for a week. Since the next episode doesn’t air until April 11th, we may watch it daily for two weeks, yikes!

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Supergirl airs on CBS on Mondays at 8/7c

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