Progressive/nerd/parent review (spoilers)
Supergirl Season 1, Episode 19 “Myriad”
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – As always, the show aces this test. Kara and her computerized mom, Supergirl and Cat Grant, Eliza and Alex Danvers, whatever.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – Olsen and Henshaw/J’onzz were present (Indigo does not count), but they were never in the same place and never spoke to each other.
Russo Score: 0/3 – Another zero score for LGBTQ representation this week. On the one hand, the show needs to do better. On the other hand, not being represented in an episode this bad is something of a kindness.
Kittehs: 😾/5 – This episode was fucking terrible. One angry kitteh could have easily pulled me away. Really, I had a hard time watching it even without distractions. I sought out distractions. This review is two days late because I have avoided the inevitable rewatching that I do for reviewing purposes. But here I am, my brain and soul once again under assault from the relentless stupidity of this episode’s narrative.
Low points: Every single scene contained a plot hole so bad it counts as a low point: The superpowered villain Maximum is released from her cell, only to have her ass immediately kicked by Supergirl, who leaves her on the floor instead of restraining her; despite knowing for years that they needed to be able to fight Kryptonians from Fort Rozz, the DEO apparently just now got around to making kryptonite bullets for the agents to use on Supergirl; it was snowing inside the Fortress of Solitude; Cat somehow did not recognize Kara’s phone when she saw it or her fucking first name when Non used it to address Supergirl; Superman came to town just to be mind controlled, and apparently the Krytponian bad guys could think of no better use of him than having him walk down the street; Maxwell Lord just so happens to have a kryptonite bomb and mind control jamming devices; despite being as fast as the Flash, able to fly, and possessing super strength Kara couldn’t figure out how to save three people from falling; meanwhile, Non decided to ignore Maxwell and Cat despite the fact that they are the only humans in the city not controlled by Myriad, which would seem like kind of a big deal; J’onn J’onzz is a total badass in the first moment that he fights Indigo, then he is suddenly an inept and weak idiot the second moment; Alex Danvers has her kryptonite sword (which, remember, the DEO made before they made kryptonite bullets) and some kind of power suit? WTF? I know I left out a scene or two, but only a scene or two. At this point I’m open to a philosophical discussion about whether it really counts as a “low point” if nearly every moment in the episode is terrible. After all, however low each scene might be, the word “point” implies a diversion from the norm. But I digress.
Highlights: Wow did they actually have Cat Grant, played by Calista Flockhart, make a crack about not dating Harrison Ford while he is married? Because, umm, he was separated-but-still-married when they started dating. It isn’t a highlight in the sense that it is kind of a fucked up joke to put in the show, but it was about the only moment that could be said to rise to the level of “entertaining” in the whole hour. I did also enjoy
Dad edits: My son actually said “Daddy can we just watch the one with the Flash again, please?” I could not say no. No particular visual or dramatic moment in the show is too violent or grim for a kid, but you really need to ask yourself if you want to expose the delicate mind of your child to such a gruesomely shit narrative, with so many gaping plot holes, as this episode of Supergirl.
Supergirl airs on CBS on Mondays at 8/7c