Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Supergirl Season 2 'Crossfire' Review

Supergirl still has to make vast improvements with regards to its villains. This week, Cadmus intensifies its power and its sociopathic boss struggles with her disturbing justification for the destruction her organisation has caused, apparently she wants to save the world, albeit hurting innocent people in the process. 

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Their only motivation seems to be that they're harbouring alien weapons and giving them to criminals to use against alien citizens. It's as if they know that the only way to create fear among society, is to anger aliens into wanting to become the monsters Cadmus is portraying them as. 

Even though the conflict between Supergirl and Cadmus fell flat, the dynamics between Kara/ Mon-El and Alex/Maggie really drove the momentum forward. Personally, I believe that Kara and Mon-El aren't romantically linked because I feel more of a paternal relationship building between them. But it would be a surprising twist seeing that their species went to war with one another. Their relationship could become a symbol of what can be achieved if they united together.

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There were some fantastic comedic moments when Kara was trying to teach Mon-El about human society; answering phones and social security numbers. Kara realised that she may have been pushing Mon-El to becoming like her, when actually he needs to discover who he is as an individual.

It was evident that themes of discovery and identity were the main subject of 'Crossfire'. Especially in terms of Alex's development. I was relieved that she was able to express vulnerability and uncertainty towards her sexuality, because it added many compelling dimensions to her character. 

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Her awkward defence against Maggie's confrontation that, "She read her wrong", was really effective in showcasing the hidden aspects to her character. Has she had these thoughts before, and has she tried to explore these feelings without telling her sister?

When she admits to Maggie that there may have been some truth to what Maggie said, it made that scene very compelling because it was self-contained, intimate and allowed Alex's character to develop into new areas that I never would have expected.

Season 2 is excelling at character development but James's progression feels false and forced because his motivation for wanting to make a difference feels like it has come from nowhere. If he wants to make a difference, he could always showcase his photography and power being the boss of Catco. That way, he would be true to himself and have an original statement for being a hero rather than copying his friends.

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