Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Recap: Supergirl 2.21 "Resist"

This episode begins with Rhea gently waking Lena up in a very plush bed. Apparently, Rhea has been "taking care of" Lena while National City is being invaded by the Daxamite troops. Rhea says that she wants Lena by her side, presiding together over this new world. All in a completely heterosexual way, yep.

Oh. Mon-El is also with Rhea and Lena. Apparently, Rhea's master plan is to turn Earth into New Daxam and use the humans to build pyramids. She also clarifies that she wants Mon-El to marry Lena so they can produce "an heir," which can apparently be done using only their hair samples and, wow, all of this sounds so random even as a I type it, but hey. Let's go with it, I guess.

Meanwhile, the Supergirl gang meets up at Close Encounters to apprise the situation. Daddy J'onn is out of commission, Daxamite troops are roaming the streets, and Rhea's mothership is hovering over the city, just waiting to do something evil and lesbionic, I'm sure.

Lillian Luthor also pops into the picture, suggesting that she and Supergirl form an alliance to stop Rhea, but the Supergirl gang says no way. So much for stronger together, Kara.

President Wonder Woman then Skypes Rhea and demands that the Daxamites stand down. Rhea refuses and the situation begins to escalate when, prepare yourselves: *angel choir singing* CAT GRANT re-enters the picture. I repeat, Cat Grant is back in the house. Or, more specifically, she's on Air Force One with the President, because of course she is.  And the President was her "RA" at Radcliffe back in the day, because of course she was.

Winn has hacked into the Air Force One Skype session (because of course he has), so the Supergirl gang gets a front-row seat to this alpha-female showdown.

Cat begins by scolding Rhea and President Wonder Woman for acting like "testosterone-driven windbags" and says they should work together to find a harmonious solution. Rhea says no and then has her spaceships attack Air Force One. So, that's that. More importantly, however, the attack causes Cat to fall out of the plane, which causes this to happen:

Lena and Mon who? SuperCat is back, fans. Also, it has dawned on me that my revised sexual orientation is "Supergirl catching women."


Where was I? Oh yes. Air Force One then crashes. I guess it's a moot point that some might consider it  "weird" if it got out that Supergirl saved Cat Grant over the President, because it turns out that the President is actually an alien and was able to survive the crash. Cat's reaction: "Well at least tell me you're still a Democrat." Never change, Cat.

Later, at the resistance headquarters at Close Encounters, Cat's phone rings:

Text: "Madeline Albright"
These are some of the gems in the Supergirl script that I miss when Cat Grant isn't around. Snapper Carr's crotchety demeanor will never compare to Cat. What other TV show character unapologetically references current and former female politicians in non-contemptuous ways, without the "despite all her faults" statement that never have to be made about men? Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope comes to mind.

ANYway, the President orders the DEO, and Acting Director Agent Danvers, to destroy the Daxamite mother ship. Supergirl is not happy, of course, since her boyfriend and girlfriend are on that ship. So, Supergirl conspires with Lillian Luthor to teleport onto the mother ship and rescue Mon-El and Lena before Alex blows the mother ship out of the sky.

For her part, Rhea threatens to destroy the Luthor Children's Hospital if Lena won't marry Mon-El, so they agree marry each other. Here is their wedding photo, where they each look as happy as if they've just been ordered to marry Beetlejuice.

Before they can say their vows, Cat transmits an Uplifting Speech to National City about resistance and not being conned by these people promising to make the city great again.If the people stay strong and united they can defeat the Daxamines. El marayah.

Cat's transmission also plays in the mother ship  (how tho?) and it interrupts the big wedding. Supergirl and Lillian free Lena and Mon-El, but Supergirl stays behind to try to talk sense into Rhea. Oh that sweet summer child, never giving up on people. The lesson here is: whyyyyyy doesn't she ever learn that some people will never change.

Meanwhile, the President has ordered Alex to fire on the mothership. And then Superman appears. What will happen next? I guess we find out in the season finale!

Deep Thought of the Week: OMG somebody made an Imagine Me and You fan-video trailer with Kara and Lena. It's the little things in life that remind me that everything isn't hopeless bullshit.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Fun: That Sparring Session

My favorite Game of Thrones characters are as follows, in order:

1) Arya Stark
2) AshaYara Greyjoy
3) Brienne of Tarth

You can imagine my delight at the recent sparring sesh between Brienne and Arya:

Brienne can hold her own against The Hound and Jamie Lannister, but can barely keep up with a much-smaller, much-less-experienced teenager? I don't see it as that far-fetched, actually, and certainly not in the grand scheme of things in Westeros about which we're asked to suspend our disbelief.

In a Big v. Little fight, Arya shows that sometimes, counter-intuitively, it's safer to be in close. There, at least, she isn't at the wrong end of a large sword. It also puts her within striking distance with Needle.

Brienne, for her part, is slower, less flexible, and, at first, flustered. But, she aptly shows that a good way to deal with a smaller, quicker person is by not playing on the smaller person's terms. That is, don't let them inside in the first place. Get rid of the person in one fell swoop: a boot to the chest.

All things considered, I'm glad to see Arya somewhat has a mentor again. Now work together and do something about Littlefinger, yeah?

Also, Very Important Info:

One time, Gwendoline Christie* "liked" one of my Tweets.

*Or her social media person, but please don't ruin this for me.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday To When We Were Gaslit About Bigotry

Has it only been four months since Bernie Sanders said this at an Our Revolution rally:

"Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and just deplorable folks. I don't agree. I don't agree, 'cause I've been there. Let me tell you something else some of you may not agree with, and that is: It wasn't that Donald Trump won the election; it was that the Democratic Party lost the election!"
In light of the white supremacists decked out in Trump cosplay who marched in Charlottesville this past weekend, I'd like to revisit Sanders' claim.

Read the whole thing, over at Shakesville.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Recap: Supergirl 2.20 "City of Lost Children"

Guardian re-enters the picture this episode, having a bout of superhero angst. And, I don't blame him. What is this show even doing with James/Guardian? Supergirl is reaching Arrow-levels of "make every character a hero."

Anyway, James apparently feels as though the people he saves are scared of him, while people are in awe of Superman and Supergirl. When an apparently evil telepathic alien comes into town, Guardian also seems to feel insecure about his lack of superpowers. Which, yeah, I suspect it is hard for humans to compete with flying, heat vision, ice breath, and super-strength.

However, James' human skills are needed when the evil telepathic alien's son, Marcus, needs to be interrogated. James takes the boy to his office at CatCo (ie, Cat Grant's old office, *cries*) and hangs out with him, hoping to get intel on the mom.

Meanwhile, Lena lets Kara know she's seeing another lady and I feel like Kara pretends to be okay with it but isn't, really. That is to say, things between Lena and Rhea (Mom-El) are going swimmingly, as they continue to have candlelight dinners and work together on developing the stargate thingy. I predict that Kara's going to flip her shit when she finds out that it's Rhea who has been cupping Lena's chin and giving her evil, motherly pep talks.

The Lena plot converges with the James plot when Lena finally gets the stargate up and running. When the stargate activates, something in Marcus also seems to activate, making him go all Carrie in CatCo.

When Lena powers down the stargate, the kid goes back to normal. After that, James doesn't want to interrogate the kid any longer, because Supergirl had to swoop in and save them all, once again. But, Daddy Hank gives James a pep talk, convincing him that connecting with Marcus and getting information from him can be just as heroic.

(I think a theme of this episode is positive v. negative role models)

Right on cue, Kara calls Lena, but Rhea sees Lena's cell phone ringing and answers it for her. Apparently, the CEO of L Corp doesn't password protect her phone, or she and Rhea are so U-hauled they're sharing passwords already. ANYway, Kara quickly figures out that Rhea and Lena have been working together on this secret project.

Marcus ends up opening up to James and says he can track down his mom. Simultaneously, the DEO pinpoints Lena and Rhea's location. So, the challenge is to keep Marcus and his mom from going Carrie if Rhea activates the stargate thingy.

James signs up for the mission, and Winn brings along some sort of force field generator that will keep the telepathic abilities at bay. However, when Marcus takes James and Winn to his mom, there are a bunch more telepaths there. Zoinks! Rhea, of course, activates the stargate, which causes all the telepaths to activate.

Winn's little force field generator isn't strong enough to protect all the telepaths, so James gives an Inspiring Speech to Marcus, which breaks the effect the stargate has on all the telepaths. While that is the good news, the bad news is that Rhea's little stargate endeavor was actually a plot to teleport the surviving Daxamites to Earth. Wheeee!

Those slave-holding monarchists from Daxam seem like real assholes, so I take it National City's in deep shit when Rhea starts calling it "New Daxam."

Deep Thought of the Week: For whatever reason (I think it's the stargate/wormhole concept), this episode reminded me of that Jodie Foster movie, Contact. Does watching a brilliant female scientist be gaslit for two and a half hours sound fun? Then you should definitely watch Contact!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Let's Not Downplay "Identity Politics"

As white supremacists continue to unabashedly rally in Trump's America, I remember the spate of liberal/left-authored articles scolding those of us with identities to ditch "identity politics."

Seven months into this current Republican administration, Democrat leadership under Chuck Schumer has been strategizing to downplay identity politics

Oddly (or not), the Politico article I link to says that "identity politics" are being downplayed to appeal to more center-right Democrats, yet in my experience, many so-called Bernie Democrats simultaneously see themselves as the far left and also want to downplay identity politics in favor of "universal' economic messaging. If the far left, the center, and the right want us to ditch "identity politics," I guess that leaves those of us with identities outside of the political spectrum altogether.

The current absurdity of today's political labels aside, I'd like to link to a previous piece I wrote about this demand to downplay identity politics, back in December 2016.  It's still relevant, and I still believe that it's a mistake to ditch identity politics, particularly when neo-nazis are emboldened enough to rally on our public streets, without hoods, because they know they have the support of the Republican Administration behind them.

Thus, my plea to our white male allies:
"....[P]lease do not ask marginalized people to endure the hostility of the Trump regime on your terms or on anyone's terms but their/our own. The white walkers are here and we are doing our best to hold the door. My question to you is, which side of it are you on?"