Supergirl Livewire Review By Kevin Morrison: Even Superheroes Have Family Issues.
NOTE: Due to the recent tragic events in Paris and around the world, CBS decided to switch new episodes this week due to the original listing involving similarities with what happened. I am in full support of CBS’s decision and I want that to be known as I also have to say this episode is aired out of order, so there may be a few inconsistencies (at least, until next week).
Supergirl and the team are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, but not without a few snags, thanks to Kara’s family troubles (featuring the original 1984 Supergirl actress Helen Slater as Kara’s foster mother, Eliza!) and a new villain named Livewire, a radio personality with the powers of electricity. These are two very different problems, but once again this series is able to blend them super well (sorry, I had too).
Livewire, a villain I actually do know a little bit of thanks to Sueprman: The Animated Series and the DC Animated Universe, is the villain this week and she’s pretty cool. Not only do the effects look really good, but Brit Morgan does a good job playing her, having fun with the performance while also being a threat. They add a dimension to her character as a worker for Cat Grant, which was a very good decision, everything feels more personal. Cat feels responsible for her and when she says “she started becoming Livewire long before her powers”, the weight of the problem really hits. She’s a great villain and a good character that I am glad this series has added.
But what is even more personal is Kara’s family issues (mainly the feud between Alex and Eliza)-and how this actually does matter to her boss. Cat Grant and Kara have had a very fascinating relationship in this show so far. Imagine if J. Jonah Jameson and Aunt May were rolled into one and you have Cat Grant, an aspect I really enjoy. Actually, it almost feels like we are seeing J. Jonah Jameson BECOME Aunt May. Cat keeps getting better and better with more episodes and I am wondering where they are going with this character (and if she is ever going to figure who Supergirl really is).
Meanwhile, the Alex/Eliza relationship is also very good considering this is all in one episode and there is a pivotal and heartwarming moment in the middle that really hits hard. Eliza comes to National City for Thanksgiving-and a dinner full of arguments and yelling. I’m impressed that this story that had maybe 15 minutes tops to go through was done so well. Alex is developing as well and all these elements are shaping up to be a great first season.
“Livewire” is another great Supergirl episode and the whole series is really going strong. I don’t see this show winning any more fans than it already has, but it looks like it has enough fans (including myself) to keep this around for the next few years, a fact that makes me smile. I am gladly flying with Supergirl.
Fun Notes (SPOILERS):
-Orphan Black is my absolute favorite show and I love that Winn is a fan too!
-I don’t see a Jimmy Olsen and Kara relationship happening. Her and Winn, however, I totally ship.
-Cat’s seriously becoming a great character. I like this relationship a lot.
-Helen Slater as Supergirl’s foster mom was a great nod. I can’t wait to see what happened to Alex’s dad.