Supergirl: Livewire Review

  • Episode:  Livewire (S01E04)
  • Review:  ★★★★☆

"Livewire" -- Kara's (Melissa Benoist, center standing) Thanksgiving may be ruined when she suspects her foster mother, Dr. Danvers (Helen Slater, right), who is coming to town, disapproves of her new role as a superhero, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Chyler Leigh (left) and Jeremy Jordan (center seated) Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Shows do something almost every year that tends to ground them to the real world;  they celebrate holidays. This episode of Supergirl gives an opportunity to see the relationship between Kara and her foster-mother.

If you didn’t know, Helen Slater plays Kara’s foster mom and she was Supergirl herself in the original film. All nostalgia aside the mother/daughter/foster daughter relationship is interesting. Being a parent of someone who lost their whole world has a unique point of view and the writers come up with some great ways to show how all that works between the three. Kara becoming Supergirl also shows how well her upbringing was, similar to her famous cousin. Of course there are some deep secrets hidden between the family members to make sure to drum up the drama.

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The show has it’s fair share of formula TV devices. The show tends to have it’s bad guy of the week. This week we get a taste of the villain Livewire. Livewire was shock jock, Leslie Willis. Leslie worked in Cat Grant’s media world, bashing Supergirl without fail. Cat isn’t a fan of her show and demotes her to a more menial task. Livewire is actually a Superman villain created during the animated series in the 90’s. The show comes up with a great way of Leslie gaining her powers. It involves Supergirl being the “X” factor. There’s a nice revenge plot that the writers unfold and they actually have some impressive effects to make it worth our while.

"Livewire" -- When an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into the villainous Livewire (Brit Morgan, center), she targets Cat (Calista Flockhart, left) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist, right), on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Nov. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

The show is fun and it has tons of back story to use. To be honest, there are now several other options as far a comic based shows. It embraces Supergirl as a power house which is very entertaining. She uses her powers in a manner that doesn’t skip on the effects. It’s not as dark as Arrow or Jessica Jones, as it leans more towards the light side of things as with The Flash. It happens to be fun and we get the discovery of Kara growing as a hero. If it has lasting power, that remains to be seen, but it continues to impress with another solid episode.

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