Supergirl Recap 2×01

Supergirl is back folks! With a hint and a wink and a nudge in the form of a new DEO building the creators subtly (not so much) celebrated their move to The CW. The season started right where the last one left off with Supergirl finding a pod similar to the one she arrived in. Inside is a … guy who we know nothing about because his hard exoskeleton or “skin” makes it impossible for the DEO to do any tests on him.

Back at her normal job, Kara is questioned by Cat Grant about what her next position at CatCo. will be, but Kara doesn’t know because she was literally promoted 12 hours ago.  In Cat’s defense I would assume Kara would have had some ideal job figured out because it’s not like she wanted to be an assistant forever, but on the other hand it takes a while to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life, which the show deals with somewhat delicately.

A bunch of rich people are taking a trip to space in a rocket that begins to crash back to earth after it launches. Supergirl goes to save it but can’t do it by herself and gets aid from Superman! After saving the rich people Superman (played by Tyler Hoechlin of Teen Wolf fame) and Supergirl have a cute hero bonding moment.

She brings Supes back to the DEO where the Man of Steel is greeted with adoration and respect by everyone except for J’onn (or Hank what name is appropriate?)  whom apparently he has beef with.  Supergirl invites Superman to stay and help figure out who her mysterious stranger is while working out of CatCo.

Alex finds out that Lena Luthor (Lex Luthor’s little sister) was supposed to be on the failed rocket launch but didn’t show up, and if we know one thing it’s never trust a Luthor. Clark and Kara rule out Lex because he’s in prison (really underestimating the power that rich people have in prison here) and go to question Lena.

Lena pleads innocence claiming that she “is just a woman who is trying to make a name for herself outside of her family” which Kara and really the Supergirl staff understand as they both are fighting for their own sense of legitimacy outside of Superman’s shadow.

Following the interview, Kara asks Clark how he does it all, and seem to have his life together; he lets her know it not what it seems (see every Superman movie ever and Smallville).

At the DEO Alex does some digging and finds out that Superman and J’onn have beef because J’onn is housing Kryptonite at the DEO, which he takes as an affront. Winn, who apparently works at the DEO now (or is trying to) finds out that Lena Luthor was not the shuttles attacker, but the target.

Supergirl and Superman save Lena from her attackers second attempt to kill her. After, Kara who has been trying desperately to have a first date with James decides after two-ish (?) days of trying that she isn’t sure if they should be together, which, come on girl you didn’t even try!

After crushing James (and my) heart into the earth, Kara gets read by Cat who tells her to get her life together and make some decisions about her future (and as someone who doesn’t have their life together at all I completely resonate).

The DEO finds out that someone hired an assassin to kill Lena, and at her company renaming ceremony she gets attacked again. Superman helps Supergirl save a building from collapsing, and Alex and Lena take down the assassin, who Kara finds out was hired by Lex.

Kara decides she wants to be a reporter (not quite sure how that doesn’t keep you in Clark’s shadow… but whatever) and Cat whole heartedly supports her decision revealing that she knew Kara would be a reporter since she saw her resume.

Cat seems to be considering leaving her post (Calista Flockhart will only work in LA and filming has been moved to Vancouver) and Kara solidifies that I will never have a successful ship by telling Jimmy she just wants to be friends.

Superman decides to stay in National City, meanwhile a mysterious doctor who works for Cadmus has taken the body of the assassin and is going to transform him into Metallo.

Quotes and questions

“We’re moving back to Gotham” – Shout out to the terrified civilian who verified that Gotham exists in the Supergirl Universe and foolishly thinks Gotham is a safer place

“I don’t need a Star Wars reference right now Winn, I need a plan” – It’s always a good time for a Star Wars reference Kara!

Why can’t they let Jara/ Karolsen / Jimmy and Kara be great? WHY!?

Do you guys trust Lena Luthor?

Who do you think the man in the pod is?

You can find the published article here 

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People of Earth Review

Every year, TBS a channel that relies heavily on sitcom reruns, sports and Conan O’Brien, releases original content. Sometimes it’s good (Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), sometimes it isn’t (Outback Jack) and sometimes it’s a little in between (Man at Work, which was a personal favorite, that apparently I was the only one watching). Their newest comedy, People of Earth, falls into the last category.

People of Earth created by David Jenkins, has a lot of comedic powers behind it Greg Daniels (The Office creator) and Jeff Ross are executive producers, it is produced under the Conaco (Conan O’Brien’s) label, and stars Wyatt Cenac.

The show is about journalist Ozzy Graham (Cenac) who attends a support group called Starcross, for people who believe they have been abducted by aliens, all the while dealing with the after math of a strange car crash that he endured the day before.

People of Earth is relatively diverse in terms of cast (Oscar Nunez plays a priest), even though their writing room could use some work (so much so that lead actor Wyatt Cenac went out of his way to call out the network to do better – his twitter account is no longer active).

The first two episodes “Pilot” and “Sponsored By” are funny in the way a you’d expect a TBS show to be, Cenac gives us his dry sarcastic humor that is similar to his stand up. Funny moments include Ozzy’s boss’ drivable desk, and the banter between the aliens (yes, you get actual aliens!)

Despite its sarcasm the show has some heart to it, and the direction of the show seems to be headed toward exploring how these abductions relate to deeper issues in each of the characters’ lives.

However, People of Earth jumps into the thick of things prematurely and doesn’t give the viewer time to know or care about the characters before diving into their abduction stories. And though it has heart, something about it falls flat. Ozzy’s transition toward belief is kind of drastic, to the point where it’s close to being unbelievable.

My main concern is that their supporting characters might be put into stereotypical corners since there are so many of them, including Yvonne (portrayed by Da’Vine Joy Randolph) who is a large black woman and who’s character could easily go that route. This of course could easily be fixed by Wyatt’s request to diversify the writer’s room.

People of Earth will be at its best when it leans into it eccentricities and hopefully that’s something the writers will realize. So if you love aliens and quirky people, or are a fan of Wyatt Cenac, check out the show! It premiere’s Monday October 31st at 9PM EST on TBS.

Here is the published piece 

Atlanta Review

Five minutes into Donald Glover’s new comedy Atlanta and the first words out of my mouth are “Oh shit,”

And not the bad kind either, it’s the kind of “oh shit” that lets you know I’m captivated.

The show follows two cousins as one rises in the ATL rap scene. Glover plays a sort of awkward genius who, like most people I know in their 20s, is still trying to figure it out and wants to help further his cousins career. His cousin, Alfred aka Paper Boi (with an “i” of course) is played by Brian Tyree Henry whose character is navigating his rising stardom.

Atlanta, is everything you would expect from Donald Glover if you’ve been paying attention to him as an actor, a comedian and a rapper. It has a dry wit, some of the jokes come so quick you almost miss it. It’s also smart and relevant giving nods to films like Pulp Fiction and makes references to both Fetty Wap and Gucci Mane, all the while taking the time out to give voice to a plethora of issues including mental illness and toxic masculinity, just to name a few.

And it’s so incredibly black y’all. I have personally never been to Atlanta, but I felt like I know it a little more now, the city itself being a character I can’t wait for them to explore.

Now for the bad news:

The stylization of Atlanta is different, especially in comparison to other shows about rappers, but the story, doesn’t seem that unique.

I don’t want to give anything away but, there is a particular scene in the second episode with a trans woman that could’ve dug in a little more. The show is clearly taking on a format where it mirrors issues without commentary, but this scene needed more than that, in order for viewers to fully understand the issue in its entirety and how it affects the humanity of both characters in that scene.

Of course it is important to keep in mind that these are the first two episodes of the show so growth, is (hopefully) evident.

If handled properly this show can do great things, make sure you check it out, because at the very least you know the soundtrack is lit.

You can find the published piece here