gaslight, queerbait?, girlboss
Today I’d like to tell you a story that might not win me any friends and might, in fact, win me an enemy or two, but I need you, all of you, to understand that I am chronicling it not to make a mockery of anyone involved (though there is a fair bit of clowning involved) but because it was a strange, strange moment in internet time. It wasn’t “end of Supernatural” big, so I don’t know how many people are going to cover it on larger platforms or YouTube or anything, but it definitely falls into that same realm of “what the fuck.”
Yes, I’m talking about the end of another CW program, Supergirl. As with Supernatural, I am but an outside observer. I have not seen a single episode of Supergirl, in fact, though I have seen some of the crossover episodes of other DCTV shows that its characters have been on. I basically just didn’t get around to watching season one, then drift partner told me that season two was immediately mean and implicitly racist to Jimmy (who I am inclined to like because he is played by Mehcad Brooks, who was on Dollhouse AND True Blood) so she stopped watching, and we got married so what one of us watches the other watches pretty much always. Then they made a mockery and shitshow of Maggie Sawyer, a character who I know from the comics: she is admittedly not perfect (being, after all, a cop) but who I do like, largely because of her relationship and association with Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, aka the DC lady I will go to bat for (pun intended). The entire point of Maggie is being with Kate, but she popped up on Supergirl and dated Kara’s sister (no shade on Alex Danvers, she seems cool, but like… lesbians are not interchangeable and that just felt to me like “uhhh… that’s a lesbian, that’s a lesbian, go!”), and they also cast her as Floriana Lima and pretended she was a POC because she’s tan. It was at this point that I said “yeah, I’m not ever going to watch this.” Drift partner is going to show me season one someday, and we’ll pretend there wasn’t anything after except crossover episodes.
That’s most of the proper opinions I have about Supergirl. (I should also clarify that I also don’t watch Batwoman, because that was dead to me from day one. I don’t hold any ill will toward people who do watch it, but I am so protective of Kate and her story and the show, from all accounts I’ve seen, has done nothing but fuck her/it over so I’ve gracefully absented myself.) I’m also not anti-DCTV. I like Flash, generally, though some of it is of wildly varying quality; I haven’t finished Black Lightning but I really like what of it I’ve seen; I absolutely adore Legends of Tomorrow (which I’m also very behind on) and think that it is a great example of what superhero-comic book media should be (and yes, I’m including “aggressively queer” in that “what”).
Full story here.