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Due to life commitments blowing up, I've missed 3 episodes of Supergirl, but I figured the odds of me watching them on my own before next week, or even taking a Youtube tour, were lower than my odds of developing a block about it and never watching it again, so I just jumped in where I was when I got home at 7:55.

I vaguely know how the Winn/Siobhan arc unfolded and how she raged her way out of the office job and into cartoon villainy, as well as Lucy's current relationship status, so while I'd like to see it someday, I think I have enough backstory to go on. Without further ado...my scattered thoughts on 1x18, Worlds Finest.

First impressions of The Flash
Oh my god he's such a sweet & happy dork. This is fantastic and nothing like I expected. He's like a super polite and enthusiastic boy from many decades ago who might say "gosh golly" a lot. I don't know how Grant Gustin is managing this with his smirky little meerkat face; it's almost distracting how CLEARLY ACTING this is...but it's also wonderful that Barry is just Pure Unadulterated Niceness. He is an actual mirror copy of Supergirl, which is an impression I have not fully gotten from previews for his show.

Actual Superhero Puppies
And not only that, Kara is as delighted by his existence as he is by hers. They are like two overjoyed puppies on a playdate. Actually, make that three, because Winn is fanboying so hard I'm afraid he might get jealous of Kara, if Barry were not so equally delighted by his new fellow nerd friend. The way Winn clung to Kara's arm in delight within about five seconds of meeting Barry convinces me that in the non-super AU, these three are inseparable BFFs, Harry Potter trio style. My working theory is that he's introduced as Kara's college friend, with whom she hit it off on the first day, but that's subject to change depending on what I find out about the canon of The Flash TV show.

Incidentally, I would also ship Kara/Barry, except I find that my brain likes the idea of Barry/Iris enough to put a block on that, Sleepy Hollow's Ichabod/Abbie style, which feels fantastic. I haven't actually met Iris, but she seems pretty and nice in the gifsets and I think has some sort of Childhood Friendship credit a.k.a. the gold standard in OTP groundwork, so instead they're just going to double date with her and Adam in the non-super AU.

Meanwhile, in the midst of all this mutual joy and delight, Olsen is ruining an otherwise perfectly delightful episode with his sulky and thoroughly unwarranted jealousy. As always...STEP OFF, JIMMY. You are raining on my puppy parade.

Silver Banshee
I want to love that The Woman Scorned has become a delightful villain, because her hair is great, but she's so awful in the face makeup department. Dude, you're based on a banshee. What part of that says "zombie skull"? Too gross to look at.

I don't know what the Electric Lady's deal is w/ Cat, as I have not read anything about her on the wiki, but she also seems cool. Apparently the All Women On This Show Are Fantastic rule applies across the board, good or bad.

Also, pre-villain transformation, the pleading face Winn is making for Siobhan not to do this, to let him help her, is making my heart shoot the moon enough to forget about my need for him & Kara to be endgame. I guess its not OTP: Nerd Geeks I love so much as Winn/Any Lady Who Needs Or Will Have Him. Throw him someone else to take care of if you want me to be at all quiet on the Scorned Shipper front.

That said, I made grumpy cat faces at the end scene with Jimmy and only sat through it in hopes that it would end as badly as all of her other first kisses have. Which it did. But will it stay that way?

Other Thoughts
-What I'm getting from Siobhan suffering an inherited predisposition to suffer from debilitating voices in her head that also cause abrupt personality changes is that in the non-super AU, she definitely develops schizophrenia.

-Kara's sleeveless yellow dress was beautiful, and she made it look even better with that skinny brown belt. She is my favorite fashion model.

-I have been skeptical of this "people immediately forget everything good Supergirl has done and turn against her after one bad thing without considering any other possibilities for her acting out of character" claim as long as they've been talking about it, but them immediately embracing her again because she stopped one helicopter from crashing on one crowd was even worse.

-Also, the writing for the featured extras in this episode was atrocious. Or badly acted. I can't honestly tell which but it was so melodramatic.

-The closeup of Kara & Barry flying/running was so ridic. "Grant, look really determined and pump your arms at a steady rate while you walk. We'll make it look all cool in post-production." <--- the obvious lies told to get this shot.


Sep. 28th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite scene is the first meeting between Barry and Kara. Even though Kara's sweater is on fire, he can't bring himself to put out the fire. And then a few seconds later, when Kara flies off, and her sweater and slacks drop down on Barry as he looks up.

Barry's backstory: His mom was murdered when he was 10 or 11, and his dad went to prison for the murder. (No, he didn't do it.) Joe West, Iris's father, became Barry's guardian, and the two grew up together.

Silver Banshee's look -- taken from the comics. In the comics, it isn't makeup; she morphs into that appearance.

Livewire -- Leslie Willis was a shockjock at one of CatCo's radio stations, until she pissed off Cat with one too many snarky comments about Supergirl. She was demoted to doing helicopter weather reports, and the full story of how she became Livewire is in the episode of the same name (episode 5, which was also the Thanksgiving episode).
Oct. 12th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
1. Agreed, the clothes-dropping did make me laugh.

2. Re: The Flash...that is some pretty excellent backstory. New question: I'm hearing a lot of chatter about timelines messing with things at the same time I'm hearing about parallel worlds and seeing Barry/Iris gifsets. Do you know what's going on with them in canon season 3? I'd very much like to not put my heart into anything that is still being jerked around/isn't on a fairly straight path forward yet.

3. Same (rhetorical) question on Banshee's appearance for the comic artists, then. Who dreamed up such an atrocious appearance.

4. Appreciate the background info on Livewire. Another reason to watch this fabled Thanksgiving episode, I guess.
Oct. 13th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
I think what the artists were going for with Silver Banshee's look was something spectral -- something that looked frightening, like the banshees of Irish folklore might appear.

I'm not a regular Flash viewer (partly due to random work schedules), but as of the second episode of this season, Barry and Iris are a couple. Which is what I think most fans want, because in the comics, Barry and Iris are one of the longest-running couples. (One of the best Flash stories from the comics was when Barry told Iris he was The Flash on their first anniversary, and she said she already knew, because he talked in his sleep.)

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