Supergirl s1e4: How Does She Do It?

“How Does She Do It?” — Kara\’s (Melissa Benoist, pictured) two identities are stretched thin when Supergirl must protect National City from a series of bombings and Kara is tasked with babysitting Cat\’s son, Carter, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Nov. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Rating: 4/10

This is actually the 5th episode, according to Netflix, but I’m following this random list, so…

Supergirl has to stop a series of bombings while at the same time Kara has to babysit Cat Grant’s son, Carter. Meanwhile, Lucy Lane visits James in the hopes of rekindling their old romance.

I like how the plots involving Cat’s son and the bombings come together by the end. Though this episode is bogged down by relationship stuff that really doesn’t belong on this show, the rest of the story feels like a real Supergirl episode.

I still don’t care about James Olsen at this point in the show, or that Kara has a crush on him. I complained about this already, so I don’t really want to keep complaining about it, but this show seems bent on making this a major plotpoint. I mean, I get that superheros need love too, but I feel like Supergirl has better things to do than concentrate on who’s screwing Jimmy. This show needs a Damien Darhk or someone that can be the archenemy for the season. This feels more like their setting up Lane more to be Kara’s enemy on more of a personal front and makes me feel like the producers thought that since it’s SuperGIRL, they have to give her a bunch of “girl” problems while ignoring the “super” part of her name.

I feel Supergirl needs a real superhero problem. Not that a serial bomber isn’t okay as an enemy for someone smaller, but Supergirl is one of the most powerful people in the DC Universe. If she someone real to face, like a Godzilla-level threat, say, she’d have some real agency as a character and be able to show us how much of a superhero she can really be.

SCORING:

+4: too much relationship stuff that feels like it belongs in another show, but has some good plotlines and some decent action by the end

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