Supergirl s1e6: Rad Faced

“Red Faced” — Personal and professional stress get the better of Kara when she goes too far during a training exercise against Red Tornado, a military cyborg commissioned by Lucy Lane\’s father, General Sam Lane, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Nov. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Iddo Goldberg as Red Tornado Photo: Darren Michaels/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Rating: 7.5/10

General Lane shows up with a robot soldier to test against Supergirl’s powers. Meanwhile, Kara has to hang out with Jimmy’s girlfriend, Lana, at a party.

I think I wouldn’t mind the Jimmy and Kara relationship stuff if it was done more like a romantic comedy than…whatever this is. For one thing, Jimmy is like a big ball of perfect, which is the same problem I had with Eddie in the first half of Flash’s first season. The problem with that is, this is Jimmy Olsen we’re talking about here. Everyone who’s read a Superman comic knows that Jimmy is a guy who messes up and gets in trouble so much that Superman gave him a special watch to call him at any time. He’s far from perfect, in fact he’s essentially Peter Parker without any superpowers. Just an incredibly awkward, clumsy guy who tries his best but screws up anyway, exactly the type of male protagonist you’d want in a romantic comedy, for example.

Anyway, outside of that, everything else was good. I liked the action parts with Supergirl fighting Red Tornado, I liked the stuff with Cat Grant and this is the type of drama that should be a driving force for this show, and I liked the somewhat crazed general trying to make a perfect weapon and then everything goes totally wrong as General Lane is crushed by the weight of his own hubris. I guess it’s really only the relationship stuff that’s dragging this show down.

SCORING:

+7.5: Pretty good episode as Supergirl continues to find her form

-1: Jimmy, just Eddie, I mean Tommy, I mean…

+1: Great drama and action outside of relationship problems

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