Supergirl (TV series)

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Supergirl is a superhero TV series which aired on The CW since its second season, when it moved from its original network CBS. It is based on the Supergirl character from DC Comics, and is connected to the Arrowverse (albeit in a separate dimension in-universe).

It was announced in January 2020 that the series would end after its abbreviated sixth season, which premiered at mid-season on March 30, 2021.[1]

Overview

The show's title character, known originally by her Kryptonian name Kara Zor-El, is one of the last survivors of the planet Krypton, alongside her cousin Kal-El (AKA Clark Kent/Superman). She was sent from Krypton in a small spacecraft by her parents, Zor-El and Alura, as a young girl to escape the planet's imminent destruction and to accompany and watch over her then-baby cousin Kal-El, who was sent off simultaneously by his parents Jor-El and Lara, on his journey toward his planned destination, Earth. During the voyage, however, Kara's craft was knocked off-course and ended up spending 24 years inside the Phantom Zone, where she spent most of her captivity in stasis and did not age. By the time her craft escaped the Phantom Zone and made it to Earth, Kara, still physically a young girl at that point, was met by her now-adult cousin, who had taken on the Superman identity.

Superman subsequently takes Kara to meet Jeremiah and Eliza Danvers, who adopt her and raise her with their biological daughter Alex. Kara spends the next twelve years keeping her powers, which began developing upon her arrival on Earth, under wraps until she is forced into action to save a plane carrying Alex and other passengers from crashing. After this, Kara decides to embrace her powers instead of hiding them as she takes the superhero identity of Supergirl (which was initially imposed on her by her employer, media mogul and CatCo founder Cat Grant, who is unaware of Kara's alternate superhero identity) and joins forces with Alex, who is now an agent with the secret government agency the Department of Extra-Normal Operations. Kara/Supergirl is also assisted by fellow CatCo employees James Olsen and Winn Schott and DEO head Hank Henshaw (who is later discovered to be Green Martian J'onn J'onzz, the superhero Martian Manhunter, who took on the Henshaw alias in human form) as they battle various threats, both native and extraterrestrial, to Earth and its people.

Conservative elements

The show during the first season had some liberal elements, such as promoting the feminist agenda to some extent, and also having a degree of forced multiculturalism (e.g., turning Jimmy Olsen into a black man when he was originally a red-headed Caucasian in the comics). However, it also has some conservative elements, namely pro-family messages, as well as Cat Grant in one episode expressing some regret for the fact that, when she got pregnant out of wedlock, she chose her career over her child (it should be noted that this would have been against the feminist agenda, since adherents to feminism generally reject any indication that a woman can't be satisfied by anything besides a career, especially being satisfied with having children and/or holding any remorse for giving up their child in favor of their careers.). The same episode also had her trying to reconnect with her child, who by that time was an adult, with Kara suggesting she reconnect with him, giving the implication that she ultimately carried him to birth despite choosing her career over her child, acting as a subtle condemnation towards abortion and a promotion of the right to life. In addition, environmentalism is depicted in a more negative manner due to the main villains, surviving Kryptonian prisoners at Fort Rozz, being sentenced there due to engaging in environmental terrorism in an attempt to save Krypton, and Kara Zor-El's uncle, Non, being an unrepentant mass murderer.

It also has a condemnation of terrorism as well as crime, as most of the first season's story arc dealt with locating and stopping various Fort Rozz escapees from causing any carnage on Earth, with most of the criminals being portrayed negatively, and even the sole Fort Rozz villain who does end up being portrayed sympathetically is made clear to have given up crime, subtly promoting the concept of redemption. The DEO also acts as a subtle allegory to ICE agents and border patrol and is portrayed as largely a force of good, which also hints at a promotion of national borders. The two-part Season One finale also dealt with the main villains' plan, Myriad, which involved mass mind-control which likewise had those affected by it making statements that eerily paralleled the statements made by liberal ideology.[2].

Liberal elements / Controversy

Since moving to the CW, ratings have fallen far from what they were on CBS due to its producers' and writers' insistence on inserting left-wing propaganda. One fourth season episode, "Crime and Punishment", drew a record low rating for Supergirl at the time of just 990,000 viewers (also making it the first episode of the series to fall below one million viewers) and has since been surpassed by the sixth season episode "Hope for Tomorrow", which became the least-watched episode in the show's history as it drew a record low of just 381,000 viewers[3] - a mere fraction of the 12.96 million that watched the pilot episode on CBS; bizarrely, despite the show's continual dwindling viewership and ratings, the CW announced on January 7, 2020 that Supergirl was being renewed for a sixth season, with it eventually being announced on September 23 of that year that the sixth season would be its final season, which ended on November 9, 2021 with the series finale "Kara". Wikipedia's article on the series has also highlighted and played up its claimed "positive" elements (including glowing reviews of the show by liberal critics) while choosing to ignore the various controversies surrounding it (see below).

Even YouTuber PewDiePie has criticized the series for poor quality and for promoting identity politics and pro-social justice propaganda.[4]

Season Two

Although initially more politically neutral when it aired on CBS, it went hard-Left when it was moved to the CW, including promoting the homosexual agenda by making Alex a lesbian (and, as of the Season Two finale, having her propose to get "married" to her girlfriend, police detective Maggie Sawyer, with Alex's portrayer, Chyler Leigh, ironically being a Christian and [at the time] married to Nathan West as well as having three kids). The decision to change Alex Danvers into a lesbian in Season 2 was yet another instance of series producer Greg Berlanti trying to force in his homosexual lifestyle into his various works, especially within the Arrowverse, due to projecting his homosexuality onto superheroes due to viewing both as "different".[5]

In addition, the second season has several pot-shots against any attempts at cutting down illegal immigration (such as the main villain Cadmus's ultimate plan essentially being to relocate aliens back to their home planet), and also featured (especially after the 2016 election cycle) several pot shots against President Donald Trump (with one episode, "Exodus", indirectly alluding to Trump's election and his being falsely labeled a "fascist" with the character Snapper Carr telling Kara when firing her that leaving out one fact will likely result in "A fascist being elected into the White House".

On a similar note, earlier in the episode, Carr proceeded to reference the left-wing meme fake news), with the beginning of the season also having the president being female (played by Lynda Carter, most well known for her role as the title character in the live-action Wonder Woman in the 1970s) in an obvious attempt at predicting Hillary Clinton as being president, even explicitly being called a Democrat in the penultimate episode of the second season (it also shows the president as an alien in human disguise, which may be a veiled reference to Barack Obama and the background he has attempted to hide via sealing of his records). Regarding the Trump burns, the penultimate episode of the second season even has the audacity to compare Rhea, the evil and tyrannical ruler of the planet Daxam, and her Daxamites' invasion of Earth to Donald Trump via Cat Grant paraphrasing Trump's "Make America Great Again" statement and attributing it to the Daxamite invaders, even though the overall methods they used to invade Earth were far closer to that of the illegal immigrants that Trump was trying to deport, including their explicitly trying to remake Earth upon invasion to resemble Daxam.

Near the end of the second season, the liberal infiltration into all aspects of Supergirl even reflects in the titles of the second season's final two episodes: "Resist" (a Democrat code word, derived from Hillary Clinton's message to her supporters on the Left to "resist" the Trump administration by any means necessary following her defeat in the 2016 Presidential election, and to a lesser extent derived from a similar codeword used by student radicals during the 1960s, most infamously used by the 500 students occupying the amphitheater at the University of Vincennes on January 1969) and "Nevertheless, She Persisted" (which relates to an incident in the Senate where Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren persisted, despite being told several times to cease, in denouncing Jeff Sessions during the vote to confirm him as Attorney General[6]).

Season Three

In the third season premiere "Girl of Steel", the writers proceeded to double down on the left-wing agendas by not only having Cat Grant, acting as the Press Secretary for President Marsden, making a comment that implied that people who didn't believe in "global warming/climate change" were dumber than third graders/eight-year-olds, but also had as the main antagonist of the episode, Morgan Edge, written in a manner that was a thinly-veiled left-wing strawman of Donald Trump, including having his career changed from being a media mogul to a real-estate mogul.[7] The third episode, "Far From the Tree", has several statements being made that can be interpreted as trying to engage race-baiting against light-skinned people (most of them were in context with the White Martians, although one of these lines, from Maggie's father, were obviously in reference to Caucasians), dealt with a so-called "wedding shower" for Alex and Maggie, condemns Maggie's parents for being against their daughter's homosexual lifestyle, and also makes an unsubtle dig at Donald Trump's proposition of building a wall to Mexico (which ironically acted as an unintentional condemnation against President Marsden, who in the prior season legalized a bill allowing for space aliens to live on Earth openly).[8]

In the episode "Damaged", they also proceeded to have a crowd chanting "Lock her up" (in this case, in reference to Lena Luthor, who was framed by Morgan Edge with inflicting children with Lead poisoning) in an unsubtle reference to similar demands against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential elections, in an obvious attempt at showing solidarity with Clinton.[9] In addition, the episode "Midvale" had a subplot involving a teacher sexually abusing his underage student in an illicit affair, which ironically aired around the time series showrunner Andrew Kreisburg was undergoing an investigation of and eventual suspension from his duties due to sexual harassment complaints from various female coworkers by Warner Bros.[10] The four-part crossover episode "Crisis on Earth-X" (with The Flash, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow), which had the superheroes from all four shows battle Nazis from a parallel Earth (where the Nazis won World War II and conquered their world as a result), engaged in extensive historical revisionism and leftist propaganda, including liberal amounts of the homosexual agenda (including a lesbian kiss between Alex and Legends leader Sara Lance, and turning characters Leonard Snart/Citizen Cold and the Ray into homosexuals, despite Snart never being homosexual in prior DC Comics media depictions and the Ray not being such until the DC Rebirth storyline) and attacks on Trump (including falsely linking him to Nazism), while ignoring that the Nazis were actually far-Left and that they had homosexuals among their ranks; this crossover drew heavy criticism from NewsBusters and Breitbart for the Nazi historical revisionism and anti-Trump jingoism.[11][12]

In the episode "For Good", the episode entered a monologue by J'onn about "people acting, reacting escalating behaviors […] lawmakers sniping at each other" in an unsubtle attempt at making social commentary on world affairs from a left-wing perspective.[13] Eventually, on "Schott Through the Heart", there was brief dialogue from Alex and Martian Manhunter that implied that African-Americans inherently had it harder than anyone else despite the fact that institutional racism had largely been defunct.[14] Shortly afterward, with the episode "The Fanatical", James Olson was arrested by the police, with their assuming that he was the criminal simply because he was black, which implied that the show viewed cops as being inherently racist and that America wouldn't handle black superheroes.[15] In addition, the episode "Not Kansas" was one giant promotion of the gun control agenda, and uses a lot of blatantly false arguments for it.[16]

Season Four

The announcement for Season 4 revealed that one of the new characters would be a gender-confused superhero character played by gender-confused male actor Wyatt "Nicole" Maines,[17] who was rather notorious for suing and winning a lawsuit against his school for refusing to "let (him) use the girls' room." He also made clear in an interview with Variety magazine that he intends to use his role to push the gender confusion agenda, citing how anybody can be superheroes.[18] The plotline for Season 4 was revealed to be an adaptation of the infamous pro-Communist Elseworlds story arc "Red Son" by Mark Millar.[19][20] Even though the intended theme of the season was unity and condemning divisiveness, the season premiere alone managed to push the exact opposite views.[21] In addition, a major antagonist for the season, Ben Lockwood (played by Sam Witwer), is the leader of an alt-Right-esque anti-Alien group called Earth-First, made out to be a leftist stereotype of right-wingers concerned about illegal aliens, even having him quote Winston Churchill at his father's funeral.[22] Also, President Olivia Marsden is impeached for being an alien and is replaced by Phil Baker (Bruce Boxlitner), an anti-immigration Donald Trump stand-in. Baker bears some resemblance to Trump and even quotes him a few times, and is revealed to be working with Lex Luthor.[23]

The Thanksgiving episode "Call to Action" had the Children of Liberty, who were deliberately modeled after the alt-Right, also making reference to the false leftist propaganda of how Thanksgiving was created to "celebrate" the Europeans committing a genocide campaign on the Native Americans upon invading the land (despite the fact that most of the deaths actually came from exposure to various diseases).[24] The episode "Stand and Deliver", aside from treating Winston Churchill in a negative light, also praised several left-wing protest movements (one of which, the Women's March from 2016, shouldn't have even existed in the storyline due to Trump never being president), including groups promoting amnesty, and gives a self-serving amount of adulation for left-wing journalists.[25] The episode "American Dreamer" was an explicit promotion of gender confusion and even inferred it was the "authentic self".[26] The episode "Will the Real Eve Tessmacher Please Stand Up?" pushes the falsehood that Trump was involved in Russian collusion via Baker.[27] Lastly, the season finale pushes that the left-wing mainstream media is necessary for taking down presidents and whitewashes the media trying to instigate problems.[28]

Season Five

Although a comparably minimal amount of leftist politics and social issues were pushed for a large portion of the series' fifth season (mostly because of the premiere of the even more left-wing Batwoman around that time), it went back to promoting such with the episode "Reality Bytes", which was another blatant attempt at gender confusion propaganda.[29]

Cast

Main cast

Actor Role Duration Notes
Melissa Benoist Kara Zor-El / Kara Danvers / Supergirl Seasons 1–present
Mehcad Brooks James Olsen / Guardian Seasons 1–present
Chyler Leigh Alexandra "Alex" Danvers Seasons 1–present
Jeremy Jordan Winslow "Winn" Schott Jr. Seasons 1–3
David Harewood Hank Henshaw / J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter Seasons 1–present
Calista Flockhart Cat Grant Season 1 Recurring in Season 2; guest star in Season 3
Florianna Lima Maggie Sawyer Season 2 Recurring in Season 3
Chris Wood Mon-El / Mike Matthews Seasons 2–3
Katie McGrath Lena Luthor Seasons 3–present Recurring in Season 2
Odette Annable Samantha Arias / Reign Season 3
Jesse Rath Querl Dox / Brainiac 5 Seasons 4–present Recurring in Season 3
Sam Witwer Ben Lockwood / Agent Liberty Season 4
Wyatt Maines Nia Nal / Dreamer Seasons 4–present Gender-confused male superhero who thinks he is a "woman"; Maines, billed as "Nicole Maines" in the series, is a gender-confused male actor
April Parker Jones Lauren Haley Season 4
Andrea Brooks Eve Teschmacher Seasons 5–present Recurring in Seasons 2–4
Azie Tesfai Kelly Olsen Seasons 5–present Recurring in Season 4
LaMonica Garrett Mar Novu / The Monitor Seasons 5–present Guest star in Season 4; also appears as a guest star/main character on Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman
Julie Gonzalo Andrea Rojas Seasons 5–present
Staz Nair William Dey Seasons 5–present

Supporting/recurring cast

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8ayrqn5qJM
  2. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/karen-townsend/2016/04/12/supergirl-shows-liberal-fantasy-where-mind-control-answer
  3. SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Tuesday 10.12.2021 Top 150 Cable Originals & Network Finals UPDATED
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grphMTBly7Q
  5. LGBT Comic Book Characters to TV: Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti Talk Arrow and The Flash.
    "Greg Berlanti: When I was a young, gay kid growing up, there weren’t a lot of gay characters on television. But I do think I identified with comic book characters in some ways because they were empowered people who were different. That was, in some ways and a lot of ways, my outlet. So, I mean I know the value of all that. I always want to just make sure when we do it. Like with “Arrow,” we talked last year and I said “we’re going to do it on ‘Arrow.’” When we do it we also just want to do it right. We have gay characters that are hopefully as well-executed as the characters that are straight."
  6. Supergirl boss reveals timely finale title at Entertainment Weekly
  7. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/10/10/supergirl-season-premiere-trump-villain-global-warming
  8. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/10/23/supergirl-reminds-us-america-hates-mexicans-and-homosexuals
  9. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/11/06/supergirl-angry-mob-lock-her-innocent-woman
  10. https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/11/11/warner-bros-suspends-supergirl-producer-19-people-allege-years-sexual-misconduct/
  11. CW's 'Supergirl' Ties Trump to Nazis With 'Make America Aryan Again' Slogan at NewsBusters
  12. CW's Supergirl Swipes at Trump with Nazi Comparison: "Make America Aryan Again" at Breitbart.com
  13. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/01/29/supergirl-lectures-escalating-behaviors-lawmakers-sniping
  14. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/04/16/supergirl-declares-black-men-america-live-harder-existence
  15. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/05/22/supergirl-preaches-about-how-racist-america-isagain
  16. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/06/04/supergirl-decries-guns-tools-spreading-fear
  17. https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/05/24/cws-supergirl-is-going-transgender-for-season-four/
  18. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/rachel-peterson/2018/07/23/look-sky-its-%E2%80%A6-transgender-superhero
  19. https://screenrant.com/supergirl-season-4-superman-red-son/
  20. http://fandom.wikia.com/articles/supergirl-season-4-superman-red-son?li_source=LI&li_medium=wikia-rail
  21. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/10/21/supergirl-fails-unite-divided-people
  22. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/10/28/supergirl-introduces-racist-earth-first-movement
  23. http://www.criticalblast.com/articles/2019/09/16/supergirl-almost-saved-lex-luthor-season-four
  24. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2018/11/18/supergirl-european-invaders-slaughtered-native-americans-thanksgiving
  25. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2019/03/10/supergirl-protests-amnesty-praises-heroic-journalism
  26. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2019/04/29/supergirl-trangender-hero-preaches-sharing-our-truth-authentic
  27. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2019/05/06/supergirl-battles-ice-raids-and-foreign-collusion
  28. https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2019/05/19/fourth-estate-saved-day-supergirl-season-finale
  29. 'Supergirl' Protects 'Vulnerable' Trans Community From Those Who Would 'Erase' It at NewsBusters

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