Supergirl Sucks Now…And Here Is Why


Nothing About Alex and Maggie Feels Real


I am all for an LGBT relationship on this (or any other) show and I am all for Alex being the character on the canvas who comes out and begins accepting her sexuality. I was even all for Maggie Sawyer being introduced as Alex’s love interest because Maggie is a cool character who I have enjoyed in comic book pages and in animation alike. What I do have a problem with is the entire story of Alex coming out and falling for Maggie being presented like the most tone deaf, badly written early 1970s Afterschool Special in televised history.

Alex has been written like a person half her age who has been home-schooled and never exposed to cable TV or the Internet let alone a big city gal who works as a butt kicking alien hunting government agent. Her entire coming out was written so hamfisted and cringe inducing. It was like no one involved in the story had ever met someone who came out as an adult and just wrote the whole thing like Alex was a high school freshman who was experiencing any type of budding sexuality for the first time. Then things just got worse once Alex officially came out and started dating Maggie.
The relationship moved too fast, going from just dating to becoming instant life-mates and Alex (who should be a bit unsure in certain situations I grant you) started to repeatedly behave like a total bonehead with nascent control-freak tendencies. The kicker was Alex completely overstepping all normal boundaries when she met an ex-girlfriend of Maggie’s. I swear sometimes the way they write Alex in her relationship with Maggie seems like they are laying the groundwork to turn Alex into a crazy stalker when these two break up.
The whole “Alex is Gay” storyline has just suffered from really bad writing and its a shame because the story being told is a powerful one at its core, its just the execution has been all fracked up.

25 comments

  1. V Donovan · April 24, 2017

    While I disagree with a few of these points (mainly the Sanvers ones), for the most part, this is all accurate. Season 2 has been pretty bad, and almost all its faults are due to Mon-El. It’s really unfortunate because the show was breaking barriers when it started, and it was really good, but now it’s just a mess. Hopefully the writers get their act together and listen to the feedback and make S3 better.

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    • Derek · April 24, 2017

      Its like the insertion of Mon-el removed all the heart and originality from the show and now it is just another CW show. And not a particularly good one.

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  2. Crimson · May 2, 2017

    I agree with almost every point here and i’m glad I’m not the only one who’s getting increasingly annoyed with this show. The only thing I really disagree with is the idea of Rhea being a good villain. She’s just another infuriating, overbearing mother villain, an overused trope, really. The worst part about it is it never is even a good villain. They’re almost always nothing more than heels as opposed to being actual villains, using the same lines (always along the same vein as, “I know what’s best next for you,(insert offspring name)”). It’s boring, overused, and simply is an easy way to piss off the audience. That’s why the mother villain types are heels. All they’re capable of doing is angering the audience. They’re not clever or even remotely smart or appealing. A good villain is one you can almost agree with and see their point of view or one that pops up suddenly during a well concealed twist, but from the get-go Rhea was pretty much introduced to be another psycho-mom.

    I’m sorry about the rant here, I just had to endure another episode on the cw website and I just really can’t stand the show, but I’m forced to watch it because, as is the case with comic books, themselves, you gotta keep up with it for the sake of crossovers. I swear, I’d stop watching forever if I knew they’d never do another crossover involving this show.

    I also gotta thank you for pointing out the problem with the Maggie/Alex relationship. It always felt off, and I never knew why until I read what you wrote, so thank you! Very insightful.

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    • Derek · May 6, 2017

      It is possible I just enjoy Teri Hatcher going full board in the role and am comparing her favorably to Mama Luthor who was a really weak villain and basically the same character: evil overbearing mother.

      Thanks for commenting btw!

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  3. Will · May 6, 2017

    I quit the show because of Mon el.

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    • Derek · May 6, 2017

      I think I might be doing the same if he sticks around as a full cast member next season.

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    • Paps · February 18, 2018

      And I because of the über annoying Alex/Maggie thing.

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  4. F. Amily Mann · May 18, 2017

    Story line is full of left wing cliche’s and it sucks bad. The commentary on US politics presented in the most recent episode – alien invasion and “the resistance” – give me a break with this garbage.

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    • Derek · May 18, 2017

      They have been pretty heavy-handed with it and even then they lost control of whatever narrative they were going for as the Daxamite invasion kinda proved Mama Luthor right that aliens are a pretty big threat if left unchecked.

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      • Krypton · April 12, 2018

        Weedy supergirl , not enough flying scenes & stupid looking aliens that all look like humans with a bad mask. Also they need to make their mind up when it comes to Kara fighting, someone who is so fast always gets hit & punches so slowly that she often misses the target.

        She is able to lift a million tons but gets knocked to the ground by every opponent.

        The scripts are complete Crap. Shame as in 2018 it should be Fab !!

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    • Your comments posted here nearly 2 years ago led to babies in cages, and hundreds who will never be reunited with their parents because they aren’t old enough to know their names. Uhhh… congratulations?

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  5. Fideen · May 23, 2017

    I agree wholheartedly with your observations and analysis. The whole Alex/Maggie dynamic is contrived at best….. Unbelievable in !

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    • Derek · May 23, 2017

      It really has not been very well written.
      Thanks for commenting btw.

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  6. Rye · June 27, 2017

    The show gets more and more stupid the more I watch it. Horrible CGI and even worse the acting is bad. They cut Cat Grant out and that was
    a blessing but only to add in more stupid action and off the wall decision making of Supergirl. They need to stop adding in side kicks and off the wall heroes like Guardian and Mon-El. Probably the biggest reason I quit watching Arrow was because of bad character development and lame action scenes. Half of the characters are lame.The CW really needs to quit sticking Flash in every season.

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    • Derek · June 27, 2017

      The inconsistent characterization of Supergirl in S02 was a major issue fro me as well as the totally unnecessary inclusion of Mon-El.

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  7. Mon El · October 24, 2017

    Supergirl scriptwriting has become atrocious. It’s extremely difficult to get through an episode with such crappy scripts. The actors are amazing but with poor scripts, they can only do so much. I’m ready to close supergirl FOREVER, please cancel before it gets any worse.

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    • Derek · October 24, 2017

      I hate to agree because I was hoping the new season would have some changes for the better but 3 episodes in and I am just as dissatisfied with the show now as I was when I wrote this article.

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  8. Jul · October 27, 2017

    It’s definitely a depressing thought, we all contemplated how a nice entertaining show went completely bad.
    I was a very intense fan when the show was on it’s first season, now I can’t even bring myself to watch the new episodes.
    That new character, the Mon-el kid, was the beginning of the big fall that surely the show will never recover from.
    In my opinion he is one of the worst things that happened, he took away the superhero and as you just said made her a supergirlfriend. It’s ridiculous and really upsetting, probably the channel will keep renewing it, but I doubt the show will ever recover. To me it is cancelled anyway.
    Thank you for this article, I was looking for opinions to know if others feel as I do, it’s quite a relief to know they do, and judging by the latest ratings, we’re a lot of people.

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    • Derek · November 3, 2017

      I am not feeling confidence in the show getting back to form based on the first few episodes of this season but I hope I am wrong. I am at least going to give it till the crossover before I decide whether to remove Supergirl from my DVR or not.

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  9. Robert · December 22, 2017

    I think the problem is unfortunately the show runners and writers are just not very good. You focused on what Mon El did to Supergirl, but I also think they made him too puppy dog good too soon also. He went from “frat boy” to angel just way too fast.

    I was way on board with deep sixing the chemistry free romance between James ad Kara, although it was ham-fisted the way they broke them up. They simply had no chemistry and I really think the James character was miscast. He plays the character just “too adult” and Benoist plays Kara as almost an innocent. (she asks Mon El if he “liked, liked” her..what woman over the age of 20 still talks like that?) It was a bad match.

    But also, the villains (all except Reign, and it might be too little too late) have been awful, the plot holes are immense, they do not handle tone very well and seem to have really no plan for the characters. (the extreme left wing politics certainly did it no favors in the rating either) Maybe CBS could have saved this, but I am thinking if any DC show gets the ax on the CW, it might be this one. Unlike the “Flash” and the other shows, Supergirl actually seems to be shrinking in the face of lower rating expectations. It is playing down to lower expectations and doing it badly

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    • Derek · December 23, 2017

      All valid points and it would be sad if the show were to die because nobody behind the scenes recognized that the current showrunners don’t have the talent to make an entertaining show that doesn’t insult the intelligence of the viewers.

      Thanks for posting and happy holidays!

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  10. Vern · May 3, 2018

    What started well got CW’d and frankly the story, action, lame acting, and character neutering, makes me want to barf.

    I figured the super hero roll model show would end once everyone realized super girl was in super xxx rated videos…but wait let’s set her sister up as a lesbian!

    All sale – no substance. The worst show getting worse. Cancel or move to Netflixs for some real T & A scenes at least.

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  11. REED RICHARDS · June 26, 2018

    Supergirl does indeed suck. And some of the reasons not mentioned: 1. Alex was never meant to be a lesbian. The CW feels that there must be a gay/lesbian character on every show. It would be a marvel if Supergirl did not have a gay or lesbian character. 2. J’onn is not Kara’s and Alex’s father. Jeremiah Danvers is. 3. J’onn should be in superhero mode, not trying to raise someone else’s grown adult children. 4. Sick and tired of the Alex Danvers as the Atomic Brunette. Totally unstoppable against anyone, alien or human. It’s BS at its core. 5. Finally, Kara Danvers is not Supergirl material. Laura Vandevoort’s Smallville Supergirl fits the bill here…………

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  12. troykingman · 29 Days Ago

    What sucks about it mostly is the stupid forced romances. I started recording it and then editing out all the stupid scenes. The remaining 33 minutes or so is much better, and you do not lose any of the story except for Alex’s gay love scenes and Brainy and the TG being stupid.

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