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Why I Think CBS’s Supergirl’s Episodes are Lacking Something

Supergirl is a new, yet way overdue, TV series on CBS.

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Why overdue? I suppose it has something to do with ignoring the character since my favorite incarnation of Supergirl in the 1984 movie Supergirl. Sure it was campy, ridiculous and with that magical 80’s female mentality, but she was flipping awesome. She could even super power her hair brown! Way to at least try to disguise yourself…

Sure we saw her here and there in Young Justice and supporting in other animated films…. But she was always a character long forgotten and ignored. There has been a tough struggle with female superheroes, and that stigma alone is tough to deal with. Wonder Woman has seen some troubles getting the spotlight, as well. Perhaps DC is confident that the Batman VS Superman will introduce her with enough force and mystery that her movie will actually get funded and written properly? Only time will tell.

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So why do I think that Supergirl’s episodes are lacking something? Well, it took me some time to put my finger on it as well. I had been able to watch as many episodes as CBS allows me (I’m a stream machine), so I have a good grasp of the show. Let’s talk about a few awesome things they did.

see what they did there super girl See what they did there? Do you recognize these people? They are played by Helen Slater (from the Supergirl movie) and Dean Cain (from Lois and Clark). A little shout out for the fans, worked on me! Good start there in episode 1. Apparently, these scientist friends of Clark Kent raised up Kara. Fine, but we pretty much never see these people again. Fine.

Supergirl-Martian-Manhunter-Hank-HenshawI also like the addition of some neato characters such as the Red Tornado, didn’t see that one coming. Martian Manhunter, good play! Will we see more of Martian Manhunter’s green form? I suppose if the budget allows it….

But, something just makes me fizzle out of excitement by the end of the episodes. Here’s why:
  • No Mystery.
  • Not enough characters you can relate to.
  • Boring “drama”.
  • And dammit, why is love always what girls “want”?!!??!?!?!

Now I don’t expect then to follow any sort of comic book timeline, and CBS should be able to successfully execute their own story with this leniency, but they are stereotypically puking all over the place.

No Mystery: Sure Alex Danvers (Kara’s sister) had a little mystery plot with what had happened with her dad, but that is beyond my point. Supergirl comes to this planet, knows she can do superhero things, knows about her parents and their intentions, has a great job and a questionably nice apartment and seems confident in her personal identity… There was, and still is, a bit of mystery with her Evil Aunt, but how much do you know about your own aunt? Is it enough to drive us to the next episode?

maxwell lordMaxwell Lord is the main story arc drive. Is he B.A. enough? Let’s check out his background via the New Earth DC Comics:

Initially, Lord worked behind the scenes to establish the (Justice) League, while under the control of a villainous computer created by Metron. The computer wanted Max to set up a worldwide peacekeeping organization, as part of its plan to dominate the world. – DC Wikia

This may or may not be his secret drive in this series specifically, but I am really just not interested enough in this guy to care whether or not Supergirl stops him. She will when it’s time, and the time will be at the end of the season. Ooo lala…

Not enough characters you can relate to: As far as I am concerned, there is hardly anyone in the show you can really relate to. What I mean to relate to a person is that you could easily put your self in their shoes, and would have an emotional tie to when something bad may happen. Most of that characters come off way to perfect. Kara has a bit of doofy spunk, but all in all, she comes off a bit bland and either showy or meek. Her sister, Alex, is boring (there I said it). Just because she can shoot a gun and work for a government faction doesn’t make her interesting or relatable.

supergirl-ot3-1451961664And Winn… As a show appealing to an age group of 20 somethings, how many real comic collecting fan boys wear cardigans, button ups and khaki pants? Show of hands? Does his mom dress him everyday? I don’t mind that he’s the impossible tech guy – every superhero needs a tech person. But who can relate to this guy? I know there would be zero chance I would buddy up with this dude in the office. This may sound crazy, but I think they should have made him gay. They still could have had an emotional “coming out” episode and everything if they didn’t portray him from the start as a “Ducky” (male character in love with the female who has no chance – i.e. Pretty in Pink…). It would make him stand out, and be a real person. This character advancement probably could have even won awards for the message, but I’m not sure if CBS is ready for such a bold move unfortunately. :/

Supergirl-Winter-Finale-Review-Cat-GrantDon’t even get me started on Ally McBeal Cat Grant. Are we supposed to care for an egomaniac CEO, with her constant put downs and self entitlement? In real life I would have quit the **** out of that job and probably tried to start her car on fire for spite!! It’s hard to believe that she can be a Grade A ‘B-word’ for the good of Kara? Tough love? That’s how most sociopaths think, too. Bleh. Can I relate to that? Do I have affection and a connection for someone in my life like that? Nope. Pass.

supergirl battle cbsBoring Drama: What a coincidence that all those evil dudes in the Phantom Zone, who crashed along with Kara 12 years ago are just now mostly surfacing and causing a ruckus. I know that every superhero show on air presently has their extremely predictable moments, but I am still waiting to go “Oh snap!”, “What the!?” and “I’m not crying… allergies…” moment. How can we break their drama cyclone of doom?

The best moment, at least my favorite so far, was when we discovered Hank is Martain Manhunter. However, we just let that happen without enough gusto, yet they focused on Cat and her mothers relationship problems for an entire episode. It was very clever of them to make Cat think Kara is Supergirl (as she goes to point out her disguise sucks) and bringing in Hank to imitate Supergirl to keep up the ruse. But these events are just little entertaining snippets while we are lacking true-to-real-people emotional battles and hardships.

evilsupergirl_beats_kara_zpsf0e944f3I want Supergirl to battle with herself. Not like a split personality thing, but if a real person was capable of the powers of Supergirl, could you resist going overboard based on your personal judgement? Are some people allowed to just be arrested? Would you accidentaly kill someone? Being a superhero, you have to deal with crimes and crimes get ugly. It’s not all just saving the kitten out of the tree, there is darkness in crime that Supergirl has barely even touched upon yet. She does have to “battle” the media spinning her in the light of fear, but perhaps one of these times she will give the a good reason to.

supergirl and james olsenLove, lovey, girls, puke, love, bleh: I’m a girl and you know what I’m 100% over? The seemingly necessary love story in any show that has a female present. It’s wildly uncalled for in this first season, not to mention somewhat degrading. As a “woman” of power, why does Kara even need this? Romantic interests and the hardships and tension that follows can drive ratings, but they are playing this game like a soap opera. Yuck.

So Kara is into dreamy James Olson, who by the way, is a taken man!!! He has a woman! I cannot stress this enough, I want to throw something across the room about it! Normal people cut their losses and move on. Do you want to be the rebound Kara? Is this what writers think girls are like?? Be real. Please, please, please, let her just punch holes through walls and people (maybe even James for leading her on a bit), and don’t worry about going on dates until you start acting like a grown up. You want to be called Superwoman, then act like one.

cat grant supergirlPhew, got a little emotional, my apologies. I just recommend to the writers, if you want encourage full mind and body strength in the ladies who are watching, you are going to see Kara be brave and solid in knowing what she wants in life, always. Maybe Cat’s “training” is going to help her… dang.

I expect good things out of this show, and I am going to continue to watch it. It is interesting enough, but I am hopeful for more spunk, pizzazz and genuine action-drama as the season progresses. What do you think about it? Any predictions?


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Meredith Funk is Supergirl – 1988

 

Why Should I care so much about Supergirl? Because I am Supergirl.  😀

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5 Reasons Why I’d Love & Hate Living in StoryBrooke (Once Upon a Time)

Once Upon a Time is an enchanting series currently airing on ABC.once upon a time

There was an enchanted forest filled with all the classic fairy tale characters we know and love… until a curse trapped them in a place called Storybrooke. After the curse was broken, new dangers, magical forces, and exciting worlds have continued to emerge. – abc.com

your some shepherd mkay*So let's say to start this scenario you are just some peasant living in some small unimportant village. You have heard of Snow White, the Evil Queen and all those other heroes and villains, but your life is essentially untouched by their dramas. 

Now let’s go over 5 reasons why living in Storybrooke is both totally awesome AND horrifically terrible.

Let’s start with the good!

  1. beautiful woman with healthy food and waterHealth – Besides the initial enchantment of time standing still, your natural lifespan just doubled. There is a hospital down the street chock full of immunizations and sweet, sweet healthcare. Tired of dirty water? Try bottled! Tired of dysentery? Stop by Granny’s and enjoy some e.coli-free chicken wings! Thank you!
  2. Plumbing – Remember how much fun it was to dig a hole to do your business in? Nothing was better than bathing in 40 degree water running down in a peaceful stream on a crisp autumn morn, right! Wrong!! As the Author made clear at the end of season 4, it is preferable to live among  porcelain treasures such as a toilet. Would you give up the chance for a hot shower?
  3. worker-photoJob Security – When you were poof’d into Storybrooke, you were given a job. Maybe you work at Ganny’s as a server, or at the Pharmacy with Sneezy, or some other little place on the edge of town. No matter, it was one that was given to you without the need for a resume or awkward interview. Of course there is a chance you hate it, but once your memory is returned, at least now you have some job experience and are well on your way to moving on up.
  4. whole world in your handsTechnology – Remember when you wanted to ask someone what they were up to this weekend and you had to set up your horse and travel into town and hunt down that person? Try throwing them a text on your mobile device. Instead of asking the local wizard what weather to expect, google it. Bored? Watch that magic tv box, it is awesome! Running low on sugar? Drive your car on over to the grocery store and pick me up some ice cream while you are at it. 😉
  5. Location, Location, Location – You live in a small seaside town now! Did you know hanging out on a beach is a really great idea, always? Instead of having to grind wheat into flour just to have some bread, pick up a burger to go, and pick a bench overlooking your favorite spot of the ocean. Tired of the water? Take a hike in the lush forest that also borders this visually stunning town. It sure beats watching the fires of burning villages from recent pillaging in the distance.

emma once upon a time image by frivolous whimAll the perks seem really great, but it’s when the heroes and villains start mucking things up and adding magic into a world that has none, that it really starts to turn your life upside down.

Now, here are the 5 reasons I would not want to live in Storybrooke.

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  1. Constant Memory Loss – So at first, your memories are wiped and replaced with your new identity as a United States, Maine citizen. Not too shabby, you had no prior run-ins with the Evil Queen, so your life is not so bad. Then you get your memories back, no problem, we can adjust. And then again you get transported, out of no where, back to the enchanted forest for a year, then back to StoryBrooke with more memory loss of the past year. This tends to happen, and/or is threatened more times than any innocent bystander would appreciate. It just might wear on you after a while.
  2. Monarchy – Madam Mayor has been mayor for over 30 years, and this is a kind of town no other government is taken into account. Federal and State laws have no effect. People have literally committed murder and were set free because they were sorry, or because there were other things going on. No harm, no foul? These people are constantly in and out of this universe, the remaining population is pretty much screwed.
  3. once-upon-a-time bad babesVillains – They are freaking all over this place. So far, in the 4+ years living your own life and minding your own business, you have had to deal with the Dark One, the Evil Queen, Pan, Cora, the Ice Queen, the Wicked Witch, Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella DeVil, another couple Dark Ones… to name a few. Not to mention demons and monkeys and minions… Even some of the good guys turn to the dark side. You can’t hardly travel down the street without running into some sort of evil, and you better hope not to become an innocent bystander.
  4. Anxiety – Imagine you are enjoying a nice night off, watching this mystical box of entertainment and your peace is interrupted by a shake and burst of light booming out of some barn somewhere. Is it the end? Or perhaps a cloud of glass shards engulfs you with rage and you find yourself hitting your neighbor upside the head with a toaster. What was that all about!? If one more cloud of transportation or earthquake or tornado rolls down the street… My sensibility will fly out the window, maybe even by a freaking flying monkey. Doctor Hopper must be one busy man.Once-Upon-a-Time-5x01-The-Dark-Swan-Zelenas-tornado-portal-approaching-at-Grannys
  5. Trapped – Thanks to the internet you discover the great world you have been bestowed upon, but crap, you can’t leave. Just by trying to leave the border you either loose your true memories, get in a car crash, get impaled by ice, are unable to ever return, turn into a tree…etc. So much for your savings account to Disney World, you are totally screwed my friend.

Stability is what most people look for, whether or not you originally come from the Enchanted Forest some good ol’ small town, USA. It pretty much boils down to consistent impending doom in Storybrooke, and you couldn’t even relocate if you tried. Although, living in the now would be a step up from living in medieval conditions.

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Which would you prefer?

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2016 Movie Timeline = Too Much Awesome

UNITED STATES - 1952: Full frame of movie audience wearing special 3D glasses to view film Bwana Devil which was shot with new natural vision 3 dimensional technology. (Photo by J. R. Eyerman/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

It is almost a new year, so let’s get excited about one thing and make it a resolution as well! Movies! There is going to be an insane amount of awesomeness coming out of 2016, let us revel in every sticky floored, overpriced popcorn, expensive ticketed moment of it!

I have not included any romantic comedies, teenage empowerment, or Oscar driven dramas, etc. These are my top pics for the year. Here we go!

January 29th: Kung Fu Panda 3

Get your movie muscles warmed up with some hilarious Kung Fu action, panda style! This is not a kids movie, it is just a movie you could bring kids to… (Insert justifications here if needed.)

February 12TH: Deadpool

No need for words, just go see it until your eyes bleed, Deadpool would be pleased.

FEBRUARY 12TH: zoolander 2

Personally, I am looking forward to this. Gotta catch a dose of silly here and there. I would have suggested against the same weekend as Deadpool, but models aren’t so smart, right?

February 26th: Gods of Egypt

Does Gerard Butler make movies wearing real clothes anymore? No matter. Here’s an all-action looking ancient Egypt battle movie to satisfy your hardcore viewing needs.

March 4TH: Zootopia

Sure it’s a Disney movie, but let’s face the facts, this adorable flick will have to hold you over because there is not much to look forward to in April.

MARCH 25TH: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Highly anticipated and talked about film of the year! I have seen so many in love and hate over this one, but perhaps that is exactly where they want you to be….

May 6TH: Captain America: Civil War

Right as the Avengers should unite, they are torn apart. Which side are you on?

May 27TH: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Personally, I was quite a big fan of the previous movie. Nothing is better than Mr. Depp in wild makeup. This flick looks just as colorful and mind twisting, good luck Alice!

June 3rd: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Do you like things to blow up? Do you like mutant turtles and other creatures? This is the one for you! Stephen Amell joins the cast as Casey Jones, and I can’t wait to see what product placements April will be up to this time!

June 24th: Independence Day: Resurgence

When I found out about this movie the first thought I had was “genius”. As a population, we can’t get enough of Jeff Goldbloom’s magnificence, can we? 😉

July 15th: Ghostbusters

I know most people are having a cow about this one, but I say we give it a chance. For Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Erin Gilbert, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Chris Hemsworth’s sakes…
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July 22nd: Star Trek Beyond

Simon Pegg was a co-writer on this one, so it should be quite a laugh whilst taking you to a New Frontier! I just love that guy, I’d pinch his rosy cheeks if I knew wouldn’t get a restraining order.

August 5th: Suicide Squad

Bad Guys vs Bad Guy. Place you bids folks, I have a feeling everyone is going to loose and win. Evil begets evil after all…

October 7th: Gambit

Channing Tatum will be the powerful energy flinger known as Gambit. Not much is known about this movie, and is still in pre-production. There is a chance this may be pushed back, which is fine if that means a more meaningful and bad-ass movie.
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October 21st: Underworld: Next Generation

The 5th installment! These movies first came out when I was still in highschool (a while ago…)! This series, however, is definitely how I prefer my vampires – not sparkly and with Kate Beckinsale. (What an ageless babe!)
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November 4th: Doctor Strange

Guys, Benedict Cumberbatch will be Doctor Strange. Smart choice producer people. They wanted him to play the part so bad, they actually postponed production for him! I am willing to wait.

December 16th: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. A prequel to A New Hope, the story follows how the Death Star plans are procured. Pew pew! Dudes, I think we can pretty much expect a new Star Wars movie every year. What a beautiful world it is. 😀
Star Wars: Rogue One L to R: Actors Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

Well, that completes my list of top “woohoo” movies of the year. You know what, it’s not even complete. We have so much more to look forward to! Don’t even get me started on TV Shows as well… We are living in the silver screen age of glory, people. Revel in it!

What are you looking forward to the most?

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12 Unnecessary Star Wars Products

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Hey, did you guys know a new Star Wars movie came out? J/K.

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Product placement has taken over your shelves, and other unnecessary areas of our lives for years. Heck, even our pets are aware of Star Wars by now.

Some things make sense. Apparel, as a consumer and a fan, we search for things to wear. Memorabilia, such as posters and replica’s are a favorite. Even Soup and pasta is somewhat normal. But where do we start crossing the line from “That’s a neat idea” into “Are you kidding me?”

Fruit

Let’s compare apples and oranges. Now, let’s throw in some grapes. I know it may be hard to get kids (even some adults) to eat healthy, but out of the package these treats turn back into normal fruit.

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BB8 probably is wondering where the oranges head is.
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Just because the dude is green…
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What other fruit would you put Vader on?

And any other kind of Food

I have seen Star Wars on gum, juice, frozen treats, cereal, coffee creamer, dairy, meats… Just pick an isle in a grocery store and I guarantee you will find somewhere between 2-25 things having to do with Star Wars.

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Notice the way the chip image really encompasses the aura of the character.
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I am so thirsty! If only I had some Star Wars to drink. Oh, I mean water.

Clean with the force

Maybe vacuum sales are down? Maybe they are just trying to put a little zazzle back in chores. Who knows, but these exist.

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Guess the bad guys like to get their hands dirty.

Perfect gifts for those who have everything

We all thought TV aquariums were cool, but those are so retro. Go even further back in time with this R2D2 Aquarium. It makes no sense, but it is awesome. And with this Death Star tea infuser, when someone asks you how would like your tea, you say “on the Dark Side”.

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Probably the least practical fish tank option.
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Chances are this works best with dark teas.

New Style, New You

I’d wear a Star Wars shirt, maybe a satchel, socks, jacket or undroo’s… But some things are a bit unnecessary. Crocs have it hard enough, let’s move along quickly.

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I only want to wear what Chewy would actually wear.

This looks fun and creepy

If you need a gift for a white elephant party or are a compulsive collector, then this is for you! Seriously though, if you can’t at least make it cute, then don’t make it at all.

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This is just…. What are you looking at!?!

These are just… Wrong

Perhaps Jar Jar is going a little far for some action. And C-3P0, as a protocol droid, should know this is a bit… suggestive.

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“I find your tape usage disturbing.”
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I… just… it’s… nope…. no…. stop.

 

It’s a tough world of consumerism out there. They are all competing for your money. Is it working?

Why not get something you’ll actually like. Check this out. 🙂

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Top 10 Doctor Who Companions – So They Say

It’s probably quite obvious by now that I am quite fond of Doctor Who. I have yet to fully dive into the original series, as I have only seen a fraction of what the past has to offer. I also condone watching series backwards. – If you ever want to understand River Song more, do that! It’s awesome!

Anyhoo, I stumbled across a lovely Watchmojo video on the Doctor’s Top 10 Companions. I nearly agree with them all! Spoilers: Rose is not #1. To date, my favorite is Clara. There I said it!