Supergirl: "Livewire" - Overstuffed, But Still Enjoyable

By ABiGail M.

The inevitable Thanksgiving episode that happens on almost every Fall show came a week early on Supergirl - supposedly the result of the real episode for this week being cancelled in the wake of the Paris attacks (suggesting it may have involved possible triggering themes unintentionally related to the tragedy). But, so far, it hasn't disrupted the flow of the show.

This episode attempted to balance the family drama surrounding the holidays with a new villain unintentionally created by Supergirl herself. The two streams didn’t mesh well, but it was still an entertaining episode.

On the family side Kara’s foster mother Eliza Danvers, played by the elegant Helen Slater (who once suited up as Supergirl herself in the 1984 movie of the same name), came over to share Thanksgiving with Kara and Alex. Eliza's disapproval of Alex allowing Kara to ‘come out’ as Supergirl soon rises to the surface and causes tension. But Kara doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with her family, as she’s busy with the bad girl of the week, Leslie Willis aka Livewire, played by Brit Morgan (Graceland, Trueblood), leaving Alex and Eliza to work out their own issues. Also on the family end of things we learn a perhaps surprising fact about Mr. Danvers.

Livewire is a new kind of enemy, one that isn’t alien. Disgruntled radio host Leslie Willis sets out to take revenge on Cat Grant for relegating her to traffic reporter after she made inappropriate and rude comments about Supergirl on her radio show. (Honestly, kudos to Cat for calling out that nonsense and dealing with it accordingly). During her first assignment in the ‘Catcopter,' a freak accident involving lightning and Supergirl results in Leslie waking up with a new hair colour, great lipstick, and sudden superpowers which she masters faster than Kara Danvers, who’s had them her whole life.

The Livewire storyline was rather rushed as Supergirl tried to pack way more into its one hour broadcast than necessary, but it did allow for some great moments between Cat and Kara. These, as usual, involved a string of great moments of pure sass from the media mogul, including but not limited to her referring to Hank Henshaw as Agent Mulder and literally saying, “congratulations, you have the wit of a YouTube comment” out loud in that dry and unimpressed tone that she has perfected to an art form.

Image via the Superhero Hype Twitter. 

Image via the Superhero Hype Twitter

This week’s episode carried on much the same themes as previous episodes: clichés, feminism, and dorkiness, but I’m still not complaining despite that irritating love triangle that refuses to go away. Supergirl is always full of small moments that I really enjoy and will never have room to fit into a review, but they are what makes this show special to me and they're moments you have to watch to fully enjoy.

I love that Supergirl is literally packed with awesome women, its fun and optimistic, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. This show finds itself in the lighter end of the spectrum of Greg Berlanti created superhero TV dramas with Arrow as the dark one, The Flash falling somewhere in the middle, and Supergirl rounding it out as the lighthearted and intentionally optimistic show.

Melissa Benoist continues to absolutely charming as the lead and still quite relatable despite the fact that she is literally an alien from another planet with Calista Flockhart as the indomitable Cat Grant coming in as a close second on the list of favorite characters this week. 

Overall I would give the episode a mild 5.5/10 and one of those points is because Winn (still a perfect ray of sunshine) watches Orphan Black.