Here’s one of the best moments from last night’s episode of Supergirl. The fight scenes were actually pretty great, and seemed to be done in a way that actually used the show’s low VFX budget to good effect. This moment felt like it borrowed from Chronicle, in a great way. Read on for more of the best and worst moments from “Hostile Takeover.” Spoilers ahead…
Worst: All of the stuff involving the Kryptonian villains. For one thing, the Kryptonians talk in this weirdly stilted fashion that doesn’t quite work. “Have you ever known me to break my promises…. husband???” (How many times a day do you address your husband or wife by their title like that?)
For another, we haven’t seen much of General Astra and the rest of them since the show’s second episode, and there’s a lot of groundwork the show has done on the rest of its set-up that’s sadly missing here. We’re supposed to care about the childhood relationship between Kara and Aunt Astra, and we just don’t. (Apparently Kara got Aunt Astra busted, because Astra came to visit Kara and then Kara’s mom arrested her.)
Also! The thing where Astra is an eco-terrorist, who tried to prevent the destruction of Krypton and is now trying to prevent humans from destroying our own planet, is just so, so heavy-handed. Ugh. It’s like, yes, fracking will cause the Earth’s core to explode. Sure. Whatever. Oh, and this episode makes excessive, pointless use of the “villain got caught on purpose” trope. Which was so 2013, in any case. Plus, why doesn’t Superman care that there’s a gang of Kryptonian criminals plotting to take over the world?