In this week’s episode of Supergirl Radio, co-hosts Rebecca Johnson and Teresa Jusino discuss the fourth episode of CBS’ Supergirl titled “Livewire,” which was originally Episode Five, but got moved up to replace the episode that was set to air this week and got postponed due to the Paris attacks. In “Livewire,” Kara faces off against her first female villain in Livewire (played by Brit Morgan) aka Leslie Willis, a Supergirl-hating “shock jock” and former protegee of Cat Grant! They also read listener feedback and e-mails before talking some spoilers for next week’s episode titled “How Does She Do It?” Join in on the fun as the gang at Supergirl Radio covers CBS’ Supergirl!
Official Description by CBS for 1.04: “Livewire” – Kara’s Thanksgiving may be ruined when she suspects her foster mother, Dr. Danvers, who is coming to town, disapproves of her new role as a superhero. Also, when an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into the villainous Livewire, she targets Cat and Supergirl. Brit Morgan guest stars as Leslie Willis/Livewire and Helen Slater guest stars as Dr. Eliza Danvers, Kara’s foster mother.
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LOVED this episode! Definitely the best yet for me.
As the first-born over several spirited siblings, Alex’s stuff resonated huge with me. Cat also reminded me to be slightly nicer to my teaching assistants today, hah.
One small thing I was ready to complain about was the Ghostbuster trap as an alien-science deus ex machina, but then Supergirl stops Livewire WITHOUT it! So good!
Pretty excited that next Monday should be the first time I’ll be able to watch the show live because I don’t have to teach. Looking forwards to seeing if Supergirl saving Cat’s kid has anything to do with her softening towards Supergirl in this episode (definitely after saving her life and working with her, I HOPE Cat has some positive feelings towards Supergirl beyond publicity!).
I agree that Jeremiah can still make his comic-book / soap-opera return. Given that Zor-El was Cyborg Superman in the New 52, that Jeremiah was brought on as an anti-Superman protocol, and that android technology exists in this world… I wonder if he returns as a sort-of Cyborg Superman which would be a challenge for both Kara and Alex. We’d still have to account for Henshaw’s red eyes and ESP… technopathy because Alex was using a terminal… or telepathy tapping directly into Alex’s mind… or something else?
Aside from the great villain, great action, great family dynamics, great guest stars and stunt casting, which all came together to make this episode sing, the mystery of Jeremiah Danvers and the DEO finally provides that mystery hook for speculation and discussion that the other DC TV shows lean on heavily (Arrow with flashbacks to the island; Flash with the true identity of Wells / Zoom, Gotham with what new piece of Bat-lore with appear, etc). It doesn’t have to be in every episode, but that kind of mystery gives the show the addictive quality and fun discussions that really engaging shows have.
By far the best episode of the season (so far). Great use of the Kara/Cat relationship. Great to see Helen Slater and Dean Cain again. Very nice special effects for Livewire too. I will say that I’m still not a fan of the James/Kara potential pairing, so I’m glad that Lucy Lane is on the show to help resolve that. Also, the best relationship on this show by far is between the sisters (Kara and Alex).