In this week’s episode of Supergirl Radio, Morgan Glennon and Rebecca Johnson discuss the Supergirl season four penultimate episode titled “Red Dawn”!
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Official Description by The CW for Supergirl 4.21: “Kara comes face to face with Red Daughter and the two engage in an epic battle. Determined to find a way to extract the Harun-El, Lena turns to an unlikely source for help – Lillian Luthor. Meanwhile, Alex realizes she’s missing parts of her memory, and Brainy, Nia, and J’onn set out to track down aliens who have been abducted by Lex. Guest Stars include Azie Tesfai (Kelly Olsen), Andrea Brooks (Eve Tessmacher), April Parker Jones (Colonel Lauren Haley), Helen Slater (Eliza Danvers), Bruce Boxleitner (President Baker), Brenda Strong (Lillian Luthor), Robert Baker (Otis Graves), Izabela Vidovic (Young Kara), Olivia Nikkanen (Young Alex), Mark Krysko (Head Guard), Al McFoster (Secret Service Agent), J.C. Roy (Guard 1), Sterling Schneider (Greta), and Colby Wilson (Guard 2).”
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl), Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers), Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen), David Harewood (J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter), Jesse Rath (Querl Dox/Brainiac-5), Katie McGrath (Lena Luthor), Nicole Maines (Nia Nal), and Sam Witwer (Ben Lockwood). STORY BY: Lindsay Sturman. WRITTEN BY: Gabriel Llanas and Eric Carrasco. DIRECTED BY: Alexis Ostrander.
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For me the whole grass thing wasn’t quite a WTF (close though) but more of a “this came out of nowhere” reaction.
Like a lot of things in these DC CW shows that you think the writers just made up out of thin air it turns out there is a comic precedent for a Kryptonian drawing sunlight from grass. Not only that is is one of the more well known comic series. It’s the Dark Knight Returns and Superman draws sunlight from the surrounding flora after he is injured by a nuclear explosion.
Rebecca and Morgan does this little tidbit of information change your opinion of the scene in anyway? Or at least your opinion of the writers of the show? Knowing that they drew this from the comics and didn’t just make it up themselves?
At first I thought Red Daughter fighting Kara with a helmet on was just a cheap way to avoid the effects work required to have Melissa Benoist fighting herself. However I do think there is a reasonable justification for why Red Daughter fought Kara with a helmet on. That is to prevent anyone seeing two identical Supergirl’s fighting. If someone had of caught two Kara’s fighting in the sky on camera and that footage got out it would have put a dent in Lex’s schemes. Supergirl fighting someone with similar powers isn’t that unusual on this show so people wouldn’t neccessarily assume that the being in a helmet was a doppelganger. For all they know it could just be another rogue Kryptonian or some other super-powered alien.
Having the reminder about the use of the grass bit in the comics does help me understand where it came from (it’s been a while since I’ve fully read through The Dark Knight Returns), but having said that, the “take the grass” moment in the scene still sucks out a lot of the emotion. Sometimes, it’s best not to say anything and let the visuals take over.
Good points about the helmet. I hadn’t thought too much about it.