Supergirl got Super Gay, Super Fast

Posted by Tara G on

I have to lead this with a straight-up admission:

I have a penchant for watching campy, mildly crappy TV shows on regular basis.

Look, the television world is dark and full of terrors, or sentient robots, or zombies, or sociopaths taking over America, and sometimes a girl just needs to kick back with a glass of wine and watch something with a guaranteed happy ending and very little brain power required.

Supergirl fits that bill through and through.

The show kicked off with a set up reminiscent of the Devil Wears Prada: snarky executive attempts to torture young, naive, personal assistant with wildly unreasonable requests and cutting remarks.

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The relationship between Supergirl / Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and CEO Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) quickly established itself as the heart of the show, and the lesbians of the internet were quick to pick up on their chemistry.

When the first season concluded with the departure of Cat Grant, it looked like it was all over for the fledgling show which had won the hearts of lesbians around the world for it's surprisingly feminist undertones and tilt-your-head-and-squint subtext. 

Heading into the second season, I would imagine that most expected the departure of Calista Flockhart to be the nail in the coffin for this light and wholesome superhero tale. However, the writers swooped in with L-Corp CEO Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) and Detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) to bulk up the already solid female cast, and the show held it's own, entering it's second season without so much as a hiccup.

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Most relevant to everyone reading this was the entry of Detective Maggie Sawyer, which saw the show take a sharp, swift shift toward the gay. A well known out character within the DC universe, Maggie came in as a antagonist for Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), Supergirl's sister and a top agent for the Department of Extranormal Operations (D.E.O).


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You would have had to have been watching the show with your eyes closed to not spot that the writers intended to use their brand spanking new queer woman of colour to kick open the closet on Agent Alex Danvers - and in Season 2, Episode 5 they did, in what I would consider to be a pretty damn accurate portrayal of someone coming out in their twenties:

 
Alex Danvers goes through one cringing moment to another over the course of the next couple of episodes, and it's enough to make any gay girl want to cover her face with a pillow and wince out of embarrassment for her and all lesbian kind - simply because we've all been there. Whether it was that lightbulb moment when a hundred little moments from your childhood suddenly fell into place; or that time you stuttered through telling members of your family, trying desperately to explain it in a way they will understand, the coming out of Alex Danvers was so painfully accurate that it was, honestly, pretty horrific to watch.

Horrific, and fucking glorious.

Alex and Maggie represent a new power couple within the DC universe, and with their relationship still in the very early stages, there will be plenty more gay in store as they go through the trials and tribulations of love whilst fighting aliens and saving the planet, like so many heterosexual DC characters before them.

So, if 2016 has officially sucked the life out of you, and it's too late to watch an HBO show because you'll be up all fucking night thanks to the adrenaline, then I suggest soothing your soul and forgetting the horrors of reality in the light, fluffy land of Supergirl.

Season 2 starts back January 17 on the CW.


Tara G is a jack-of-all-trades history graduate with a New Zealand accent. She likes alcoholic beverages, yelling at the TV, acting like royalty, and the word 'fuck'. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain and waiting to be made legal. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

 

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  • I’m so disappointed in television shows. I was watching Supergirl for the same reason to get away from the Gore of violence of regular television. Satan has a couple shows, transvestites have at least three. Serial murderers the list goes on what a society we have.
    What part of being gay belongs in a fantasy superhero show. Writers of television shows are masking their messages inside so-called entertainment. Well I have to tell you go to hell. I’m not having your messages shoved down my throat. Coming out of the closet had nothing to do with the entertainment the show was at least I thought intended to be. It’s everywhere our society is drowning. So the writers of Supergirl go to hell and I stopped watching your other shows as well. Just go to hell I don’t want your crap. Yeah I’m a little test off.

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