After the wrapping up of the CW’s annual crossover, Elseworlds special among its CW DC “Arrowverse,” we’ve seen the last of new CW DC shows for the calendar year. Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash are taking a much needed Christmas break after saving the nature of reality. But Supergirl’s never ending battle against hate, fear, and Trumpery is just getting started.
Of all of the CW’s DC “Arrowverse” shows, Supergirl is the most woke super hero show currently on the air. And when I say woke, I mean I honestly don’t think the writers understand how ridiculous they are. Supergirl season four, for all of its Red Son like hints, spent the first few episodes focusing on the 2018 midterm elections. Not directly of course, but in the never ending battle between good people against “hate.”
Apparently on Earth 38, the 2016 electoral battle between a woman breaking the glass ceiling and “that man” was decided in the woman’s favor. I mean, this is science fiction after all. The previous season revealed that the President of the United States, Olivia Marsdin, was secretly an alien. Living under a fake (yet apparently pretty convincing) identity, Marsdin ran for President, won, and spent her political capital to get the Alien Amnesty Act passed ( a bit self-serving don’t you think?). So now alien refugees can come out of the shadows and have a legal path to citizenship. The federal agency responsible for dealing with aliens, the DEO, Department of Extra-Normal Operations, was in on the secret.
So to review, when season 4 opens, a deep state federal agency has engaged in a conspiracy to cover up that the President of the United States is not who she says she is, but is an alien living under an assumed identity and fake birth certificate, in violation of the constitution (not a natural born citizen). These are the “good guys.”
The season premiere had a “hate group” that successfully reveals to the public on live television that the President is an alien. This of course creates a political and social crisis, which the President tries to diffuse by resigning. This gives the Supergirl writers a chance to pull out every trope in the book about hate and fear. If you have “fear” because the Presidency was occupied by a lying alien, you’re a bigot. And the group that revealed that the President was an alien? These are the “bad guys.”
Episode 3 “Man of Steel” was a look back at the origin of the season’s big bad, Agent Liberty. The episode couldn’t have been more unintentionally hilarious if they had asked an NPR reporter to describe the life of a West Virginia coal miner. Agent Liberty’s family owns a “steel factory,” and is put out of business by the competition both by the superior alien steel, but also by the superior alien workers. Mere humans can’t compete. Two previous alien attacks directly impact Agent Liberty’s family, and as he turns more radical, he loses his job at the University.
Quicker than you can grab a tiki torch Agent Liberty is a radicalized terrorist. Meanwhile, what is the lesson that the Supergirl team draws from these malcontents who have issues with aliens colonizing their world?
They are simply afraid. It’s all about fear.
The comparison to what passes for political analysis at an MSNBC roundtable can’t be overstated. And I’ve no doubt the writers think they are oh so clever.
Luckily for Supergirl, she has the assistance of new character Nia Nal. Played by actual transgender activist oops I mean actor Nicole Maines, the character is revealed to be not only trans, but also an alien. Think about that; a trans-alien. This opens up a whole new branch of intersectionality!
So when the show returns in January, how will Supergirl deal with these alt-human nationalists (or is it human supremacists? I can never keep track…). I’m unclear, but I’m pretty sure it ends with the show’s privileged white alien giving a speech on fear and ignorance.