Supergirl got gay! The episode introduced Maggie Sawyer, a lesbian, POC detective, who seems to have a thing for Alex Danvers, and Kara had to find a way to save the President when an alien attacks.
Supergirl Season 2 Episode 3, “Welcome to Earth,” has to be one of the series’ strongest hours yet. It wasn’t an hour-long fight with an alien; the episode went into the prejudice against aliens, including Kara’s own prejudice, and even touched on racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia in modern, everyday society. Who said this was just a superhero show?
The villain of the week doesn’t even matter here, we need to talk about Kara’s internalized ignorance and prejudice.
She’s all for aliens integrating into everyday society, except for Daxamites like Mon-El, whom have also lost their home planet. The hatred spans back centuries because of a war. How is this different from the issues in America that we have with racism and those against immigration, no matter where they’re from?
Thankfully she saw the error of her ways, but it showed one of Kara’s most important traits: she’s normal. She isn’t a righteous superhero that is always right. No, she has flaws, she struggles with her own opinions and perceptions, like about the device Lena Luthor created to identify aliens (which seems to be a little too close to Lex’s anti-alien agenda).
J’onn on the other hand still has work to do. He’s right; the aliens that have no way to shapeshift to fit in are left out in the cold. They’ll never be treated the same, nobody would be able to get past their appearance.
Supergirl did such an amazing job tackling social issues and shaping them to fit the alien world, but still touching on problems in our very real, very problematic society.
J’onn: People don’t have much tolerance for others. I say that as an alien and someone who’s worn the face of a black man.
This quote from J’onn is everything.
Can we all appreciate Maggie Sawyer? She brought her badass, gay self to National City to shake up Alex’s (and our) world. She’s an interesting addition, and it’ll be great to see another human willing to risk their life and fight aliens without the advantage of having powers that make them virtually indestructible.
She’s already pointed out the isolation she felt as a non-white, non-straight woman in Nebraska, so, assuming Alex is the character that Greg Berlanti promised would be exploring their sexuality, her role in Alex “coming out” or embracing this side of her, if she hasn’t already, is going to be crucial.
Not that anyone is going to be homophobic on this series, but like, if it was a coming-of-age angsty teen drama we know that there would at least be one person who is “disgusted.”
But, y’all, like Miss Martian is in the picture now. J’onn J’onnz isn’t alone on this planet as the last child of Mars; he finally has someone who understands certain parts of him that no one, not even another alien, could relate to.
Let’s all just cry a little with joy for Supergirl‘s undeniably amazing start to Season 2.
Supergirl continues Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.