For years, the Kid has maintained that she didn’t really like superheroes. She’d watch the occasional movie on opening weekend when it was important to her father, and she enjoyed those in a casual sort of way. But we could never get her to watch any at home.
So we had to get her into Supergirl through the back door. (AKA Glee.) For those who may not know (and I doubt there are any non-Glee fans left reading my blog at this point, but just in case), Supergirl star Melissa Benoist played Marley Rose on Glee seasons 4 and 5.
A little while ago, KPD heard that they are going to make a musical episode of Supergirl this year (actually a crossover with The Flash, whose Grant Gustin was also on Glee) and that, of course, made me very excited. Somehow, this got the Kid interested. I’m not sure why.
She is a fan of Marley, and Gustin’s Glee character Sebastian certainly caused me a lot of ajada as a foil to the Klaine romance, but I also think the Kid was enticed by the prospect of a female hero.
Whatever the reason, the Kid finally agreed to watch an episode, and now we’re all hooked. And then I found out that Jeremy Jordan, who was one of the stars of Smash season 2, plays Supergirl’s best friend, and now I’m REALLY looking forward to the musical episode.
There are so many lovely feminist points made on this episode. I love that it’s a story about a girl who’s been encouraged to hide her talents since she was 13 years old. (That age can’t be accidental.) I love that she has a female boss who’s also a mom. I love the frank talk about feminism. (Shouldn’t it be Superwoman? is a question that comes up a lot.) I love that Supergirl faces the same issues male superheroes face about getting close to people who may then become targets used against her. I love that she’s trying to live up to her cousin Superman and at the same time fighting the narrative that she needs to live up to Superman because she’s a woman. I love that all the women on the show struggle with the expectation that they care for others while they try to achieve their own goals, whether it’s Supergirl losing her role as Superman’s caregiver because she was lost in the Phantom Zone while he was growing up or Cat Grant seeking her mother’s approval while trying to balance being a mother and running a media empire. And I love that none of the men on the show bat an eye about being friends with a woman who can break them in half and will never, ever, need them to rescue her.
Supergirl is a show that I feel good about watching with my adolescent daughter. And when she goes to bed, I go back to my musicals.