Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Recap: Supergirl 3.3 "Far From the Tree"

So, last episode we saw that Alex wants kids and Maggie doesn't, an issue they apparently hadn't discussed before getting engaged. Whooooooops. Nevertheless, we see them this episode planning their wedding shower. What could go wrong?

During dinner with Alex and Eliza, Maggie also reveals that her dad disowned her after she was outed at school when she was 14. Later, Alex suggests that Maggie invite her family to their shower, but Maggie declines. (Oh dear, please don't "surprise" Maggie by inviting her family). Phew, it turns out that when Alex falls asleep, Maggie calls her dad and invites him.

Now, the last time a TV lesbian invited her no-good dad to her wedding was Shane on The L Word and we all know how that turned out. The no-good dad convinced Shane to leave beautiful, wonderful Carmen at the altar because infidelity apparently runs in their family or whatever. Please don't let us down here, TV lesbians.

Meanwhile, J'onn receives a message from M'gann to come to Mars. Supergirl goes with him, in J'onn's sweet shape-shifting ride:

Get in losers, we're going to Mars.
This shot looks like they're on a date at a drive-in theater together, but they're not, actually, and that would be weird. The car turns into a spaceship, which can travel to Mars in about 3 seconds flat.

When Supergirl and J'onn arrive on Mars, M'gann reveals that another Green Martian is alive, Jonn's father. Apparently, they need his help to find some staff thingy before the White Martians find it and kill the resistance. J'onn finds his father, but his father doesn't believe it's really him, so he won't help them find the staff thingy.

So, this episode is an angsty father one, it seems.

Alex's dad shows up for the shower and has an overall uncomfortable demeanor, which makes me anxious. Now, I've tried hard to avoid #Sanvers spoilers, but I've had a bad feeling about the couple ever sine it was revealed they are in conflict about having kids. Yet, I also haven't seen Internet freaking out about anyone dying or breaking up, so.

Anyway, at the shower, Maggie's dad storms out upon seeing Alex and Maggie kiss. When Maggie goes after him, he explains that he immigrated to the US and worked hard his whole life to earn the respect of white people. He therefore sees Maggie's lesbianism as throwing all that hard-earned respect away. Poor Maggie.

Later, Maggie and Alex have "the kids" conversation. Maggie says she doesn't want kids, again, and Alex says she feels the same way, but you can sorta tell she's lying. Yikes. Alex, I love ya, but nothing good comes from lying about "the kids" conversations.

Back on Mars, Supergirl gives J'onn's dad an inspiring speech, encouraging him to trust that it's really J'onn. And, it works. J'onn and his dad use their Green Martian psychic powers to share a memory:

The memory they share is of J'onn's cute little Green Martian daughters. J'onn's dad then tells them all where the staff thingy is, they retrieve it, and then J'onn and Supergirl bring the staff (and J'onn's dad) to Earth. And there we have it, the gang has lost a dad and gained a dad.

In conclusion, boo, no Lena this episode.

Deep Thought of the Week: Supergirl rolling into a fight driving an old-timey, shapeshifting car whilst listening to "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears is the superhero scene I didn't know I needed in my life.

 [Note: In November 2017, CW/Supergirl Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg was suspended after allegations of sexual harassment.]

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