October 29, 2018
CW’s Supergirl is not just terrible at playing politics but at being subtle as well.
First, it showed an image of Supergirl literally holding a flag in a hypocritical attempt to preach unity. Now, it presents the white male conservative-esque leader of an “Earth First” movement as the bad guy. I’ve seen DNC ads less partisan than this episode.
The October 28 episode “Man of Steel” dives into the backstory of the latest supervillain Ben Lockwood aka Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer). Currently in the show, he heads the new terrorist “Earth First” movement, which is far too obviously referencing Trump’s “America First” approach. Throughout the episode, we track Ben’s experiences through various past moments in the series that give rise to his evil plans. How Trump supporters resemble a fictional group attacking the White House and innocent people is beyond me, but this episode is really trying its best to make that connection.
Take, for example, one of the episode’s flashbacks. After the introduction of a revolutionary alien metal, a steel factory is forced to downsize, including one run by Ben’s father, Peter (Xander Berkeley). As a result, the majority white human workforce attacks alien truck drivers from the competing factory.
This article was posted: Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:22 am