Alex/Maggie Relationship – Poll Results

In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:

Are you enjoying the Alex Danvers/Maggie Sawyer relationship story arc on the “Supergirl” TV series?

It appears as though the majority of fans (52%) aren’t enjoying the #Sanvers story arc in Season 2 of “Supergirl”. Only 30% said “Yes”, while a further 10% were as yet undecided.

Here’s the complete voting breakdown:

Are you enjoying the Alex Danvers/Maggie Sawyer relationship story arc on the "Supergirl" TV series?
  • No 52%, 269 votes
    269 votes 52%
    269 votes - 52% of all votes
  • Yes 30%, 157 votes
    157 votes 30%
    157 votes - 30% of all votes
  • Undecided 10%, 54 votes
    54 votes 10%
    54 votes - 10% of all votes
  • I don't watch "Supergirl" 7%, 35 votes
    35 votes 7%
    35 votes - 7% of all votes
Total Votes: 515
January 24, 2017 - February 6, 2017
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kal-bert
Member

If a homosexual relationship needs to be a topic for a poll nowadays, there’s still a long way to walk.
I hope the day when no one cares about it arrives soon.

Frogman
Member

Some might just not like the relationship chemistry, not necessarily the homosexual portion. They are plenty of straight romantic relationships that people complain about in other TV programs, or even in Supergirl because they are irritating or seem forced.

Adekis
Member

I just… I just ship Mags and Toby… I’m not a ‘phobe… ^^;

kal-bert
Member

Yes, but this could be asked about any other romantic relationship in the series. They’ve chosen Alex & Maggie for an obious reason in the poll.

NeoRanger
Member

Yes and that reason would be that the show made a big deal about it. Let’s not pretend that whenever a production plays something up it’s for some progressive moral reason and questioning it is somehow ethically questionable. They didn’t do a 180 with Alex and introduced Maggie as “that gay cop” without any effort to elaborate on her character just because it made narrative sense. They knew it would draw attention and here, that’s what asking for attention begets.

SuperJMC79
Member
I want to say that I am not enjoying it only because it feels forced and just seems like a pandering move in a lot of ways. There was no real growth or character clues (IMO) that demonstrated that Alex was straight or gay and then, all of a sudden, Maggie shows up (and those of us who are in the know already knew and understood this character’s orientation) and now Alex is gay. We are not shown that either of these characters have any similarities or passions that align other than their orientation. I’ll second kal-bert’s comment as well.… Read more »
Frogman
Member

I agree. I don’t mind gay/lesbian relationships as long as their purpose isn’t only to have a gay/lesbian relationship, or if they change characters’ previous orientations.

SuperJMC79
Member

At least in this case they didn’t change either characters orientation. Maggie was gay when introduced on Supergirl, and Alex didn’t seem to have her orientation mentioned (or perhaps it was mentioned but I failed to notice).

Frogman
Member

I’m in the minority in that I don’t watch Supergirl. As for my opinion in the matter, it all depends. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Maggie was straight (for want of a better term) in the comics, right?

SuperJMC79
Member

How to put this delicately… she debuted as a straight character and was even married and had a child but later came out as a lesbian and has been since.

Frogman
Member

Really? I only started reading at REBIRTH, so I’m not exactly an expert on the characters.

Well, then I might have a problem with it. But like I said, I don’t watch the show, so I can’t judge.

SuperJMC79
Member

Well, if you are reading since Rebirth only, she’s been gay the whole time. But if you’ve been reading since the 80’s, like myself, she’s changed teams.

Frogman
Member

Well, then I suppose I just haven’t been paying attention much. :)

Adekis
Member
Not only did Maggie come out in 1988, but it was only a year since her first appearance and the same person wrote that and her “coming out” issue. I think it’s a pretty sure thing that Byrne had always intended Mags to be gay. The fact that it’s not broadcasted in “Rebirth” just indicates that she’s being underused- but also, her sexuality’s just well documented enough that Rebirth’s target audience is expected to know she’s gay, just as they’re expected to know Lois and Clark are married. Just your bad luck you jumped on at the start of an… Read more »
SuperJMC79
Member

It never even occurred to me that this was Byrne’s intention all along. Interesting insight there.

MattComics
Member
I think at least a bit of the dislike of this storyline at least in some circles can be tinged with homophobia and that is a really frustrating and disappointing thing to see. However, I will also say that I don’t think everything about this storyline is perfect either. In my view though, the problems with how this relationship is written are more or less on par with how ANY relationship is written in your typical CW show. It’s just that this time it’s happening with two girls. I don’t really consider Alex and Maggie to be pandering because the… Read more »
SuperJMC79
Member
In all fairness, I think you are right about how most relationships on the CW are written. There is a serious failing in the way that people are brought or forced together on their shows and they seem less than natural most times. Perhaps it is done for the sake of moving the story along quickly (avoiding any real emotional chemistry). As much as I disliked where the Felicity and Oliver relationship eventually went, they at least seemed to grow their relationship slowly. Overall, I think Supergirl is poorly written across the board (IMO the worst of the CW shows)… Read more »
NeoRanger
Member
You and I have an entirely different reading of the show and we’ll have to agree to disagree, but I do have to point something out here: let alone portrayals of gay relationships, the entertainment industry is starting from roughly absolute zero Willow came out as gay in 2000 in “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, a genre show and had established a relationship with a guest member of the cast that became iconic within that franchise. People don’t give geek subgenres the credit they’re due; they’re usually leaps and bounds ahead of conventional media in this type of thing. The (in… Read more »
scarecroe
Member

My condolences on the homophobia of your readers :^(

Frogman
Member

Do you know how many non-homosexual relationships there are in TV programs that fans don’t appreciate?

TheRBBlur
Member
I think that is an unfair assessment, and does not represent Superman Homepage readers. I dislike the Alex/Maggie relationship, but not because they’re gay. It should also be noted that Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are both gay (The developers of Supergirl) and there are no homophobic sentiments from the Superman Homepage community about that. Assuming that people who don’t like the Alex/Maggie relationship are homophobic is entirely insulting, and implies that the only way a Supergirl viewer would not be homophobic is if they are enjoying the storyline featuring the gay characters. It’s a little worrisome that an open… Read more »
SuperJMC79
Member

Very much agree. Well articulated.

kal-bert
Member

So true. If I ever imagined that a simple and innocent (or at least it was my intention) reflection would trigger such discussion, I would never write it and keep it for myself.

NeoRanger
Member

You talking from experience? Because presuming that two characters aren’t allowed to have any agency and can’t be judged as individuals through their personalities and relationships with those around them, but should be judged purely on who they like to sleep with, sounds pretty bigoted to me.