“Supergirl” Episode Review – S02E10 “We Can Be Heroes”

Superman Homepage reviewer T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao) reviews episodes from the “Supergirl” TV series, airing on The CW.

Check out his review of the 10th episode of Season 2 in which, after Livewire seemingly breaks out of prison, Supergirl is intent on recapturing her. After training Mon-El, Supergirl takes him with her when she sees Livewire attack the NCPD but things go awry when Mon-El puts Supergirl before the citizens of National City. Meanwhile, James decides to come clean with Kara and M’gann has a psychic attack and collapses into a coma.

We Can Be HeroesOriginally Aired: January 30, 2017
WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Parrish and Katie Rose Rogers
DIRECTED BY: Rebecca Johnson

Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers/Supergirl)
Chyler Leigh (Alex Danvers)
Mehcad Brooks (James Olsen)
David Harewood (Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz)
Jeremy Jordan (Winslow “Winn” Schott)

Chris Wood (Mon-El)
Floriana Lima (Maggie Sawyer)

Sharon Leal (M’gann M’orzz/Miss Martian)
Brit Morgan (Leslie Willis/Livewire)
Steve Valentine (Meta Doctor)
Jessie Graff (Fake Livewire)

5Rating – 5 (out of 5): It’s rare that a show receives high marks two weeks in a row, but Supergirl has been thankfully, that show. All of the CW shows have the running theme of “what makes a hero,” but the challenge for Supergirl will be to answer that query in a convincing manner. Kara’s reaction to Jimmy and Winn’s activities, is not merely surprising, it is flat out hypocritical. She goes so far as to warn to stop, or she’ll shut them down herself. It will be interesting to see where this drive comes from, but equally heady was Kara confronting Mon-El on his motivations for being a hero, and her frustrated reaction when learning it’s all for her. Supergirl is in the curious position of having to deal with results of her being an inspirational figure, and learning of the potency of an idea unleashed to take proper shape and form.

I’ve been on record that Supergirl needed a villain, and that was nearly supplied by Livewire, until she stopped being bad and went anti-hero. Why writers want great villains (Lex Luthor, Venom, Maleficent, etc.) to become likable antiheroes, as opposed to the wicked and vile things that they really are. It’s not easy being a hero, and it is equally challenging to create and maintain a villain of any calibre. There is still a lot of show to go, so hopefully this aspect of Supergirl can be righted, but as the show is moving right along without it, it’s not very likely.

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February 6, 2017 6:39 pm

Very good article on the SupermanHomepage about the Supergirl episode from last week.

February 6, 2017 10:14 pm

I absolutely agree with you about the villains into anti-heroes thing. Especially with Luthor. I can see giving him a redemption arc if you were doing something like a long running Superman tv series and you were in your last season. In a sense that is kind of the best way for Superman to ultimately defeat Luthor, by finally making him see the light. But that’s a possibility for an ending. That shouldn’t really be an actual status quo for him IMO.

With Venom it’s just absurd. “Lethal Protector” wtf?