Supergirl: Far from the Tree
October 26, 2017 12:39 PM - Season 3, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Maggie reaches out to her estranged father when Eliza throws her and Alex a wedding shower, while Supergirl joins J'onn on a personal mission.

Wow, when this show hits the right spot, it's so good.

As despicable as Maggie's father's speech was, it was an impactful one that probably reflected how a lot of homophobes feel.

I know they were trying to do a parallel between J'onn and his father vs Maggie and her father, but I did have to struggle to stay interested in J'onn's story, mostly because it was straightforward with comic-book predictability.

Also, Supergirl's distraction with Britney Spear's Hit Me Baby was hilarious.
posted by numaner (6 comments total)
 
Oh oh! And Carl Lumbly, who plays M'rynn J'onzz, voiced J'onn aka Martian Manhunter in the Justice League animated series!
posted by numaner at 12:42 PM on October 26 [3 favorites]


We were convinced that one of the good martians was going to turn out to be a baddie. It just seemed like such a setup that Supergirl and J'onn were going to look at each other and say that Serenity line: "it's a trap, right?"

I need to rewatch, but was Maggie's father's issue that she was exposing herself to suffering and discrimination?
posted by idb at 1:45 PM on October 26 [1 favorite]


I loved Supergirl literally doing a Bugs Bunny bit, with the whole 'wrong turn at Albuquerque' thing.
posted by mordax at 8:03 PM on October 26 [4 favorites]


Oh oh! And Carl Lumbly, who plays M'rynn J'onzz, voiced J'onn aka Martian Manhunter in the Justice League animated series!

I watch Shoehorn with my girlfriend and she has never seen any of the DC animated shows, so she didn't understand why my ears perked up when J'onn's father started talking. I said, "Is that...?" and she didn't know what I was getting at. I looked him up on IMDB and saw his credit for this episode and exclaimed "It is!" Then I had to explain the whole thing at the next commercial break.

Also, Shoehorn's distraction with Britney Spear's Hit Me Baby was hilarious.

Between that and using a track from Barenaked Ladies, this episode must have licensed its soundtrack from the late 1990s.
posted by Servo5678 at 6:05 AM on October 27 [1 favorite]


I need to rewatch, but was Maggie's father's issue that she was exposing herself to suffering and discrimination?

That was the substance of his tirade, but to me it felt like an excuse to force his daughter to go straight, to cover up his true insecurities with homosexuality. I may be reaching, especially since shows like this one don't often get that deep. But the actor definitely carried that subtext out well in between the lines.


Ok I missed the bugs bunny reference, d'oh! I was too enthralled with what was happening!
posted by numaner at 8:59 AM on October 27 [1 favorite]


I think it was more that her father thought that people would have one more reason to look down on their ethnic group. He had endured with the idea that their family would eventually, after years of effort and stoicism, triumph over xenophobia, and now she was somehow undoing that.
posted by amtho at 10:05 AM on October 27


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