Supergirl “Fight or Flight” Review (Season 1 Episode 3)

Supergirl Fight or Flight

Supergirl continued developing its world and central theme this week, as our titular hero went up against one of her cousin’s regular foes. While this was a lighter episode than the previous two in terms of plot progression, we did get the full-on introduction of Maxwell Lord, as well as better material for Cat Grant. With Kara further pushing herself to be every bit of the hero Superman is, “Fight or Flight” was another fun episode, though one that felt more superfluous than what’s come before.

Kara wanting to step out of the shadows of her cousin is an important plot point, but it’s also one that’s not too far removed from the conflicts at the heart of the past two episodes. So far, the show is all about Kara fighting not only her own doubts at being a superhero, but what the public might think of her, Really, it makes sense that the show would focus so much on this, but it’d be nice to see Kara just getting to stand on her own, as opposed to whether she needs safety nets or not being such a big focus each week.

What made this all work better was the way it helped further develop James. Though the show has gone with an older, more conventionally attractive version of Jimmy Olsen, he’s still got his share of issues, including his dependence on his connection to the Man of Steel. Here, we learned that not only has his whole career been built on a picture of Superman, but James also depends on the hero emotionally and physically. His transfer to National City is motivated by similar feelings to Kara’s own, and it’s likely to bring them closer together in the future, even with Lucy Lane in the picture.

On the new character front, Maxwell Lord made his first real appearance this week, and he was instantly recognizable as the character from the comic. A top businessman with a winning public smile, Lord is the type to be your best friend one second and effortlessly dropping you to the curb the next. He’s also needlessly full of himself, so much so that even when he volunteers himself to be kidnapped by Reactron, you get the sense he’s doing it out of self-importance rather than self-sacrifice.

The one weird thing, and maybe it’s just something I’ll have to get used to, is the way Superman continues to be a bizarrely-distant presence. From the brief shot of him saving Kara to their IM chat at the end of the episode, it’s strange how the show constantly seems to be working around actually introducing him as a real character. I get that DC has certain policies about characters having different live-action versions at the same time, but are we really never going to meet Superman in this show? I suppose time will tell.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!