“Lucifer” and “Supergirl” Scrutinized by Sharp Fans
By Lucia Rossi
At San Diego Comic Con this year, there was a screening for the first full episode of both Fox’s “Lucifer” and CBS’s “Supergirl.” Both of which were then leaked online.
Although “Lucifer” doesn’t air until 2016, and “Supergirl” doesn’t air until October 26 of this year, you may want to get yourself acquainted with what’s to come.
“Lucifer” is a loose adaptation of the comic book series “The Sandman” by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics.
The story centers on Lucifer Morningstar, who, bored and unhappy with being the lord of Hell, decides to abandon his throne and live in L.A., where he owns Lux, his nightclub.
He has all different kinds of interactions with humans, angels, and demons. When one of his former employees is murdered, he decides to get involved by using his god-given powers to get justice.
Continuing his search for justice, he becomes an unlikely partner to the LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who happens to be immune to his charms.
Because Fox is portraying Satan as a “good guy,” the American Family Association launched a petition to cancel the show, which got about 133,000 signatures. The One Million Moms organization, also petitioning “Lucifer,” has about 27,500 signatures on their petition.
Gaiman responded to protests on his Tumblr with, “Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the ‘Concerned Mothers of America’ announced that they were boycotting “Sandman” because it contained lesbian, gay, bi and trans characters. I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…” Clearly, he is not worried about the show’s safety.
And he shouldn’t be. The show is witty, sexy, and violent, characteristics similar to shows like “Game of Thrones.” I’m not saying it is on that level, but it has very attractive qualities that prove to be dangerous, much like the Devil himself.
Lucifer messes with humans, he has powers that reveal our true selves and our sins, as well as this literal irresistibility with women. Tom Ellis plays the role well because he is cocky, fearless, and has an hypnotic accent.
My main concern: Why does Satan care about helping humans and solving murders? One would think he would hold more of a grudge against humans for being “God’s favorites.”
Let’s pray that the show doesn’t recreate “Twilight” with the whole my-powers-don’t-work-on-you-I-think-I-love-you scenario between Lucifer and Chloe Dancer.
“Supergirl” is another DC Comic adaptation by Greg Berlanti who also created and produced “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
Kara Zor-El or Kara Danvers, is Superman’s biological cousin and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.
She was sent to Earth to protect her cousin, but got lost in space and arrived when he no longer needed help.
So, instead of hiding her powers, Kara decides to use them to fight for the greater good.
If you watch the first episode, you will notice that the pace is very quick. Maybe they were trying to make up for the snail pace of “Smallville,” but she gets her costume, stops a disaster, reveals her secret, and tells her history all in one episode.
It is also revealed that her love interest “friend-zoned” her and she doesn’t know how to fight or use her powers properly.
Early on, it’s illustrated that she has a long way to go when it comes to growing out of her cousin’s shadow.
And speaking of shadows, that is actually all that’s seen of Superman: his shadow.
If you didn’t like “Man of Steel” because of how dark it is, then know comfortingly that “Supergirl” is the complete opposite.
It’s fun, light-hearted, and modern, but it is also really cliché. Kara works for a publication (like her cousin), has a mean boss, and has a villain that’s misogynist.
The main issue with the show is not just how cliché and predictable it is, it is how it tries so hard to be feminist that it makes it anti-feminist.
You have to watch to fully understand, but, in the preview Kara is offended for being called “Supergirl” instead of “Superwoman” and her boss tries to re-define the word and take it back to make it strong and empowering. Semantics doesn’t work like that.
Saying “if you perceive the word ‘girl’ as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?” No! In fact, forcing a woman to accept a derogatory term for herself doesn’t redefine it and doesn’t make you feminist. Can derogatory terms get redefined? Yes. Amber Rose wrote an entire book redefining the term “bad bitch.”
It can happen, but not in the way they try to do it in the show.
Then the villain constantly belittles Kara for being a woman and trying to fight, practically asking her to make him a sandwich.
Overall, I would give “Supergirl” another chance because it has a lot of potential. “Lucifer” has many questions that need to be answered, but I will wait impatiently until 2016.