Supergirl Radio – Season 0: Way of the World

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On this week’s Supergirl Radio, your hosts Teresa Jusino and Rebecca Johnson discuss Supergirl news, as well as the comic trade paperback Supergirl: Way of the World with returning special guest, writer Ian Boucher! Join in on the fun as the gang at Supergirl Radio prepare for CBS’ Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist!

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  1. I’m frankly offended by their explanation for why the shows don’t have the same audience. It puts people in boxes. They are based on DC comics, that guarantees lots of people will want to watch both, even no Comic readers know that Superman and Batman are in the same universe.

    Why couldn’t CBS just put it an Hour latter? Superman after Batman, that’s perfect.

    1. I agree, I don’t like how they separated people like that either.

      And it’d be great to watch Supergirl after Gotham! Synergy! Maybe the schedule is meant to reflect a BvS atmosphere — that’d be some subliminal marketing! 🙂

    2. Unfortunately, advertising requires putting people in boxes.

      I am of the opinion that Supergirl’s 8/7c time slot is perfect since it looks like it might be aiming towards a younger and more female audience and that if any of them needed to move to a later hour, it’s Gotham, given the darker tone and more violent content. But, hopefully, they’ll both be okay where they are.

  2. Lauren Benanti bringing up Eli Stone reminds me that show, run by Berlanti, had a musical number every other episode. Given the singing / musical theater pedigree of both The Flash and Supergirl casts, I almost rather see a musical crossover before I see a footrace! Especially since musical episodes always seem to occur in some sort of otherworldly realm of choreographed dances and inexplicable music that don’t affect the continuity of the shows. Eh… maybe after the show’s built enough goodwill that singing doesn’t make people flip the channel immediately. 😉

    The Prime Directive, no matter how frustratingly inconsistent its application, is a great framework for comic book storytelling because there’s a constant tension between rewarding readers with the ongoing nods to continuity and giving the illusion of progression… while at the same time preserving a certain status quo for new and returning readers to have a way into a character / story without having to be up on every jot and tittle of past continuity.

    I liked Teresa’s comment about how superheroes are meant to represent or amplify human issues- sort of like mythology of old- and that’s part of why the comics have to maintain a slightly grounded world (external to the logic of the story)… so that Supergirl can talk about cancer or Batman can battle crime, things we struggle with. If the Amazons use the Purple Ray to drive off all illness and the Flash commits to removing all crime and preventable death on Earth… the setting gets so far removed from our human experience that the stories aren’t as engaging or accessible… maybe.

    You sold me on waiting to watch the pilot… and I’m going to do my best to keep my fall / winter seminar off Monday nights so I can watch live if possible.

    1. A musical crossover would be so fun! Perhaps orchestrated by Mr. Mxyzptlk…? Is that too Buffy? I just like Mr. Mxyzptlk.

    2. I’ve seen people say that maybe they could bring in Music Meister to get cast members to sing 🙂

      I think The Prime Directive also allows for people to figure out problems on their own which I like and am pretty sure that I prefer.

      Yes! Watch LIVE as much as possible, even if you aren’t a Nielsen viewer! If you watch it LIVE, it prevents you from getting spoiled and also allows you to talk about it with other people ASAP. And if you tweet or Facebook, use that #Supergirl hashtag! 🙂

  3. I don’t agree that you should wait to watch the pilot. As a podcast dedicated to the show you should be out in front of everything that is going on with it. Your audience shouldn’t know more about what is going on than you. That’s exactly what is happening because for the next several months until the show premieres you all will be asking questions and discussing things that have already been answered in the pilot. It already happened in episode 16 of the podcast. That’s boring for listeners that know information that you don’t. Why am I listening to a podcast about a show that I know more about than the hosts do? I understand that watching live for the ratings is important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch it now and watch it again when it premieres to support the show. That’s what I plan on doing. If you do watch you could just put out one discussion episode with a spoiler alert warning for those that do want to wait.

    Also, without spoiling anything I will say I was pleasantly surprised with the pilot after watching. The trailer had me worried. I thought it made it look like a stereotypical romantic comedy with a little bit of superhero stuff mixed in, which I wouldn’t care about watching. I don’t mind some humor and romance mixed in, but I want Supergirl to primarily be about the superhero part of her; not about her struggles at work and dating. After watching the pilot I don’t think that will be the case. I’m looking forward to the real premiere and episode 2.