“Fight or Flight” was not Jimmy Olsen’s episode. While he had good intentions, Jimmy’s decision to call help from Superman greatly affects Supergirl’s public image, showing that even a woman with superpowers can still end up being a damsel in distress and needs saving from a man. He also accidentally reveals the identity of Superman to Winn, which is surprising with how long he has kept Superman’s identity. The introduction of Lucy Lane however, Jimmy’s ex-fiance, was an great addition that helps put a new spin on the social dynamic between the characters. It still bothers me that Kara and Jimmy kissed so early in the series so I am excited to see where this goes.
It was great for Supergirl to present a villain with a backstory aside from being one of the prisoners of the Kryptonian prison. By giving a human villain, Reactron, the episode provides an opportunity for Kara display one of her important superpower, compassion. Kara’s determination to talk it out with Reactron is one of the highlights of the episode, but when things didn’t work out, she had a great Plan B, which was to “punch him real hard until he falls down.” Kara is determined to stand on her own and prove her worth just as Clark did when he first started. I do find it troubling that Kara was able to go toe to toe with her Aunt Alura last episode, yet have so much difficulty with Reactron.
The episode has a great ending with Kara defeating a villain that Clark himself could not defeat and Clark assuring Kara that he will not intervene again. This is probably a hint to not expect a full appearance from Clark any time soon. Kara has a fantastic moment early on in the show addressing a sexist question during her interview with Cat Grant. When Cat asks if Supergirl intends on starting a family, Supergirl replies, “Nobody ever asks my cousin these questions.” That’s because Supergirl can do what Superman can and she can do it better.
Anything Superman can do, Supergirl can do better