7 reasons why queer women should check out “Supergirl”

4. Ali Adler

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Though there are no queer women ON the show yet, there is one at the helm. Like Melissa Beniost, Ali Adler comes from a Glee background, and Adler also co-created The New Normal with Ryan Murphy before co-creating and writing Supergirl.

Being part of the LGBTQ+ community herself (she has two children with actress Sara Gilbert and is engaged to writer/producer Liz Brixius), I have hope that if Supergirl gets picked up for more episodes and seasons, Ali will make sure a queer woman gets written onto the show at some point.

5. Lexie Grey!

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For those of you who, like me, have been mourning the loss of Lexie Grey for the past three years, have no fear: Chyler Leigh is here! Chyler plays aforementioned badass big sister, Alex Danvers, the biological daughter of the human family that took Kara in when she landed on Earth. Alex starts out seeming like just your run-of-the-mill supportive-but-protective big sister, which was cool enough, but she ends up being even more badass than that. She’s gorgeous, she’s smart, she’s fierce. And she’s alive, which is more than we can say for the last person who had the same face.

 6. Guest stars

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When superstar Laura Benanti showed up as Kara’s mother in the opening scene of Supergirl, I found myself already hoping for plenty of flashbacks—what a waste it would have been to only use a Broadway legend and TV veteran so sparingly! Luckily, based on a twist or two I won’t reveal (I’ve spoiled enough), it looks like we’ll see more of her than I thought we would. (Bonus: Between her and Melissa Benoist, we’ve got the makings of a Supergirl Musical Episode.)

Also recently announced to join the cast is Emma Caulfield, who I’m sure I don’t have to tell you played Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Emma will also be returning to Once Upon A Time this season—double the vengeance demon, double the fun!

Other upcoming guest stars will include True Blood alum Brit Morgan, Unforgettable‘s Tawny Cypress, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, who is slotted to play Lucy Lane, Louis Lane’s sister.

7. The Big Gay Metaphor

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Last, but the opposite of least, is probably the reason I’m so drawn to superhero-related shows (and probably you are too): Learning new things about yourself, finding out you’re different than the people around you, keeping it a secret until you don’t, grappling with your identity—those things can be applied to brand new superheroes and also queer people.

I wrote a little bit about how having powers can often be directly compared to queerness when I wrote about Frozen, but I don’t think a show or movie has made as direct as a comparison as Supergirl did in the pilot.

Here is dialogue taken directly from the episode:

Kara Danvers: There’s something about me that for most of my life, I’ve run from it. But last night, I embraced who I am and I don’t want to stop.

Winn Schott: Oh, my God, you’re a lesbian.

Unfortunately, Winn goes on to prove that he Loses, because he thinks that her being a lesbian is the only explanation for why she’s not into him (he also later says something about her looking cute without her glasses so he’s officially on my Go Away list), and even MORE unfortunately, she says she’s NOT gay, BUT, it was still a nice nod to the fact that coming out as a superhero isn’t unlike coming out as queer. It can be scary, it can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous, depending on the situation. I would also like to note that Kara didn’t do that thing sometimes people do in real life or on other shows where they’re like “OH GOD EW NO WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?!” Her reaction was more like, “What? No? Please let me finish what I was trying to say and stop making this about you.” But sweeter because she’s the cutest.

Another way Supergirl’s “coming out” has been a little like real life coming is in how she’s not good at it right away. She doesn’t know all the right things to say or do, but she’s learning. She doesn’t want to be compared to her super predecessor, just like you might not want to be constantly held up to the standards of a gay cousin or sibling or even Ellen. You just want to be you, you just have to figure out how to be this shiny new version of yourself.

Anyway, all that to say this: Give Supergirl a chance. Much like its title character, it’s going to stumble a few times before it can fly, but I have a feeling it will be worth standing behind in the end.