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Livewire 

Kara's foster mother visits for Thanksgiving, while an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into Livewire.

Director:

Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (based on characters created by), Joe Shuster (based on characters created by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Melissa Benoist ... Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks ... James Olsen
Chyler Leigh ... Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan ... Winn Schott
David Harewood ... Hank Henshaw
Calista Flockhart ... Cat Grant
Dean Cain ... Dr. Jeremiah Danvers
Jenna Dewan ... Lucy Lane (as Jenna Dewan Tatum)
Helen Slater ... Eliza Danvers
Brit Morgan ... Leslie Willis / Livewire
Malina Weissman ... Young Kara Zor-El
Jay Jackson ... Male Newscaster
Jordana Taylor ... Young Alex Danvers (as Jordan Mazarati)
Michael Mealor ... Fratty Dude
Tom Waite Tom Waite ... Pilot
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Kara's foster mother visits for Thanksgiving, while an accident transforms a volatile CatCo employee into Livewire.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

When Livewire is looking for Cat Grant, she says "Here Kitty .. Kitty!!". Calista Flockhart's character on Brothers & Sisters (2006) was named Kitty Walker/McCallister, which of course has nothing to do with why Livewire is calling "Here Kitty." See more »

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In the last office scene between Kara and Cat we see Cat holding a pencil with the tip clearly broken. Cat is seemingly unaware of the broken pencil lead. See more »

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Cat Grant: What fresh incompetence is this?
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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What a Wonderful World
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Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Performed by Joey Ramone
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Perhaps This Show Got a Spark?
16 November 2015 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

I've been relatively hard on this show through the first few episodes, but I think this was probably the best they have had to offer thus far. That's not saying much but the writing was significantly improved. This week Supergirl took on the poor man's Electro in 'Livewire'. You have to forgive the name, but you can't really forgive the unmemorable performance from Brit Morgan. But if nothing else, Livewire made for a different type of villain than Supergirl has faced so far.

With the villain being Livewire, a radio host turned super-villain, the show shifted focus to Cat Grant this week who had a close connection to Livewire. Throughout Grant's borderline un-watchable run as Kara's main obstacle at Catco, we have yet to see a different side to Grant. Always just a stuck up b*tch for all intents and purposes. But the writers showed a different and welcomed side to Grant that seemed jarring at first, but anything is better than what we were getting. Since this episode was technically suppose to air next week (CBS shifted the 4th and 5th episodes in light of the Paris attacks), I hope this new relationship between Grant and Kara won't go back to what it was, considering Kara is apparently babysitting Grant's son (what an intriguing premise for a superhero episode).

Kara and Alex *welcomed* in their mother for thanksgiving this week as Helen Slater, the first actress to play Supergirl in 1983, played Eliza Danvers. It's cool to see her and Dean Cain, actor who played Superman in the 90's TV show, show up in this universe but I found both performances to be really bland. A major step down from John Wesley Shipp's turn as Barry's father over on The Flash. Joining the Danvers for thanksgiving was Winn who apparently didn't have any family to stay with. The writers are definitely pushing Winn to be the main love interest for Kara and get us to feel much more sympathy towards him over Jimmy Olsen, who seems to be show up at the worst times as of late. This is fine, I just wish the writers handled Winn's character with more care to begin with.

In all, I'm glad this show is at least creating something for us to look forward to with upcoming episodes as it was revealed that Kara and Alex's father died while working for the DEO. If nothing else, that could make for an interesting dynamic to come. The effects were lackluster but the performances from Cat Grant and Alex were improved. Plus, it was at least a change up to the boss fight we were getting used to.

+Cat Grant was bearable

+Different villain

+Gave us something to care about

-Bland performances from the parents

-Effects on the plane sequence

7.1/10


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