A few quick thoughts about Supergirl’s Miss Martian.

So, I have to say, I didn’t much care for Supergirl‘s version of Miss Martian.

I wasn’t in love with the portrayal of White Martians and Green Martians. White Martians are presented as universally bad, except for M’gann, and there’s no explanation given for why M’gann is different. It got to be pretty distracting for me by the end of M’gann’s run. Every time White Martians were mentioned I was all like “BUT WHY.”

There’s no such thing as “universally bad,” and by presenting White Martians in that way, they were made into these cardboard cutout bad guys. They had no flavor or motivation. It took a lot away from M’gann to be presented as the “only good White Martian,” too. It was her only defining characteristic, which made her character flat and unengaging.

Almost the only thing we heard from M’gann was about how awful White Martians are, and then when we see her, it’s (almost) always as a Green Martian. It made her seem extremely self-hating, which is fine as a character flaw, but it was never addressed and dealt with. By the end of her plot arc in last night’s episode, M’gann’s self-loathing was a little uncomfortable to watch, particularly in combination with the way it was presented.

M’gann is a good guy, you can tell because she looks like a Green Martian. She’s standing there next to J’onn, posed all heroically in her Green Martian form. The others are bad guys, obviously, because they’re monstrous-looking White Martians. It just ended up with this really, I don’t know, sort of racist, self-loathing, almost Uncle-Tomish sort of undertone that left a bad taste in my mouth.

It would have all been easy enough to correct, too. A simple introduction of factions of White Martians with different goals, M’gann being a member of a faction that didn’t believe in being conquering slavers, would have solved a lot. Having someone in the gang address M’gann’s attitude toward herself could have made a great episode with a body-positivity theme.

Miss Martian ended up being rushed, flat, and not particularly well thought out. I’m sure she’ll back, though, so I really hope they fix some of that mess next time around.

When Voice Actors Attack

You’ve probably already heard about this, but over on Twitter, Patton Oswalt’s brother, Matt Oswalt had a brilliant idea: Have Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill, talented voice actor and quintessential Joker, read some of Donald Trump’s tweets in his Joker voice.

You can listen to him read Trump’s New Year’s tweet, his tweets bashing Meryl Streep, and his tweets about Rep. John Lewis.

Keep an eye on Mark Hamill’s Audioboom or Twitter account for new tweet readings. He seems to be doing them about once a week.

That’s awesome, and I have to say, the combo of Joker+Trump works well enough to be unnerving. But if you thought all that was creepily apt, that’s because you haven’t heard the voice of Harley Quinn, Tara Strong, reading Kellyanne Conway’s comments.

Guys. It works way too well. Here, check it out.

Some other folks wanted to play, too, so here’s Billy West reading a Trump tweet as Zapp Brannigan, and the voices of Pinky and the Brain, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, throwing in their two cents.

Agents of SHIELD: The Patriot (S4, Ep. 10 | Spoilers)

“Separated from their team, Coulson and Mack discover a shocking secret about Mace, leaving all of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a precarious position.” (IMDB)

This episode we finally got to find out what’s up with Director Mace. We all knew there was something hinky about that guy, but just about the time I’d be ready to write him off as a villain, he’d go and do something trustworthy or heroic and I’d have to recalibrate. I assumed the reveal would be that he was living some sort of lie, but I was genuinely surprised that they went the super soldier route with him, lying about his Inhuman status for the publicity.

Also, they’re using an improved version of the Hyde formula to give him powers. I’m sure that won’t come back to bite anyone in the ass at all. (And if it doesn’t, I’m going to be a bit disappointed.)

The FitzSimmons plot is beginning to wear a bit. I could excuse Fitz hiding Aida the first time around because he had reasoning that made sense. Now he’s walking on thin ice. Also, I’m a little annoyed with Simmons not being more supportive of Fitz’ hunch that there was something more going on with Aida. It’s not like Fitz has a habit of being wrong or something, and his hunches pay off often enough that I feel like Simmons could indulge him even if someone did die. It makes her seem dismissive.

I’m curious to see what happens next with LMD May, particularly now that she knows – or suspects – she’s an LMD. Jim and I were curious as to how much of May’s memories she has, and I’m curious as to how hampered she might be by Radcliffe’s “subconscious” programming. For example, now that she’s seen the robotics in her shoulder, can she even tell anyone?

Finally, I’m thinking Dr. Radcliffe needs to dial back on the snark with Aida, or that girl is going to lose her temper and take him off at the knees. I’m calling it now: She’s going to do something nasty to him in an episode or two.

Line of the Night Award
There was a lot of competition tonight, but the winner has to go to Coulson’s deeply exasperated “I don’t know!” to Mack when he asked what Mace thought he was doing.

My live tweets are archived here, if you want to check them out for some reason (there are some fun .gifs in there). Next week’s episode is “Wake Up.”

Carrie Fisher, October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016

“Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally… (1989).

“Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge, the screenplay for the film of the book, an autobiographical one-woman play, and a nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play. She worked on other writers’ screenplays as a script doctor. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

“Fisher died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, four days after going into cardiac arrest near the end of a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.” (Wikipedia)

The quote comes from an interview Carrie Fisher did with the Wall Street Journal.