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[VIDEO] The House of El: James Olsen, Shining Example of Balance While “Red Faced”

Welcome to The House of El, a new video series where I’ll go beyond the Supergirl recap, delve a little into the DC Comics source material and other incarnations of the character, and hone in on a topic from that week’s episode of CBS’ Supergirl that I find interesting, annoying, or that really sticks in my craw. Wherever my “craw” is.

This week, Episode Six of Supergirl‘s first season dealt with anger and how the various characters on the show deal with that most unpredictable of emotions. “Red Faced” not only explores the gendered and racial double-standards placed on women and people of color with regard to how they deal with anger, but it also allows James Olsen a chance to shine as an example of someone who handles anger in a balanced, non-destructive way.

What did you think about what Kara learned about anger in this week’s episode? Is there a character in this episode that “got it right” when it comes to dealing with their anger, or do you think they all still have work to do? And what do you do to cope with your emotions when you feel anger bubbling up inside you? You know, after you break stuff like in the Limp Bizkit song.

Discuss in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this week’s video (subscribe to The Mary Sue on YouTube), and I will see you next week!

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former Mary Sue assistant editor from 2015-18. Teresa's returned to play in the TMS sandbox as a freelancer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.