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[VIDEO] The House of El: Kara Danvers, Caitlin Snow, Gorilla Grodd, and the Importance of Conversation

Special guest appearance by CW's The Flash!

Welcome to The House of El, the video series where I 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.

In this week’s episode, “Human For a Day,” Kara is temporarily powerless, and learns that what makes her a hero goes beyond heat vision and super strength. One of Kara’s greatest skills on this show has been her ability to reach people emotionally; to talk to people and hone in on their wants/needs/motivations and using that interaction to save the day. Now, that could come off as stereotypically “girly,” because women are generally expected to be all touchy-feely and great communicators and whatnot – that is, it could come off that way on any other show but Supergirl. Join me as I talk about the importance of diversity among female characters, and touch on another female character from Greg Berlanti’s DCTV universe, Caitlin Snow on The Flash, for comparison.

Warning: There is some unexpected Gorilla Grodd fan love in this video. I couldn’t help myself. Super-intelligent gorillas are awesome. And yes, I’ve seen Planet of the Apes.

Sorry this video was a little late. That happens sometimes. Still, I’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments below!

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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 TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. 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.