Welcome to the Crystal Gems Test, where we combine three media tests and see how the women in any given work are treated. Today we’ll take a look at the Supergirl Pilot and see how well it does.
In case you need a reminder, you can take a look at it HERE
In any case, let’s make a few things clear:
- The Mako Mori Test refers to a character’s arc. while tv shows usually have seaosn-long arcs that need time to develop, characters can still have mini-arcs within individual episodes, and that is what i will count on here.
- The Lamp Test was intended as a way of pointing out the objectification of women, however, i feel it can still be used for pointing out characters who add nothing of substance to the main plot.
- The Bechdel-Wallace Test refers to two women talking to each other. Conversation, however, is not limited to an exchange of dialogue. It is far more complex than that. If a recorded message made by a female character is intended for a second female character and the message has an emotional impact on the latter even though there is no spoken dialogue, i am counting it.
- I will choose four named female characters and put them to the test. to pass the omnibus test, each one must pass at least one individual test. In turn, i must be able to group the instances without repeating a character ( i cannot have Kara both passing the Bechdel-Wallace Test and the Lamp Test) i can, however, make multiple groupings (I can have a group with Kara passing the Bechdel-Wallace Test and a different group with her passing the Lamp Test)
Now let’s go right ahead!
Characters used on this test: Kara Danvers, Alex Danvers, Cat Grant and Alura Zor-el
Alex pep talk to Kara
Kara, Cat Grant and employees future
Alura’s message to Kara
Sadly, this all happen with Kara, but the four characters get to talk about something without including men. well done!
Kara stops a plane from crashing in the city
Alex saves Kara from Vartox
Alura was the judge who originally put Vartox on Fort Rozz
Cat Grant names The Mysterious Hero “Supergirl”
Admittely, the last one is kind of small, but hey! she did the title drop. that should count for something, right?
Mako Mori Test:
Alex eventual support of Kara as Supergirl
I am not counting Supergirl’s arc because, sadly, the subtext of Superman present is too much for me to say Kara’s Arc is passes the Mako Mori test.
Neither Alura nor Cat have any kind of arc in this episode. So sadly, they don’t count, either.
Characters who pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test: 4
Characters who pass the Lamp Test: 4
Characters who pass the Mako Mori Test: 1
see you next time!
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