Originally Posted by Vidop
I'll probably be "flamed" for bringing this up. But, here goes. Why are the writers bringing up these "sexual" story arcs in the show? By that, I mean they had the arc of "Alex" and her homosexual lover. Now, in the upcoming season, they will have a transgender character.
Why can't the story lines be about the good/bad guys and a person with super powers to rein in the bad guys? Why do they insist on these topics that have nothing to do with the storyline? These topics just take away story time from the main idea of the show.
OK-I've said it. These are just my opinions. Your opinions may not agree with mine. But, I am now done with the show.
I am guessing this is really a rhetorical question and that no reply will really satisfy you. But I’ll give you one anyway.
The bottom line is it’s about representation. If you are, or identify with, Anglo-Saxon, heterosexual characters then you are well represented. However, if you don’t fall under that umbrella, then positive examples that represent you are far and few between. Women, POCs and LGBTQ people were usually a combination of the side kicks, gangster/drug dealers/criminals, comedic relief or the butt of the joke.
It’s slowly changing. More shows and movies have strong, able female leads. Other groups are also seeing more positive representation as well.
And on the relationships side, there are more non-hetero instances that are not played as jokes, titillation or deviant.
Of course, if you don’t agree that these groups deserve representation then you will have issues with shows like Supergirl. The show runners are using their opportunity to showcase these under-represented groups.
It’s also a change in the way that shows are written these days. You are not going to find many shows that are doing stand-alone episodes. They must all have many interwoven arcs to keep you coming back for more. So now you have villains that lurk in the background weaving their webs to some secret masterplan. And you’re going to have relationships and interpersonal conflict. It would be fun to just have monster/alien of the week episodes, but would you soon tire of that formula?