Thursday, February 04, 2016

Super Girl Power

Today was my relatively early work day. Probably just as well. Though once again it was fairly quiet when I came in and not bad when I left, it was very busy in between. It's the beginning of the month, and the Super Bowl is this weekend. Once again, there were a lot of annoying people who wouldn't bag, fussed, complained, and just gave us trouble. Otherwise, there were no really major problems. It slowed down enough by 5 that I was able to shut down without a relief (or the need for a manager to come in for me).

When I got in, I went right into writing. Kathleen has heard stories from her customers about what Lady Sylvia does to her servants and anyone who gets into her clutches at the villa that she doesn't like. She doesn't merely hurt them - she steals their memories, their lives, their very stories. Kathleen now understands why Darren remembers so little about himself before he crashed into the woods. This is confirmed when she goes to her town library and discovers that other people have come out of the villa with their memories and stories gone, too...or not come out at all. Kathleen, now very worried about a vulnerable Darren, hurries home...

Finally finished out Supergirl, which I started this morning, while having leftover soup for dinner and making Ally's "Snappy" Ginger Snaps for dessert. Kara (Helen Slater), like her cousin Clark, flees Krypton before it's destruction. Unlike Clark, she's a teenager in search of the Omega Headron, a great source of power. The orb is found by Serena (Faye Dunaway), a carnival fortune teller, who sees it as her ticket to running the world. Kara disguises herself as typical prep-school girl Linda Lee in order to search for the orb. She befriends Lucy Lane (who isn't any better at seeing through disguises than her older sister Lois), her roommate at school. A hunky construction worker catches Serena's eye. Though she puts him under a love spell, he sees Linda and falls for her first. Now Linda/Kara/Supergirl has to get past Serena to the orb and try to figure out her own very human feelings.

Ok, so yeah, this is 80's cheese of the highest order, but I still enjoy it. Slater tries hard; some of her interactions at the school before the plot really kicks in are fun, and I love how she can go from blond to brunette in a single bound. Trouble is, the plot has holes the size of the Phantom Zone. I still have no idea what the big deal with the Omega Headron is. The love interest is a big chunk of cardboard and completely useless. Some of the special effects haven't dated all that well, either, especially when Serena starts going after Supergirl towards the end.

Complaints aside, it's still more fun than the well-intentioned but depressing and dull Superman IV. If you're a fan of the character or the DC Comics universe and can handle some major cheese in your superhero movies, this is much better than its reputation suggests and is at least worth a look.

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