DC Musings: The Preservation of Krypton

Warning: Contains spoilers through the mid-season finale of Supergirl.

Warning: Contains spoilers through the mid-season finale of Supergirl.

Many moons ago, I was an English major. As a result, I studied allegory under its capes and cowls. I quickly bored of kitchen sink allegory and the various characters that facilitated it. I couldn’t care less about Kara Danvers with her attendant feminist and soap tropes. I’m watching the story of Kara Zor-El and the civilization that she lost. Now that Cat Grant has worked out Kara’s true identity, I hope that one layer of the Danvers allegory can be dispensed with, and Cat can assist Kara with what truly matters — heritage preservation.

Cat Grant is “The Queen of all Media,” who undoubtedly covered a wide variety of stories — refugee movement, holocaust survivors, and the destruction of antiquities by terrorist groups. Cat Grant theoretically can connect Kara Zor-El with the support structure she needs to reclaim herself and something of Krypton beyond a few data crystals. For Kara, it isn’t enough to remember Krypton; she has to share Krypton. In short, the allegory should shift now, as Kara’s relationship with Cat will.

If this shift takes place, it should affect how Supergirl communicates with its audience. Supergirl should start a blog, maintained on CatCo servers, and accessible through social media (i.e. The Flash’s Chronicles of Cisco). Through this blog, Kara Zor-El could discuss Kryptonian culture, turning it into a comparative exercise. She could provide examples of Kryptonian history, literature, art, and music that she remembered. She could do so with the help of Earth historians, writers, anthropologists, and musicians. They could exchange knowledge with her as they reconstruct Krypton and enhance Earth scholarship in the process.

On the meta level, this would be a brilliant exercise for geeks in many fields. Zealous CBS interns could join forces with fans and educators to craft material for Kara Zor-El’s Kryptonian Archive suitable for different grade-levels. Viewers could learn about Earth, as they learn about Krypton.

The network has true Cat Grants and Kara Danvers who could, with some work, make this happen. The outcome could be a fusion of PR and purpose that would make “The Queen of All Media” proud.

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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