In Review: Supergirl – Reality Bytes

Dreamer makes a stand against transgender hate...

Synopsis: Nia’s roommate is attacked by a man targeting Dreamer because he doesn’t like that Dreamer is transgender and wants her to quit being a superhero.

The Story

When Nia’s roommate Yvette is attacked by a man targeting transgendered women in order to get Dreamer to quit being a superhero. Refusing to give in to threats Nia and determined to protect her community. Nia vows to go after the guy and personally see that justice is done. Supergirl is worried that Nia’s anger could send her to a dark place and make her do something that she will regret.

Meanwhile, J’onn and Alex investigate a missing person case. Only in this particular instance, the person they are trying to find has gotten lost in a virtual reality escape room.

The Acting

Roxy Wood puts in a fantastic performance as Nia’s roommate Yvette. I really felt bad for her when she was attacked and also felt a degree of empathy towards Nia’s anger and frustration at not being able to protect her friend. Wood’s performance is what makes the story so effective and goes quite some way to really supporting Nicole Maines performance in a big way. Wood has a really strong scene at the close of the episode where she is deleting all of her social media profiles, which allows for Nia to be supportive and tell her that as trans women they have to shine brighter and not give in to fear and intimidation. A powerful message and a strong story that doesn’t feel forced or like it is trying to force the issue down your throat, which makes a nice change on this show.


The Transgender storyline was definitely the strongest element of this episode as it bravely allowed viewers a glimpse of the sort of hate that trans people get on a day to day basis. The secondary storyline, which also featured a few brief scenes of the old lady from Leviathon wasn’t quite as strong, but it does continue to set up some of the Leviathon stuff, which I think they really need to pull the trigger on now because it seems to have been treading water since the show returned from Crisis.

Overall. A pretty solid episode and a big one for Nicole Maines who really shone brightly.

Supergirl - Reality Bytes
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  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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