The economic insecurity.
It encourages fear, encourages political movements and, in National City, forges a powerful new enemy. This week, Supergirl It shows us how fear, frustration and despair can turn an intelligent, good-hearted optimist into a powerful voice of hatred.
And in doing so, "Man of Steel" joins a list of featured television episodes: Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "The Zeppo" Doctor Who & # 39; s "Turn left," CSI & # 39; s "Lab rats," From supernatural "Weekend at Bobby's" The files x & # 39; "Three of a Kind." All these hours of television left aside the main characters in favor of showing the experiences of someone normally in the periphery.
Two years ago, Ben Lockwood was a professor at the NCU who watched the world slowly change. There's Supergirl on TV, delivering her "have hope" speech at the end of season 1, while her father, Peter, says that the steel plant he owns has just lost Luthor's contract with the newly opened factory of metals in the street.
Ben remains optimistic about the prospects of Lockwood Steel, even placing himself among the rioters of Lockwood workers and employees of the alien Nth factory to those who threaten. But then the Bravik he's protecting is injured and accidentally shoots one of his arm points into Ben's chest.
"I did not want to do it!" Exclaims the alien as Supergirl and Alex run to stop the fight. Alex fixes Ben and says that his workers were lucky that Supergirl took them easy. But Alex's false words stay with him, which makes Ben wonder why Supergirl and the FBI are working together against humans in favor of aliens, regardless of their citizenship status.
Then, we see Ben, armed with a sling, begging Lena to reconsider canceling the contract with Lockwood Steel. But Lena says the new L-Corp brand will now use the steel of the future and suggests that Lockwood also take steps to modernize.
I jump to 14 months ago, when Ben is giving a lecture in a hall of human and alien students. Ooooh, friend, I bet half of that class is in love with handsome Professor Lockwood. He realizes that the blackboard is made of Nth metal. This leads him to quote Ben Franklin and encourage students to ask who pays the price for progress when they consider something like Marsdin's extraterrestrial amnesty act.
At Lockwood's house, Jack Spheer is on television, probably discussing nanotechnology, when Ben learns that Peter could not get a bank loan and closed Lockwood Steel. Ben's son intervenes to call the aliens "cockroaches", but is interrupted when Queen Rhea appears on the screen. Very soon, the Daxamite ships are screaming overhead, and Ben and his wife are counting their food and water rations and making plans to flee the city.
Peter urges his son to be a man and fight, but in the end, they leave to leave their house just moments before J'onn crashes to the ceiling in the middle of the battle. The Lockwood look in horror when J'onn subdues his quarry, assures them, "You're safe now," and flies away as the flames consume their house, with an American flag and a burning bicycle in the foreground.
Then, Ben turns to James Olsen, who is watching a Cat Grant briefing in the White House, to beg CatCo to cover the struggles citizens face every day during extraterrestrial attacks. For example, homeowner's insurance does not cover damage due to alien invasion. Now that I think about it, that clause is probably included in the fine print of each of our owners' policies.
James says the insurance story was published in the business section, but before Ben can dive into the more subtle points of the press function to set the agenda, James receives a call from the new owner of CatCo, Lena. Luthor. This does not please Ben. (Next page: The birth of a toxic movement)