“Supergirl” puts women front and center, not just in the lead but also in several key roles. While its lack of subtlety can be jarring, “Supergirl” has a personable lead in Melissa Benoist (“Whiplash”), in spite of the show’s early struggles.
The term “problematic fave” (sometimes spelled “fav”) feels like it has been ubiquitous for a couple years now, and it seems like everyone is using it in more or less the same way: to describe a person in the public eye who, despite being lovable in some ways (“fave”) also holds or expresses controversial opinions or behaviors — “problematic.”
For all of the self-awareness and narrative efficiency that “Jane the Virgin” has, though, its real strength lies in that final baptism scene. Playing it straight and taking characters’ feelings seriously has rarely felt so honest.