“What is fair in men does not last. Nothing is more fleeting than the years of a man’s life. But this is not true of art. The joy of understanding. That is the most noble of pleasures. Feathers will lift men as they do birds up to heaven.
re: the possibility of the writing of the Kara/Lena relationship actually being queerbaiting
The Supergirl writers likely don’t think they need to bait the queers.
They already have Alex and Maggie, and obviously they think only having a couple minutes of them every episode will sate our gay hunge.
And if they heard that people were upset about the lack of gay (which is unlikely in general, never mind by the time these episodes were written) they’d just add more Sanvers time, not come up with gay subtext for the straight characters to woo us. I guess I just don’t think they’re in touch with us enough to know that Supercorp in particular has a a heavy wlw following.
But it is possible that they heard how much people like Lena and Kara and are playing into their friendship more because of it. Which sort of blurs the line between queerbaiting and fanservice, since they never intend to make them a couple, but also are just doing it because we like it. But when the end goal is not to trick queer viewers into watching a show, it stops, for me, being a question of morals and more a question of semantics.
I guess I just don’t really see anything wrong with “the viewers think these two have chemistry, and even though I see it as a different kind of chemistry, we should have more of them interacting because everyone likes it.”
As for the promotional team, they may be queerbaiting, if they even know enough about the fans of this show to know that Kara and Lena have a queer following. But I still think they’d show any Sanvers footage if we were the audience they were trying to get.
And it’s also like… their job to bait people. To grab different demographics, including the straights. Even if things aren’t that straight in the episode.
Which, considering their usage of a scene from an older episode in this week’s promo:
I’d wager that there wasn’t that much footage of those two together in this coming episode, and that they’re kind of… “straightbaiting”.
Also, this isn’t Rizzoli and Isles season 200, this is only the 8th episode with Lena in it. They haven’t even talked about the ship in the press yet, so we don’t know what they’re thinking about it or how much they know. For all we know, they weren’t influenced by our reaction at all, and this was the plan all along. After all, we knew Lena and Kara’s friendship was going to be a priority from the beginning. The audition script for Lena had Kara offering to buy her dumplings and then Lena offering to buy them instead because she’s rich, so it’s been low key there like… day one.
Anyway, I just think, for now, we can just enjoy Lena and Kara’s scenes from the promo without examining their morality too thoroughly.
But talk to me in season 5 when the Supercorp fandom has become so prevalent in fan communities that it’s genuinely annoying and Kara and Lena are on the show just making out because… idk they have to go undercover in an alien lesbian bar to rescue Alex and Maggie who were kidnapped from it the night before but both of them are still Definitely Straight™.