A whole bunch of Warner Bros. TV shows have been bricked in order to help promote the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie.
On February 6, Warner Bros. revealed a series of Lego-inspired billboards advertising some of the studio’s biggest shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Gotham, and The Middle all got the Lego treatment. Warner Bros. said in a press release that over 10,000 Lego bricks were used to create the whimsical posters.
And because banners alone are not enough, there’s video fun to be had as well. A short animated video came out as well, featuring Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) interacting with some of The CW’s own superheroes. Batman, it turns out, isn’t so impressed by the Flash, the Green Arrow, Supergirl, or Atom (each voiced by their TV actors Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, and Brandon Routh, respectively).
More Batman and more Lego will be seen between February 6 and 8, when Batman will be crashing through the Berlanti Productions logo at the end of episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow.
All of this is leading up to the theatrical release of The Lego Batman Movie on Friday, February 10.
Supergirl’s future is uncertain, so in the first season finale, the show tries to tie up some loose ends while leaving just enough open-ended in case of a renewal.
At the heart of the show, Supergirl is about family – the family we’re born into and the family we choose for ourselves. This was no less the case in this first season finale. It starts with a fight between Supergirl and Alex, who is still under mind control. Alex is the better fighter, but Kara holds up better to Kryptonite exposure than one would expect. Still, she’s fighting a losing battle and is about to lose her head when Martian Manhunter intervenes.
Apparently even Martians hold to the adage that when things go to hell in your life, you can always turn to mom for help. He travels to the farm and picks up Ma Danvers to give her daughter a speech about how her strength can help her break through mind control. Jeremiah seems to be the key, as Alex later admits it was the reminder of him and his faith in her that finally helped her regain control. Sorry, Danvers gals, but sometimes it takes a former Superman to get the job done. Returned to her senses, Alex somehow turns off the meteor rock and they all gather for a tearful reunion, complete with a requisite “Sorry I almost decapitated you, sis, but I really love you, I swear.”
With Alex once again on their team, they return to the plan from the previous episode of sending out a broadcast to give the people hope. If you miss the point of her speech, she’ll reiterate it a dozen or so times and, when in doubt, show the S symbol as the coup de grace! But if the speech and imagery are a little heavy-handed, they get the job done, as the people in the city slowly return to themselves and are free of Myriad.
Kara is momentarily lulled into believing that the threat has passed and is ready to grieve the death of Girl Who Had Never Appeared Before as well as to tackle some unfinished James-shaped business, but not so fast, Supergirl! Non isn’t one to be deterred by a single setback – or at least Indigo isn’t going to let him stand for that. As their Option B, they decide that the best way to save the world is to kill everyone on it. I really think Non fundamentally misunderstands the concept of “Save the World” as Astra wanted it to be applied since I doubt her major concern was for a huge chunk of rock. But, then again, they’re Kryptonian and maybe this plan makes sense on his planet. At any rate, Maxwell Lord is on the scene to declare that the imminent demise of every human on Earth in four hours is indeed “Bad. Really bad.”
This is, of course, a Serious Problem, and so General Lane arrives on the scene to demonstrate the tactical thinking and problem solving skills that have really set him apart in this series. His solution: Arrest Hank, who was taken back to the DEO to be treated for his injuries. Hank shows either a depth of compassion for humans or a naivete unbecoming in a man his particular shade of green when he tries to defend Sam’s actions but, seriously Hank, this is one battle you don’t need to fight.
With a level of devotion to her job that I think truly is superhuman, Kara takes a few moments as she prepares to deal with the threat and goes to work. Honestly, if anything warranted cashing in on a sick day, I would think this would do it. But she accepts that she may die when she faces off against Non, so she wants to say goodbye to her friends… and break up with James while she’s at it. Rather than telling him what she’s up against and being honest with her feelings, she pushes him away and tells him to find someone else with whom he can be happy.
Hank, ever a true hero, offers to take his injured self to the desert of Nevada to fight alongside Supergirl. She’s like “YES!” but General Lane hasn’t finished drinking his Idiot Juice so he argues instead that Hank should remain under arrest. Sure, the entire world is probably about to die and that almost-certain death becomes slightly-less-certain with his help (Superman is in a coma from Myriad), but Lane is a man of Protocol Above All Else. Also, as I mentioned, he’s terrible at thinking ahead.
Luckily for the world, everyone else in the room gives him a metaphorical slap upside the head and he caves – because, you know, world-endy-stuff. Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter fly to Nevada, where she takes on Non and he takes on Indigo. Things look dire for our tiny Justice League, until Martian Manhunter rips Indigo in half with all the rage of a person who has had to install Windows. For her part, Supergirl shoots her uncle in the eyeballs – they don’t call it heat vision for nothing!
The villain may be down for the count, but that doesn’t mean that the threat is over. With no other option, Supergirl calls Alex – the one person she couldn’t address probable outcomes with before – to wish her goodbye. She has a plan to fly Fort Rozz into space; Alex doesn’t want her to go because she’s concerned she won’t be able to get back, but Supergirl insists it’s the only way. They have a touching moment, in which Kara tells her to go be happy and do the things she was never able to do because she had a Kryptonian for a sister. Then she tells her she loves her and hangs up to save the world.
Luckily for Supergirl – and for the world – Alex isn’t one to give up without a fight, either. Like a teenager out for a joyride, she lifts the keys to Kara’s pod without permission and uses it to save her sister from the cold vacuum of space. So maybe she deserves a pass… this time.
With the world saved twice in twenty minutes, everyone has earned a happy ending. General Lane lauds Supergirl and declares that Martian Manhunter has been awarded a full pardon and is director of the DEO again. Poor Lucy is out of a job! Or she would be, if Hank didn’t immediately declare “the more the merrier” and indicate he’s up for running it together. He says that now, but the first sign of red tape, I think he’s going to declare very distinct parameters of who does what. For example, “Lucy handles the annoying stuff I don’t want to do.”
Speaking of undefined job duties, Kara has finally earned a promotion – and the right to have her name pronounced correctly by Cat (once, at least). They’ll work out the pesky details like “job responsibilities” later. Everyone in the audience who’s old enough to hold down a steady job let out a wistful sigh in unison, I’m sure, at this scene. National City truly is a magical place.
Of course, that isn’t all the good news! Kara and Clark text back and forth. Apparently, when he came to his senses, he couldn’t stick around long enough to say goodbye. It’s okay, though, because they have IM and he takes the opportunity to tell her he’s proud of her. Alex and Kara take a moment to tell their mother that their father is likely alive – qualifier mine because they are convinced it’s true but I remember it’s been over a decade since he’s been in the clutches of Cadmus so their father may be a human brain in a German Shepherd’s body at this point for all they know.
Still, they’re celebrating, so a little over-enthusiasm is perhaps warranted. Everyone gathers at Kara’s place for dinner, and although Kara’s new promotion didn’t come with an increase in pay, it occurs to me that her place is pretty darn nice, given she’s living in the big city on an assistant’s pay. Hope springs eternal, indeed. Before they share some champagne, Kara and James share a kiss – apparently, saving the world warranted a little fence mending in the romance department, as well.
“To family!” they toast happily…but there is still one or two clouds in their sky. Unbeknownst to anyone at the DEO, Maxwell Lord and General Lane have teamed up to study the Kryptonian energy tech that almost ended the planet. And, just when things seem like they can’t get any better, a Kryptonian pod lands on Earth and Kara goes to check it out. Forgetting the she might need to use the pod again someday (if the past few minutes are any indication), Kara rips off the door and looks inside. What’s inside? Is it a bird? A plane? The glowing thing inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? No, it’s a cliffhanger!
My money’s on Krypto.
They Who Shall Not Be Seen References: 4 to Clark by his various names. 1 to Lois.
Putting the Cat in CatCo: “ That was either my eulogy or your dictated suicide note.” – Cat’s response to Kara telling her what she’s meant to her.
Episode MVP: While it’s hard not to give it to Supergirl in her own finale (she did a great job and handily dispatched Non with her heat vision), this episode highlighted that Cat is the character who has gone through the most growth over the course of the season – even if that growth is “finally learning how to pronounce her assistant and friend’s name.”
There’s a lot of standing around and talking, and emotions get the better of people this week on Supergirl. As is usual when that happens, things go downhill from there.
A Myriad of Threats
We open this week to discover that Non is amassing his army. He’s taken over every human in National City, including the entirety of the DEO. Lucy starts a T-minus countdown to open all alien cells (save the White Martian because that guy cannot get ANY love), and the fact that there’s a countdown makes me wonder what their plan was in the event they ever had to do an emergency evacuation. Apparently, the aliens would be on their own.
Supergirl shows up in time to stop them from releasing all the aliens but not quite soon enough to prevent a smackdown with Maxima – a character I thought they were gearing up to use in the final battle but apparently was introduced just to have a fight scene at the DEO. And to make the rather cringe-worthy statement that, since she can’t get any love from Superman, she’ll swear her allegiance to Non. Since that’s all we get of her motivations and it is accompanied with no context, it seems she desperately needs a man and any man will do.
Supergirl manages to defeat Maxima and even avoids what seems to be an excess of kryptonite bullets that Lucy fires at her. That level of ammo isn’t something that could have been cooked up on the fly. I think Supergirl should watch Lucy, because it could be she always had every intention of using these bullets on her one day.
She then flies to the Fortress of Solitude for help, where she discovers her cousin is off-planet. However, her trip isn’t entirely in vain. Myriad, that threat so great it Shall Not Be Explained, is finally explained. Basically, Astra developed it for use on Krypton. Kryptonians were environmentally destroying their homeworld, so she created Myriad to take over everyone’s minds to stop it so the planet could be saved. Of course, the question becomes, if you’re saving the world by basically making robots of all its people, who are you saving it for? That question will arise again but will remain unanswered. Bottom line is, there is supposedly no cure.
Meanwhile, we find that Alex and Hank are still on the run. She’s apparently borrowed the wig Black Canary is no longer using, and he’s posing as a little boy. Their getaway bus is stopped by the cops, and it seems that Alex is willing to straight up shoot a cop to keep her secret because she handles her handgun with intent. Happily, it doesn’t come to that, and they’re able to continue on their way to visit Ma Danvers on the farm.
A Ray of Hope
Not everything is doom and gloom. Ma Danvers is genuinely overjoyed to meet Martian Manhunter – once she’s told he’s not the man who murdered her husband. She takes the fact that he’s an alien shockingly well, since I would at the very least need to breathe into a paper bag for a few moments at the revelation. Then again, as the woman who raised Kara Danvers, this is just another day for her. It is a moment of unrestrained glee in an otherwise tense episode. (It is, however, no less chatty.)
National City isn’t without a ray of hope – and its own human Death Star. For a reporter and head of media conglomerate, Cat is remarkably unobservant. She saunters into the work with a pithy remark that someone needs to call Harrison Ford to turn him down because she doesn’t date older (let alone married) men. Of course, the joke is that he’s married to actress Calistra Flockhart in real life. She apparently hasn’t noticed that everyone in the city is a walking zombie, at least until Supergirl brings it to her attention. She does, however, take enough notice Supergirl has a cell phone to ask for her number – and Superman’s, while she’s at it.
Kara does get a gleam of hope when she hears Superman is on his way to help, but he’s caught up in the mind control like everyone else. To hell with Zod, this Superman is no match for Non and kneels before Zod’s minion. It’s baffling to me why they even bothered to bring him back from off-planet to do this, but his mind control does not go without explanation. Since he was raised on Earth, episodes of Sesame Street and, presumably, The Real Housewives of Metropolis turned his brain human.
But Kara and Cat aren’t alone. Evil Genius Maxwell Lord has also avoided mind control, having figured out that the Kryptonians were using his satellites to broadcast the Myriad signal. He’s also the reason Cat is free of mind control, thanks to a gift of not-really-diamond earrings – and Cat takes the revelation she’s not wearing real diamonds in surprisingly good stride, considering her character.
Bad Plans and Worse Plans
Non reveals he plans to use Myriad for the same purposes that Astra planned to use it on Krypton. The environment is being destroyed, and he is going to enslave the world to stop it. Again, with a world full of robots, who is he saving the world for? This question is always an obvious one for these kinds of evil schemes, and yet nobody has ever bothered to answer it. Certainly Non doesn’t. He does demonstrate his power by forcing James, Winn, and Girl Never Before Seen on This Show to jump off a building, daring Supergirl to catch them. She saves two out of three, and I think we can all guess which one doesn’t make it.
Happily (I suppose) the humans have a savior or three… if Maxwell Lord can be called that, given his plan to stop Myriad. He’s going to use a kryptonite bomb to kill all the Kryptonians. It’ll also have the side effect of making the city uninhabitable for Superman and Supergirl for fifty years or so, as well as killing an estimated 8% of the populace. Although he protests he doesn’t like this plan more than they do, I don’t entirely believe him. He does go so far as to get approval from General Lane, which I find entirely in-character for this show’s depiction of that character. I’d expound more on my thoughts of Supergirl’s General Sam Lane, but I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to keep these recaps PG. Suffice to say, I am not a fan and do not think he would do much soul-searching after giving this kind of go order.
Although not thrilled with this idea, Supergirl is willing to go along with it, afraid what happened to Krypton will happen to Earth. She asks Cat what she should do, and it takes her boss to tell her that she should try to think of another plan, for crying out loud. She also gets said idea from Cat – Supergirl represents hope, so she should bring hope back to the city. She’s very satisfied with this plan, though it seems incredibly nebulous to me, and takes it to Maxwell Lord. Although he blathers on a bit more about his tragic backstory, he’s finally won over by Supergirl’s winsome charm (and probably Cat’s presence, since he seems to have a Thing for her) and decides to try it their way.
Meanwhile, back wherever it is that Ma Danvers lives, Hank has resolved to return to the city to help and Alex demands to join him. Apparently, she doesn’t understand the concept of “mind control.” Although he could fly his way back to National City and leave it to her to catch up in several hours or maybe even overnight, he dawdles for what feels like days and is certainly long enough for her to make her pitch. She didn’t have a say in what happened to her father, and she doesn’t want that to happen again. Again, Alex… “mind control!”
However, Hank’s a bit of a sucker when it comes to Alex, and he’s swayed. Of course, things go downhill pretty much immediately upon their return to the city. The Myriad signal is strong, so he has to focus to keep her from getting taken over. Indigo attacks and stabs him, demanding he give up or she’ll kill Alex. It is entirely possible none of this would have happened if she hadn’t demanded to go back to the city where she absolutely would be taken over by mind control because it’s already been established – to her – no human can resist. She may be Supergirl’s sister, but she’s apparently forgotten that she is 100% Grade A Human as well.
Of course, it all ends as would have been entirely foreseeable if Alex had pondered the situation for three seconds and not just acted on her emotional need to return to help the sister she left for a reason in the first place. Non takes over Alex, puts her in a Kryptonite suit, and tells Kara it’s kill or be killed – either she has to kill her sister or she’ll die and he’ll get his revenge for Astra. Oh, Alex. See what happens when you don’t use even a smidgeon of forethought?
He Who Shall Not Be Seen References: They were out of hand this episode. Rather than just establishing he was off-world and thus couldn’t help, they made 5 references to “Superman,” 3 to “Kal-El,” 1 to “Clark,” 3 to “Cousin” and 1 to “Son of Jor-El.” And, of course, a distant blur as he was taken over by mind control. Seriously, just leave him off-planet next time. Kneeling to Zod’s minion is just degrading.
In what has to have been the most promoted episode of either The Flash or Supergirl this entire year, this week’s episode of Supergirl was the episode with special guest star, Flash. I’m sure Grant Gustin enjoyed this episode more than any other he’s ever done, and I can only hope they made him a Superman shirt as a gift. He’s such a fan, and seeing a happy version of Flash had to be the highlight of the episode for me. I’ve missed the more cheerful Barry from season 1.
Barry and Kara are the only ones enjoying themselves in this episode, however, as everyone else seems to be suffering from varying degrees of misery. The villains of the week are Siobhan – now fully Silver Banshee – and her partner in crime, Livewire.
Siobhan developed powers at the end of last week’s episode, and the DEO tests her this week to try to determine the cause. Little do they know, her family was cursed by a banshee generations ago, so these powers will manifest when she’s been wronged. I still don’t think she has been, but she still blames Cat and Kara for her own actions, and I’m assuming the curse is more interested in her perception than in reality. She has to kill those who wronged her or maintain her powers – and lose a piece of her soul.
While at the DEO, Siobhan overhears Lucy interrogating Livewire because the super-secret organization has never really learned how to nail down that “secret” part, apparently. She knows that Livewire also hates Cat, so she decides to adopt that old adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and break her out of jail.
Meanwhile Kara is still struggling with the city’s distrust to the point where she suggests Siobhan may be the hero the city needs. Either her pity party has hit an all-time low or the show really does want the audience to believe Kara’s somehow responsible for Siobhan’s predicament on some level. The two women worked across from each other for at least a couple of weeks. Kara has to know that a viper the size of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would make a better superhero for the city than her former co-worker.
Winn isn’t entirely ready to let Siobhan go, so when Livewire and Silver Banshee go to CatCo for revenge, he tries to talk his girlfriend – or at least friend with benefits – down. She’s not listening, though, and rejects his attempts with a pretty decisive sonic scream.
Luckily for Supergirl, she doesn’t have to take this team on alone. The Flash is in town, having accidentally sped his way in from another dimension. After he thinks he’s saved Kara when she’s falling from a building (and speeds her to Utah, apparently, because his super speed is a little overenthusiastic), he discovers she’s an alien.
This is, of course, the coolest thing he’s ever heard. After establishing that he’s in another dimension – one with a Central City but not with a STAR Labs, he volunteers to help Supergirl with her superhuman problem if she helps him get home.
To that end, Kara takes him to the DEO, which doesn’t please her new boss, Lucy. Lucy points out there are protocols in place for visitors, which I assume were put into place in the fifteen minutes previously, because Siobhan certainly had no problem listening in on an entire top-secret interrogation.
After bonding over the highs and lows of being a superhero (Barry tells Kara to have faith she’ll win the city’s trust back in time), they team up and take on Livewire and Silver Banshee. Supergirl puts her life on the line to save a single helicopter, which is apparently enough to win the city’s trust back. It seems Barry overestimated how much time it would take. The city is now firmly back on her side.
Cat is suddenly all aboard the Karolsen train, as she tries to push Kara and James together. This would be fine with me if there had ever been even a 30 second conversation about her totally inappropriate behavior that lasted for weeks after Kara broke it off with Adam. Don’t get me wrong — I’m glad they moved on past that, but it is something that went on long enough, I feel it should have been addressed within the show and not just swept under the rug.
But that’s apparently entirely forgotten, and Cat gives Kara some truly terrible advice about making James jealous. While I cringed, her advice does seem to work as James is clearly not happy about the Scarlet Speedster’s presence in town.
After a short pep talk from Barry, Kara decides to act on her feelings with the most awkward pass ever and lays a kiss on James. With unfortunate timing, since James – and the rest of the humans of National City, apparently – is put under mind control just at that moment. Just what dastardly deed will Non attempt next?
They Who Shall Not Be Seen References: Too many to count, if you consider all the name dropping this episode has. One to Superman and a bunch of references to characters on The Flash. Continuing their trend that Iris West is not allowed to participate in crossovers in any way, however, she is the one main character who is not mentioned in this crossover. Of course.
Putting the Cat in CatCo: “He was so unfailing charming and nice he either had to be a superhero or a Mormon.”
If only it wasn’t for the guilt that follows, of course.
While watching this week’s episode, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a friend about this show a couple weeks ago. (Bear with me; it’s pertinent, I swear.) She said that her main complaint with Supergirl is that, like many CBS shows, no real character progression is allowed. Two steps forward, one step back, and they try to find a way to regress relationships.
I hadn’t really thought about it much before that conversation, but I couldn’t help but think of it tonight as I watched the show. My initial impression is that this may have actually been one of my favorite episodes of the show, but I can’t help but think about the two steps forward they took… and the one step back.
If we didn’t know what tonight’s episode was about, we probably could guess by how much the show concentrates on showing what a hero Supergirl is and how loved she is by the city in the first ten minutes. I have to admit, even my cynical heart is warmed by her saving the little girl from the school bullies – moments like that are everything a Supergirl (or even Superman) character should be.
We are also treated to a scene where she and James come oh so close to admitting their feelings for each other, as he both lies in saying that she had nothing to do with his recent breakup and tells the truth that he perhaps didn’t love Lucy as much as he should have. I could swear warning bells tolled as he spoke that line.
Of course, the happy glow of hero-ness and burgeoning love couldn’t last. Kara unwittingly gets exposed to Red Kryptonite, and the game is officially on. As in Smallville, Red Kryptonite in Supergirl seems to lower her inhibitions – at first making her rather like a petulant teenager. She’s snarky to Hank, to Cat, to Siobhan… basically to everybody. She isn’t thrilled about doing either job. Of course, her wardrobe gets a makeover – enough to stop James in his tracks and momentarily forget that ex girlfriend of his. She is not here for any of that nonsense she usually tolerates, like “patience” and “friends” and “steady employment.”
Her behavior spirals increasingly out of control, until even Cat can’t help but notice. And if Cat is noticing your attitude is Perhaps a Bit Much, you know you need to go have some quiet time and maybe a nap somewhere. To her credit, Cat had finally, finally, thank you god finally put her anger towards Kara behind her this week, no longer mad at her assistant for not using her feminine wiles to get her son to stay. (Yes, the fact that it lasted as long as it did leaves a bad taste in my mouth still, but she reminded me why I liked her so much before that arc so I am trying very hard to forget it.) Maybe they realized only one person should be acting irrationally angry each episode, and Kara pretty squarely had that market covered.
From flirting shamelessly with James (while calling his ex-girlfriend every name in the book), to insulting and taunting everyone around her, the only thing nice about Kara this week is her makeup and hair. Okay, awkward segue, but I really wanted to throw in a shout-out to the makeup and hair department because I really don’t think we’ve ever seen her look better. Seriously, well done.
At any rate, in line with her current mood of not being worried about making – or keeping – friends, she prompts Siobhan’s exit from CatCo. Well, to be fair, Siobhan herself does the trick. She’s so jealous that Kara’s finally getting praise from Cat again and she’s Assistant Number Two, she tries to go behind Cat and sell a story that trashes Supergirl (by revealing she let a bad guy go) that the woman in question rejected to the Daily Planet. Kara overhears and reveals the plot, and Siobhan is unceremoniously booted to the curb.
While I certainly don’t like Kara’s attitude – and taunting after – the simple fact remains that the fault for Siobhan’s abrupt unemployment is squarely on her own doorstep. After all, Kara’s revelations and attitude aside, she didn’t twist Siobhan’s arm to go behind Cat’s back. I can’t find it in my heart to feel sympathy for her. In fact, it’s exactly the kind of thing Siobhan would have done, given the chance, and no amount of flirtation with Winn over the span of perhaps one episode can make me mistake her for a better-intentioned character.
At any rate, Kara’s downward spiral hits its low point when she throws Cat off a building to make a point about power (catching her before she hits the ground, of course) and threatens the city. Cat renounces her for the public good, and all the people who loved her in the first ten minutes are now heartbroken. Maxwell Lord reveals he was – supposedly unintentionally – behind the creation of Red Kryptonite and helps the DEO come up with a cure.
They do manage to use it on Kara, but not before Hank is forced to reveal his true nature to take her down. Alex begs him to escape, but he winks at her and nonchalantly lets himself be captured instead, because even when he’s eight feet tall and green, he still has more swagger than you.
Once she recovers from her Red K steam bath, Kara doesn’t need to be told what she did when she was under the influence – she remembers too well. The scene where she cries to Alex and confesses how horrible it was that she couldn’t stop herself has to be some of the best acting we’ve had from Melissa Benoist all year.
She tries to make amends, but apologies don’t always make things better. Hank is under arrest by the DEO for being an alien, though he doesn’t hold a grudge against Kara for his predicament. Although he seemed to be getting a little burgeoning love interest earlier in the episode in the form of the previously anti-alien Senator Crane, she slams that door pretty hard in his face now that the truth is out. She’s also anti-alien again, naturally. Love is a fickle mistress. (Has he tried winking at her? I’m pretty sure that would do the trick.)
Leaving Hank’s love life aside for the moment, it’s time for apologies all around. Kara apologizes to Alex for the horrible things she said, and Alex admits there was some truth to her words. She tries apologizing to James, as well, but when she tries to admit her feelings, he shuts her down. It’s a little too much for him at the moment, and he needs time. She apologizes to Cat, who is definitely way more willing to forgive the woman who threw her off a building than I would be. Cat leaves Kara with the encouraging sentiment that if anyone can win back the trust of the city, it’s her.
I’m actually intrigued to find out how Kara will win the city back. While I certainly don’t want her on the outs for too long, I hope it isn’t wrapped up with a shiny bow in the next episode. This could be a really pivotal episode for the series, tackling the important issue of trust in our heroes and what the consequences may be when that trust is broken. But when she gets back into the city’s hearts – as well she should – I really want that moment to be earned.
He Who Shall Not Be Seen References: One to Superman, two to Perry White. As it turns out, Perry will not be hiring Siobhan in thanks for her backstabbing efforts, thank you very much.
“I’m Supergirl!”: Saving the little girl at the beginning from bullies, using her x-ray vision to learn her name and pretend they’re friends (as she would be with all non-bullies in the city). A perfect Supergirl moment.
Putting the Cat in CatCo: “Brazen. That’s a new color on you. I don’t mind it. Yet.” Thank you, show, for not making me hate Cat this week, as I have for entirely too long.
Episode MVP: I’m really tempted to say Cat (for finally being likable again) or Hank (for being awesome in the face of handcuffs), but Melissa Benoist really deserves all the accolades this week, culminating in a crying scene that brought tears to my eyes.
This week, Smallville’s Supergirl joins Supergirl as the villain of the week. Kara discovers that the ability to implode other people’s relationships may be one of her superpowers. Winn gets a little love, because he’s turned on by being terrified. And Cat tries to eke out a measure of the respect she lost with me but is ultimately still bogged down by a thankless character arc that just won’t die.
Unsurprisingly, Alex is still tortured by the knowledge that Kara is angry at Hank for something he just didn’t do. She keeps struggling with whether or not to tell, even trying to convince Hank she should, as though she doesn’t have the ability to make decisions for herself. It seems she isn’t ready to take the chance that he’s right in thinking she’ll lose her sister, but she doesn’t want to carry the weight of her guilt over that so she wants to pretend that it’s on him.
Her fears don’t seem to be entirely unfounded, since Kara is certainly angry at Hank. Her relationship status with the DEO has been changed to “It’s Complicated” on Facebook, and she is not taking his calls. She does agree to still help out of love for her sister, but otherwise that super secret agency is sleeping on the couch.
Of course, she can’t stay mad for long. Well, she can stay mad, but she’s forced to go to marriage counseling, at least, because she still has to help them take down the Villian of the Week, Indigo. Indigo is a possible-alien, possible-Kryptonian-creation with a Brainiac symbol on her head, who is responsible for getting Kara’s ship (and all the accompanying bad guys) out of the Phantom Zone. She also maybe had an affair with Non in the past, or at least she seems to have wanted one. Now she wants to set off nukes to destroy every human on the planet because she does not believe in coexistence. “Predators don’t live with prey,” she declares, making me wonder what she thinks predators on the top of the food chain eat.
Supergirl works with the DEO to bring down the nuke and infect Indigo with a virus likely to make her work as well as the next generation of Windows. Realizing she has to make up with Hank for the good of the world, Kara’s on the verge of forgiving him when Alex shows a knack for perfect timing. She finally can’t take it anymore and tells the truth. After a few seconds of hesitation, Kara forgives her sister and reaches out to Hank, mending their little family.
While I understand the importance of getting her past her anger quickly (since we’d just gone through a multi-episode arc of her being angry over this issue and it would be redundant to revisit it), it does mean that for several episodes, Hank introduced a gun into the scene but nobody ever pulled the trigger. His main reason for lying to her – that he didn’t want her to hate her sister or think less of her – becomes a non-issue within seconds, making one think she would have been as readily forgiving several episodes ago. We could have avoided this whole mess if Hank hadn’t lied to her to begin with and Alex hadn’t gone along with it.
For Winn, Fear Is a Lot Like Love
While Kara is dealing with her relationship with the DEO, Winn is getting closer to Cat’s new assistant. Cat is of course still angry at Kara for driving her son away by not dating him, and the less said about that, the better. That storyline can’t end fast enough for me.
Siobahn is still trying to ingratiate herself with her boss, but she seems to have lost ground. Whereas last week, Cat could pronounce her name correctly, this week she’s identified by the color of her hair. Siobahn and Kara still don’t get along. For that matter, Lucy and Kara only get along because the former doesn’t know the latter is Supergirl. I don’t know how Siobahn and Lucy would get along, but it seems that of all the female relationships on the show at the moment, Alex and Kara is the only positive one, even with Alex being tortured over lying about killing Kara’s aunt.
For a show that lauds itself on being a “feminist” superhero show, they might want to take a step back and think about that.
Cat has as much respect for hackers as she has for her staff, and she turns down a chance to report on an Ashley Madison style hack. For a moment, I was reminded why I used to like her so much as a character. But, alas, this horrible story of her punishing Kara for not dating her son continues, so my appreciation for the character continues to diminish.
As awkward as she is in her professional life, Siobahn is just as awkward in her personal one. She’s having issues with the copier, for which Winn offers assistance. In return, she decides to share a story about her philandering father out of the blue with seemingly no provocation. I’m sure the idea was that she was upset at the hack of the Ashley Madison style website, but since it still seems totally random that she blurts out this really personally story to a virtual stranger she doesn’t even seem to like very much.
To her credit, she’s embarrassed to have done so. Winn tries to comfort her, even though she scares him, and this causes her to change her opinion of him rather abruptly. She kisses him, threatens him to keep it a secret, and shoves him into the elevator for more.
A Secret’s As Good As a Lie
James still erroneously thinks that telling Lucy the truth about Kara is what he needs to do, but he’s really looking over the glaring oversight that she hated his relationship with Superman so finding out that he works with and is friends with Supergirl is not going to be much better.
This oversight is reinforced repeatedly over the course of the episode, as Lucy demonstrates jealousy that he wants to work with Supergirl on the story. One might imagine this would cause him to think about how she’ll take finding out that Supergirl is often no more than ten feet down the hall and is in fact good friends with James in her off-time, too. When he accidentally stands Lucy up for a date in order to help Supergirl with her alien issue, he still thinks telling Lucy the truth will be the solution to his problems, making me believe Kara must not love him for his brains.
Kara tries to try her hand at playing Dr. Phil and wants to fix things between Lucy and James – because that worked so well the last time, when she worked things out between Cat and her son. In trying to smooth things over, she accidentally reveals that she knows James better than his girlfriend. The writing is on the wall for this couple and, indeed, they don’t last much longer. Kara finally agrees that James should tell Lucy the truth, because she’s faster than a speeding locomotive but can’t recognize a train wreck when it’s about to crash right in front of her. James goes to do so, but before he can, Lucy breaks it off. She’s realized that he really loves Kara and Kara loves him (even if she can’t admit it just yet), and they should be together.
In all the breakups, I’ve ever heard about, exactly none of them have ever gone this way, but somehow every breakup on a superhero show does.
Will James take a page from Winn’s (or at least Siobahn’s) book and do something to get his love life more on track? Maybe we’ll find out when the show returns in two weeks!
Episode MVP: Winn. Not only did he not take sides when mom and dad were fighting, but he helped the DEO take down Indigo. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s really for two reasons. First, I found him at his most charming in his scenes with Siobahn, even if I find her character rather bizarre so far. But mostly, he may have been the only character to not come down with a bad case of Stupid at any point in this episode, so for that, he earns a win from me!
This week, Kara learns a harsh lesson in discovering that she may not be doing the best job of standing for truth and justice. Life lessons are hard. I learn that she should probably get a new job. And everyone learns that Jimmy’s girlfriend has some strange jealousy issues that border on creepy.
Judge Dredd Comes to Town
We learn this week about a villain who feeds off of dead flesh, but it’s all a psych-out. The real villain is an old guard from Fort Rozz, who is tracking down escaped prisoners and killing them in sequential order of their inmate numbers. It’s nice when serial killers are tidy, even alien ones.
The DEO realizes first that their flesh eater isn’t the first alien murdered and then that the executioner is impersonating a police officer. They try to take him into custody, but it turns out they were on the right track but had the wrong name. Kara is initially angry that she wasn’t invited to the impersonating-FBI party, but really she’s still angry at Hank for killing Astra. Alex continues to teeter on the edge of telling Kara the truth, but Hank remains firm that Sometimes Secrets Are For Your Own Good. Even when they drive Kara away in the end.
Standing for Truth and Justice… Eventually
Now listen up, kiddies, because Supergirl has a lesson to teach about the nature of justice and how it’s not always black and white. Still reeling emotionally from the death of her aunt, she’s a little too gung-ho about keeping Maxwell Lord locked up in her super secret prison.
In a previous article, I made a comment about Supergirl putting Lord in Gitmo. Jimmy’s on the same page, because he confronts Kara about doing just that, but she’s having none of it. Lord is dangerous, and she doesn’t care how many due process – or basic human — rights are violated to keep him locked up. (He doesn’t even seem to have a toilet, Kara. Have a heart!)
If there’s a highlight to the episode, it’s James’s speech that the S on her chest means something. Most importantly, that when you have more power than an entire army, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard. Supergirl’s most difficult battles won’t come down to a matter of strength, speed, or intellect but of values. Unfortunately, her current actions are causing him (and me, to be honest) to question her ethics. Naturally, this isn’t something she wants to hear right now, so she shuts James down pretty quick. She’s the kind of hero who does what needs to be done!
In the end, however, after saving a Fort Rozz escapee who it turns out wasn’t so bad after all, Kara learns a lot about life and justice and decides to let Lord go. She’s willing to trust that he has an angel deep down who will prevent him from revealing the truth about the DEO and her secret identity. Alex is falling for none of it, because she breaks out some mutually assured destruction instead. She’ll spill the beans on him if he tries to tattle. In this stalemate, who will break first? I’m guessing Lord.
Kara Needs a New Job
The tension between Kara and Cat hits a breaking point – for me at least – this week. Cat is still not pronouncing Kara’s name correctly but has no problem pronouncing the name of her new assistant, Siobhan Smythe. I suppose we’re to assume that her mispronunciation is intentional, but this still doesn’t make sense to me. If she’s not pronouncing Kara correctly now as punishment, why was she still not doing it properly when the two were actually growing quite close and were even affectionate towards each other on occasion?
Either way, Kara needs a new job. I know that she had a lot of respect for Cat and for a while, Cat was one of my favorite characters of the show. This arc is making me lose complete respect for her character. Once again, I feel the need to reiterate that KARA WAS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO DATE YOUR SON TO KEEP HIM AROUND SO GET OVER YOURSELF, WOMAN. She’s being petty, unprofessional, and juvenile and, at this point, it’s been going on for entirely too long for me to give it a pass. Kara needs to move on because there are better jobs out there with better employers. Cat can give all the strangely-out-of-the-blue speeches she wants about how they’re journalists because they want to be better people, but she’s not being a very good boss, friend, or person at the moment, and I am over it.
Lucy Needs Some Friggin’ Perspective
Speaking of people who are entirely overreacting to a situation to an almost alarming degree, Lucy learns this week that James is *gasp!* horror of horrors! friends with Supergirl. This is Entirely Too Much for her to take, and she has a little bit of a meltdown, demanding to know if he’s as close with Supergirl as he was with Superman.
I’m beginning to wonder at the exact nature of his relationship with Superman, because Lucy’s acting like James and Kal were stepping out together. I get that the idea is that she doesn’t want to share him, but that’s really not how this scene plays out. It’s more like she was jealous of his relationship with an ex-lover and… I’m not entirely sure that’s the message they are going for.
In order to save his relationship, James wants to tell Lucy the truth about Supergirl. I don’t know what James thinks is the foundation for his relationship woes, but if Lucy really is jealous because he’s close to a man who regularly dresses in primary-colored spandex, finding he works down the hall with and is good friends with a woman who does the same (and upon whom he has a bit if a crush, it appears) is probably not going to put her over the moon with joy.
Watch your step, James. Here there be monsters.
One More Mystery
In the end, Kara learns a lot about herself but one mystery remains. What is Myriad? She goes to Astral Projection Mom to ask, but this causes the AI to freak out and threaten to self-destruct. I know that the idea is to keep the mystery alive, but I can’t help but think that this was incredibly short-sighted. Why send an AI at all if it’s going to freak out and self-destruct when all the important questions are asked? Think ahead, woman!
Myriad will be a mystery for another week, but my question will probably continue to go unanswered.
He Who Shall Not Be Seen References: I somehow flaked on keeping track this week, but I think there was only the one, during Lucy’s insane bout of romantic jealousy.
Episode VIP: James, and all of his “That symbol you wear on your chest means something to a lot of people, and this isn’t it” speech. I had heart eyes throughout and wanted to send that clip to the people in charge of Superman lately. It is an incredibly important message, and even if James is the only person who really understands it, I love him all the more for it.
Okay, I know that, as an episode recapper, I should be giving thoughtful analysis and well-reasoned descriptions but we got Bizarro Supergirl this week, so my higher brain function has been overrun by fangirl enthusiasm for the moment.
This episode reminded me of the episode “Identity Crisis” from Superman: The Animated Series. It looks like next week will be at the very least an homage to “For the Man Who Has Everything” from Justice League Unlimited. These are two of my favorite episodes from their respective series. Does this mean that these will also be my favorite episodes of this one? Time will tell!
Doublemint Twins Face Off
Did I mention the Villain of the Week is Bizarro Supergirl? With that established, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
Bizarro is made by Maxwell Lord. I suppose, although he doesn’t trust the government and certainly doesn’t trust aliens, he’s all in when it comes to science experiments. He’s also seen Clockwork Orange a few too many times, given how he tries to train Bizarro to hate Supergirl.
It turns out he took seven brain-dead girls from the hospital to experiment until he made a semi-functional Supergirl clone. Unfortunately, Bizarro Supergirl starts to break down when exposed to Kryptonite. The DEO realizes that synthetic Kryptonite should stop her, since she is basically the complete opposite of Supergirl. While this initially puts her in a homicidal rage, getting defeated makes her turn a new leaf, and she and Kara bond before she’s put back into a coma to undoubtedly return in Season 2.
Secrets, Secrets Everywhere
Lord does reveal to Alex and Kara that he knows Supergirl’s secret identity, so Alex goes behind her boss’ back and has him arrested – something Hank explicitly said earlier in the episode that the DEO has no authority to do. She intends to keep him locked in a secret cell until, presumably, he gets dementia or dies. He threatens to tell the whole world about Supergirl in return for her daring to arrest him, because apparently he’s never heard that prisoners at places like Gitmo aren’t usually allowed access to reporters.
When Hank confronts Alex about her actions, she angrily tells him she’ll put her sister’s safety over the DEO any day. The problem with this is that she’s intentionally kept Lord’s revelation from him for reasons that make no sense. But if she’s going to hide it from him, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for her to be angry that he doesn’t understand her actions and thinks she crossed a line.
Never Mix Work With Pleasure
Kara’s love life was gearing up to be more complicated, but it is actually simplified this week. Winn is still being pretty passive-aggressive about Kara not returning his feelings, and he’s poutily mute on the subject of her upcoming date with Adam. He does advise James to act on his feelings, after James’s awkward and not entirely believable enthusiasm at hearing the same news. James is torn between Kara and Lucy, and though he admits he loves Supergirl, they haven’t really set up the emotional triangle or conflict from his side. His feelings towards Kara have been oblique at best.
Meanwhile, while she’s trying to make a go of it with Adam, apparently even Kara’s DNA knows she really loves James (given that Bizarro knew to kidnap James even though she’d seen Kara make out with Adam earlier. Apparently because of their “connection”). Their relationship of a half hour or so crashes almost before it’s had a chance to launch, as she decides to break it off to keep him safe. Honestly, when she did that, I did expect Bizarro to put Adam in danger to drive that point home – and draw out the romantic drama a bit longer – but once he left, it seems he left for good.
This, of course, does not make Cat terribly happy. Though she’d been uncharacteristically warm to Kara for a while, she gives her the cold shoulder for breaking her son’s heart. Since Kara and Adam have known each other for all of forty-five minutes, I’m thinking if his heart was really that broken, he fell for her freakishly fast.
Either way, other than to cause more tension between Kara and Cat (who knows her assistant well enough to bring her favorite coffee drink but STILL CANNOT PRONOUNCE HER NAME CORRECTLY), what was the point of his character? We barely got introduced to him and he was already gone.
I’m giving it a pass because did I mention next week looks like it will tackle “For the Man Who Has Everything”? I AM SO HERE FOR THIS!
He Who Shall Not Be Seen References: One. We got so close, guys! So close!
Random Question: How does Kara have pierced ears? A Kryptonite needle?
Character I Still Don’t Care About: Maxwell Lord. I get that he’s the season’s Big Bad – and probably for the entire course of the series – but the only time I’ve really found him terribly interesting was when he was being impersonated by Martian Manhunter. They really have to give his character a little TLC if they intend to get a long run out of the character and his conflict with Kara.
This week, mistakes were made on Supergirl. Many, many mistakes were made. However, Hank Henshaw wasn’t one of them.
Martian in Disguise
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t a big fan of Hank or the DEO in the pilot, but he is probably one of my favorite characters on the show right now and certainly in this episode. This week, we delved into a little of his backstory – the tragedy of the Martian Manhunter.
The Villain of the Week is a White Martian – mortal enemies of Green Martians. It takes on the form of an anti-alien senator and infiltrates the DEO, looking for Hank. He reveals the war that led him to be the last of his kind, as far as he knows. His story is heartbreaking when he reveals that his wife and daughters were burned alive in front of him. He’s also over 300 years old, so it’s a memory that’s haunted him for longer than most.
Supergirl and Martian Manhunter stop the White Martian, and he intends to take her (its?) life, but a pep talk from Kara changes his mind. He has a paternal moment with Alex and Kara, and it’s a group hug all around! I’m cynical and saw it coming, but it was a sweeter scene than I’d like to admit, largely because Hank was bringing it in every single one of his scenes this episode.
Side note: He also did a pretty good job of speaking Martian and making it sound somewhat natural. Also, when he got angry, his voice changed a little, which I thought was a nice touch, given that he’s in disguise.
This Isn’t a Problem for Supergirl
Or at least it shouldn’t be. Kara needs to learn that some things aren’t her business, but it’s not a lesson she learns this episode. It turns out she’s discovered that Cat has been trying – and failing – to write her son, Adam, a letter. Kara finishes it for her and sends it without Cat’s knowledge, and it blows up as spectacularly as one might imagine.
It turns out, while Cat wants to get to know her son, she may not really be ready to take that step. She may have interviewed world leaders, religious icons, and pop stars with groupies, but it’s not even remotely evident at her dinner to get to know her son better. She, of course, blames Kara and while I normally might take issue with that since Cat whiffed the dinner all on her own, Kara is responsible for her share for setting up that train wreck.
Kara vows to fix it, which is good since she at least helped break it to begin with. She is true to her word, however, and does eventually get the two of them on the same page by acting as mediator. No group hug this time, but there was at least hand-holding with consent.
All Out of Love
Supergirl’s love triangle gets even more complicated this episode. Winn, still all in his feels over Kara not returning them (or at least telling him she doesn’t want things to change, which I still hold is a weak refusal and a cop-out to leave that door cracked for future romantic drama) gives her the mostly-silent treatment. The man needs time, and she’s not terribly keen on giving it to him. She wants to fix it, but that only makes it worse when he rebuffs her and indicates he was serious when he said he needed some space.
He’ll probably need to leave the planet entirely when he finds out Adam has asked out Kara and she has said yes – with Cat’s tacit approval, of course. Talk about awkward times ahead, at least for Cat and Kara. As for Winn… dude, she’s just not that into you.
He Who Shall Not Be Seen References: They showed restraint this week with only one mention of Superman.
Episode VIP: Hank Henshaw in every single one of his scenes. He owned this episode, and anybody who thinks differently is just plain wrong.
Honorable Mention: Visine Tears. I don’t know how I never noticed before, but Cat does an astonishing amount of not blinking. I first noticed it when she was confessing all the things she’s missed out on with Adam, where I clocked a full 24 seconds between blinks. Visine must be a lifesaver for her, because that cannot be healthy.
This week’s episode of Supergirl was a fall finale, although it didn’t necessarily feel like one. To be honest, until I saw the ad at the end of the previous episode, I had thought that was the last episode before the hiatus, and I think it might have worked better as one. (Who isn’t excited to find out more about the Martian Manhunter – a subject they barely brushed upon this week?) This was a solid episode, but it came on the heels of a particularly strong one.
Kara’s aunt, Alura, was back tonight, causing Alex to worry about Kara’s ability to really do whatever necessary to take her down. For someone who wants to talk, she’s certainly aggressive in their first meeting. Weakened by Kryptonite, Kara has to jump off the roof to get away.
At their next meeting, Supergirl doesn’t even give her aunt the chance to talk (which she professes she wants to do). Instead, they fight, and Kara manages to take her down long enough to bring her in to the DEO. Once Alura is trapped in a cell, they finally get their chance to talk. Kara has a flashback to their last meeting on Krypton and then finds out that her mother used her to trap Alura. Kara is betrayed that her mother used her – enough to seemingly forget that Alura’s actions had led to an innocent man’s death on Krypton.
Angry that her mother doomed both of them to a “life sentence” without their consent, Kara confronts her mom’s AI and breaks down. She’s upset that her mom sent her away. This seems to be a strange emotional beat for her to have – she was old enough to be able to understand what was happening, and her parents’ reasons for “sending her away” were justified. Krypton exploded, as she well knows. It seems strange for her to be angry at her mother for condemning her to a life sentence when the alternative was quite literally and definitively death.
After Cat divulges her story about a son she gave up, Kara does eventually come to terms with the fact that this decision couldn’t have been easy on her mother. Still, it’s strange that it took that much. It wasn’t like there could be any doubt that being sent away was comparatively the better choice since, again, the alternative was certain death by planet explosion. It seemed like they wanted to have some family drama with Kara and her maternal figures, but I think there were other ways they could have done it that would have made more sense.
In the end, Alex figures out Alura wanted to be caught and that she can’t be trusted. Alura’s soldiers attack Maxwell Lord’s company. The resolution to that will have to wait.
The Power of Love and Loyalty
The major story this episode had to do with a hack of Cat’s company that puts her leadership in question. In order to protect a son she once had — and then lost — in a custody battle (or, rather, walked away from when the custody battle was over), Cat decides to step down. However, just in the nick of time, Winn, James, Lucy, and Kara find proof that a member of her own board plotted the hack to set up a hostile takeover. She has him arrested, which apparently stops all chance of Adam being outed by the media subsequent to the hack.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a week of Supergirl without the love triangle. James apologizes to Winn for hugging Kara when he didn’t know how much Winn liked her (so… hugging her is… off limits? Even if you buy that Kara was behaving improperly in hugging him, given her feelings for him – and I don’t – James seems to be unaware of these feelings. So why does he need to apologize?). He also tells Winn to go for it and tell Kara his feelings.
I’ve had some people argue with me that the show isn’t intentionally trying to put Winn in a sympathetic light to make the audience root for him over James as a love interest. This episode just further confirmed to me that this is exactly what they’re doing.
And, finally, Cat puts together the pieces and figures out that Kara is secretly Supergirl – thereby bringing every major character into the loop. The repercussions of this revelation will undoubtedly be addressed when the show returns from hiatus.
They Who Shall Not Be Named References: 3 to Lois Lane and 2 to Superman.
Worst-Kept Secret Ever: Cat figures out that Kara is Supergirl. On the one hand, it’s nice that she’s smart enough to piece it together. However, they’re already doing a pretty poor job of keeping her secret on the down-low. I wonder if the show won’t be missing something in having somebody – anybody – out of the loop.
Episode VIP: Since it’s nice that Cat was smart enough to piece Kara’s secret identity together, I guess it would be her. I’ll miss having someone out of the loop, but I am curious to know what she does with this information.