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This is the newest TV show set in the DC universe. It does not appear to be part of the Justice League crossover ( Arrow, Flash ) and appears to be more of a stand-alone show like Gotham . Whether it is good enough to deserve the comparison has yet to be seen.
The story is simple. When planet Krypton exploded, Kal-El’s thirteen year-old cousin Kara was sent to be his childhood guardian. While his pod made it safely to Kansas, hers took the scenic route via the Phantom Zone. As a result, Kal-El was full-grown as Superman when Kara arrived. She was fostered off to the Danvers family (Dean Cain – Lois & Clark and Helen Slater ) and is now an office gopher working for Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ).
The Superman TV shows tend to do a lot of stunt casting. Dean Cain, a former Superman, was a villain in Smallville and Helen Slater was both Supergirl in the 1980s movie and Kal-El’s mother in Smallville . So who did the Producers cast for the role of Jimmy Olsen, a person instantly recognisable from his short stature, pasty pale skin and bespectacled nerdy demeanour? Only the tallest, darkest, clear-sighted and athletic person they could find – Mechad Brooks ( True Blood ).
Supergirl seems happy being an office gopher for the mean (well, competent) version of Ally McBeal. However, she eventually has to go out and save the day. The good news is, the presence of a local superhero is going to boost sales of the local newspaper and save a few jobs. The bad news is, it attracts the local MIB goon squad. The government is okay with Superman being a national hero, but want to oppress his cousin for doing the same thing.
The MIBs have worse things to worry about. They have known for the last decade that there were hundreds of evil Kryptonians on Earth, escapees from the Phantom Zone. The alien crooks, despite having super-powers, have decided to blend in. Presumably the presence of Superman was a deterrent to them. However, now they have decided to make their presence felt. The stage is now set of Supergirl to spend the next 20+ episodes fighting them.
Supergirl has been a superhero for exactly one week. She expects to be as good as Superman, who has had over a decade's experience in the field. Supergirl has a complete lack of skill, preferring brute force to solve her problems. Her foster-sister is selected to teach her some finesse. Naturally they are both resentful of the FBI SWAT leader (David Harewood - Robin Hood (2006) ) who orders them to get tested and to do some training together. However, their arrogant sense of entitlement is smacked into place when they discover that learning new things is useful.
Unfortunately Supergirl cannot exert her super-strength without the human-built infrastructure giving way. Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) points out that Metropolis' maintenance costs quadrupled since Superman appeared, so he is against superheroes in general rather than just Supergirl. But nobody points out how the Emergency Services budget must have been equally reduced.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) wants to champion Supergirl as National City's savior - especially since if she does not, Perry and the Daily Planet will send a team from Metropolis to do it instead. Yes, Cat has to keep the pressure up in order to save jobs at the local newspaper. She demands an interview with Supergirl, and pressures Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) to get her access to the subject. It is only fair - after all, Jimmy boasts constantly about his friendship with Superman so it is only fair that he should make good on his implied promises. And if he fails to do his job (and guarantee the jobs of his fellow employees), he will be the first one fired.
The freak of the week is an insect-man who kills a security guard who looks like Donald Glover ( The Martian ). Bug-man was imprisoned by the Kryptonians for unspecified crimes, back when Kara's mother was in charge of Just-Us, AKA the will of the strong. Kara's family motto is Stronger Together, which is strangely reminiscent of the old Ubermensch slogans. Perhaps the insect people are just the victims of Kryptonian racial prejudice. On the other hand, perhaps we are just too cynical about Utopian civilisations these days.
The show has certain shades of grey which the main characters completely ignore. Kara's aunt claims she was imprisoned for trying to save Krypton, and that she wants to save Earth too. Could she actually be telling the truth? And the insect-man is not part of the Kryptonian civil war. All he wanted was something to eat. Yes, in the old days of the Bloody Code a person could be executed for stealing a loaf of bread. The poor bug-man was only going through the city's industrial garbage!
Supergirl gives her first public interview with Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ). She inadvertently reveals that she is Superman’s cousin, which everyone takes as a major revelation. However, since she has the same superpowers and S-logo costume as him then it is hardly a leap of the imagination to assume they are closely linked. One of Superman’s old foes decides that if Superman is too hard to kill, Supergirl will be a good target instead.
Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) gets kidnapped by the villain. Supergirl saves him, but he is the same ungrateful idiot that he was portrayed as in his previous appearance. Will he give her the public support that she has earned?
A female shock jock states a few obvious facts about Supergirl. Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) does not like it when her proteges fight, so she transfers the Shock Jock to the traffic helicopter. Next thing you know, the chopper needs Supergirl to save it. The Shock Jock is touching Supergirl when she gets hit by lightning ...
Cat and Supergirl team up together to take down the new supervillain, Livewire. The MIBs supply a device capable of capturing energy-based alien life forms.
Kara's foster-mother ( Helen Slater ) comes to stay for Thanksgiving. We get to find out why foster-father Dean Cain ( Lois & Clark ) is not around any more. There is a lack of male authority figures in the show. Just like explaining how Superman is never around to save the day, we have no Commissioner Gordon or any other civic leader. The MIB leader (David Harewood - Robin Hood (2006) ) is a suspicious character, heavily foreshadowed as a potential villain the same way the Creepy Professor was in the first Season on The Flash .
Supergirl discovers that a hi-tech drone is following her. She assumes it is property of the US Government, paid for by taxpayers' hard-earned dollars, so she instantly blows it up with her laser-vision. However, the MIBs deny all knowledge of it. Who has the technology to keep her under surveillance?
A mad bomber blows up a lab owned by Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ). He is evidently being targeted by the villain, a former employee. Kara and her sister are called in to protect the target, and to defuse several bombs. The big target is Lord's new automated super-fast transcontinental bullet train. Kara cannot be in two places at the same time, but at least she has her sister and the MIBs to cover for her when she cannot make it in time.
Kara also tries multi-tasking in her day-job too. She volunteers to look after the schoolboy son of her boss, Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ). Unfortunately this means leaving him with her boy friday, a nerdy fellow from the office. Luckily for the plot, the nerd is as bad a babysitter as she is and allows the boy to get put in jeopardy. All the male characters are idiots who need an average woman to sort things out for them.
Kara's dating life also gets a mention. She still has her eyes on Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ), who has been blackwashed to look like an NBA star athlete. Can a nerd like her ever date above her status? Well, she would never dream of dating someone who was equal status, like the boy friday who looks after the schoolboy. But Jimmy has a hot ex-GF, military JAG lawyer Lucy Lane ( Jenna Dewan tatum ), the sister of Lois Lane. Will Kara friendzone herself and get Jimmy and Lucy back together?
Maxwell Lord comes in for more examination this episode. He gives some background to Kara's sister, explaining how his mistruct of the Government comes from the deaths of his parents due to inefficient Government bureaucracy. Now he wants to do the same thing they did, saving lives and making the world a better place - but using his own money and bypassing all the Government red tape. All well and good, but such altruism is rare among Billionaires and their investors.
General Lane, father of Lois and Lucy Lane ( Jenna Dewan tatum ), is in town. He meets Lucy and Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) for a Relationship talk. His objection is that Jimmy is basically just a hanger-on. After all, if Lois is good enough for Superman then Lucy must also be good enough for a super-human too.
The General and Lucy have a military mission too. They want Supergirl to test a new military robot. She defeats it easily, and the scientist who built it is not pleased. Next thing you know, the robot is after Supergirl and it wants revenge. Ironic that something she defeated so easily soon became her greatest threat so far.
Kara's sister goes to her friendly boffin - Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ). Will he give advice that can save the day, or is he part of the problem again?
Supergirl has not gotten her powers back after the big battle last episode. Now she has to live as a normal human, which involves taking the bus to work and getting infected with the common cold. This would be a great opportunity to establish a hospital record, as an alibi if she was ever unmasked as the indestructible Supergirl, or maybe learn some human skills like martial arts. And since she can now feel pain, presumably her sense of pleasure is likewise increased.
The city is hit by a massive Earthquake. Since the exterior shots tend to include the Library Tower in Los Angeles, one can assume that the city is meant to be in California. Kara must save people without relying on her powers. She lacks basic skills such as First Aid, so she is of no use at saving lives. However, she can bluff a gun-toting robber who tries to loot a convenience store. Surely there is insurance for events such as theft? Under the Bloody Code, stealing a loaf of bread was punishable by death. Do Kryptonians really believe that petty theft is a good reason to deploy a super-human's powers? Well, why not? After all, in episode Supergirl [Season 1, Episode 2] Stronger Together the bug-man ended up getting killed for the crime of eating poisonous garbage!
The MIB underground base is also hit by the quake. When the power goes out, the worst prisoner escapes. He is Clancy Brown ( Highlander ), a telepathic alien with a grudge. Kara's sister is left in charge while her boss (David Harewood - Robin Hood (2006) ) abandons his post and takes a couple of goons to hunt the escapee. However, she does not trust him so she abandons her post as well. Her behaviour gets even more mutinous when she finds him.
Kara's aunt, General Zor-El ( Laura Benanti ) tries to talk with her. Supergirl prefers to use violence, perhaps because she is unarmed in a battle of wits. Luckily, in a few flashbacks we discover the truth. Auntie was a Krypton-Firster, trying to save her planet from global catastrophe. Mommy was a jobs-worth who would rather protect her career than prevent genocide. Yes, Kara's mother was a banal Eichman figure who arrested her twin sister and allowed Krypton, her own homeworld, to be destroyed!
Supergirl's other mother figure (okay, her OTHER other mother), Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) is in trouble. Yes, someone hacked her emails and is now exposing her secrets to the world. It is amazing that someone would go to all the trouble of cracking corporate security and only target the CEO. The only explanation, which Kara cannot deduce but instead stumbles across, is that it is an inside job by a rival on the Board of Management. Technically the episode's title is a misnomer - this would be a coup d'etat rather than a hostile takeover. Cat has an internal security crackdown - consisting of Kara, Jimmy and the hobbit with the cardigans.
Cat refers to her business rival as the personification of White Male privilege. This is a bit rich coming from a spoilt brat who has as much white privilege as anyone, and who only has one female (who is also the only person of colour) on the management board. Her rival is skilled enough to earn a place on the Board, so he is an embodiment of White Male ABILITY. And he would have gotten away with it, if it were not for Kara cheating by using her superpowers for personal gain (AKA her day job).
Meanwhile, Auntie has a husband who has never been mentioned until this episode. His target is the lab of Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ). The MIBs protect it - after all, the only time the local Police get involved in anything is when they enforcing Cat Grant's control of her huge cash cow. No wonder the city needs Supergirl so badly - the local government is non-existent, the cops and courts are institutionally corrupt, and the only branch of Federal government that does anything useful is a secret branch of the Military-Industrial complex!
Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) kicks the MIBs out of his facility. This may seem ungrateful, since they took losses while saving his ass, but he actually has a good reason. The MIBs may trust Supergirl, but he has no reason to do so.
The Evil Kryptonians have captured Hank, boss of the MIBs. He has left a sealed order that Supergirl's sister is Acting Director in his absence. However, the US Military-Industrial Complex has ordered General Lane to take over. Unfortunately Lane is willing to use torture to get what he wants, and he has a stockpile of kryptonite for that very task.
Kara may be bulletproof, but her sister should be wearing a helmet when she goes on SWAT missions. Likewise, many men in the military unit that Lane sends to rescue Hank are only wearing forage caps. When they are up against an enemy who have military training, only a fool would discount the possibility that they are walking into a trap.
Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) tries to infiltrate Max Lord's secret lab. He ends up in the same position as Hank, just with different captors. All this does is convince Kara that Max is evil, and as a result she swears vengeance upon him. She does not regard General Lane in the same light, even though he is blatantly a much worse excuse for a human being. And as for Auntie Villainess ... It turns out that Kara's mother knew that Krypton was about to explode, but refused to side with her own sister because you killed people. Her sister was a General in the planetary Military, like the excusable General lane on Earth, so killing people was in her job description. But rather than ignore a bit of collateral damage, Kara's mother sentanced her OWN HOMEWORLD to certain death. Yes, she deliberately and with depraved indifference contributed to the near-extinction of her own species!
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) believes that Kara and Supergirl are the same person. After all, they look identical (when Kara takes off her glasses) and have never been seen before in the same place at the same time. By this logic, of course, she should have deduced who her old co-worker Clark Kent was too.
Cat interviews Lucy Lane ( Jenna Dewan tatum ) for a job vacancy. They have a shared distaste for Lois, and they both like Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ), so they have a few things in common. Lucy wants a job at CatCo, and it certainly seems to be in her interest to do so. She has discovered that nine out of ten CatCo companies are run by women - a clear example of the Glass Dancefloor, AKA gender-biased promotion. Unfortunately for Jimmy, it looks like he will have his girlfriend on top of him 24/7. Worse, she is an apologist for her father - a man who takes a personal hand in torturing prisoners. Yes, Lucy refers to Wall Street Bankers as White Collar Criminals while ignoring the fact her own father is a war criminal!
The Toymaker (Henry Czerny - Mission: Impossible ) breaks out of prison, leaving a trail of dead guards behind him. It turns out that he is the father of Kara's nerdy co-worker. The nerd resents his father because you killed people. This is ironic because of the murderous nature of Kara and Lucy's respective parents.
Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) gets targeted by the MIBs again. They should concentrate on the Kryptonian threat, but instead they single out the one man who might be able to save the planet! Kara's sister takes Lord out on a date, which might be a good idea if she was sincere about it. Meanwhile, Shawn Shones uses his shape-shifting powers to pose as Lord and infiltrate the secret lab complex. Of course, he deliberately does a half-assed job so anyone paying attention would know it was not the real man himself. Then he does something he promised himself he would never do again - he mind-rapes a security guard by deleting all info in the man's brain. The purpose is to conceal the fact that a shape-shifter posing as Lord infiltrated the lab. But since there are lots of other witnesses, this is hardly a secret. No wonder Lord is paranoid about both the MIBs and the alien invaders!
The city is visited by a rabble-rousing US Senator who wants to build a dome to keep out illegal aliens. This is obviously a reference to the xenophobic rantings of US Presidential candidate Donald Trump. The MIBs provide security, which is just as well because the Senator's entourage is attacked by an alien.
It turns out that Shawn Shones is not the last son of Mars. He is only the last Green Martian. He now reveals that there are other Martians - the White Martians - and the Greens have fought a race-war against them for centuries. According to Shones, the Whites enslaved the Greens and drove them to extinction. Shones wants to return the favour by murdering as many Whites as he can.
In the subplot, Cat Grant's tweenage son Adam Foster (Blake Jenner - Benoist's real-life husband) pays her a visit. She agrees to have dinner with him, but naturally spends the whole time name-dropping her famous friends like Bill Gates and Maxwell Lord. The reunion was Kara's idea, so she gets the blame.
Kara tries to juggle a private life with her day job and her hobby of being Supergirl. Unfortunately, dating the boss's son is not easy - especially when there is an evil Supergirl imposter in town. It turns out that the comatose girl who Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) had in his secret lab a few episodes ago was part of an experiment to create a super-soldier with Kara's DNA.
Kara's sister goes back to Max, but not for a second date. She decides to ignore the saying You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Instead she uses brute force and ignorance. Lord has always pulled his punches, but all the sister understands is force. Her attitude to indefinite imprisonment without arrest, charge or trial is reminiscent of General Lane's attitude to torture. Can we really blame Lord for mistrusting the US Federal Government?
Will Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) realise that it is entirely possible that the Supergirl she saw with Kara was just another impersonator, thus negating the confirmation of them being two different people.
Kara has been immobilised by an alien parasite. It puts her into a halucination which makes her believe she never left Krypton.
When Kara does not turn up for work, Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) sends Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) and the Nerd out to look for her. The Nerd claims that Kara is ill with a terrible allergy. Cat refuses to accept excuses, perhaps because she has worked it out that Kara is Supergirl. No doubt she is only pretending to go along with Kara's lies. Anyway, Shawn Shones must pose as Kara to stall for time.
Kara's sister blames Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ). However, he is just another victim and wants to help save the world. Jimmy and the Nerd are also part of the team, so the MIBs' security is now officially non-existent. Everyone except Cat Grant has now seen the inside of their secret lair!
Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) is still being held prisoner by the MIBs, without trial or conviction. Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) is the only one who speaks in his defence. Everyone else is happy to see the MIBs make up the law as they go along.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) has worked out that Lord has been secretly abducted by persons unknown. After all, there is no way that he would willingly let a PR person do his announcements for him. She has also hired a spare assistant, so in theory Kara should have more time to get things done. However, the new assistant is an ambitious over-achiever.
Someone hacks an adulterous dating website and sends the database of members to Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ). Strangely, she refuses to name and shame the cheaters. The hacker is Indigo ( Laura Vandevoort ), a female Brainiac from Fort Roz. She has a bigger plan, one that makes Kara's Aunt's plan look positively rosy in comparison. Even the leader of the rogue Kryptonians is opposed to her.
Kara needs more info on the alien threat, and she refuses to work with the MIBs. After all, she finds it impossible to forgive Shawn for killing her aunt. Presumably she would also find her sister equally unforgivable. Anyway, she gets Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) to take her to her cousin's Fortress of Solitude. Superman leaves the key under the mat, so it is easy to get in. The key weighs a million tons, according to Jimmy, but Supergirl lifts it without any visible effort.
With a super-hacker on the loose, the best person to ask for help is Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ). Strangely he is never even mentioned this week. Instead, the go-to guy is Kara's nerdy friend from CatCo. The MIBs recruit him as their top computer expert, which is makes one curious as to why he is earning a living as tech support in CatCo. Not only does he save the day, he also gets the girl.
Indigo's plan is to use a nuclear missile from a nearby silo. This storyline was used earlier (and better) in Smallville - where Vandervoort played Supergirl. In all fairness, Vandervoort is a better villain than she ever was a Kara, and Benoit is likewise a better Supergirl.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) goes on a TV chat show with Mrs Osbourne, and declares herself to be the most powerful person in National City - rather than just the most powerful woman. At least she chooses to ignore gender politics, if only for the moment. She completely forgets about Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ), although everyone else in this show seems to have done so too. He actually invents things and provides public services like mass transportation, while Cat is merely a media moghul.
Meanwhile, Supergirl flies around helping the hopeless and unwittingly stands near some red Kryptonite. The MIBs later call Supergirl in to help with an arrest. Kara gets stroppy with her boss, Shawn Shones, and points out that he is just as powerful as her. In fact, since he is a shapeshifter he can turn into Supergirl and fight crime disguised as her, rather than reveal himself publicly as the Martian Manhunter.
The mission is to catch a Fort Roz escapee. For some reason he has decided to become an armed robber - well, unarmed, because he has superhuman strength. Anyway, he spends his time stealing human money unlike the other escapees, who seem to have no need for such things. Kara defeats him easily, but then lets him go. This is no big deal, because the MIBs can easily catch him without her help.
Kara starts power-dressing in the office, and actually seems to be good at her job for a change. The disinhibiting effect of the red Kryptonite has had a positive effect, making her more mature and confident. Unfortunately it also makes her cold-hearted. The nerd's new girlfriend Siobhan Smythe, who is also Kara's new rival in the workplace, finds this out to her detriment. The rival discovers a scoop that will be detrimental to Supergirl, and Cat Grant orders her to keep quiet about it. Unfortunately the rival is stupid enough to conspire against Cat, using a computer in the CatCo office - the same mistake Cat's rival did in Supergirl [Season 1, Episode 8] Hostile Takeover.
Supergirl dresses in a black jumpsuit like her aunt did, so presumably this is the female equivalent of a goatee beard. She hangs out in a bar where everybody knows her name, but instead of drinking alcohol she flicks peanuts (like Clark in Superman 3 ). Ironically, General Lane gave a speech to Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) ten episodes ago about not trusting anyone who would not drink alcohol. It is a disinhibitor, just like Red K.
Max Lord does make an appearance, and volunteers to help the MIBs. Kara's sister does not trust him, although he has given her no reason not to. Likewise the female politician who was formerly anti-alien is now an ally of the MIB. She has taken a liking to Hank Henshaw, although he has done nothing to deserve her trust. The third ally of the week is Cat Grant herself. She is willing to cover up Supergirl's strange behaviour when it comes to letting a dangerous alien criminal roam the streets, but when Supergirl scares the wits out of her she lets it get personal. Cat Grant delivers a personal broadcast, as if she is literally the Queen of the city's media.
Shawn Shones is under arrest for lying about his name. USMC Colonel Jim Harper (Eddie McClintock - Warehouse 13 ) takes over the MIB Agency. Please note, it is deemed acceptable for him to use different names - either Jim or James is acceptable. Also, the behind-the-scenes irony is that the actor currently hunting aliens disguised as humans was last seen in Agents of SHIELD where he was an alien disguised as a human, himself being hunted by the MIBs.
Lucy Lane ( Jenna Dewan tatum ) is back in uniform. Presumably she was still on the US Military reserves list, since she only quit the JAG Corps a few months ago. It must have been easy to get her old job back, and she is now the Colonel's second-in-command. She even runs the lie-detector while the Colonel interrogates the suspect. The interrogation gives us flashbacks to Shawn's first meeting with Kara's foster-father Dean Cain ( Lois & Clark ). Then Kara's sister is interrogated, and tells of her first meeting with Shawn.
With Shawn an outlaw at the MIB, and the Hobbit's hot girlfriend blacklisted by Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ), it seems like everyone needs a powerful ally. Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) is the name that springs to the mind of viewers, if not to any of the characters in the episode. Also, he would seem to be a perfect pairing for Lucy Lane. After all, the person they were originally paired with is obsessed with Supergirl, so at least they have that much in common.
There is a soap opera subplot about the Hobbit's hot GF, Siobhan Smythe. She decides to take revenge on Kara by framing her for sending a poison-pen email to Cat Grant. Strangely, Cat Grant does not bother to check the CCTV tapes to see who was using Kara's computer when Kara was taking the day off sick. No, she went to all the trouble of getting a key-stroke analysis of the e-mail. And the Hobbit, despite now having a girlfriend (who is not imaginary), does not bother to be a very supportive boyfriend. All this may seem irrelevant time-filling fluff, but the epilogue sequence shows that it might actually cross over with the main storyline.
Kara is attacked by a super-villain, but gets saved by The Flash ! Yes, Barry Allen has run so fast he accidentally crossed over into an alternate universe. It is nice to see Kara's interaction with Barry. They do not flirt, but they have amazing chemistry together.
A super-hero team-up works best when they have a tag-team of villains to fight. This week Kara's new foe, Silver Banshee, busts an old foe - Livewire - out of MIB custody. A few things spring to mind. Firstly, this show has a lot more female villains than the shows on the CW network. Secondly, since both villains have a well-founded grudge against Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) we must consider that CatCo is the equivalent of OsCorp or Stark Enterprises. Every reality has a MegaCorp that seems to breed super-villains, even if it does so unintentionally.
Barry's stop-over in National City has a couple of positive side-effects. Firstly, he can help the local police upgrade their prison so it can safely contain supervillains. At least now they can get a fair trial, rather than just indefinite incarceration without arrest. Secondly, Barry's non-flirting with Kara makes Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) jealous. Perhaps this will kick-start her love-life.
Cat Grant seems very observant in some respects, yet oblivious in others. She refers to the youngsters standing in her office as looking like the racially diverse cast of a CW show, an obvious reference to Barry's own TV show. She also works out Barry's true identity, although she still plays ignorant about Kara's. However, when she is confronted by the villains she does not take responsibility for creating them. Instead she begs for mercy on behalf of her sons, because she claims she is the most important thing in their lives. Unfortunately she is a workaholic power-freak and her sons might be better off without her.
Kara's uncle has teamed up with Indigo ( Laura Vandevoort ). Together they activate Myriad, a mind-control ray that brainwashes all humans in the city. The plan is to get all humans to work together to find the answer to human problems. Yes, that truly is eeevil!
Superman tries to intervene, but he falls victim to the mind-control too. The villains also have a plan to prevent Supergirl from getting involved. They get three of Kara's co-workers to jump out of windows. Two of them are regular cast members, while the third one has never been seen before. Guess which one she cannot save in time? Well, the victim's family can always sue Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) for running an unsafe work environment.
Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) is humanity's only hope. After all, he has developed a headband that can defeat the brainwashing. He even gives Cat Grant a pair of earrings that have the same effect. However, nobody thinks of giving a spare headband to Superman so there would be TWO Kryptonians on the good team for a change.
Max Lord has a plan for a kryptonite-powered dirty nuke that he wants to airburst over the city. Of course, this is assuming that all the evil Kryptonians are within the blast radius at the time. Also, Superman would be a victim too unless he was saved in time. General Lane gets permission from the female President - presumably this is a plug for Hilary Clinton, since this episode was made in an election year. Max Lord goes one better by referring to God as a female. Well, no wonder many people call this show feminist propaganda!
Supergirl has a plan to defeat the brainwashing with hope. All she has to do is use Max Lord's tech and Cat Grant's network to broadcast a message of wishful thinking across the city. After all, this is basically what religions do. Faith and prayer are basically words for Hope, which means Supergirl is the city's Messiah.
The villains have a Plan B. If they increase the power in their mind-control ray, it will make everyone's brain explode like in Scanners . Presumably Superman will suffer the same fate, since he was so easily brainwashed. Again, they could just give him Max Lord's headband but everyone has forgotten it even existed. Superman does not even get a mention in this episode until the very end, when he texts Kara. This is a bit reminiscent of the early seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer , when the token adult was always knocked unconscious and the High School kids had to save the world.
Supergirl and the Martian Manhunter face off against the villains. Shawn Shones is in a weakened state, and Indigo ( Laura Vandevoort ) has previously defeated him in combat. Can he win in the rematch?
Supergirl can lift a billion tons, but can she fly outside the Earth's atmosphere? Her sister states that without air to breath or a means of propulsion, she will die in the cold of space.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) gives Kara a Working Girl homage, the second reference she has made to Harrison Ford in as many episodes.
Supergirl and her friends have survived the great transition. They transferred from their founder Network, CBS, to the CW Network - home of Arrow and the other DC/JLA comic-book shows. As a result, the show has been slightly re-tooled. However, the changes are minor - presumably the new owners did not want to change anything.
The DEO/MIB group has moved to a new secret headquarters. Their old building was a military bunker in the middle of a desert, and the new one is a shiny big skyscraper in the middle of a city. Shawn Shones has come out of the closet as an illegal alien, but is still allowed to run the department. Winn the handsome hobbit is now a DEO technician rather than just Kara's buddy at CatCo, which makes a lot more sense plot-wise. Superman's objection to working with the DEO is that they stockpile kryptonite in case they need to fight an army of Kandorians. No mention is made of the secret torture camp the US Government holds aliens in. Nor is there mention of the army of Kandorians that Kara and the DEO had to fight last year. Even Maxwell Lord goes unmentioned, although there is another mysterious billionaire in town.
Kara has been offered a job as a CatCo executive, but she has yet to decide what she will specialise in. Luckily her cousin Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) is in town, to show her the ropes at journalism. Their long-awaited team-up is reminiscent of the crossover with The Flash , which was easily the best episode of Season One. Kara has great chemistry with her male co-star, which makes this episode incredibly watchable.
There is no reference to the events of the previous Season. Instead, we are given fragments of Superman's recent backstory. Lex Luthor has been imprisoned for setting off an earthquake in California - possibly a reference to the plot he used in Superman (1978) . Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) is the heir to LuthorCorp, and has decided to call it L-Corp. Unfortunately someone has hired an assassin named John Corben to disrupt things. If the name sounds familiar, it is because he is a long-time superman villain who is a cyborg. However, because this is an origin story he does not necessarily have his superpowers yet. And is Lena a villain or a victim? With Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli – Hollow Man 2 ) apparently erased from existence, the show needs a recurring trouble-maker to stir things up. Also, as a strong independent woman Kara needs a female villain, because it would be inappropriate to see her menaced by a male.
The previous episode ended on a high note, setting up a new super-villain that might be this Season's Big Bad. The cyborg is being controlled by a secret anti-alien organisation known as Cadmus. In Season One it was part of the US Government's defence system. Now it is an illegal, well-organised group of vigilantes who want to Earth for the Earthlings ... like a sci-fi Brexit.
Metallo the kryptonite-powered cyborg defeats both of the Els. Since the Kryptonians are clearly unable to win in a fair fight, they decide to cheat.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) has decided to move on, so she promotes Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) to run CatCo for her. Yes, if the hetero male from Season One had held off on his takeover bid for a few months he could have positioned himself as her heir apparent and achieved a bloodless coup. Since he already had the clues about Cat's son, he could have manipulated her into realising that her high-stress job was destroying her life. Instead he set himself up for a big fall by making the risky move of a full frontal assault.
Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) insists that Kryptonite is too dangerous to be left in the hands of mere humans. Shawn Shones acknowledges that it was vital in Season One, when they needed to fight off Astra and her army of Kryptonians. However, Cadmus has been stealing the stuff from the MIBs' supplies. Did nobody think of using Max Lord's old plan and just manufacturing the stuff? After all, it would be bad enough to do a Marvel and privatize Earth's security, but can an illegal alien vigilante like Superman be any more trustworthy than a parasite like Tony Stark?
The mysterious humanoid alien in the Kryptonian starship (Chris Wood - Containment ) wakes up and escapes. As Shawn Shones admits, the MIBs picked a hell of a time to get rid of their Kryptonite. This newcomer, stranded on a strange world where he does not even speak the language, is the main antagonist for most of the story.
The US President ( Lynda Carter ) is in town to promote the signing of a new law. It is basically a complete blanket amnesty for all illegal immigrants - as long as the illegal aliens are from outer space. A few things should be noted. Firstly, she takes full responsibility for signing it into law, so presumably it is just a presidential decree rather than proper legislation passed by Congress. Secondly, a lot of humans are unhappy about it and want to buy alien-detector machines. Thirdly, many aliens are also unhappy about it and see it as the first step towards registration (see movies like X-Men 2, Captain America: Civil War , etc. for other stories on that theme). Even Shawn Shones realises that aliens will not all want to enter the USA's melting pot. As a result, nobody should be surprised when someone starts throwing fireballs at the President.
To catch the attempted assassin, Kara's butch brunette Federal Agent sister teams up with a butch brunette Police Detective. The detective takes her to a secret dive bar with a counter-culture clientele. No, it is not a lesbian bar - although the barmaid and the detective were lesbian lovers. The bar is a hangout for closet-case aliens who wound up on Earth. There are a lot of regulars, which begs the question - were they unaffected by the Kryptonian mind-control last Season? It is like Willie's Bar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer - the butch sister even beats information out of a snitch, but at least it is a male snitch so the show's gender-equality hypocrisy is exposed.
Kara wants a high prestige journalism assignment, but is sent to interview her old buddy Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) who is about to start distributing her company's new cash-cow. It is a scanner that can detect human DNA - and thus, if a person is not confirmed as human they must be an alien immigrant.
In keeping with the girl-power theme of the episode, the director is a woman - Rachael Talalay . Her biggest project, twenty years ago, was Tank Girl - based on a comic-book character that was created as the antithesis of Supergirl (1985) !
An alien from the local immigrant community has been killed. The butch detective calls in Kara's sister. It seems evident that they are intended as love interests. Kara does not have a love interest of her own, although the alien man (Chris Wood - Containment ) from the pod may be able to keep up with her. As she knows from her school formal dance, superhuman strength is a bad thing when you lose control. However, pod-man is under house arrest in the DEO HQ while the nerdy guy runs tests on his superpowers.
Kara's boss wants her to cover an important environmental story about dead pelicans. She would rather pursue the case of the dead alien, who was apparently killed by other non-humans. Yes, she wishes to stir up interracial hatred and mistrust. Worse, she is not willing to declare the existence of a reliable source for her story. Does she really think that a respectable newspaper will print rumours and gossip?
Kara's other boss, Shawn Shones of the DEO, has problems of his own. He has a new love interest, but she is reluctant to mind-meld with him. In all fairness, they have only just met. Also, she has spent three hundred years posing as a human so she must have a lot of memories (especially the inter-species lesbian sex) that she does not feel comfortable sharing with a man she barely knows.
The alien brawlers are being employed as cage-fighters in a bare-knuckle boxing game. Despite the hype, this is NOT a Fight Club . It is more like the gambling ring in A.W.O.L. (AKA Lionheart), and the Deborah Renard character in charge of it all is Dichen Lachman . She gives the aliens a place they can belong, while all the US Government does is persecute them. Supergirl is the biggest hypocrite of all. She objects to the aliens getting paid to fight, while she will happily beat them all up for free. She objects to people paying to watch - but CatCo Media (and the CW Network) gets impressive viewing figures by televising her fights. Basically, all she wants to do is drive down the alien fighters' wages by enforcing CatCo's monopoly on audience access to alien fights!
Kara has gotten her new alien friend (Chris Wood - Containment ) a fake name - Mike Matthews. His real name is Mon-El, which would imply that he is from the Kryptonian house of El and thus a distant relative of Kara and Kal-El. None of this makes sense, but this show rarely does.
Kara also gets Mon-El a job as an intern at CatCo. He tries to blend in with the humans, but he does not seem to be very good at it. Back on his home-world he was one of the Royal Guard, so he is not cut out to be a mindless office drone. However, we do learn something about his weaknesses. Eve Tessemacher, Jimmy's assistant, does not end up as a woman of Kleenex to match Mon-El's Man Of Steel.
The show's soap opera aspect takes a new dimension. Kara's human sister tries to comfort her new buddy, the butch detective girl, who has just been dumped by her lesbian lover. The sister's own butchness somehow escaped the detective's gaydar, even though a casual viewer would catch the obvious relationship set-up from day one. Is she merely a frigid straight or a closet lesbian? More likely she is an asexual who has no sexual desires, straight or other, but just feels desperate to get a label and categorise herself.
The token men get a bit of screen time as well. The nerdy guy Winn bonds with Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ), who is sick of being a sidekick and intends to become a superhero himself. How he intends to do this, in a world where villains are tough enough to beat up Supergirl herself, is not explained. Also, Winn gets a potential new love interest - Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ). She seems helpful, but is she a secret villain? After all, remember how his last relationship ended. In all truth, that was his fault for being the worst boyfriend ever.
The episode also has a thriller plot as well. Some violent bank-robbers are using hi-tech alien weapons. This is a natural progression of the arms race, considering the vast number of aliens (both illegal ones and listed ones) who have formed their own underworld community. Actually these particular crooks are working as pawns for Cadmus, led by Brenda Strong .
Rent-a-villain William Maprother ( Lost ) is a climate change scientist investigating global warming. Unfortunately a sample in melting arctic ice turns out to be infected with an alien parasite. Not unlike the events in The Thing , but this parasite sucks the power out of its victims. Supergirl should just throw things at it or use her heat-vision, but she only uses heat-vision to cook food at family events these days.
Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) has a new job, working as hired muscle for an alien bookie. Kara is unhappy about this, but it is unclear why. Well, it is very clear why - she is a self-richeous busy-body. But her logic is severly flawed. As an underworld enforcer her will merely keep order among the alien community. Kara does this in her capacity as a DEO operative, although she will always claim to uphold the No Personal Gain clause. This is a blatant lie - she uses info gained as Supergirl to help earn a living at her day-job as a reporter. And although she may claim to do violence as a hobby, not for profit, her butch sister Alex definitely gets a big salary from the DEO.
Meanwhile, Alex has convinced herself that she is a full-on Lesbian and decides to come out to her family. Not to her mother, who is not even mentioned, but definitely to Kara.
Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) has his own secret - he is now a super-hero with his own super-suit. This is a bit like Shaq O'Neill in the movie Steel , but he uses the nickname Guardian instead. His sidekick Winn designed and built the suit, and since Winn's day-job is now DEO rather than CatCo it is possible that he used illegal tech - the same way Cadmus does.
Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) has been kidnapped by Cadmus Leader ( Brenda Strong ). He is just bait to lure Supergirl in. The bad news is, Mon-El is allergic to lead so bullets are his kryptonite. the good news is, Kara finds out what happened to her human foster-father (Dean Cain – Lois & Clark ).
Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) has another problem. Guardian, his armoured vigilante alter-ego, has a murderous copy-cat. The lesbian cop is in charge of the investigation, because she is probably the only police detective in town. Alex and the DEO also join the investigation, although there is no proof of alien involvement. Since Alex and the cop had their heart-to-heart, she is in a bad mood and has no reason to play nice with Winn. Yes, violence in the workplace is an everyday thing at the DEO. Can anyone imagine Hank Henshaw or Shawn Shones using violence against a female cow-orker?
Shawn Shones is actually doing much worse things. He has discovered his girlfriend's secret. It turns out that their inter-species love-making was just good-old bestiality. As a result of him racially profiling her, he lets his own racism take over. Will he kill her in a brutal act of domestic violence? Or will he just lock her up in an illegal case of detention without trial?
Cyborg Hank and his Cadmus buddies have developed a virus that kills non-humans. They plan to launch a rocket into the atmosphere. What side will Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) choose?
As a subplot, a mysterious portal keeps trying to open near Kara. Is someone trying to cross over from another universe? This is the show's part of the big DC Universe crossover, to fight a race of alien invaders. Yes, the villains' super-weapon would have been useful. This story is to be continued in The Flash .
Supergirl has run out of alien invaders to fight. She is slumming it, beating up armed robbers. In all fairness, they have upgraded from shotguns to a shoulder-fired rocket launcher. It must have a soft launch option, because they fire it from inside a van. Supergirl blows up the van, nearly incinerating the suspects (and anyone else nearby). Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) does the rest, beating them up while he hides in his impenetrable super-suit. Only Winn, the weaselly little tech nerd, is at any risk of injury.
A teenage girl ( Harley Quinn Smith ) has gone missing, and Snapper Carr forbids Kara from investigating. He must be using reverse psychology, because as always she does the opposite of whatever he says. Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) tags along while she investigates the abduction.
Kara and Mon-El end up on Slavers' Moon, a world with a red sun. Not only can they not use their superpowers, they have no weapons and minimal combat skills. Shawn Shones cannot go to rescue them, because the atmosphere is toxic to Martians. Apparently nobody ever bothered to build an armoured EVA suit in his size, although he is a shape-shifter with full access to the MIBs' hardware. Winn could have built him a suit, since he built Jimmy Olsen's super-suit. In fact, he could now build super-suits for the MIBs' entire SWAT team. Instead, Kara's sister takes her grunts, using normal SWAT armour. Winn is dragged along, reluctant to risk his life in battle again.
It turns out that Dichen Lachman is involved in the abductions. Since Supergirl closed down her first business, which gave a home to illegal aliens on Earth, she now recruits a workforce of Earthlings to serve the aliens.
Supergirl seems to have the American view that work is a good thing, and she is happy that Mon-El has got a job as a bartender. The bartender job was only available because Shawn Shones, in a brutal act of domestic violence, locked his girlfriend in solitary confinement without arrest or trial. However, the millennials that the aliens abducted have probably never worked a day in their lives. The so-called villainess trades them to the aliens for a few diamonds, while Supergirl handed over hard-working thieves to the police for the sake of a few bits of stolen jewelry.
This was directed by long-time comic-book fan Kevin Smith , father of the guest-star.
Livewire, Kara's arch-nemesis from Season One, gets busted out of prison by a couple of strangers. Kara assumes the worst.
Jimmy Olsen (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) tries to save the day. Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) tags along to help out. Kara has to save them both. Serves them right for trying to live worthwhile lives. They should have taken early retirement and let the Maid of Might have all the fun instead.
Megan the Martian is still in solitary confinement, imprisoned without trial simply because of her race. Everyone in the DEO knows this and is okay with it. She falls ill from a mysterious illness, and they act concerned. It turns out she is the victim of a psychic attack by her own people, who she betrayed and murdered when she turned traitor.
Shawn Shones has forgiven Megan the Martian for being a different race. However, her own kind have not forgotten about her. She committed war crimes by murdering her friends, and now a survivor turns up to bring her to justice.
Most of the episode is dedicated to Shawn's soap opera relationship. However, there is enough time left over for other peoples' relationships. Kara has decided that Mon-El is not good enough for her. Kara's sister is meant to help Kara celebrate her thirteenth Earth-day, but has a hot date with her hot lesbian instead.
Lillian Luthor ( Brenda Strong ) is on trial for trying to save the world. The official charge is something about using a bio-weapon to kill aliens, but is that even a crime? Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) tries to mend fences with her wicked step-mother. However, Lillian busts out with the help of Metallo. Well, the security precautions would be pretty pathetic for a normal criminal, never mind a billionaire supervillain with her own terrorist organisation.
The DEO does not care about protecting humans, and instead uses their satellite sensors to detect Metallo's kryptonite emissions. Ever since the DEO handed over the Earth's entire stockpile to Superman, the human race has had to manufacture synthetic kryptonite. Unfortunately the new version is unstable.
Once the main storyline is out of the way, the soap opera aspect of the show is the main focus. Kara spent the previous Season trying to be Jimmy Olsen's girlfriend. Now she blatantly friend-zones Jimmy (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ), and goes after Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) - despite their differences. Mon-El points out that he is super-fun and she is hypocritical. She retorts that he is an arrogant dude-bro and she is the personification of the American way. Nobody points out that they are the same thing!
It is Valentine's Day, and Kara is spoilt for choice. As well as an entire planet filled with human males, she also has TWO alien suitors this week. Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) is already established as a love interest, although he is portrayed as a semi-villainous one because of his masculinity. Now she has another semi-villain - Mister Mixyzpitlik. He is a super-powerful entity from the Fifth Dimension.
Wynn the nerd has a great Valentine's day. He actually gets a girlfriend!
Alex already has a girlfriend. Unfortunately, it seems that Valentine's Day is different for lesbians. The good news, we learn which one of the butch gun-toting girls is the one who wears the pants.
Kara's human foster-father (Dean Cain – Lois & Clark ) is back. Everyone accepts him back without question. The exception is Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ). In part this may be jealousy, because he took months to get accepted by the others. However, Cain was in Cadmus custody for over a decade so for all they know he could be completely brainwashed.
Also, nobody considers that he might have defected willingly. This show tends towards the comic-book cliche of portraying the antagonists as needlessly evil. There are no shades of grey when it comes to Cadmus. Unfortunately, this has become more prevalent in real-life mainstream society too. The concept of meaningful dialogue or compromise is not even considered.
The US Government has allowed literally hundreds of aliens to live in the USA. It seems like they have not done much of a background check on any of them. For example, Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) is assumed to be a good guy but they know very little about him. After all, the first steady job he held on Earth was as a debt collector for an illegal bookie. Yes, he is literally a thug who was involved in organised crime. And unlike the movie Men in Black , this show's MIBs do not keep the aliens under video surveillance 24/7. As a result, the Cadmus group abducts many of the aliens.
The plan is not to kill the aliens, it is merely to send them home. Kara's human foster-father (Dean Cain – Lois & Clark ) is the brains of this operation. He claims he is only doing it under duress, but that is exactly the thing that is a problem with this show. The villains are not alien invaders, they are normal human beings whose only crime is political dissent. It seems that the showrunner is in favour of all kinds of diversity, except diversity of opinion.
The aliens probably do not even like living on Earth. After all, it is a primitive backwater - the equivalent of Tatooine in Star Wars . And the most obvious target for Cadmus, the place where the aliens congregate, is the Cantina ... where Mon-El works. Naturally the MIBs do not have a team in place there when Cadmus attacks. Mon-El's superhuman powers are useless, and Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) is not much good without his super-suit. Luckily the off-duty lesbian thugs are there to save the day. One unlucky Cadmus footsoldier is captured. Instead of being arrested and given his constitutional rights he is victimised with police brutality, Gitmo style. The show that uses these tactics the most is right-wing thriller 24, but Agents of SHIELD is just as guilty. Yes, the idea of the ends justify the means is accepted by the MIBs, unless it is espoused by a supposedly fascist group like Cadmus or HYDRA.
In the final scene we see the Season's other plot arc continue. Kevin Sorbo ( Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) and Teri Hatcher arrive in orbit around Earth, aboard an enormous warship. What makes them really dangerous to anyone who gets in their way is the fact that Earth's yellow sun has started to affect them.
Kevin Sorbo ( Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) and Teri Hatcher demand that the Earthlings release their hostage, Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ). Nobody bothers to say that he is only a guest and he can leave any time he wants.
Mon-El's secret history is revealed. Is it that his name is short for Monday Kara-El, because he was found on a monday by Supergirl? Well, no. It turns out that his hedonistic lifestyle was a perk of his job. And when Kara discovers that her boyfriend may have boasted slightly about something that made him less unfavourable in her eyes, she is less than happy.
The DEO should be saving the world from alien invasion. Instead they are dealing with Agent Wynn's love life. His girlfriend, the blonde alien woman, turns out to be suspect in a series of hi-tech burglaries. She claims to have been coerced into it by alien gangsters. Remember last week when the human resistance wanted to peacefully repatriate the illegal aliens into outer space? It turns out that Cadmus are the good guys all along!
After the soap opera is over, Kara confronts an actual supervillain. His name is Music Meister, and this storyline is continued in Flash: Season 3, Episode Duet .
Kara has taken Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) back. After all, his only crime is wanting to be a better man. Not only does he have a crappy gap-year job as a bartender, he also has the cookery skills of an excellent house-husband. Unfortunately his parents, Kevin Sorbo ( Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) and Teri Hatcher , are still hanging around in their orbiting space fortress.
Someone takes out a massive bounty on Supergirl. The so-called good-guys capture a hard-working bounty-hunter. They treat him like a criminal, but he is not a hired killer - he is freelance law enforcement. Then, to find out who hired him, they use coercion. Abuse of defenceless prisoners is a long-standing tactic of the DEO. It seems that liberal people may oppose Jack Bauer's tactics but not if the one employing them is a black lesbian cripple.
While Kara is dealing with Mon-El's private life, the lesbian sister has her own soap opera issues. She interferes in her own lover's private life. It turns out that the lady cop had a bad break-up a few years ago, and now it becomes a big deal. Who was the bad guy in the relationship? Both women blame the other. But really, who cares? Let sleeping dogs lie!
Kara is bored with self-employment. There is no major crime in the city. Luckily, her best buddy Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) invites her to a press conference. It is for a rival MegaCorp, run by Lena's ex-lover - the South Asian pathologist from iZombie . He has invented the next generation of medical technology - nanobots! Unfortunately as the story unfolds it turns out someone is using the nanites to enforce a cover-up.
Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) is also bored with the lack of major crime. He has taken to beating up shoplifters. Wynn the nerd distracts himself with his alien girlfriend. He even invites her along on the vigilante patrol, although her former status as a villain's henchwoman means that this is a bad idea. She is a violent psychopath, and if she found a cat stuck up a tree her answer would be to eat the cat.
Jimmy and Kara apparently do not socialise together much, and only meet up when Kara drops by his office unexpectedly. She wants him to use CatCo resources to help her website - a direct competitor against the CatCo news organisation. Luckily Snapper the news editor is around to stop Jimmy doing something stupid. However, Snapper eventually learns respect for Kara's skills as a reporter.
Someone kidnaps Alex and uses her as leverage against Kara. This is not a supervillain, it is a first-time criminal whose mission is a personal one. He has a wonderful setup, with CCTV and IP-spoofers and a basement boobytrap that Saw would have been proud of. However, he makes one tiny mistake. He gives Kara thirty-six hours to rescue a prison inmate. She could easily do it in that many seconds, but super-speed is the one super-power that is only used when the plot demands it.
Kara relies on brute force and ignorance to solve problems. Maggie, Alex's Lesbian lover, is a Police detective who uses brains as well as brawn. Of course, Maggie is technically bound by the rule of law. Kara works for the Feds, who make up the law as they go along. They imprison without trial, and conduct mind-reading without a search warrant. One can hardly blame a poor human for resisting the Alien Overlords.
In the subplot, Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) is offered an alliance with another powerful woman - Teri Hatcher . However, she refuses to do business with people she does not trust. She is not yet mature enough to realise that she should trust nobody, and that her friends will eventually let her down.
Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) is disenchanted with his hobby as a vigilante. He finally realises that he does not inspire hope, he merely beats people up.
An alien woman with telekinetic powers goes berzerk in an outdoors market. The DEO assume she is a terrorist. However, Jimmy discovers that she is just an impoverished immigrant. He bonds with her son, a pre-teen child who looks like him. Yes, this being an American show the race issue plays a big role.
In the subplot, Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) and her new business partner ( Teri Hatcher ) make advances in their new technological breakthrough. Somehow this is linked to the aliens' telekinetic seizures. Is this a side-effect, or the villain's intended result?
The Daxomite Queen ( Teri Hatcher ) has conquered the city. While her super-ship hovers overhead, she broadcasts her face on a holographic screen - like in V (2009) . Her plan is to marry her son Mon-El (Chris Wood - Containment ) to Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ), so her reign will be legitimised.
While the invaders are led by a Queen, the humans also have a matriarchy. The only people who can put up a real fight are the butch lesbians. The US President ( Lynda Carter ) teams up with Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) and Lillian Luthor ( Brenda Strong ). Mon-El referred to his mother's followers, the middle-class Daxumites, as thieves, liars and killers. Perhaps this is a better description of Earth's Matriarchy. Despite Cat Grant's assertion that POTUS is a pacifist, she has deployed a super-weapon and intends to use it. If they destroy the Daxomite super-ship they will basically commit genocide.
Cat Grant takes the handsome hobbit back to CatCo HQ for a diversionary broadcast. The entire building has been abandoned, and the supposedly elite news-gathering organisation have deserted. Even Snapper Carr, Kara's editor, is nowhere to be seen.
The show is certainly not politically neutral. The POTUS is a female Democrat, so she is presumably an analogue for Hillary Clinton. Cat Grant is friendly with Madeline Albright, and calls Bill O'Reilly a lech. However, the fictional characters do not exactly come off well when associated with the real-life ones. Among other things, Cat Grant must be a nasty piece of work if she has dinner with a right-wing fanatic like O'Reilly.
Just like in the climax of the previous Season, Superman (Tyler Hoechlin - Teen Wolf ) has been compromised. This is a familiar trope also used in similar shows. For example, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the token adult, Rupert Giles, got knocked out every week in the third act so that a bunch of school-children could save the world.
The Kryptonians recuperate in the Fortress of Solitude. Somehow Kara's lesbian foster-sister got them there by herself, although she has no superpowers or access to the Kryptonian-only building.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) has taken back her old office. She chides Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) behind his back, because of his vigilante actions while dressed like Darth Vader. In yet another oblique reference to her real-life husband Harrison Ford, she states that she has never seen Star Wars .
Just as the weakness of Kryptonians is Kryptonite, the weakness of Daxomites is Daxom Ore. However, it is not a rock - it is a duel of single combat. Kara must face the Daxomite Queen ( Teri Hatcher ) in a one-on-one. Of course, this would leave the entire supporting cast with nothing to do. Not only does Shawn Shones have his own DEO army, but his girlfriend Megan has an army of White Guilt Martians. As a result, the Daxomite army also gets involved in an all-star battle.
Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) refuses to take responsibility for her own life choices. She blames her mother Lillian Luthor ( Brenda Strong ), who turns out to be the one person who can actually save the world. They call in Wynn for tech support, although now he has a girlfriend there is no longer any sexual tension between him and Lena.
Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) has abandoned her responsibilities and gone off to help the lady President. Who will look after the city after it was attacked by aliens last Season? Unfortunately the big government has spent its entire budget on the Men In Black . Luckily there are a couple of friendly billionaires in town. Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) is still around, and acts like the benevolent den-mother that Cat Grant used to be. Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar - Heroes ) wants to help repair the city, although he is accused of gentrification. He wants to buy CatCo - to which Lena accuses him of wanting to use it against his rivals. Well, Cat Grant always used it as a propaganda tool.
Supergirl is still busy. A human male has been stealing hi-tech gadgets, probably with the intention of building a super-weapon. He might have superpowers, because he can walk away after being thrown from a speeding truck and landing on his spine. Also, he can run a three-hundred-man submarine with only two other men. In comparison, Supergirl forgets that she has super-speed.
Supergirl's bossy sister is reduced to crowd control. She meets another bossy woman, a single mother ( Odette Annable ) who orders her own daughter around in a very controlling way. If the character were a father, these actions would be presented as abusive.
Kara is unhappily single. Meanwhile, the two lesbians are busy plotting their wedding. After all, they have been dating for six whole months. However, they have a major argument - wedding band or DJ? This is not exactly on the same level as the Astronauts versus Cavemen debate in Angel: Season 5 . But does it pass the Bechdel test? Well, the original intent of the test was to seperate plot-related discussions from the more cliched love-life discussions female characters were limited to. The sad reality is that Social Justice stories lack conflict and plot. Therefore, they automatically fail their own test.
Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) has bought out CatCo. This is good news for Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ), who is now three quarters of a billion dollars richer. However, it is bad news for Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ). Lena moves into the CatCo offices where she sidelines him from his job. She also keeps an eye on lesser employees like Kara. This personal surveillance might be taken by some as a form of bullying.
Supergirl has a new supervillain to fight this week. This time it is a blonde woman who robs banks. Her superpower is telepathy, which she uses to make everyone around her relive their worst fears. Supergirl has a flashback to when her mother ( Erica Durance ) sent her to Earth during the destruction of Krypton. However, her real mental issues are about her forced separation from Mon-El.
Shawn Shones has been summoned back to Mars by Megan McGann. Kara goes along with him, as Super-Girl. She probably does not even bother to tell anyone at CatCo she will be away for a few days. Does she still have a job, or has she quit or been fired again?
Shawn's father (Carl Lumbly - Alias ) has been rescued by Megan's gang. He knows the location of an ancient Martian superweapon, and the Resistance want it before their rivals can claim it.
The Alien Resistance are of the same species as their rivals, and the only genuine difference is a political one. The Resistance movement have assumed human form, and are all portrayed as People Of Colour. In contrast, their rivals are referred to as The Whites - a racist term that refers to their species rather than their politics.
Back on Earth, Alex and her lesbian lover Maggie are planning their Wedding Shower. Maggie invites her estranged father (Carlos Bernard - 24). Unfortunately he still has issues about her sexuality. His main preoccupation is the racist wall that someone is building to keep Latinos out. Why is the lady President ( Lynda Carter ) and her mouthpiece Cat Grant ( Calista Flockhart ) interested in such a horrible thing?
Kara investigates a Cult that uses a Kryptonian symbol. Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ) and Wynn the nerd tag along. Jimmy still works at CatCo in some capacity, and although Wynn is a DEO employee they still hang out after work.
The Cult's leader (Chad Lowe - ) was a passenger aboard the plane that Supergirl saved in the pilot episode. Now he teaches his followers that she is a divine entity. He does not have to do much convincing, because his followers (including Sofia Vassilieva ) have all been saved by Supergirl already. His plan is to convince more people to worship her by putting them in danger so that she has to save them. Of course, she has spent two whole Seasons (including two city-saving Season finales) saving virtually everyone in the whole darn city.
Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) is still best buddies with Kara, who is still technically her minion. Her other BFF is the bossy soccer mom ( Odette Annable ) who juggles being CEO of LuthorCorp with home-schooling her bratty daughter. Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar - Heroes ) registers a complaint with the SEC about the LuthorCorp/CatCo merger, since it would be an incredible monopoly. It gets quickly quashed, perhaps because Cat Grant is an important figure in the Government. However, one suspects that there will never be a proper investigation into this corruption.
The lesbian couple have been dating six whole months, and they are living togather as a married couple. However, now they get round to a discussion about having children. It turns out that Kara's sister, despite being a butch man-hater (even in Season One, when she convinced everyone - including herself - that she was straight), has always wanted to become a mother.
This starts with a white cop beating up a bunch of black men. Of course, the cop is Kara's sister Alex - and her lesbian identity trumps their black identity, so nobody accuses her of police brutality.
Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar - Heroes ) holds a press conference at a hospital owned by Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ). Yes, she OWNS a hospital - she makes profits out of the suffering of innocent children. She has already displayed her lack of integrity to Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ), by allowing her newspaper to run adverts disguised as impartial news articles. Edge deepens her crisis by blaming her for an outbreak of lead poisoning in children.
Lena agrees to temporarily step aside so that her minions can run her comapnies for her. She holds a public announcement - not a secure press briefing - in front of a crowd who chant the familiar refrain of Lock Her Up!. A disgruntled woman takes a shot at Lena, who has not learned anything about personal security since her first public speach in Season Two. Jimmy Olsen has been a bulletproof vigilante for a year or so, but now he becomes vulnerable.
Lena's best buddy, the bossy soccer mom ( Odette Annable ), lets her crash in the family apartment. It is possible that she is a victim of the Hollywood casting problem, whereby no actress can get work if aged over thirty-five years old. The real problem is that with a teenage daughter, the character must have been only twenty years old when she got pregnant. And yet despite the disruption to her education and the lack of life-experience a thirty-something has, the single mother is somehow worthy of being a top-level Corporate executive. The truth is that she was one of Lena's Mean girls clique, and got the job due to nepotism. It is not what she knows, it is who she knows!
Will Lena be held accountable for her actions? After all, as Jimmy points out the super-weapon she used was designed by Lex Luthor. Why is one Luthor deemed a criminal madman for wanting to protect Earth from alien invaders, but his sister is held as a heroine for doing the same thing? It even turns out that Lena has a dark side, much like her mother and brother. She is basically a murderer at heart. Will this show be brave enough to have a strong female villain again?
Unfortunately the story takes a turn for the predictable. A bad guy has framed Lena, so she has nothing to take responsibility for. Except for exiling Kara's boyfriend Mon-El, but nobody cares about him. Rather than kill Lena outright, the villains decide to put her in a predictable deathtrap. This involves a remote-control plane. They seem to forget that the very first act that Supergirl is famous for was the rescue of an out-of-control airplane!
There is also a soap opera sub-plot. Alex and her lesbian fiance have been together for six months. Now, in an equally spur-of-the-moment decision, they decide to split up on the eve of their wedding. Alex is obsessed with becoming a mother, a completely retrofitted excuse that does not match with her character in the previous two seasons.
Kara drives the heartbroken Alex back to their childhood home, so they can let their mother ( Helen Slater ) look after them for a weekend.
The main body of the episode is an extended flashback to the girls' teenage years. They had a great sibling rivalry going. Unfortunately their mother was a full-time scientist as well as being a single mother, so Alex had to spend most of her time baby-sitting Kara.
Kara's friend from school is discovered, dead. Will the girls let the Sheriff solve the crime? Of course not, he is a mere man! What about calling in Superman? No, but they email Chloe Sullivan for help. Well, the teenage flashbacks would be empty without a reference to Smallville .
It turns out that the dead boy was a peeping tom and a blackmailer. Kara whines about victim-blaming, and becomes the school bully - barging into the boys locker room and beating up kids weaker than she is. Her use of superpowers becomes so blatant that the Feds send a MIB woman who looks like her mother ( Erica Durance ).
The Hardy Sisters discover some petty crime in their town. One of the schoolgirls is committing statutory rape with a male teacher. Also, there is a drug-dealing conspiracy that is selling ... cannabis. Wow, that really is evil!
Shawn Shones' father (Carl Lumbly - Alias ) is still hanging around the DEO. Unfortunately he has nowhere else to go, and he has been institutionalised by 300 years of enslavement. Shawn has to be persuaded to delegate responsibility to his minions so that he can spend quality time with his only living relative.
The bossy single mother ( Odette Annable ) finally works out that she is not an average human. She goes to visit her foster-mother, the woman who threw her out of the house when she got pregnant outside of wedlock. Yes, just like the lesbian cop she has a troubled past involving expulsion from the traditional family structure that was meant to support her.
Supergirl and the DEO discover an alien space ship under the city's coastline. It has been there for twelve thousand years - since before the last ice age! Even more surprisingly, Mon-El (Chris Woods - Containment ) is aboard. Yes, he has finally made his reappearance despite being credited in every episode as a regular character. Strangely, he has overcome his vulnerability to the toxic lead poisoning in the Earth's atmosphere. However, beyond commenting on this nobody bothers to investigate further.
Meanwhile, the single mom abandons all her responsibilities and goes walkabout. The daughter is left with a neighbour. As for her job as CEO of LenaCorp, this does not even get a mention. However, she discovers she has her own version of the Fortress of Solitude.
Last year's crossover storyline was carried out over the three other shows, and while Supergirl herself was present her own show was not really participating. This time the first part of the four-part story is in her show. However, the episodes are not particularly tailored to the shows that they are stuck in. It seems that the story was written in four segments, then divided among the shows at random.
The main storyline actually takes place in The Flash , where Barry and Iris are finally getting married. They invite all their superhero friends from the other shows. Kara and her sister are both getting over relationship break-ups, but they go along anyway.
Arrow power-couple Olly Queen and Felicity Smoak also go along to the wedding. No mention is made of the fact that Olly is on bail after being arrested by the FBI. Also, he goes around as Green Arrow and fights ninjas even though he has retired from the front line. In other words, this cliched character intro is completely misleading.
The pre-wedding party has lots of drama and hook-ups. Felicity refuses to marry Olly, because they both see marriage as nothing more than a piece of paper. If this were the case in reality, then homosexual people would not have fought so hard to get equal marriage. Olly may go to prison in the near future, and without that piece of paper Felicity will not be able to take custody of his son or even give Olly a conjugal visit or two.
Finally, the wedding ceremony itself. Yes, the reception was held the night BEFORE the ceremony. Which is just as well, because the ceremony is gatecrashed by super-Nazis from parallel universe Earth-X.
The follow-up is on Arrow .
Lena Luthor ( Katie McGrath ) turns up for Kara's family Xmas party. She has her eye on Jimmy Olson (Mechad Brooks - True Blood ). Of course, sexual harrassment in the workplace is baaad ... unless the victim is a man!
The bossy single mother ( Odette Annable ) comes along to the party too. She brings her teenage daughter with her, because she brings the daughter everywhere. Yes, she combines being a CEO with being a single mother. However, now she has to do her night-time hobby as well. She is Reign, the evil Kryptonian.
Reign uses her heat-vision to burn her kryptonian symbol into locations in the city. Lena thinks that Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar - Heroes ) is responsible, because the locations are LuthorCorp property. Nobody tells her that LuthorCorp is the largest slumlord in the city, and by random chance most of the locations would be hers anyway.
Kara tries to get more info on the Kryptonian symbols. The Kryptonian computer interface, in the image of her mother ( Erica Durance ), has nothing to offer. It admits that the Elders of Krypton, who created a civilisation that Kara regards as utopian, removed superstition by burning all the religious books. Luckily Kara has a non-so-idealistic source of info. The Cult leader (Chad Lowe - ) once met a Kryptonian Priestess who escaped from Fort Rozz. He tells Kara anything she wants to know. Of course, she still thinks he is crazy because he believes she is his saviour!
The city has a new crime gang, the One Seven. This name implies an ethnic community origin, but it turns out to be a generic group of expendable bad-guy stereotypes. They are only importing illegal drugs, a victimless crime, but apparently the cops cannot deal with them. Supergirl has not done anything about them either. However, they make easy victims for Reign's blood-sacrifice.