Previously on Supergirl, “The Last Children of Krypton”
It’s Hope; How Can It Be False
Mon-el, the alien visitor who crashed on Earth at the end of the first season has awoken and fights his way out to escape the DEO. J’onn and the rest of the DEO need to focus on President Marsdin visiting National City. She is there to sign the Alien Amnesty act that will allow all aliens to come forward out of hiding to be treated equally. Of course, anything this progressive is going to be met with opposition and she is attacked by an assassin who attempts to burn her alive. Luckily, Supergirl was on the scene to protect the President, but could not ID the assailant. (Yes I know Kara has x-ray vision, super speed, and she was hit by one of the fireballs, but she didn’t see who shot it…. umm, okay.)
Back at the DEO, Winn finds Mon-El via a distress signal he sent into space to Daxam, a sister planet of Krypton. However, when Supergirl hears this she races to Mon-El’s location to confront the Daxamite.
Even though the fight scene was not the most exciting, I adore this side of Supergirl when they show her mean streak. Can we please have some more of the serious business, second-most powerful being on the planet and much less of the goof fangirling over the president? I can understand her being silly as Kara, because unlike most heroes the civilian is the costume and she is portraying what she thinks is human. She’s new at being a hero, so I get her being naive and inexperienced, but the silliness has got to stop when she’s Supergirl.
Once she brings Mon-El back to the DEO, she doesn’t so much question, rather she badgers him for being from Daxam and keeping this Hatfield v. McCoy-like feud between the Kryptonians and Daxamites. Since he’s from Daxam and he has Kryptonian-like powers she felt he used his heat vision to try and kill the President. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Hell, he didn’t even know what a President was.
Kara later acts as a bodyguard for the president at the actual signing, and Marsdin was attacked again by a fire-based villain known as Scorcher. (Yes that is the name of the villain they decided not to name at all during this episode) Scorcher is unsuccessful in her second attempt at the president’s life, but she kidnaps detective Sawyer. Thanks to Alex’s interrogation skills, Alex and Supergirl are able to find and defeat Scorcher and save Sawyer. Scorcher does make her point heard on why she was trying to assassinate the president. With Aliens coming out of hiding, they could be in more danger just because of the fear other humans would have for them.
Kara extends her hand in friendship to Mon-El and tells him that Daxam is now an uninhabitable wasteland. However, she is there to comfort him and bury the hatchet as they are now both refugees.
I’m a Detective, Agent Danvers. I Detect.
Detective Maggie Sawyer was great in her first episode.. I really enjoyed the banter between her and Alex and that is important for a show that struggles with characters showing onscreen chemistry. Even though her National City equipment is like an Easy Bake Oven when compared to the DEO’s, she was still able to locate where Mon el had been. Maggie took Alex to a pro-alien bar in National City. (Which I’m going to name Dollywood since they didn’t have the time to name the bar and Dollywood was the password.) This is where they originally run into Scorcher before she makes the second attempt on the president. Maggie has become very “comfortable” with some of the female alien employees that work there. Speaking of the alien employees, J’onn J’onzz later goes to the Dollywood bar and meets the last daughter of Mars, M’gann M’orzz (Sharon Leal).
President Olivia Marsdin was played by Lynda Carter. For the younger ProFans, she played the original Wonder Woman in the television show that aired from 1975 – 1979. Even though the President turned out to be an alien, that portion is in no relation to Wonder Woman. She is from Paradise Island, also known as Themyscira, the home of the Amazons, a race of fierce women warriors.
Also, do you remember that scene where Supergirl had those laughably bad fire effects on her from the second presidential attack? The way she spun to put out the fire was a bit of a nod to the original Wonder Woman show where Diana Prince would spin to become the superheroine Wonder Woman.
In the comics, Maggie Sawyer was born in Star City and worked on the force there for awhile. I’m sure Mayor Queen would like to have a good detective on the force, especially with all that corruption he’s trying to clean up.
This episode had its good moments. I appreciated J’onn schooling Kara on how he has experience being treated poorly; not just because he’s a Martian, but because he has worn the face of a black man for the last 15 years. I hope the little nugget Scorcher threw out there about how aliens will be treated if they come out of hiding is something they build on throughout the season, and that it isn’t just a line of a rambling psychopath.
Even though Snapper Carr was put in his place at the end of the episode, I enjoyed him lighting a fire under Jimmy to do his job as the head of Catco rather than being a weaker version of Cat. I’m still interested in what Lena Luthor’s play can be because she can’t be on the side of the angels.
I’m going to say it again: Some of the effects were trash this episode. There is really no legit reason why it can’t be better.
I am still stoked about the Miss Martian reveal and what role she will play this season because she seems to want to be left alone. J’onn has been outed as Martian Manhunter to the world so she should have been able to reach out to him if she wanted to.