Supergirl is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central on CBS. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in Fly Like a Girl.
Last night’s episode of Supergirl was one of the weaker ones of the season thus far. It was clearly a transition week and it felt like it. The death of Astra two weeks ago was a clear turning point towards the big battle of this first season so the show runners can’t get to the mysterious Myriad just yet. They have to pave the way. As always, this recap contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” yet now is a good time to get a snack and come back later.
The episode picks up shortly after the death of Astra. Kara’s grieving for her aunt and she’s having a hard time with it. Her whole personality just seems off, which is either really good acting by Melissa Benoist or thin plot by the writers. I can’t tell which. Non shows up while Kara and Alex are having sister time and insists that Kara come with him. They need to give Astra funeral rites. One of the things that I’m really enjoying about the show overall is how much of a matriarchy Krypton (and I’m guessing the culture) was. Kara’s mom was an important judge and now we discover that a female relative has to lead the funeral. After Kara says the prayer for the dead, Non informs her that he will honor the two-week mourning period and then he’s going to kill her.
At the DEO Kara relays this information to Alex and Martianshaw. She also relays how upset she is with him in her general behavior. Kara’s short and rude and obviously upset with him. This makes Alex uncomfortable enough that she wants to tell Kara the truth. J’onn stops her. Instead of being a team player, Kara goes alone to talk to Maxwell Lord in his cell. Lord, for his part, wants to be let out. He helped, he says. She should let him go. Kara isn’t having it and to be fair I’m not sure why she even went down to talk to him.
With her night job more or less handled for the moment, Kara goes to her day job at CatCo only to discover that Cat has hired a second assistant. The problem here? Cat’s treating the second assistant as first and very pointedly saying that Kara isn’t doing a good job. The newbie, Siobhan, is gratingly perfect. You can smell her ambition through the television screen. Kara can, too, but instead of responding by being professional and upping her game our heroine more or less acts like a spoiled child. She even breaks her phone.
The rest of the episode is on autopilot from there. Cat senses a story in Maxwell Lord not publicly responding some sort of major tech snafu his company is responsible for so she’s pushing James, Siobhan, and Lucy (I still can’t figure out why she’s even there) to get the scoop. While that’s going on the DEO is dealing with the bad guy of the week. This time he’s in the form of someone kidnapping and then killing the Fort Rozz escapees. Kara, still angry and sulking, goes to try to solve the kidnapping issue. Lucy figures out that the DEO is somehow involved with Lord’s disappearance (by calling daddy, mind you) which results in James lying to her. Lucy really has issues with James being close to the Supers. She huffs off while Siobhan slinks around and snoops.
When Alex and J’onn figure out that the mystery villain is kidnapping former prisoners in the order of their prison ID number, Kara goes to intervene. The bad guy? He’s got some impressive technology. He’s able to fend Kara off long enough for him to snatch up his target. Back at the DEO the team tries to figure out who the mystery guy is, and James shows up to talk to Kara. He tells her that he doesn’t recognize her the way she is now and tries to remind her that her family’s crest means something important. It’s an awkward pep talk, likely because it’s becoming more and more obvious that James doesn’t really care about Lucy and seriously cares about Kara.
Kara gets another pep talk/reality check when the mystery villain turns out to be a police officer, or rather, his partner. Alex gets shot and the villain takes Kara to his recreated Fort Rozz where he locks her up away from the sunlight so she doesn’t have powers. While in her little cell the kidnapping victim Kara failed to save previously tells him about his life. Turns out that Kara’s mom was a tough-on-crime sort with a penchant for really harsh sentences. She had sentenced a man with no prior record to eighteen years for his first offense of drug smuggling. This is sobering enough, but our mystery villain turns out to have been a guard on Fort Rozz who is disappointed that Kara isn’t more like her mother. He’s going to kill the former prisoner and then also kill her, despite Kara’s pleas for the man’s life.
Alex shows up just in time and rescues Kara and the victim. It’s a nice theme of the show that Alex saves Kara just as often as Kara saves others. Power to the humans. Anyway, the experience of powerlessness and being confronted with some of the truths about her mother have impacted Kara. She returns the former prisoner to the life he had chosen for himself on earth as a professor. Kara also goes back to the DEO and releases Lord because she feels it’s the right thing to do. At the office, she outright tells Siobhan that she doesn’t like her, though it’s not all Kara being empowered and setting things right. James outright tells Kara that he needs to stop lying to Lucy and needs to tell his girlfriend who Kara really is. That doesn’t seem like something that would go well. I feel like Lucy needs to get some therapy and some self-esteem or James needs to just move on.
The episode closes out on that note, but as well as another ominous one. Kara asks the hologram of her mother about Myriad, but instead of getting an answer the hologram freaks out. It says that it can’t talk about Myriad and will self-destruct if Kara keeps asking. Clearly whatever this Myriad thing is, it is so bad that even a computer program is freaked out. This can’t be good.
Next week Supergirl takes on Mystique? That’s kind of what the previews look like, but I’m pretty sure it’s the villain Indigo. I’m curious to see where they go with that.
What did you think of last night’s episode? What are your thoughts about the up and down nature of the James-Kara-Lucy non-triangle? Do you have any guesses about what Myriad is? Let’s compare notes in the comments.