Supergirl is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Monday nights at 8/7 Central on The CW. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in Fly Like a Girl.
Last night Supergirl returned following a network change from CBS to The CW. Despite the channel switch our heroine picked up exactly where she left off last season with the discovery of a mysterious Kryptonian pod. The discovery of that familiar pod was may have been the connection between seasons, but it was also the last thing that remained exactly the same. New network, new Supergirl to a certain extent so here’s your fair warning to look away if spoilers aren’t your thing. We have a full recap past this point.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new mystery Kryptonian. When Supergirl opens up the pod she is confronted with a person who appears to be in some form of coma. Supergirl and J’onn get the mystery man to the DEO headquarters and this is the first major thing that is different this season. Gone is the dark and super secret cave. In its place is a beautiful, high-tech, modern high rise with a fabulous view. It seems it has always been there, based on how normal everyone except Kara acts like it is and while it doesn’t have the same gritty feel the cave did it definitely feels more science forward. Our heroes are going to need all that science in figuring out who the mystery man from the pod is. Winn, who doesn’t appear to work at CatCo anymore, has been brought in to help sort out exactly where the pod came from. Yes, it looks like a Kryptonian pod, but where did it really come from? What was the flight path? How can they figure out who this guy is? There are so many questions, but Alex has a few for Kara. Kara is presenting herself as being very excited about having the option to choose any job she wants and for her first real date with James. However, big sister doesn’t buy it. Something about Kara’s excitement seems flat, but Kara’s able to avoid owning up to things because Cat Grant texted her.
At CatCo, Cat wants to know what Kara has decided in regards to career choice. Unfortunately, Kara doesn’t know. She mentions marketing, but seems confused and conflicted and Cat sees right through this behavior. Cat gives Kara 48 hours to make a choice. Hopefully Kara can fit some soul-searching into those hours since it’s first date time with James! Kara zips through some clothing choices before settling on a pink dress that James is definitely into. James is so adorable here, bringing over Kara’s favorite meal (potstickers and pizza) and offering to let them stay in to eat so Kara can watch the launch of a passenger spacecraft, the Venture. Of course nothing ever goes as planned and the Venture quickly runs into trouble with an explosion. Over in Metropolis we get our first look at Clark Kent, who finds out about the explosion while he’s on the phone with his boss, Perry White. Meanwhile Kara finds out about the explosion from a news broadcast. Both of the Supers take flight and zip to the aid of the falling ship. We finally get the Superman-Supergirl team up we’ve hoped for as the cousins work together to bring the Venture down safely before greeting some onlookers. Kara gets the line of the night, telling folks that she used to change Superman’s diapers.
The day saved Kara takes Clark to DEO headquarters with her. Everyone is starstruck about seeing the man himself, but to Kara it’s no big deal. Interestingly, J’onn isn’t exactly happy to see Clark. Alex picks up on that quickly, but there are more important things to work on, like figuring out the Kryptonian situation and now what happened to the Venture. The team is on it, though, and Kara takes Clark with her to CatCo. Again, everyone is starstruck by Clark though this time just as himself. Cat in particular is interested, but that’s somewhat fleeting. The cousins have work to do and set about to find out more about what went wrong with the Venture by going to the source. That source? Luthor Corp.
It’s not a Super show without a Luthor and in this case Lex is in prison. Running the family business is his sister Lena. Lena, however, isn’t interested in following her brother exactly. Lena tells Clark and Kara she wants to do things differently and has plans to rename the company. Lena seems transparent and gives Clark a drive with information about the Venture on it. She also confuses Kara for a reporter, but Kara is quick to clarify that she’s just tagging along. That notwithstanding Kara thinks Lena is being honest. Clark isn’t so sure. Things start to come into focus, however, when the team figures out that Lena was supposed to be on the Venture and it rapidly appears that the explosion was an attempt to kill the lady Luthor. This leads to another cousin team up to protect Lena from an assassination attempt on her helicopter. The evidence from the attempt leads the DEO to the bad guy, an elite hitman hired by Lena’s incarcerated brother, Lex. There is another attempt on Lena’s life, this time at her announcement of changing the company name. The Super cousins team up again to save lives and Lena.
With the episode being a lot of action it takes a moment to get to the heart of what is really going on with Kara. Before the final assassination attempt Kara tells James she isn’t sure about their relationship anymore. Cat also gives Kara a pretty stern peptalk about going out of her comfort zone. Clark gives Kara some advice about figuring out who she is and it’s Lena Luthor who ultimately gives Kara the nudge she needs to figure a few things out. We close out the episode with Kara deciding that she and James should just be friends and that the job she wants is to be a reporter. Clark decides to stick around for a bit for more team ups and Winn gets hired by the DEO. And just before the episode closes out? We meet Cadmus, up to no good of course, creating a bad guy for our next episode, Metallo. Welcome to season two!
What did you think about the season two opener? How did you feel about this representation of Superman? Are you as bummed as I am that James and Kara are no more? Let me know in the comments! Until next week!