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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

Fly Like a Girl: ‘Supergirl’ – Episode 1 ‘Girl of Steel’

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.

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Welcome back for season three, Supergirl fans! The last time we saw the Girl of Steel she had just saved the world from the Daxamite queen Rhea but at the steep price of having to say goodbye to her love, Mon-El. That kind of heartbreak isn’t easy and now we finally get to see how our favorite protector of National City is handling things. As always there are spoilers below the jump so if you’re ready to find out what happened in the season premiere, read on!

We open with our girl in what appears to be a very idyllic field of tall grasses and wildflowers. To be honest, the serene scene and the fact that Kara is all in white kind of worries me that we’re dealing with someone being dead or something, but the music doesn’t sound super sad and he, Mon-El shows up! Kara must be dreaming, but if she is she won’t want to wake up. They share tender moments before Kara’s attention is redirected to none other than her mom, Alura. Yes, Alura has been recast and no, your eyes are not playing tricks. That is, in fact, Erica Durance who played Lois Lane on Smallville.

Anyway, Kara embraces her mother and it’s sweet but then we realize that Kara is high above National City and presumably asleep before sounds of trouble wake her and she’s off to save the day. Alex and Maggie are in hot pursuit of a tractor trailer truck. Their police car gets stuck to the trailer, which opens up and reveals a seriously bad dude opening fire on the pair. Fortunately, Supergirl drops in right in time to take the bullets then goes off after the guy who has climbed on top of the vehicle. Supergirl rather seriously fights with him, but he gets away after she throws him onto a nearby car. She then drops down to stop the truck from plowing into a car with a kind and his mom.

But, something is off with Kara. She doesn’t even pause to enjoy the child’s gratitude. She flies right off. Back at the DEO Supergirl gives Winn her hand to take a DNA sample of the bad guy while she says that she didn’t win this one because she didn’t arrest him. Alex tries to get Kara to agree to go with her to participate in a catering tasting for her upcoming wedding to Maggie, but Kara coldly says she’s busy. It turns out that Kara hasn’t been participating in anything and has become cold and serious since Mon-El’s departure.

Next up. Board room. It’s the older Petrelli Brother from Heroes! No, it’s Adrian Pasdar playing real estate developer Morgan Edge and, true to his comic book inspiration, Edge is ruthless and aggressive. Yes, friends, Edge is a bad guy. He even insults James and CatCo as well and is equally nasty to Lena Luthor, who points out that Edge’s development just wants to displace the poor to make way for his fancy and expensive waterfront development in the wake of the alien battle last season. I don’t like this guy.

Back at CatCo it’s Cat Grant! Only she’s on television because she’s doing her new job. Our girl Cat is Press Secretary and she’s got some zingers. Kara is clearly very happy about her former boss being Press Secretary, but she also notices how nice things will be at CatCo. It turns out that James is fully in charge because Snapper Carr has taken leave. The team has a quick meeting about news and it turns out that Kara is supposed to be doing an interview with Supergirl that she hasn’t done, claiming she’s just been busy. Yep. Kara is cold even at work. James tries to reach out, but they are interrupted by Edge making a scary announcement: he’s buying CatCo.

Kara immediately goes to Lena to as her help in stopping this. Lena is an investor in Edge’s portfolio, but doesn’t think she can convince him. Kara gives her a pep talk to go talk to him and tries to leave. Lena points out that Kara has been dodging plans and Lena misses her best friend. She also feels really horrible about what she did that resulted in Mon-El having to leave. Kara is off the hook, though, as she departs after seeing news of a robbery.

At the still-unnamed alien bar the gang talks about how Kara has been different and aloof since Mon-El’s departure. J’onn provides the voice of reason, though, and tells them to give her more space. Alex is also not in a good place and Maggie knows it. Turns out that Alex is having some concerns about their wedding. It looks like there is trouble in paradise for everyone on Team Supergirl right now. No time to wallow, though. They’ve identified the bad guy.

Meet Robert DuBois, aka Bloodsport. They figure out that he’s ex-military and was last stationed nearby and then discover that someone has hacked the base server. Off goes Supergirl to find out what’s going on. She arrives to find a down soldier and a lead-lined building. Once inside something starts blasting at Supergirl, knocking her down. She manages to get up and evade the weapon and uses her heat vision to find out that what’s been shooting at her is a Daxamite war ship! Bloodsport runs from the ship, Supergirl pauses to make sure that the soldier isn’t going to die and then the signal from James’ watch goes off and Supergirl flies back to CatCo.

The emergency? James informs her that she hasn’t turned in her article and the pair argue about how Kara hasn’t been around lately. James pleads with her that she still has a life and a job, but Kara declares that Supergirl is her life and the whole conversation goes pretty south. How south? Kara quits.

The next day at DEO, J’onn is on the phone and is mad. He’s yelling at General Lane, yep, Lois and Lana’s dad. He’s had that Daxamite ship secretly and J’onn points out that he’s not supposed to and that he will go to the President with it. But we can’t dwell on General Lane being awful again, oh no. They realize that Bloodsport stole the cloaking device from the ship which would let him make a fighter jet dropping a bomb on National City completely untraceable.

Back to Edge. Lena shows up at the creep’s office and attempts to speak with him about not buying CatCo. Of course, this is when Edge reveals his plan, after insulting Lena yet again. His plan is to make CatCo publish negative articles about Lena and her company. She sees herself out and Bloodsport walks in. Of course, Edge is working with Bloodsport. Of course, he is.

Alex shows up at Kara’s place and is mad that Kara quit. Really mad. The sisters go back and forth and argue about Kara’s response to Mon-El’s absence. Kara tells Alex that she doesn’t know how it feels and that she doesn’t want to be Kara Danvers anymore. Alex tells her that Kara has saved her more times than Supergirl has.

Time for the Girl of Steel statue unveiling. Supergirl and J’onn are on a rooftop keeping an eye out and she asks him if he still dreams about his family then admits she has been dreaming of her mother and Mon-El. On the ground, Maggie presses Alex about the wedding and Alex admits her lack of enthusiasm is because her dad can’t be there.

But there’s no time to be emotional. Just as the statue is unveiled and Supergirl is about to appear the ground starts to shake as something is fired at everyone. That’s right. Bloodsport has arrived, but no one can see him. It takes Supergirl a moment, but she figures out that he’s under water. In the harbor. So Supergirl goes to deal with things. Meanwhile more missiles are launched into the waterfront and more devastation happens, some of it trapping a young girl whose mother suddenly develops superhuman strength that she uses to save her. Yes, keep that in mind for future episodes. It’s important.

Supergirl is rendered unconscious as she tries to take on the submarine and it looks like it’s curtains for the heroine. However, a vision of Mon-El tells her to wake up. Next, we see, Supergirl is shooting up out of the water with the offending submarine held high overhead. The day is saved.

With the danger solved, Kara drops by Lena’s office to find out what the status of the CatCo acquisition is and Lena surprises her by revealing that she, not Edge, has purchased CatCo. Lena is so excited to have Kara work for her, but Kara reveals that she quit. Before things can go father, though, Edge shows up. Kara takes her leave while Edge threatens Lena. No worries, though. Supergirl shows up and hauls Edge to a container ship. She tells him that she knows he is behind the attack and while she can’t prove it now, she will. Supergirl leaves Edge stranded there when she flies away. And, as the camera pans away we see a mysterious space ship below the water. Huh.

And now for the homestretch: Alex asks J’onn to be her surrogate dad. I cried. Kara sits alone on her couch and looks at a photo of herself with Mon-El then smiles before texting Lena that she will be reporting to work tomorrow and the episode closes out with Kara returning to the alien bar to drink with her friends.

Next week? Psi plays on people’s fears.

What did you think of this season premiere of Supergirl? Let me know in the comments!

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