Lots of changes are happening for Supergirl. New network, new location, new people, new job… At some point it can all get a little overwhelming, especially if you’ve just settled into your life.
There’s a bit of a shakeup in Kara’s personal, professional, and crime-fighting life, and she’s clinging onto Clark/Superman for dear life. He’s her source of familiar ground even though he’s not as present in her life as she makes it seem. Alex blatantly points this out when she herself is feeling neglected. While Supergirl has sunny version of her cousin in mind, Alex pushes back by blatantly pointing out that he’s the one who dropped her off like an unwanted foster kid — he clearly wasn’t the one to teach Kara how to live in secret with her powers.
On the other hand, there clearly doesn’t appear to be bad blood between the two Els. Perhaps he was part of her life, but in a cool uncle who was always away on romanticized trips sort of way.
One of the biggest changes in Kara’s life happens at CatCo. Kara has trouble adjusting to her new work life: her new boss, Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez), is a little less than cuddly, and Cat Grant, Kara’s mentor, is stepping down from her position at CatCo. I appreciate the fair amount of motivation for her departure. Last week, Cat gave Kara some well-needed advice, one that she herself is heeding as well. It’s time to bust out from her comfortable life and dive into uncharted waters. The two saying goodbye to each other (twice) is a good sendoff for such a dynamic duo. It won’t be the same without Cat’s constant ridiculing and handy advice-giving, but I look, too, look forward to Kara’s new scenery.
What hasn’t changed are the god complexes Supergirl‘s villains wear so proudly atop their crowns. This season’s big baddy is all of Cadmus. Their goal is to rid Earth of all alien life, including our two Kryptonians. They will go to any lengths to achieve that goal, even if it means recruiting psychopaths and giving them titan-killing powers.
Last week we saw a Cadmus doctor begin the creation of Metallo. This week, we see the end result. Corben is now equipped with a metal endoskeleton and a huge chunk of Kryptonite jammed into his chest. Kinda like Tony Stark, only more death-ray-ee. But he’s not the one and only Metallo. In an attempt to split the Cousins of Steel, Cadmus creates another death-borg and sends it to Metropolis. What they didn’t count on was the backup. Supergirl and Alex in her Kryptonite suit stopped Corben in National City, and Superman and Martian Manhunter Kali-Ma’d the other guy. It was bad ass.
The whole interaction between Superman and Hank was tenuous yet hilarious at the same time. As stated last week, the two don’t like being around each other. Hank doesn’t appreciate how much of a good time Supergirl is having fighting baddies with her cousin, and even leaves to go shoot his frustrations away at the gun range. He and Superman don’t hate each other, per se, but their difference in philosophies don’t exactly allow them to bro out either. The fact that Hank is unwilling to let go of his supply of Kryptonite puts on quite a strain, but he has his reasons. It was wise of the show to remind us of the Martians’ plight and how their unpreparedness to fight back against the White Martians taught Hank that he never wants that to happen again.
However, Hank also wants to gain Superman and Supergirl’s complete trust, so he hands over his supply to Superman. I wonder if that will come back to bite them all in the ass later down the line.
- Jimmy Olsen is now the acting CEO of CatCo!
- I really like how Snapper completely dismisses Kara as an actual hire because YES! she has absolutely no training as an investigative reporter, nor did she even go to school for it. I foresee Kara having to fight for her right just to sit in a chair. That reminds me…what will become of Kara’s office now that she’s down in the bull pen?
- Take away Metallo’s special effects, and all you see is a guy pumping his chest at a lady. HA!
- “Uh, I think I scratched your bumper here.”
- “See, now… If the bullets don’t work, right, why the punching? I just never understood that.”
- “I’ll be in the armory shooting at something.”
- “Team Krypton was just having #toomuchfun.”
- “Oh, watching Clark Kent walk away is like transcendental meditation. And all of your worries, all of your concerns in life, they just fall away.”
- “Superman and Martian Manhunter are gonna fight. This is terrible. This is awesome.”