Supergirl is definitely my favorite hero show on right now. Dare I say that it currently is the strongest series in the Berlanti-verse. It’s hitting its stride fairly well for a series that went through a big move over the summer. But there’s a new trend I’m noticing (is it new, or am I just now noticing it?): it wants to cram in as many little plots and messages as they can. That means, important storylines might not be receiving the appropriate amount of time they need to properly develop. A perfect example is Jimmy Olsen suddenly wanting to become a vigilante.
This week’s episode begins with Kara prepping Mon-El, a.k.a. Mike, for his very first job as an Earthling. Maybe not a job, job. It’s just an internship at CatCo. This quickly turns out to be a hilarious mistake when Mike has trouble understanding even the simplest of concepts as greeting someone without giving them his new/fake social security number. Maybe Kara should have prepped him a bit more on how to be an Earthling before shoving him out into the workforce. In any case, watching Mike interact with the CatCo peeps was extremely enjoyable. Eve Tessmacher, Jimmy’s assistant, instantly falls in lust for Mike. We haven’t seen it, but we already have a good idea that Mon-El is a bit of a charmer. Of course this is going to spell trouble for Kara later.
Kara and James go out for some coffee when they stumble upon a bank robbery. Supergirl flies into action but is taken surprise when one of the robbers, Chet Miner, blasts her with an alien gun. While Supergirl deals with Miner, Jimmy takes it upon himself to work on the other two guys. I literally shouted, “Daaaaaaaaayum!” when he knocked one out. Unfortunately, Jimmy is not the victorious fighter he thought he’d be. He eventually hits the ground, and gets his father’s camera smashed to pieces in the process. Watching his dad’s camera get obliterated has a noticeable effect on him.
I guess no one would be surprised that Jimmy would want to be a hero as well. His best friends are superheroes. However, I would have loved to see more of a build-up to his deciding to put on a ski mask and wield a metal bat. There was maybe one more quick scene where he mentions his father’s bravery. His very next scene is strolling into the DEO to ask Winn where the bank robbers would pop up next. Before now, we had no real inclination that he wanted to take his helping people to the next level, that he was done being a “sidekick” to Superman and Supergirl. So while I love seeing Jimmy kick butt, I’m just not feeling this sudden development.
At least Winn is there to try and reason with his friend. The argument that they have is a genuine one. At first Winn doesn’t want to enable Jimmy’s need to become a masked hero because there’s a much greater chance getting killed than if it were Kara, Mon-El, or Clark. But by the end of the episode, he resolves to give into Jimmy’s request for help. Since he started working for the DEO, Winn feels like he has more purpose in life than when he was playing the role of IT guy, making sure no one sneaked a peak at the latest celebrity baby photo. Plus, he knows Jimmy’s not going to stop now, so he might as well have the best equipment to give him a fighting chance.
As for the bank robbers, surprise! Cadmus is responsible for supplying them with dangerous alien tech. Cadmus is using Miner and his buddies to sow fear among the human population. They want people to think that the Amnesty Act swung open the doors for dangerous people to get their hands on powerful, high-tech alien guns, against which National City’s authorities have no way of defending. Even Supergirl has a little trouble dealing with every new gun the robbers bring with them. The lead Cadmus scientist strongly believes this will eventually make people see the light and side with them to rid the aliens from Earth altogether. For a better world. Gee, we’ve heard this before, haven’t we? One reporter at CatCo even argues that good people should be allowed to have these alien guns so they can protect themselves against the aliens and bad guys with the same guns. Whoo boy. Layin’ it on pretty thick, aren’t we, Supergirl?
Meanwhile, Mike/Mon-El is starting to get on Kara’s last nerve. First he tricks Eve into doing all the work for him, which she is just giddy about. Then, when Kara returns to check up on Mike, she finds him in the copy room with Eve…about to live just about every naughty workplace fantasy I know you’ve all had. Dirty birdies. Thank goodness, Kara stops it. We were spared from learning what would happen to poor, unsuspecting human Eve if she really did have sex with the super-powered Daxamite.
When Kara returns home, Alex is nervously waiting by the door in desperate need to talk with her sister. Throughout the episode, Alex has been dealing with some conflicting feelings about Maggie. Earlier, the recently dumped Maggie asks is Alex is gay and whether or not if the DEO agent is coming on to her. Alex, who merely thought she was just trying to be there for her broken-hearted friend, is forced to re-evaulate her past relationships. Of course, with everything that’s going on with Kara, she doesn’t find the time to relay her feelings before they are interrupted by Lena Luthor.
Alex discovering she may have genuine, romantic feelings for another woman has been strongly hinted at over the past few episodes. I’m excited to see where this goes. We don’t get a lot of legit girl-on-girl love and not have it seem like a caricature of a male fantasy. When we do…one of them gets an arrow through the face. I’m looking at you, Walking Dead! Let’s also not have another Lexa, m’kay, CW?
Lena shows up to Kara’s apartment asking for a huge favor: to have Supergirl show up at her children’s hospital fundraiser. Kara herself has already RSVP’d to this event, so you know there’s going to be some funny bait and switch moves happening at the party. She and Winn even came up with a code name for it: Operation Doubtfire.
The whole reason Lena asks Supergirl to come to the gala is so that the Girl of Steel can take on the Miner and his crew while she found a way to disable their alien weapons in one go. With a little help from Winn, they were able to save the day and the party.
Of course, the big reveal of the week is that the lead Cadmus scientist is Lena Luthor’s mother. BECAUSE OF COURSE A LUTHOR IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS. Whether or not Lena has any knowledge of this is currently unknown, but a seed of doubt has now been sewn with the young Luthor.
Alex questioning her own sexuality was probably the highlight of the episode. For the most part, Supergirl played it very delicately and naturally. They’re actually giving this one storyline, unlike all of the others, some time to bear fruit. Big ups to Chyler Leigh for making the most of her scenes with Maggie.
I love that we got to spend time with the secondary characters this week. Supergirl, more or less, takes a back seat to let the others grow a bit. If only the show didn’t feel the need to cram so much of it in one episode. If there’s one thing this show gets right, it’s creating excellent characters and letting them have very human moments.
- There’s a twinge of insecurity and nervousness between James and Winn as they joke that Kara can’t possibly be into Mon-El if she wasn’t into either of them.
- Kudos to Chris Wood for finding a way to bite into, like, 10 pancakes all at once. Fascinating.
- I am not at all surprised that Alex went through a punk rock phase and Kara was totally into N*Sync. Their music choices mesh so well with their personalities.
- Mon-El creating a boob window with his button-up shirt is literally all of us women.
- Kara is at her most charming when she’s stuffing her face full of pot-stickers.
- Mon-El just walks away with a burning hole in his clothes where he took a point point blank shot from one of the robbers. Nope. Nothing to see here, folks. I didn’t just get hit with a huge alien gun. I just burned a whole in my suit. Totally unrelated to what just happened….