This is actually a pretty great week already. Not only are the highly anticipated The Flash and Arrow crossover episodes coming up, Supergirl proves to be holding her own against her sophomore and senior cousins with a fantastic episode that more than makes up for last week’s marginally disappointing one.
Thanks, once again, to Cat Grant’s inadvertent coaching, Supergirl learns how to better control her anger, and even uses it to strengthen herself. As usual, both Melissa Benoist and Calista Flockhart steal the show, commanding every scene that they are in. It is great to see not one, but two amazing actresses lead a TV show with aplomb. And let’s not forget their collective mommy issues.
As much as I enjoy Kara’s and Cat’s relationship, this could become a little bit old. Literally every episode, Cat has been teaching Kara, and in essence Supergirl, something to help her in her journey. Granted, Cat Grant is pretty much a superhero in the media world, and knows the trials and tribulations that a girl goes through in a predominantly male industry. I’m not saying I don’t like them, I just hope that these little conversations don’t get abused and eventually become stale.
Supergirl has lots of pent up emotion in her, and watching her punch an old car to bits was delightful. It was great to see James Olsen’s face gradually turning from surprise to fear, probably hoping that Kara would never punch him.
In this episode alone, there are actually a few villains/people set up to antagonise Supergirl: General Lane, Lucy Lane’s father; Lucy Lane herself, as her father’s military lawyer; T.O. Morrow, creator of Red Tornado, and of course, Red Tornado itself.
Although Red Tornado itself looked pretty ugly – something akin to a bunch of Styrofoam spray painted with red paint and glitter – the effects accompanying it were pretty enough to distract from them. Although tad underdeveloped, especially when Alex said it was turning sentient before shortly being blown to bits, it’s definitely not a stretch to say that Red Tornado might be coming back, and turning into the hero we know and love.
One of the things that is holding back Supergirl is the writing: it seems like a lot of the side characters are merely afterthoughts, and have to be shoehorned with other characters in order to see them be more relevant. I really like Winn and Alex et al, but they honestly don’t appear enough: considering that they are both Team Supergirl and work closely with the Girl of Steel in both her identities, it seems odd that these characters still seem rather basic.
Also, the overarching plot is starting to get a little cluttered, what with seemingly everybody coming in to antagonise Supergirl. Wondering how these are all going to be resolved in 13 episodes? Fear not, for Supergirl has had a back 7 ordered, bringing the total episode count for this season to 20!
As for the short time that Glenn Morshower (who is also General Jacobs in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was on screen as General Lane, he was boisterous, obnoxious, and an all-round unapologetic douche. Great performance from a guest star!
Supergirl is soaring, and fast and this is clearly one of the better-crafted episodes the season. Hopefully, even better ones will come yet.
All in all, a good villain in addition to great focus on Calista Flockhart and Melissa Benoist with a lot less writing problems than last episode equals to a good episode of Supergirl being delivered!
Next week on Supergirl:
Having started off as a Flash villain, Red Tornado was created by T.O. Morrow. While having begun as a simple, robotic antagonist, Red Tornado’s history has since been made more complex with the revelation of the android housing not one, but two entities: the android itself, and the Tornado Champion from the planet Rann.
The Red Tornado possesses superhuman strength and durability, and evidently from the episode, is really good at making, well, tornadoes.
You don’t want to make Supergirl angry
Supergirl channeling her rage is super cool, mainly because of this:
Yeap, that’s Red Lantern Supergirl. Although a Red Lantern Supergirl arc is a little bit too farfetched to think of now, a boy can dream. Just imagine, the Lanterns coming to DCTV… By the way, WHERE IS GREEN LANTERN?
While, yes, Hank Henshaw is the name of the mass-murdering Cyborg Superman in the comics, he seems to have more similarities to another Superman-like figure that we’ve all come to know and love:
That’s right–Martian Manhunter. The red eyes, especially, are symbolic of the Golly Green Martian and, honestly, who would complain about more Justice League heroes showing up on our screen?