Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Recap: Supergirl 2.1 "The Adventures of Supergirl"

Season Two begins with a couple of changes. First, the DEO has moved to the city from the desert. Second, a pod like the one Kara arrived in has landed on Earth, and it has a man inside.

Well, okay then.

More importantly, the writing team spends little time dropping the first glorious nugget of SuperCat Subtext. Cat has offered Kara the promotion of her choice for being such a capable assistant. Here's how their first interaction of the season goes:
Kara: What job do I want? Well, I don't know, I haven't really decided yet.
Cat: Why not?
Kara: Well, it's only been twelve hours since you asked me to choose a new position and for most of those hours I was asleep.
Cat: Really? I offer you the keys to the kingdom and you just.... go to sleep?
Okay, that might be a reach. But, I contend not. Also, you've been previously warned that reading subtext into everything is my one and only superhero skill.

Anyway, Kara clearly hasn't put much thought into what sort of promotion she wants and Cat gives her some mentoring advice about how she really needs to look inward and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

In maintext romance news, Kara is finally having a date with James. He brings pizza and potstickers over to her place. (A man after my own heart). But, right as the date begins, they are watching TV and see that a commercial space shuttle is crashing to the Earth. Naturally, Supergirl swings into action:

Ahhh, it's good to have you back in action, Supergirl.

But wait! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Tyler Hoechlin, already looking like a solid Clark Kent:

Clark changes into his Superman outfit and both Supers then work together to help guide the space shuttle safely to Earth.

Small detail: During the Season One finale, Supergirl was able to carry the entire Fort Rozz prison into outer space. She probs could have handled this space shuttle on her own.

But whatever. Anyway, Supergirl brings Superman to the DEO and everyone sort of fangeeks out. Especially Winn, who apparently is crushing hard on the guy.

Humina humina humina
Hank, however, does not seem impressed. It sounds like there's a backstory there. Cat also meets Clark and she briefly and  not-very-subtly makes it known that the notion of a threeway with Superman and Clark pleases her.

In weekly villain news, the gang then comes to believe that the Luthors may have been behind the shuttle explosion. Kara and Clark go to Luthor Corp to interview Lena, who is a new character this season and Lex Luthor's sister. She tells them that, with Lex finally in prison, she's just an innocent woman trying to transform the Luthor company into a force for good in the world. Clark doesn't believe her, but Kara sort of does. Hmmmm.

However, Winn figures out that Lena wasn't responsible for the explosion. And, she's actually in peril. So, Lena was telling the truth. For now. Never trust a Luthor?

Back at the DEO, Alex has figured out the tension between Hank and Superman. It's due to an ongoing debate the two aliens have about whether or not kryptonite should be stored or destroyed. Superman believes it should be destroyed since it can kill himself and Supergirl, but Hank thinks they should keep it for defensive reasons.

Kara also breaks up with James before they ever finish a first date. I feel bad for them. But, it's also sort of okay with me, because there's a new sheriff in town.


I look forward to seeing whether Ms. Luthor is one day granted the keys to the kingdom. And by that I mean I will 100% read subtext into her and Kara's every interaction no matter how mundane.

To end, Kara finally figures out that she wants to be a reporter, which makes Cat beam with pride. And, Winn begins working at the DEO as a computer expert (or something?).

Deep Thought of the Week: I had heard Superman was coming to Supergirl and have to admit to an initial skepticism. Is the idea that a show about a female superhero needs to be bolstered with the addition of a male superhero? Initially, Hoechlin's Superman is kind, humble-seeming, and respectful of Supergirl, so my first impression is to like him. We will see where the partnership goes.

 [Note: In November 2017, CW/Supergirl Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg was suspended after allegations of sexual harassment.]

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