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Supergirl: Superman – Season 2 Episodes 1-2

Supergirl has now moved from CBS to the CW, with all its other DC TV brethren. In the season premiere, Superman makes his appearance in Central City, and so does a new nemesis for Supergirl and the DEO.

Recap

This Recap covers the first two episodes of season 2:

  1. The Adventures of Supergirl
  2. The Last Children of Krypton

The premiere picks up right on the scene where the season 1 finale left off. Supergirl and the Manhunter arrive at the UFO crash site and find a Kyptonian ship identical to Kara’s. The ship contains a man who seems to be in some kind of stasis or coma. They take him to the new DEO headquarters (which is much nicer) and have Winn (who now works for the DEO) start running tests to see if they can find out anything about him (the man turns out to be Mon-El). While that’s happening, Kara returns to her day-to-day life. She still has an open job invitation from Cat Grant that will allow her to choose any career, but she doesn’t know what to do just yet. She’s also got a long awaited date with Jimmy Olsen. Their date is interrupted when a space shuttle, the Venture, explodes on national TV. Kara flies off to save the shuttle and is met there by her cousin, Superman. They save the shuttle together, and she ends up getting to spend some time with her cousin. Supergirl brings Superman back to the DEO and, later, to CatCo. Kara gets to see first hand how everyone swoons over her cousin (including Cat Grant).

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The one person who doesn’t seem thrilled to see Superman is Hank. Apparently, the two of them have been at odds since they discovered Kryptonite and Hank chose to keep it around instead of letting Superman destroy it all. Kara and Alex insist that the two try to get along, but that situation remains tenuous at best. When Hank suggests that the shuttle may have fallen victim to some kind of sabotage, Clark decides to hang around and do some investigating along with Kara. Alex points them towards Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), sister of Lex Luthor, who was conspicuously absent from her seat aboard the doomed shuttle. They go to investigate the lead but soon find out that Lena wasn’t the culprit, she was the target. It turns out that Lex wanted to prevent her from trying to turn his company around and hired John Corben (Frederick Schmidt), an international assassin, to take her out from prison. With the help of the DEO, Supergirl and Superman are able to foil another attempt by Corben to take out Lena Luthor during a ceremony to rename LexCorp to L-Corp. During the fray, Lena shoots Corben in the back. The wound doesn’t kill him immediately, but does leave him in critical condition. Corben is abducted from the hospital by a scientist (played by Brenda Strong), who gives him new life as a Kryptonite infused cyborg named Metallo.

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Throughout the first episode, there’s a theme of Kara trying to figure out the new direction her life needs to take. She’s at a crossroads and she’s hesitant to move forward in any direction. She doesn’t know what to do about her job. She doesn’t know what to do about Jimmy. The only thing that really makes sense to her is being Supergirl, which is easier with Superman around. Both Clark and Cat give her advice about how to move forward with her life. Ultimately, she decides that she and Jimmy are better off as friends and that she wants to follow in Clark’s footsteps and become a reporter. After Kara tells Cat about her decision, Cat reveals that she had always known that Kara would work best as a reporter. However, when she introduced Kara to her new boss, Snapper Gomez (Ian Carr), he refuses to acknowledge her hiring. When a frustrated Kara goes to Cat, she finds out that Cat is planning to take a leave of absence from CatCo. Realizing that her mentor is leaving, Kara has some heartfelt moments with her as Kara and Supergirl. Kara also realizes that she’s been taking another woman in her life for granted, Alex. With Clark being around, she’s been having so much fun that Alex has started to feel like she’s less important.

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When Supergirl and Superman arrive at a bridge to stop a man from jumping, they find out that the man is Metallo. The Kryptonians are attacked and Kara is knocked out. Superman manages to fling Metallo into the river and escape with Supergirl. They go back to the DEO where Superman is enraged to learn that Hank had known that a Kyrptonite shipment hand been stolen 4 months ago. This is the very thing that Superman was worried about and the reason that he had refused to work with the DEO after Hank decided to keep the Kyrptonite around. While they are arguing at the DEO, Cadmus hijacks the airwaves and makes a declaration of war against Superman and Supergirl. With a mutual enemy to face, Hank and Superman agree to work together in order to come up with a plan to fight Cadmus. Hank also has Wynn start working on an anti-kryptonite enhancement for Superman and Supergirl. Cadmus launches another attack, creating another setback for Supergirl and Superman and revealing that there is more than one Metallo. Alex, who is still feeling inferior to Clark, also comes up with a way to find the DEO’s mole thanks to Wynn. When she finds the mole, she sets a trap for him only to be ambushed by Cadmus. The Cadmus scientist Kara comes up with the plan to have the Kryptonians engage the Metallos while Hank and Alex lie in wait as backup. The plan works and the DEO fighters are able to get the jump on the Metallos and, eventually, destroy them.

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After defeating the Metallos and recovering the stolen Kryptonite, Hank agrees to let Superman take the Kryptonite for safe keeping. Kara apologizes to Alex for making her feel insignificant and reaffirms her decision to be a reporter by forcing Snapper to take her on. Clark heads back to Metropolis after his extended “vacation” and Jimmy takes over Cat’s desk. The table is set for Kara to continue her adventures as a new and improved Supergirl. She takes some time to visit with the unconscious Kryptonian and promises that she’ll be there to help him when he wakes up. As soon as she says this, he wakes up and grabs Supergirl by the throat.

Favorite/Other/Notable Moments

  • Kara refers to the man in the pod as “The Man Who Fell to Earth” which,  for once, isn’t a comic book reference. It’s a reference to a David Bowie fantasy film where Bowie plays an alien who comes to earth when his planet runs out of water.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see the poor Miss Tessmacher that Cat was yelling at in the first episode. That yell was a reference to Gene Hackman yelling the same line during the Christopher Reeves era Superman movies.
  • It’s a little thing, but the only DEO agent that speaks to Superman when he arrives at the DEO is the same one who stole the Kryptonite for Cadmus.
  • Even though the show has finally added Clark Kent, it seems that they are content to simply continue to mention Louis Lane. She calls Clark during the first episode and Cat also makes a reference to her.
  • When a family is saved from a drone attack by Superman, the father says, “We’re moving back to Gotham.”. As if Gotham is at all a safe place to live.
  • Wynn: Superman and Martian Manhunter are gonna fight. This is awful…this is awesome!
  • As soon as Clark gets back to Metropolis, he and Kara start messaging again. I think that might’ve been the show runners poking fun at people’s criticism of that method of including Superman in the show.

Commentary

Well, we finally got to see Superman arrive on the show. To my surprise, I think they actually did a pretty good job with it. While Tyler Hoechlin may not “look” like an ideal Superman (he’s a little small for my taste), he does act like one. He’s got the “All American Boy” routine down as both Clark Kent and Superman and he was able to look imposing enough to go toe-to-toe with Hank over the Kryptonite. I don’t know if his addition was a result of the move from CBS to the CW but, if it was, that’s yet another reason to be grateful for the move.

Overall, the show seems to have started off in a better rhythm than it was last year. Starting the season on the same scene that they ended last season on allowed them to avoid having to patch up a bunch of different stories and anything else (like the new DEO or Winn’s position there), they just kind of glossed over; probably assuming that the audience would forgive it. The one casualty of the transition seems like it’s going to be Cat grant, who is going to be gone for some period of time. Even though Calista Flockhart is great, the real crime is that there’s no longer going to be a vessel for the outstanding insults the writers constructed for her.

As far as the individual story is concerned, I thought it was pretty good. It was definitely great that they let it stretch across a couple of episodes instead of cramming it all into a single hour. We got to see the creation and execution of another villain from the Superman/Supergirl lexicon as well as the introduction of another Luthor. The effects feel a little different, but they’re still a strong part of the show. And, of course, the cast is still consistent in their performances.

In the long run, I don’t think these episodes really did anything that’s going have a lasting effect. They did get rid of the Kryptonite, but I doubt that means that we won’t be seeing it again this season. Similarly, I expect we’ll be seeing Superman, Cat Grant and some form of Metallo as well. Fortunately, it seems like the show is on a good path.

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