After the rocky first episode of Supergirl, the show has proven that it can work. After the first three episode, it doesn’t fail to impress.
Yes, we have the cliché villain-of-the-week that superhero shows tend to have, but it works – just like it does with The Flash or Arrow (do we call the show The Green Arrow now?)
Melissa Benoist smashes the role of Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl and she continues to perform brilliantly, bringing to the screen the many sides of the character.
In this episode, we see the first appearance of Superman. We don’t see his face but he’s there, saving Supergirl. Was it needed? You begin to think that it wasn’t, but Clark Kent being there set the foundations of Kara wanting to be able to save people without her cousin rushing in to save the day.
Contradictory to what she said in the last episode about how she didn’t want to be like her cousin? How she didn’t want to do it alone? That she wanted to surround herself with her friends and family? Maybe. But it shows how strong she is and how she’s willing to prove to the world that she’s just as capable as Superman.
The villain-of-the-week was Reactron (Chris Browning). He’s known to affiliate himself with the Suicide Squad so is that a crossover that we could see happen? Probably not. He had too small of a role in this episode to have a long-lasting impact on whether he could come back. There’s a chance that he will stay away from the show and that we won’t see him again.
But Reactron – even when trying to destroy Supergirl (because Superman indirectly killed Reactron’s wife) – also laid down the foundations of boosting Supergirl’s confidence. She defeats him and after finding out that Clark Kent didn’t manage to, it makes her feel like that maybe she can pull off being Supergirl and save the day like her cousin can.
Chyler Leigh yet again brought the brilliant role of Alex Danvers to life. Alex seems to be a very strong, very likeable character. She’s strong willed, strong minded and physically strong. She’s not scared to stand up to her boss, Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) and she like to take her little sister, Kara under her wing and try and hold her hand through being Supergirl. We could have seen Alex in action a bit more, or train Kara to fight – that scene was awesome in the second episode – or even have a bit more involvement in the episode, but her scenes seem to slip from memory, her scenes in this episode didn’t stand out and that’s a shame.
Another thing that was good in this episode was that Henshaw’s identity wasn’t revealed. It would have been too soon if they did, but yet again we saw his eyes glow red for a second which left us keep asking the questions “who and what is he?” Henshaw’s character was also under-used the episode, all he was used for was to help Kara with Reactron and to show that he was starting to accept Kara’s help with the DEO.
What’s with this weird love-triangle going on with Kara, James (Mechad Brooks) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan)? Winn seems like he’s just a character to use up the extra screen time. Is there a purpose to his character? Or is he just used to add a relationship/love/friend zone character to the show? He’s a good guy, he’s a nice character but Winn Schott is known as Toyman in the comics. Toyman is British and has a very dark history of murder and prison and fighting Superman. This can’t be the same Winn Schott that we’re seeing in the show can it? Somehow, there’s a big chance that the writers use the comic book character in the show. Unless Supergirl “friend-zoning” him will turn him evil?
This episode was filled with a bit too much unnecessary romance (also a random dance/flirty scene involving Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) and Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) which wasn’t needed) and under-using a couple of characters but in general, it was a very good episode. It worked well using Superman to it’s advantage without making the whole episode about him directly and it kept on building the character of Kara into the strong woman the audience knows that she will become.