Following last week’s episode of Daddy Dean Cain stealing a registry of the aliens in National City. This week’s episode not so subtly tackling the treatment of immigrants (aliens) which is not to far off with what is happening in America right now. There is even a scene where the immigrant aliens are shown being gassed.
For it’s many flaws (Mon-El), one compelling thing about Supergirl is its running thread of inclusion and feeling like an outsider trying to find your place to fit in the world. Each character has their own arc this season of being an outsider. The opening scene of an innocent alien family being rounded up like cattle to eventually being killed is the parallel that to me, the audience of Supergirl – teenagers and tweens – can find powerful in understanding the times we are in.
Onto the recap!
ALEX GETS BENCHED | Still reeling from the betrayal of her father, Alex gets suspended after failing J’onn’s shape-shifting loyalty test and goes off on a suspect that abducted Winn’s Darla-esque girlfriend. Maggie and Alex team up in going rogue to locate Cadmus.
KARA DANVERS, ACE REPORTER | In another parallel, the integrity of journalism and the advent of fake news is tonight’s B plot. Kara wants to write an article warning all the aliens that they’re being rounded up for slaughter. Snapper refuses to run the story without authenticating its sources with all the fake news out there. Kara offers up an exclusive with Supergirl but then in the actual interview refuses to detail how she knows the National Alien Registry was stolen. Snapper doesn’t think this counts as a credible source and shelves the article.
In comes Lena Luthor who advises Kara to be a citizen journalist instead and get the word out directly as opposed to trying to get it published in the paper. To be honest here, a realistic journalist in 2017 should at least have a Twitter feed and I’m surprised the show needed Lena to tell Kara that.
Kara launches Danvers.com with her alien expose, but it comes at a cost – she’s fired from Catco.
YOUR MAMA SO CRAZY | Lillian Luthor is straight up batshit and directs Lena’s assistant to shut her up when Lena detects traces in the LCorp Accounting books that leads to the location of Cadmus. Lillian is a little Trumpy tho and wants to straight up kill all of the aliens. Dean Cain negotiates to have them forcibly deported instead, lest to give them a semblance of a chance of life. Lillian’s minions end up getting Lena thrown off a roof and in one of the most pandering fan service shots I’ve ever seen, Lena is saved by Supergirl from falling off the building lol. #SuperCorp
DADDY DEAN CAIN | Turns out Lillian Luthor has been blackmailing Dean Cain into doing her bidding by trying to kill Kara and Alex over the years. Alex goes full bad ass, blowing ish up to call Lillian’s bluff to save the alien immigrants. Dean Cain and Cyborg-Superman fight and it breaks my 1998 heart to see Dean Cain getting totally beat. The deportation vessel is still launched though and Supergirl has to stop it from reaching into outer space because once it reaches that barrier, it goes into light speed. In a very touching scene of what Supergirl does best, sisterhood, Kara’s love for Alex gives her the strength to save her and stop the vessel.
TAKETHE-EL | One of the reason’s I stopped writing about Supergirl was the annoying inclusion of Mon-El. The entire arc of this white dude being force-fed for more than eight episodes and having the sitting plot of their father being trapped and tortured totally dropped, while Alex and Kara focused on getting laid and their love lives just rang so false to me. Teri Hatcher coming on the show is what got me feeling really inspired to write about the show again.
TERI HATCHER BISH!! | The episode ends with Mon-El’s parents arriving on Earth – Kevin Hercules Sorbo and Teri Hatcher. So not only is Mon-El a loser, he’s a lying loser too. Mon-El can miss me with that star-crossed shit. Though I haven’t been writing about all the episodes, I’ve been watching them and Mon-El is thoroughly useless, a liar and should be killed in the season finale I’m not even going to front.
I enjoyed the themes of journalism and the parallels to the immigration ban in this episode. For what it’s worth, of all the DCTV shows – Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are two that consistently tackle harder issues. I think Arrow did an episode about gun control recently and I appreciate DCTV doing that. It’s influential to a lot of ears and eyes, young ears and eyes especially, and I think it’s good that they’re using their platform for something worthwhile.
*Did Kara and Alex not give a shit about what happened to Daddy Dean Cain? Why didn’t they go back for him?
*Alex was da real MVP this episode – she had a decent amount of fight scenes this week.
*Minimal Mon-El fuckery always makes for a good episode.
*”You’re the only Superman we need”. Nothing like a subtle reference, ha.
*Danvers.com is a nice touch. With Cat Grant being gone and Winn being at the DEO, the Catco set was being used less and less. Realistically speaking though, Snapper was right to fire her for all the reasons he listed. It will be interesting to see Kara Danvers launch her own media empire. Me thinks she at least deserves some form of note from Cat Grant on this venture on an upcoming episode.
*I like when Supergirl does commentary about real life
*Did James have even a minute of screen time this episode? He’s supposed to be the male lead non? If Kara wanted the story run, James is a higher position than Snapper Carr, he could have overriden his decision?
NEXT: this is also the first of the 2 part crossover musical with The Flash!
Supergirl 2×16 “Star-Crossed” Season 2 Episode 16 Promo – TERI HATCHER (“DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES,” “LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN”) AND KEVIN SORBO (“HERCULES”) GUEST STAR; DARREN CRISS (“GLEE”) MAKES HIS DEBUT AS THE MUSIC MEISTER – A new villain (guest star Teri Hatcher) comes to National City, putting Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) on high alert. Meanwhile, Winn’s (Jeremy Jordan) girlfriend, Lyra (guest star Tamzin Merchant), gets Winn in trouble with the law. Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) attempts to help Winn but old loyalties get in the way. The Music Meister (Darren Criss) attacks Supergirl. John Medlen directed the episode written by Katie Rose Rogers & Jess Kardos (#216). Original airdate 3/20/2017.