Now that we are two episodes into the season, it has become clear that Supergirl moving to the CW has led to more changes than I first thought. Coming from a first season that I and so many others enjoyed, this can be seen as frustrating and scary. But rest easy friends, because in this case, change is good. “The Last Children of Krypton,” shows us that change, for the characters and the show itself, is all for the better.
WARNING: FULL SPOILERS AHEAD
The episode opens showing that the duo of Supergirl and Superman is a winning combo. National City has never been safer and the Kryptonian cousins are enjoying their family time, and in turn, so are we (Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin continue their top-notch chemistry). However, not everyone is a fan of the new team (i.e: everyone close to Kara). While “Team Krypton” is saving the day, the DEO et al. is feeling like the JV football team: ignored. This all comes to a head as Metallo and Cadmus comes into play.
Small side-note: While I spent most of last week jumping for joy thinking that Metallo would be the main villain of the season, it turns out I was a little premature in this assumption. It has become clear that the main villain, at least for now, is the Cadmus Lab/Prison and its leader, the Doctor, played by Brenda Strong (best known from Desperate Housewives). Sources say the Doctor may be Serling Roquette, but until they say the name, I’ll wait to put out my thoughts.
As for Metallo, we soon find out that he isn’t so special after all. Supergirl and Superman find out soon after their first battle with him that Cadmus has made another laser shooting cyborg in order to overwhelm the heroes. Surprise, surprise: without backup support, the two Metallos do overwhelm the heroes, and part of Metropolis is destroyed in the process. After the episode deals with Supergirl and Superman’s problem of not letting others help them (Superman has a heart-to-heart with J’onn J’onzz and Kara has one with Alex), it culminates in a truly epic battle pitting Supergirl and Alex against one Metallo, and Superman and J’onn J’onzz against the other. Hands down, this was the finest action filmmaking that Supergirl has put forth yet, and I’m excited to see what else is to come in the season. The two pairs of heros readily destroy the Metallos, as well as my hopes that he would be around all season (although, never say never).
At its close, the episode deals with a lot of goodbyes and a few hellos. Superman heads back to Metropolis (come back, Tyler Hoechlin!) and Cat reveals she is off to take a leave of absence (come back, Calista Flockhart!). Two of the stronger characters of the show are gone, but we are left with some interesting replacements. James Olsen makes his only appearance in the episode to say that he is replacing Cat as the Head of CatCo, and our mysterious comatose alien wakes up and goes all Colonel Hans Landa on Kara.
While this episode was heavily focused on the more serious fights against the Metallos, it was not without levity. Kara battled wits with her new boss/mentor, Snapper Carr (Cougar Town’s Ian Gomez). Snapper is even more dismissive to Kara than Cat was, but the new-and-improved Kara does not go down without a fight. With some encouraging, final words from Cat about how she has to take new things in her life head on, Kara stands up to Snapper and just like that, he is her new mentor. Now that we have Kara as a reporter, hopefully the show will be more streamlined between Kara’s super life and her work life.
When Supergirl first began on CBS, the show shined for its light-hearted approach to the superhero TV genre, a world dominated by excessive amounts of dark and grim. It was a female-centric superhero show that not only dealt with fighting villains, but also was a great venue to delve into gender/sexism issues. It was Superman meets The Devil Wears Prada.
As we enter the second season, now on the CW, Supergirl has done a subtle revamp. Much like Kara herself, the show is more secure in what it is. It feels much bigger and definitely more involved with the rest of the DC Universe. It has done away with the excessive love triangles, and instead is focusing on a Kara who is still figuring out what she wants to do, but is damn sure she is going to get there, as long as she has her friends and family at her side. This new, self-assured Supergirl has already matched the top episodes of the first season, and with a renewed focus, I only expect the show to keep flying high.
Episode Grade: A-
+Supergirl/Superman/Alex/J’onn J’onzz vs. the Metallos
+Infinite Crisis shot!
+Winn as the personification of comic relief
-Superman gone so soon!
-Considering the caliber of villain he is from the comics, Metallo should have been better.
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