Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Supergirl - Human for a Day

After blowing out her powers fighting Red Tornado, an occurrence the show could have done a better job explaining, Kara (Melissa Benoist) struggles with living a human life. Not only must she deal with a case of the sniffles and a broken arm but when the city is hit by an earthquake the guilt of not being able to help save National City proves to be nearly paralyzing. Of course eventually her body absorbs enough solar energy and with the added jump of adrenaline from the near-death of Superman's black friend James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), our heroine's powers return in the nick of time to do some good. (As to why the DEO didn't simply bombard her with solar radiation, drastically reducing the amount of time it would have taken her to recover, is a pretty large plot point the show decides to ignore).

With Supergirl nowhere to be seen the city struggles to deal with the latest crisis. While Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) makes use of the tragedy to gain some free publicity and take a few shots as the city's missing hero, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) steps up to inspire the city in a scene inter-cut with a powerless Supergirl stepping in to stop an armed robbery which produces one of the best sequences of the show so far. And taking place inside the DEO, the episode's B-story involves a mind-controlling alien breaking free of containment and Alex (Chyler Leigh) using the situation to get some answers about her father from Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) in an unexpected twist which reveals the true identity of the soldier to not be his comic book equivalent but J'onn J'onzz. National City just became a far more interesting place.

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