Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Supergirl - Welcome to Earth

"Welcome to Earth" introduces several new recurring characters to the show while Supergirl moves on without Cat Grant. For Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Superman's black friend James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) that means work struggles. For Supergirl and the DEO that means trouble with an alien attack on the President's (Lynda Carter) life and the awoken Mon-El (Chris Wood), a Daxamite who both Kara and the DEO mistook for both an assassin and a Kryptonian. We are also introduced to street cop Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), the true alien attacker Darla (Kaylee Sapieha) and Sharon Leal as Miss Martian.

Since moving to The CW Supergirl cotinues to build on and expand the universe created during the show's First Season. Linda Carter's stint as the President (and her joke about her "other jet") is a nice touch, but I could have done without the late twist. The chemistry between Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie is unexpected, and I'll be curious to see what the show has in mind for these two. Kara's professional struggles allow for the return of Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). While less power-hungry than Lex, her take on aliens does start to foreshadow her as an eventual adversary for National City's favorite heroine.

It's the introduction of not one but two super-powered heroes, however, that continues to differentiate the show's sophomore season. I'll be curious to see how much we see of both Miss Martian and Mon El in the coming weeks and how their arrival may change Supergirl's view of her world (just as she's forced to question her own beliefs towards the President's pro-alien legislation and long-held prejudices against Daxam in this episode).

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