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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Supergirl S2E7: The Darkest Place


Supergirl
Series 2, Episode 7
The Darkest Place.



So, I think last week I said a few times that this week was going to be the Heroes vs Aliens crossover. Well, surprise! I was wrong, it's next week. I actually spent this entire episode waiting for the scene that would set up the crossover, only to be very confused when it never came. But no, that's because it's next week, starting with Medusa. Given that the episode after is called Supergirl Lives, we can probably assume that people are going to take Supergirl's crossover-induced absence as meaning she's dead.

Instead, this was a plot heavy episode with about equal focus on Kara and Cadmus, and J'onn and the effects of his White Martian blood infusion. We also get a plot about Jimmy, but honestly, was anybody paying attention to that?

In this week's episode, a masked vigilante with a penchant for gunning people down ruins the Guardian's good name when he implicates him in several murders. As Winn panics, and Maggie sets out to find and bring the Guardian in, Jimmy sets out to take down the vigilante and clear his name. Meanwhile, after Mon-El is locked up in a Cadmus base, Lillian Luthor uses him to convince Kara to deplete her powers, allowing Cadmus to take her blood. In the process, Kara encounters the real Hank Henshaw, now calling himself Cyborg Superman, and once again encounters Jeremiah Danvers, her adoptive father. Meanwhile, J'onn begins suffering from hallucinations, and eventually figures out that M'Gann  is a White Martian -- only to then discover that he's transforming into a White Martian himself.

I presume there's some kind of kryptonite lighting at play here.

The Jimmy plotline is easily the least interesting of the three, and in all honesty, I'm actually not sure what purpose this whole Guardian storyline even serves. It's not especially interesting, and the only worthwhile thing it really gave us this episode was Kara talking about how her cousin worked with 'a vigilante with lots of gadgets and demons' once.

Part of the problem is that not only is it a boring plotline, it's a boring plotline that we also saw last week on Arrow -- in fact, the two vigilantes even have visibly similar costumes, it's that bad. There isn't really any difference between Arrow's gun-toting vigilante plot and Supergirl's gun-toting vigilante plot, so one of them could have easily been cut out. Hell, both of them could have been cut out, neither of them are that compelling.

Instead, the episode's real main plot is Kara being imprisoned at Cadmus, including her first confrontation with Lillian Luthor. I didn't expect the two to meet face to face so quickly, but the meeting certainly gave us some hints as to Lillian's motivation, as she talks about how Superman initially extended a hand of friendship to Lex, before their relationship soured, and how she fears the same will happen with Lena and Kara.

Lillian's really tall.

One nice touch is that we got to hear a little bit about Mon-El's self-loathing issues, and his belief that he should have died on Daxom. Never let it be said that tossing two characters into a cell isn't good for character development moments.

We also got Jeremiah, played by Dean Cain, showing up to help Kara and Mon-El out of the facility. Given that he doesn't seem to be imprisoned, and is noticeably cagey about the idea of leaving, it seems increasingly likely that Lillian was being completely truthful about Jeremiah working for them, rather than necessarily being their prisoner.

Meanwhile, it looks like Hank Henshaw will be a major villain for this series, thus giving David Harewood more chances to flex his villainn acting muscles. 

The Cadmus plotline leads into Mon-El expressing romantic interest in Kara, and I would like to be the first to both loudly express disappointment and to wonder where on Earth that even came from. Neither Kara nor Mon-El have shown anything even resembling romantic interest in each other, so for Mon to suddenly go 'Oh, is Kara mated with someone?' and to act like he's either interested or out and out in love with her is bizarre.

It would literally make more sense for Winn to reveal he's in love with Jimmy.

The episode's third big subplot is J'onn learning that M'Gann is a White Martian, and also that he's turning into one. The problem with this subplot is that, since we've only seen White Martians once, we can't really relate to J'onn's deep held hatred and fear of them. We can understand it, because we know what they did to him and his family, but that's not the same as relating to it. It might almost have been better if we'd had White Martians as the main villains for a series before this plot reared its head.

All in all, I'd say this is easily the best episode we've had since the first two, and that's always nice to say. The next episode will presumably tell us more about what this mysterious 'Medusa Project' is, and also set up the Heroes vs Aliens crossover. For real, this time around. Hopefully. Maybe.

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