Supergirl Recap and Review: “Supergirl Lives”
Supergirl Season 2 returns from its midseason hiatus with the highly anticipated episode, “Supergirl Lives,” directed by Kevin Smith. Much of the episode focuses on “dynamic duos,” or the relationships between partners, in every sense of the word.
The show starts out with a typical chase scene with Supergirl in pursuit of a van of jewel thieves. When Guardian shows up to help, Wynn gets attacked at gunpoint, forcing him to reexamine his role as James’ sidekick. Meanwhile, Alex gets a few moments of happiness with Maggie in their newly developing relationship. On the Catco front, a woman shows up in Snapper’s office asking for help finding her missing daughter, Izzy. While Snapper is his usual charming self, Kara promises to help find the girl. After Mon-El serves Kara a glass of who knows what instead of club soda at his new bartender gig, the two team up and uncover an intergalactic human trafficking ring on a planet nicknamed “Slaver’s Moon,” supplied by none other than everyone’s favorite snake tattooed villainess, Roulette. The red sun of the planet renders both Kara and Mon-El powerless. Once the transmatter portal which transported everyone across worlds is disengaged, the duo is trapped. How will they escape the moon without their powers? Will Mon-El follow Kara into the “Murder Castle?” I’ll leave those questions unanswered. Can’t give everything away, now can I?
One of the stronger subplots in this episode involves Wynn. Throughout the series, Wynn has always been the sidekick. He has been the brains behind the brawn. This time he was forced to confront his fears and choose his own path. Alex and Wynn shared a particularly strong moment about running away or moving forward. This episode gave Wynn a chance to shine on his own.
Alex and Maggie are already experiencing speed bumps in their relationship. When Maggie visits the DEO to see Alex because she hasn’t responded to texts or calls, her timing couldn’t be worse. Alex has just discovered Supergirl is trapped and lost her powers. Alex pushes Maggie away with barely an explanation. This was the most unbelievable scene in the episode. While it did set up a later big reveal regarding Kara, the likelihood of Alex not responding to Maggie after they’d become girlfriends and spent the night together is highly unlikely. I didn’t buy it. Sanvers is sure to have its fair share of ups and downs.
Kara and Mon-El are on the path to building a much stronger bond. The writers appear to be setting up a romantic relationship between them. I think the most interesting moments between those two come from the diametrically opposed viewpoints they have. The conflict reinforces Kara’s idealism and highlights Mon-El’s struggle to figure out where he fits in the universe. While I’m excited to see Mon-El as a hero, it’s always fun to watch him try to keep himself in check with his inherent Daxam vices.
The last tidbit I will leave you with is the reappearance of the Dominators from the midseason DC four show crossover event. One Dominator stopped another alien from killing Mon-El, saying he wasn’t to be harmed. He then bowed to Mon-El. I think we’re leading to a big reveal on Mon-El’s true identity.
Overall, the episode was a good one. There was a fine balance between action, character development, subplots, and Supergirl doing what she does best: saving the day. Some of the dialogue was a bit more predictable than I would have liked, but at this point in the series there is going to be a fair amount of recycling due to certain plots. The writers are so consistently spot on that I’ll let that slide a bit.
I will leave you with one burning image. Literally. SUN GRENADE! That is one of the coolest inventions ever. I really hope they use that again. Because it was pretty darn amazing.
What did you like best about the episode? Favorite Sanvers moment? Kevin Smith easter egg? Favorite line? Fight move? Please share your comments below. Thanks for reading!
Micky Small is a graduate student in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University by day, and building a production company with original female superheroes by night. Follow her @femmepwrdprod
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