Lockdown at the DEO

Kick. Alien. A**. Finally! Back to our regularly scheduled Supergirl. The one we know and love. The one who punches aliens and lives to tell about it. The past couple of episodes have been heavy on the multiple plotlines and lighter on the action. “The Martian Chronicles” manages to find a nice balance of the two.

At the end of last week’s episode, M’gann warned that the White Martians were coming to find her. Before we get to that, we have to deal with the continuing saga of Kara and Mon-El. Mon-El’s confession of his feelings for Kara led to an awkward exchange at the end of last week’s episode. This week, Kara visits Mon-El to rehash WHY she doesn’t think they are a good match. Except she manages to insult him in every way possible. Not good. It’s becoming hard to tell whether the development of their relationship is enjoyable to watch through the ups and downs, or if it is just doomed and they should let it rest.

Alex shows up and Kara wastes no time in telling her she’s planned an exciting night of country dancing for her 13th Earth birthday! The only problem is that Maggie surprised Alex with tickets to the Barenaked Ladies. That night. And Maggie shows up telling Alex they are in the VIP section. Kara hides being mad and encourages Alex to go.

Back to the Martians. As M’gann leaves the bar and calls out J’onn for following her, accusing him of not trusting her, J’onn tells her it’s his job to protect people. Then a giant White Martian falls from they sky and attacks them. We learn that this is M’gann’s mate, Armek who has come to bring her back to Mars to pay for her crimes against her people.

Supergirl arrives to join in the pummeling, and the gang ends up back at the DEO, though the White Martian escapes. The team, including J’onn and M’gann formulate a plan to take out the Martian. Until the REAL M’gann shows up. The White Martian IS a shape shifter of course. The DEO goes into lockdown, trapping everyone including the White Martian inside. And of course the reactor goes into meltdown which will eventually cause the entire DEO compound to explode.

One of the best scenes came from uncovering ‘fake Winn’ through a cool game called ‘put your hand to the flame to prove you’re not a White Martian.” J’onn and M’gann team up and Supergirl and Alex team up to find Winn. The only problem with that is they find two cocoons: one with Winn, and one with Alex. Supergirl and Alex talk about Supergirl’s fear of abandonment issues and how she was actually mad at Alex. Then Alex turns into a White Martian. We did get some pretty amazing fight scenes between the two of them. You can never go wrong when Alex goes evil. Always makes for some great fights. One of the highlights for me was the White Martian calling out Kara on her whining. That’s got to come to an end. That’s not who she is. Several more things happen, but I don’t like to spoil the whole episode. You’ll have to watch for yourself!

Overall, I was much happier with this week’s show. The pacing was strong. The dialogue was its usual snappy self. The interpersonal relationships were well paced and thoughtful, yet not so complex that it overshadowed the mission. I hope the show continues along this path. Next week: the Sanvers Valentine’s Day episode.

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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