Supergirl Season 3 Far From The Tree

This week’s Supergirl was all about relationships. Specifically relationships with fathers. After three seasons, we finally begin to get back story on J’onn’s life on Mars, and Maggie’s relationship with her estranged father. While the concept is interesting enough, the execution is a bit disjointed narratively. I walked away from this episode a bit disappointed. While the stories themselves did help contextualize their histories, neither one felt wholly satisfying.

J’onn received a message from M’gann begging him to come to Mars. He leaves with Supergirl, in some type of ship which he keeps in his garage as a classic car. While a cool technological concept, it’s a bit confusing. M’gann was able to just transport/teleport back to Mars when she left. So why can’t J’onn? But that’s a minor point.

Once he gets there, he discovers he is no longer the only Green Martian alive. The other is his father, a religious leader held in solitary confinement for over 100 years. The reunion is less than happy for J’onn when his father refuses to acknowledge him. He fears it is a white martian trying to trick him. Eventually all is well as J’onn takes his father back to his home, reliving memories of his daughters Tanya and Kim. The battle against the White Martians played against this background and the White Martian resistance felt a bit contrived. It was as if they had to give Supergirl a reason to play second fiddle to this story. Nothing hugely wrong with it, just simply a bit too predictable.

Sanvers: Supergirl Season 3 - Far from the Tree

Meanwhile, back in National City, in Sanvers news, Eliza plans Maggie and Alex’s bridal shower. Alex convinces Maggie to invite her family, who she hasn’t spoken to since she was kicked out as a teenager. Maggie reluctantly invites her Dad, who ends up showing up. There seems to be a reconciliation as her dad talks about following all of her cases. He shows up at the shower and seems to be fitting in. Until Maggie and Alex kiss. Then he flips out and leaves. We do get a strong scene with Maggie talking about not needing her father’s validation anymore, and her father talking about why he can’t be a part of her “lifestyle.” From that, we get the newly minted conflict of Alex wanting kids and Maggie not wanting them. This seems to be what the writers are using to ultimately separate Sanvers. The least stressful way to have them go their separate ways without destroying the idea of them as a couple: something Sanvers fans have already been getting upset over.

So while we do get insights into these important characters, this episode felt less like an episode of Supergirl and a bit more like a daytime drama. I’m all for character development, but it felt a bit too far from the show I know and love. I don’t severely dislike the episode, because I did enjoy learning more about their pasts. I just didn’t feel like it was one of their stronger ones. Only two more episodes with Floriana Lima as Maggie. We’ll have to wait and see where the writers go next.

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. Check out the trailer for her new all-female superhero film, The Violet Blaze Chronicles. Follow her @femmepwrdprod

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