In an episode full of exciting action sequences, the strongest parts of tonight’s installment of Supergirl were the intimate moments that were focused on the emotional parts of the story and allowed for some great character work. This is especially true of Cat and Kara, whose relationship takes an interesting, thrilling and well-earned turn at the end “Hostile Takeover.”
We pick up right where last week’s episode left off. Kara tries to fight off Astra’s goons, but Astra pulls out a Kryptonite knife, which weakens her. Astra, however, is unaffected because she found a way to shield herself from the radiation. This raises the question, if the DEO has known about Kryptonite for so long and Hank is actually an ally, why didn’t they find a way to block the radiation? Anyway, Kara throws herself off the roof to escape.
She immediately runs back to the DEO to update Alex and Hank. She’s surprised to see how chummy Alex and Hank have become but takes Alex’s word that Hank didn’t have anything to with her father’s death. On Alex and Hank’s orders, Kara returns home to rest and promises to come back tomorrow for some training before she goes out to find her aunt.
The next morning, news breaks that CatCo was hacked and all of Cat Grant’s emails have been leaked. Naturally, the Daily Planet is all over the embarrassing parts of the email, including the fact that Cat asked Idris Elba out over email, but he turned her down. Cat wants to sue every publication that publishes the emails, but her lawyers tell her to take a chill pill. Once the suits leave, Cat instructs Kara, James, and Winn, a.k.a “the Hobbit with more cardigans than Kara,” to sift through her email and find the bad ones before they get out.
While those three learn more about their boss than they ever wanted, Astra has to deal with her annoying and equally fanatical husband, Non, who is upset that Kara hasn’t been converted to their cause and/or isn’t dead. Oh yeah, he also happens to her lieutenant — being married to a boss definitely won’t muck up the chain of command. Non promises Astra that if she dies, Kara will die, too.
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Kara shows up for training at the DEO the next day, and it’s clear she’s been practicing; she’s even developed her own take the Black Widow’s patented legs-around-the-neck-aerial-takedown thing. Eventually, she gets the upper hand but hesitates, which Alex uses a teaching moment to point out that Kara needs to be ready to kill Astra because Astra is ready kill her and this is war. I like that Supergirl planted seeds for this conversation way back in episode 2 when Alex killed the Hellgrammite without even flinching. Naturally, Kara is not about that killing life because that’s the Super-way and because part of her still cares for her aunt.
A quick journey to the past via flashback reveals how close little Kara was to Aunt Astra back on Krypton. In a secret meeting, Astra tells Kara that Krypton is dying because they have harnessed power improperly, i.e. Krypton is experiencing its own global warming-like crisis, and Astra is determined to stop it by any means necessary. Alura interrupts aunt and niece time and, after sending Kara away, arrests Astra because she and Non are basically eco-terrorists.
Back to the present day, in a meeting with the CatCo board, Dirk Armstrong, the board’s chairman who Cat has aptly nicknamed “the walking personification of white male privilege,” suspiciously stands behind Cat, urging the board not to make her resign. As the meeting ends, Kara overhears Armstrong talking to someone about how he was behind the hack because what else would you expect from the walking personification of male privilege? (ASIDE: I desperately want Cat Grant to give me a nickname.)
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