If Supergirl‘s season 2 premiere was a pseudo-series premiere meant to introduce the show to its new CW audience, then “The Last Children of Krypton” definitely feels like a take two. Whereas “Stronger Together” saw Kara dealing with the superhero learning curve, tonight’s hour finds Kara realizing that you can’t just become reporter. Moreover, defeating tonight’s bad guy requires Team Supergirl to put aside their various differences and come together in order to succeed, because they are stronger together.
The fun begins with Supergirl and Superman flying through National City saving the day. They’re having #TooMuchFun (to borrow Kara’s words) fighting crime together, much to J’onn’s annoyance. But their fun time comes to an end when they’re called to the scene of a potential suicide jumper at the National City Bridge.
When they arrive on the scene, they come face to face with none other than John Corben who now goes by Metallo, and is sporting a cool Kryptonite heart upgrade courtesy of Cadmus. Obviously, Kara and Clark are no match for the Kryptonite energy beams Corben shoots from his chest and lose this round of the battle. The fight ends with an awesome homage to Crisis on Infinite Earths, with Superman picking Supergirl up in his arms. Thank god, Supergirl doesn’t actually die tonight.
The appearance of a Kryptonite powered villain has everyone worried, especially Clark, who wants to know how someone other than the DEO has access to the one thing that can kill him and his cousin. J’onn and Alex admit that a shipment was stolen four months ago and they still haven’t been able to figure out who did it. This entire situation reignites the conflict between Superman and Martian Manhunter, and I’ll say that Winn isn’t alone in being both bummed and excited by the prospect of a Superman vs. Martian Manhunter showdown. But, alas, their conflict never gives way to fisticuffs.
Last week, the Superman-Martian Manhunter conflict felt shoehorned into the premiere, but it feels more natural here. The dispute works because it fleshes these characters out and it’s easy to understand both sides of the conflict. As the head of the DEO, sworn to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial threats, J’onn wants to make sure he has some Kryptonite on hand god forbid there’s another a group of evil Kryptonians or if Clark and his cousin turn on Earth. At the same time, Clark is upset because Kryptonite can kill him and his cousins and the fact that J’onn has it means he doesn’t trust him. There doesn’t feel like a right answer.
Handling this week’s villain-of-the-week isn’t the only thing on Kara’s plate. This is the first day of her new job as a reporter and Cat has assigned her to the magazine’s investigative unit, headed by the misanthropic and grumpy Snapper Carr, who has no patience for Kara. In fact, he doesn’t even want her working on his team because he doesn’t feel she’s earned it, which is valid. Obviously, Kara runs off to Cat for help.
Unfortunately, Cat is unable to help Kara with her current problem because (a) she doesn’t want to because she thinks Kara needs to stand on her own, and (b) Cat is taking a leave of absence. Cat feels as though she’s plateaued professionally and is ready to try something new. “I need to dive,” she says, quoting herself because she’s a boss. While I hate to see Calista Flockhart go, the show wrote her off in a way that feels true to the character and leaves the door open for the occasional return, so I cant be mad.
NEXT: It’s hard to say goodbye