Tonight’s “Survivors” examines how Kara and J’onn react to finally finding other aliens like themselves. While J’onn is eager, perhaps overeager, to get to know M’Gann, Kara spends the episode avoiding Mon-El, who’s growing restless being cooped up at the DEO. This makes for a fairly interesting episode that also finds the time to build on the chemistry we detected between Maggie and Alex last week.
At the top of the hour, Maggie Sawyer calls Alex to a crime scene to examine an alien body they found in the trunk of a car. Kara, who accompanied Alex, is surprised to find bruises on the alien’s knuckles, because his race is known for being peaceful. That information is all it takes for Alex and Maggie to start bouncing theories back and forth and finishing each other’s sentences — while Supergirl stands there, confused by the vibe she’s getting. In the end, they decide Maggie will use her street contacts to find out more.
J’onn, who can barely contain his excitement at meeting another one of his kind, pays M’Gann another visit at the alien speakeasy. He asks how she managed to escape Mars, and she said a White Martian broke rank and freed her. After hearing her story, J’onn asks if she wants to partake in the Martian ritual of sharing minds, but she turns him down, which leave him very disappointed.
The alien found in the trunk of the car had a sharp piece of bone, which leads them to another alien of a different race. However, when Maggie and Alex go to investigate him, they get ambushed and subdued while a group of masked men kidnap the alien.
Alex and Kara tell J’onn what happened, but he’s too grumpy about his failed connection with M’Gann to concentrate on the issue. He explains to them that mind sharing is important because that’s how Martians are meant to communicate. On Mars, mind sharing meant there were no secrets, no lies, and no egos, and that’s something he misses. It’s worth noting J’onn isn’t saying having Kara isn’t enough to make him feel less alone, but that there’s something different about finding someone else like him. This kind of reminded me of a powerful moment in This Is Us. In “The Pool,” Randall, who is black, explains to his adopted brother Kevin that he used to count the number of other black people he saw when they were growing up.
Talking to J’onn about Mars moves Kara to go speak to her Hologram Mother about her recent successes and struggles at work. Mon-El walks in towards the end of the conversation, and asks Kara if she’ll take him under her wing and teach him how to live among humans. However, Kara, kind of like M’Gann, turns him down and says she doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
Eventually, Maggie calls Alex with a tip and tells her to meet her at a location wearing something nice. The location turns out to be an underground alien fight club run by a woman named Roulette (The 100‘s Dichen Lachman), who believes aliens serve one purpose: “to entertain.” Alex is completely surprised when she sees Miss Martian enter the ring to fight the alien they tried talking to earlier. When Kara interrupts the fight, Roulette unleashes a hulking alien named Draaga, who deals Kara some serious damage before escaping. The introduction of a fight club in tonight’s episode definitely reminded me of Luke Cage‘s fourth episode, which featured a similar situation in which fight clubs were being used to exploit and control those without power.
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