So far, Supergirl may be the strongest Arrowverse show on the air right now: It’s hitting new beats, it’s extremely confident, and most importantly, it’s trying to be about something. However, if there’s one problem so far this season, it’s that there’s too much going on in every week. It’s clear the writers aren’t lacking when it comes to interesting ideas and they’re clearly excited to dive in, but right now it feels like they’re shoving everything they can into a given episode, which means important story lines might not be receiving the attention they need. That’s definitely the case with “Crossfire,” which has a lot of great stuff that just doesn’t get the breathing room it needs.
Tonight begins with Kara preparing Mon-El for Earth. After helping him choose his wardrobe — which includes fake glasses in case he ever wants to save the world — they head to CatCo for the first day of his internship. Watching Mon-El, a.k.a. Mike, adjust to Earth is extremely enjoyable and makes the show even more charming. Apparently, there’s something about the Els: James’ assistant Eve immediately falls for Mon-El, which means trouble.
While Mon-El avoids doing any work at work, Kara and James go for a walk around the city and run into some bad guys robbing a bank. Supergirl jumps into action, but she’s caught by surprise when robber Chet Miner hits her with a blast from a Halo–esque weapon, a.k.a. alien technology. As Supergirl contends with the alien weaponry, James tries to fight one of the goons but is knocked out pretty easily, and the hooligans run over his dad’s camera as they make their escape.
Surprise, surprise… Cadmus is responsible for supplying the bank robbers with the alien weapons. Cadmus is using Miner and his cohorts to sow fear and make people more willing to follow their orders. That’s exactly what Evil Cadmus Scientist tells Miner, because she’s so confident in her plan she’s not even bothering to hide behind metaphors. Evil Cadmus Scientist believes this will help make the world a better place for her children. And, it appears as though the fear part of the plan is starting to work — one of the reporters at CatCo gets into an argument with Kara because he thinks humans should be allowed to carry around photon canons as protection against aliens and bad guys with alien weapons.
Mon-El is really starting to test Kara’s last nerve. First, she finds out he had Eve doing his work. Then, after another encounter with this week’s lackluster bad guys, she returns to CatCo and finds him hooking up with Eve in an abandoned office. She puts a stop to that immediately, preventing us from finding out what actually happens when a Kryptonian/Daxamite has sex with a human.
In the wake of his failed first encounter with the bad guys, James decides he wants to take the power into his own hands. He pays Winn a visit at the DEO to find out where the bad guys plan on hitting next, and then he heads there dressed like Lazy Assassin from Assassin’s Creed and sporting a baseball bat. However, he clearly gets in over his head and the bad guys decide to destroy a nearby apartment building to distract him while they make their escape.
It doesn’t take long for Winn to find out what James did with his information, and he heads to CatCo to scold him for being so reckless. However, James doesn’t back down — he’s tired of being just the sidekick and really wants to change the world. Winn tells him he’s going to get himself killed, but James says this might be his way to honor his father, who gave his life defending the country.
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