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Supergirl premiere recap: Season 2, Episode 1

Supergirl teams up with Superman to prevent a terrorist from killing a National City newcomer

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Diyah Pera/The CW


TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Supergirl is finally where she belongs. After airing its fun, charming, uneven first season on the CBS, Supergirl has moved over to The CW, where it should’ve been from the beginning. The series even nods to this fact in Kara’s narration in the opening sequence. “After so many years of being lost, I am finally home,” says our favorite Kryptonian hero.

Having arrived where it was meant to be, the show is looking ahead in the season 2 premiere “The Adventures of Supergirl,” which finds both Kara and the show trying to decide what they want to be going forward. Yes, at times it’s clunky, but the shows feels a lot more confident, which is reassuring. So, let’s dive into the episode.

The premiere picks up right where the finale left off: Kara and Martian Manhunter fly to the crash site and find Mon-El (Chris Wood) peacefully asleep in the pod. (Note: At this point they don’t know his name.) So, they take him back to the DEO headquarters (which has moved to a skyscraper in National City) and are running as many tests on him as they possibly can. So far, they haven’t been able to figure anything out, and it doesn’t help that he still hasn’t woken up.

Kara has quite a lot on her mind in the premiere. In addition to this mysterious stranger, she also has to worry about picking a career path — Cat Grant has only given her two days to make up her mind. Plus, she has her first date with James. But, there’s no time to think about any of that because someone sabotages the launch of Venture, the first commercial spacecraft, interrupting her date with James.

Supergirl flies off to save the day, but she won’t have to do it alone because her famous cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) shows up to lend a helping hand. Their rapport is delightfully cheesy right off the bat, and once they’re done saving the day, Kara gushes about how much she’s wanted to team up with him.

As Superman, Hoechlin is perfectly fine. He has Superman’s winning smile and warm personality; however, he’s missing a certain air of authority. When he arrives at the DEO, it’s clear there’s some tension between Superman and J’onn (Superman is pissed that J’onn has a stock pile of Kryptonite), but I’m not totally convinced by Hoechlin’s performance in those scenes.

That being said, I think Hoechlin makes for an amazing Clark Kent, which, if I’m being honest, is a bit more important for me since we haven’t had nearly enough of Clark in any of the recent movies. He’s charmingly mild-mannered, and I didn’t find it hard to imagine his version of Clark running around to find a story. I especially loved the scene where Clark meets Cat, who has a crush on him, and she bugs him about whether things are working out between him and Lois Lane.

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