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Sara Netzley
November 20, 2017 AT 11:08 PM EST

Supergirl

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
seasons
1
run date
10/26/15
performer
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood
broadcaster
CBS
genre
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

We gave it an A-

Mon-El’s back, everybody! And he’s really, really bad at delivering pertinent information in a timely fashion.

But first, the story line with the happy ending: Myr’nn’s been rattling around the DEO for three weeks and four days before he finally asks Winn for directions to the restroom, and I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. He also asks Winn for permission to go, prompting Winn to tell J’onn that he might want to take his father out into the world so Myr’nn will feel less trapped.

The outing to get coffee, a.k.a. brown water, doesn’t go terribly well. While Myr’nn understands the appeal of “kuh-OFF-fee,” he says that he’s not the prisoner of the DEO; J’onn is. Just look how many times he’s glanced at his “smart device.”

J’onn bristles at first but eventually comes around, escorting his father to an apartment where they can both live. Work made him feel useful after he lost everything on Mars, but J’onn says he also lost sight of his father’s lessons to seek out the beauty of life. Myr’nn says Earth is no Mars, but it’s still beautiful, too, and he agrees to move into the apartment with J’onn. This story line makes my heart happy, and I hope we return to it often.

Okay. In less heart-happy news, a submersible investigating the effects of the submarine attack in the season premiere discovers a mysterious ship, which blasts it with a beam of light. Winn uses geothermal cameras to reveal its location. Based on the rock layer, he estimates it’s been down there for 12,000 years, and based on the unknown metal components, he estimates it’s not from Earth.

Rather than let Supergirl spin herself into a drill to tunnel through a city sidewalk (hey, she saw Clark do it once!), J’onn uses his powers to transport them all onto the ship.

There, they discover the red liquid-filled tubes we’ve seen before, one of which is empty. Before they can get their bearings, a man enters the room and opens fire on them. The beam bounces right off of Kara, but she barely notices once she sees past the beard on the man’s face: It’s Mon-El!

“Kara,” he breathes, and she approaches him in wonder. She hugs him tight, while he mostly looks shell-shocked.

The team sets him up in the DEO’s sick bay to recuperate, and he avoids answering most of their questions: Why isn’t the lead-filled air toxic to him? Why was he speaking Saturnian on the ship? Why is he the only one who woke up among the group of people he claims are mere passengers? He says he doesn’t know, but there’s only so much you can blame on the effects of hypersleep, my dude. And Great Rao, will somebody please shave him?

Kara finally kicks everybody out and returns to his side. He says he tried to send a messages to her so many times, telling her he was all right, but before he can continue speaking, she cuts him off and urges him to sleep. But Kara’s perturbed by Mon-El’s distance, and when she confides in James, he assures her that Mon-El would never do anything to hurt her.

Don’t speak so quickly Mr. Olsen. At the first opportunity, Mon-El sneaks into the weapons armory. He knocks out two guards who try to stop him before being rendered senseless by a punch from Kara.

He wakes up in a holding cell with Kara waiting for an excuse he doesn’t offer. Tearfully, she tells him that she doesn’t sleep anymore because when she closes her eyes, she seems him disappearing into space, sees him dying. All she wanted was for him to come back, and now that he’s finally here, he’s different.

Mon-El offers no defense, only a simple apology, and Kara’s tears disappear as she bitterly curses her human heart.

Winn’s the next to approach Mon-El, in case he feels like confiding in someone other than Kara. He does, actually, telling Winn that he needs his help to get back to the ship. If he doesn’t, people will get hurt, including Kara. I think I speak for the entire audience when I say this: EXPLAIN YOURSELF, SIR. Acting like a man of mystery isn’t helping anyone, least of all Kara.

Naturally, she’s the one who discovers Mon-El’s empty cell and tracks the two men down on the ship, where they’re checking the hypersleep pods. Kara’s furious when they say they’re sneaking around for her own good.

A brief altercation between Kara and Mon-El about who’s taking whom back to the DEO results in her mother’s necklace slipping free of his shirt. He hastily tucks it back in, but Kara’s already recognized it.

Mon-El tells her he’s not her problem anymore, and she wants to know how he changed so much in seven months. “No, it’s been seven years!” he shouts.

Mon-El explains that he went through a wormhole, and he’s been on Earth in the 31st century ever since. (In about 400 years, L-Corp develops a cure for the Daxamite lead allergy, FYI.) Kara demands to know if he just forgot about her in that time, and if so, why he’s still wearing the necklace.

But at that moment, warning sirens blare. Mon-El redirects power to all the chambers save one, where the inhabitant starts to struggle in the red liquid. He desperately tries to break the glass, but can’t. (Give him a break; it’s white dwarf glass!). So Supergirl steps up and breaks it, and young woman tumbles out. (Next page: Mon-El’s been keeping secrets)

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