Robert Falconer/The CW
October 18, 2016 at 02:49 AM EDT


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

With Cat leaving and Snapper firing her, Kara is starting to freak out about all of the changes in her life. So, she decides that she’s going to follow Clark back to Metropolis once they’re done with the Metallo situation, which upsets Alex because Kara has been blowing her off ever since Clark arrived. Kara says he’s the only one who understands what she’s going through and Alex rightfully points out that he’s the one who abandoned her with the Danvers.

It would be easy for this drama to feel contrived, but the show plants enough seeds at the beginning of the episode that hint that Alex does have a problem with how Kara’s been acting. I also love how the writers are continuing to develop Kara. As they’ve displayed on both The Flash and Arrow, they know the key to making us become even more engaged with the narrative is to create a complicated and flawed hero, as they are doing here with Kara. On the one hand we know why Kara is so excited about having Clark around, but on the other hand, she isn’t really taking into account Alex’s feelings with her big and impulsive decision. 

Unfortunately, this problem is going to have to wait because Cadmus—that evil organization that kidnapped Alex’s father—has created a second Metallo to terrorize Metropolis and split the Krypton team up. This makes Winn’s work on Kryptonite shields for Superman and Supergirl all the more important.

Looking for a distraction from her problems with Kara, Alex buckles down on finding the Cadmus mole responsible for stealing the Kryptonite shipment. With Winn’s help, she discovers Agent McGill is behind it, but when he sets up an ambush for her, Alex comes face to face with that Evil Cadmus Scientist played by Brenda Strong. When Alex refuses to join Cadmus, Evil Cadmus Scientist instructs her men to kill her. The ensuing gunfight and chase through the warehouse was thrilling and introduced some new visual language to the show’s action scenes. Also, I love any opportunity to see Alex engage in some badass hand-to-hand combat.  Thankfully, Kara arrives in time to lend a hand, and afterward, she apologizes to Alex for what she said before.

Making up with Alex also gives Kara an idea for how to defeat the two Metallos terrorizing Metropolis and National City: a team-up. So, Supergirl and Alex, sporting her cool Kryptonite-powered suit, hang back in National City to take on Corben while Superman and Martian Manhunter join forces to take on Metallo #2 in Metropolis. The latter team-up is just as amazing as you’d expect. Go teamwork! 

With the day saved, Supergirl pays Cat a visit to say goodbye. On a list of things I love about this show, scenes between Supergirl-and-Cat are second only to Kara-and-Cat scenes. Cat is excited about the prospect of diving into the unknown and promises Supergirl that she’ll be back; that felt a little like a nod to the viewers too. From there, Kara changes and pays Snapper Carr a visit with a 500-word article on the Metallo battles, which she files as a hard copy, because dramatic effect trumps verisimilitude. Snapper reluctantly agrees to teach Kara how to be a reporter.

As the episode ends, J’onn gives Superman all of the DEO’s Kryptonite for him to do with what he wants. I don’t believe for one second that Superman is naïve to destroy it all. After Superman flies off for Metropolis, Kara pays Mon-El a visit in the infirmary and Mon-El wakes up and immediately grabs Kara by the throat. 

Wall of Weird:

  • Cadmus still remains a pretty nebulous organization, but tonight’s episode revealed its motives: to kill every alien on Earth, including the good ones, because it views them as a threat.
  • According to Kara, Clark doesn’t drink wine, but he loves Veep. I’ve been so confused about a character before. 
  • My one complaint about the introduction of Metallo is that it looked as though Clark and Kara weren’t super weakened when they were in his presence. The shields Winn built only covered their chests and were only meant to protect them from the energy blasts.
  • I love that the show isn’t letting Kara slide by at work. I’m very excited to see how she struggles to meet Snapper Carr’s high standards. 

Episode Grade: B+

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