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October 09, 2017 at 09:03 PM EDT


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

Next, J’onn tries his hand at an alien-to-alien bonding session as he and Supergirl patrol the statue ceremony from a nearby rooftop. “You have a human heart now,” he tells her. “If you try to cut it out, you’ll lose something essential.”

Kara in turn asks if he still dreams about his family. He does, and she confesses that she does, too, then turns her eyes back toward the skies, scanning for invisible aircraft.

On the ground, Alex and Maggie have a huge relationship chat over their comms as they patrol the crowd. Alex reiterates how much she wants to marry Maggie but says she doesn’t want the big wedding because her dad won’t be there to walk her down the aisle. Maggie, who knows a thing to two about building your own family, reminds Alex of all the people who love her and will make their day special. Awww! And of course, Winn was listening in on their whole exchange, which is a little creepy.

Alex is then jostled by a cute preteen named Ruby, whose mom Samantha (Odette Annable) makes her daughter apologize. Gee, think we’ll see them again?

Lena takes the stage to start the ceremony, calling Supergirl an inspiration, mentor, and friend, and Supergirl’s ready to fly down and join her on stage when a massive impact rocks the waterfront. The team can’t see or sense anything and quickly realize that Bloodsport’s stolen goods were designed to cloak a submarine that’s firing on the city’s underwater foundation. Clever!

While this is clearly a job for Aquaman, Jason Momoa is busy posing for the world’s greatest photos, so Supergirl listens for Bloodsport’s heartbeat underwater and plunges in (even though she doesn’t have any gill-based powers).

The sub fires another missile, and not only does Supergirl not stop it, but she gets caught in the explosion, which knocks a steel girder onto preteen Ruby. When Samantha discovers that her daughter is trapped, she summons the strength to pull it off and free her daughter, mangling the metal with her fingers in the process. Yep, seems like normal, everyday single mom stuff!

Meanwhile, Supergirl’s unconscious body drifts downward in the water as her team calls her name over the comms. It’s not until dream Mon-El screams at her to wake up that she comes to and hefts the entire submarine into the sky as the grateful citizens look on.

Gotta say, I wish it had been the voices of Supergirl’s team and not her absent love that woke her up, as it would’ve fit the “return to Kara” theme (and would’ve reminded me less of ghost Edward from the second Twilight book/movie, if you’ll forgive me for the comparison). Regardless, it’s the first step in getting our Kara back, if a little sadder than before.

When Kara and Lena meet again, Lena announces that she bought CatCo so Morgan couldn’t and says she hopes to run her new media empire with some help from her best friend — her best friend who just quit. That fight is delayed when a furious Morgan storms into Lena’s office. Kara’s sassy with him as she leaves, and Morgan tells Lena that she now has all of his attention.

Then comes Supergirl (mere moments after Kara left, conveniently), who tells Morgan she knows he staged the attack to level the waterfront for his development, and now he has all of her attention. (She flies him to a container ship in the middle of the ocean for this conversation, then abandons him there. Ha!)

Now some closing scenes:

Underwater, an alien ship flashes to life. This is obviously not the last we’ll see of this.

At the DEO, Alex tells J’onn that she and Maggie are planning the biggest, gayest wedding National City has ever seen and then asks him to walk her down the aisle. They’re both near tears as he says it would be his honor.

At Kara’s apartment, she’s rummaging through a box of what I’m assuming are her CatCo belongings when she finds photo booth pics of her and Mon-El. She whispers imaginary Mon-El’s words, “Wake up,” and texts her best friend/new boss that she’ll see her tomorrow. Lena texts back a heart. Awww, all the hearts, you two! All the hearts!

At the bar, the super-group turns in excitement when Kara joins them, apparently ready to give being human another go.

And finally, we see Kara’s mother again in the beautiful, gauzy dream, but this time when she turns around, her face is a zombified horror. Aaaaand cut to Samantha waking up in a panic.

Wall of Weird

  • Alex and her lovely warm heart (and her plans to get married in Kevlar and boots) win the week for me. So glad to see her and Kara’s relationship in the forefront again!
  • If you didn’t recognize Alura Zor-El in the dream sequence, don’t panic. Erica Durance has replaced Laura Benanti as Kara’s mother, which is in keeping with the show’s tradition of sly casting decisions; Durance played Lois Lane on Smallville. And if you followed casting news over the summer, you’ve got an inkling of what’s going on with Samantha. If not, that’s a cool little mystery they’ve set up.
  • I’m loving new villain Morgan so far. A smug, preening captain of industry out to take down Lena Luthor and Supergirl? Delightful. But is he too similar to the gone-and-mostly-forgotten Maxwell Lord?
  • If your politics swing that way, you probably got a huge kick out of Cat Grant calling the house speaker a pathological liar and denying planting listening devices. However, isn’t White House press secretary a step down after running CatCo? Sure, it’s a vital job, but I’m not sure it compares to being queen of all media. Regardless, it lets Calista Flockhart film her scenes off site, and I’ll take all the Cat I can get.
  • So what did you think of the premiere, Super-friends? Let me know in the comments!
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