Apr 3, 2018
Supergirl: Double the torture
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Previously on Supergirl: Maxwell Lord was dead-set against National City relying on Supergirl’s help. General Lane is Lois and Lucy’s father, and he, um… existed. Hank Henshaw confessed that he’s J’onn J’onnz, the shapeshifting Martian Manhunter. Cat Grant finally picked up on all the obvious clues that Kara is really Supergirl. General Astra was captured by the DEO, and led Supergirl to believe her mom Alura ignored Astra’s warnings about Krypton’s fate. And finally, Maxwell Lord Technologies came under attack by an army of aliens, led by Astra’s husband Non.
The episode picks up right where the big non-finale left off during the attack on Lord Technologies, with Supergirl and Non rushing directly at each other. They fly up through the ceiling and take their fight high into the air, where they have to dive to avoid getting hit by an airplane.
The two come crashing back down, cratering right outside Lord Technologies, and Non has Supergirl on the ropes. So Hank Henshaw comes running out with his Kryptonite gun, but before he has a chance to use it, Non disarms him, takes him prisoner, and goes flying off with him.
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Back at DEO headquarters, no one’s sure who’s in charge of the DEO in the wake of Hank’s disappearance. So they activate his “emergency protocols”, and a screen displays a message that the “emergency director-in-charge” is… Alex. Well, there’s a shock, considering I couldn’t name another DEO agent besides Hank or Alex if my life depended on it.
Supergirl decides to go talk to Astra, who’s still in custody, to find out why they took Hank. But Astra knows about the fight with Non, and she knows Non didn’t kill Kara when he had the chance. Astra says she ordered him to spare her, “because blood bonds us all!”
This triggers another lens flare-heavy flashback to Krypton “one year before its destruction”, per the caption. We hear Alura repeat that “blood bonds us all”, and it turns out to be an ancient Kryptonian proverb. She’s presiding over the trial of Astra and Non, and Supergirl’s dad Zor-El is also in attendance, but just like in the pilot, he gets no lines here, either.
As established in previous episodes, Astra and Non are on trial for terrorist activities, supposedly conducted in an attempt to warn people about Krypton’s impending doom. So people knew about Krypton’s imminent destruction over a year ahead of time, and they were only able to build enough rockets to save two kids?
Alura reads the sentence, and it’s “lifetime imprisonment in Fort Rozz” for both Astra and Non, and Non says she’s just sealed the fate of everyone on Krypton. As he’s yelling, Alura hits a button on her podium that turns Non into a beam of energy that shoots up to Fort Rozz, which is hovering above them.
Back in the present, Kara’s at work and she sees Maxwell Lord on TV again, and she’s terrified that he’s about to go public with the news that his company was attacked by aliens. Instead, he simply says they were the target of “industrial espionage”, and she and James and Winn wonder what he’s up to. Jimmy plans to go investigate under the guise of being an actual reporter.
Kara hears Cat coming up in the elevator, and says they all have to act “really, really normal”, because Cat thinks Kara is Supergirl, and they have to convince her otherwise. Yes, she’s still trying to maintain her secret identity with Cat, which is a major backtrack/copout from the previous episode, where it looked like Kara had all but confessed to being Supergirl.
Kara brings Cat her coffee and starts to leave, and Cat asks if she’s leaving because she has “a building to leap in a single bound?” Kara just tries to laugh this off, and Cat recalls a conversation she once had with Paul McCartney where he claimed to be friends with Yoko, and “he was more convincing!” Kara still denies being Supergirl, so Cat says they can keep up the “silly charade” for now.
Supergirl then flies over to DEO base camp, and gets there just in time to see Non hack into the big viewscreen. He’s proposing a prisoner trade, Henshaw for Astra, and they have 48 hours to comply, or else Hank dies.
Alex is trying to decide what to do, when she and Supergirl come across General Lane setting up shop inside the DEO with several soldiers. He’s got a signed order from the President giving him “authority” over the DEO, because they want someone without a “personal connection” to the hostage to be in charge of getting him back. Neither Alex or Supergirl is happy about this, but it appears they have no choice.
Over at Lord Technologies, Max finds James poking around and snapping pictures, and James says he’s skeptical about the “industrial espionage” story, given the huge crater outside the building. But Max knows that James knows Supergirl, so he must know the truth about what happened. Max says he finds the presence of aliens “troubling”, and promises to do “what needs to be done”, and he has James escorted away.
Back at CatCo, Cat wants Kara to sit with her for a minute, and you can tell this scene is going to be extremely wacky thanks to the comedy strings on the soundtrack. She starts interrogating Kara about her childhood, and where she was in 1997, and who her first grade teacher was, and Kara mentions a “Ms. Marchon” who taught at “Midvale” (Supergirl’s home base in the comics, mentioned for the first time on the show). Kara supplies answers for all of Cat’s questions, but this just convinces Cat even more that she’s Supergirl, because only someone who’s “determined to lie” would be able to answer every question.
Meanwhile at Non’s base, Non’s got a random alien trying to read Henshaw’s mind, and this alien has eight additional eyes on his forehead. Could this possibly be a reference to one of the lamest Batman villains of all time, the Ten-Eyed Man, AKA the guy whose superpower is having eyes on his fingers? One can only hope. Ten Eyes can’t read Henshaw’s mind, presumably because he’s Martian, but Henshaw lies that Ten Eyes is just playing Non “for a fool”. He also calls Non “no threat at all”, so Non reaches over and snaps Ten Eyes’ neck.
Over at the DEO, General Lane introduces himself to Astra. He then launches into a pointless, long-winded childhood story that supposedly proves he’s a man of honor, just before revealing he’s about to torture her with a big needle and bottles full of liquid Kryptonite. And I know it’s been said before, but they sure do have a lot of Kryptonite at the DEO. At this point, I’m wondering if they also make furniture and flatware out of the stuff.
Just then, Supergirl bursts in, trying to stop them from torturing Astra, but she’s immediately weakened by all the Kryptonite in the room. Alex drags her out just as Astra gets injected with liquid Kryptonite and the veins in her face start to glow green.
Back at CatCo, Kara asks what James found out when he went to talk to Max. He pretends it was a “dead end”, but Winn knows he’s lying. After Kara leaves, James tells Winn that Max is really “planning a countermove against the Kryptonians,” and that includes Kara. Wow. He got all that from Max saying he was going to do “what needs to be done”?
Programming note: Supergirl is a repeat next week due to the college football championship (because there’s so much audience overlap there?), so to fill the void, I’ll be recapping an episode of a classic superhero show. I won’t say which one just yet, so if you want to find out, you’ll just have to tune in next week, same bat-time, same bat-channel! …Oops, I guess I just gave it away, didn’t I?