This week episode of Supergirl focuses on Kara, despite being honest and trying to do right by everyone, isolates herself.
After M’gann told J’onn that the White Martians were coming for her, he starts secretly following her everywhere much to her annoyance. She finally tells him to stop; as much as she appreciates his attempt she isn’t in danger yet. Of course, at that exact moment they are both attacked by a White Martian. Supergirl, steps in to hel,p but the Martian gets away.
The three (M’gann, J’onn, and Supergirl) head to the DEO to find the Martian. Kara and Winn have a tense conversation about how she’s still salty that he’s part of Guardian.
J’onn and Supergirl try to help M’gann and insist she stay in the DEO for protection but she refuses. When J’onn tries to get M’gann to see reason she reminds him that it isn’t his fight and goes about her day.
Later at the alien bar, M’gann is cornered by the White Martian who attacked her and it turns out he was her husband! It also turns out that she tried to kill him, so it’s safe to say they had a happy marriage. He tells her that if she doesn’t return to Mars he will kill all the people she cares about including Supergirl and J’onn.
Not one to take threats lightly, M’gann is getting ready to skip town when J’onn (who must’ve spent his life time on Mars as a spy because he’s constantly coming out of dark corners) jumps out and questions her actions. He tells her that a life on the run isn’t a life to live and she has friends who are willing to fight for her in National City. He gestures that he wants her to come back with him, and she presumably agrees.
With M’gann in tow, J’onn tells Winn that she has agreed to help fight the White Martian when M’gann shows up. The M’gann who arrived with J’onn reveals himself to be Armeck and they get into an explosive fight that knocks out the power. When Winn fixes the lights, it’s revealed that the Martian is gone meaning he’s one of them.
Everyone gets paranoid and tense accusing each other of being the Martian (as homage to The Thing a movie I’ve never seen but the trope is clear here). J’onn and M’gann come up with a fire test (which exposes Martians when they are incognito) everyone takes turns and it’s revealed that the Martian is Winn. Armeck fights off everyone and escapes, he causes the reactor that powers the building to become explosive so the team splits up to find the real Winn, because he’s the only one smart enough to recode the passwords and shutdown the reactor.
They all split up to search for Winn, and along the way J’onn and M’gann find a cocoon but instead of Winn, Alex is inside. J’onn finds Armeck and they fight. Armeck gets the upper hand and it appears as if he is going to kill J’onn when M’gann stabs him in the head killing him.
The real Winn, fixes the reactor, and they are all saved by a fraction of a second.
Later, M’gann decides that she needs to go back to Mars (after all that) to find other White Martian like her. Her and J’onn share an intimate moment that is semi relationship-y, semi family-ish… it’s in a very weird place. And she leaves.
Kara heads to the Alien Bar (does this place have an actual name?) to further explain to Mon-El why she rejected him (because that’s really what he needs right now) and does horribly, making things even more awkward between them. Alex is also there, and was completely aware that Mon-El had feelings for Kara, because it is completely obvious.
Kara and Alex then get to talking about Kara’s Earth Birthday, a celebration of when her pod crash landed onto earth (like in the opening title). Kara has taken it upon herself to plan an elaborate evening just the two of them, but Alex has to cancel. Maggie, has surprised her with tickets to see The Barenaked Ladies. Kara pretends she’s okay with it but you can sense the dismay and see it all over her face.
Alex later meets up with Maggie to pregame before the concert. Maggie realizes that Alex isn’t as excited as she should be to see one of her favorite bands and she asks her what’s wrong. Alex is feeling guilty because she left her sister hanging on her “birthday” during a time when Kara seems to be going through a lot. Maggie encourages Alex to go talk to Kara before the concert.
At the DEO while Kara is helping J’onn and M’gann find Armeck Alex checks in with Kara again and she admits that she was a little hurt by Alex ditching her, but dismisses her feelings telling Alex she was being immature and that she’s over it.
While they are searching through the DEO for Winn, Alex and Kara finally hash out how Kara felt about being ditched on her “birthday”. Kara admits to her feelings being hurt and feeling a strain on their relationship, because Kara is used to Alex always being there and now she’s less available. Midway through them talking out their issues, it’s revealed to Kara that there are two White Martians (three if you count M’gann) in the building, Alex (who never did the fire test) is the other one. The two get to the reactor and battle it out, Kara eventually beating the fake Alex.
Later, Kara is home alone watching TV when she gets a knock at the door. Alex is there with a cupcake and a candle. Though she didn’t confess her emotions to the real Alex, due to the telepathic link she has a brief dream-like memory of their conversation. Kara confesses again, and Alex reminds her that she’ll always be there for her. Alex also thinks Kara emotional congestion is tied to her (invisible) feelings for Mon-El that she is denying herself. Kara admits that she is afraid of putting herself out there because every time she does it ends badly.
The next day at Cat Co. Kara runs into Mon-El who is heading to a date with another girl. Kara pretends to be happy for him, but leaves dejected.
I enjoyed the execution of this episode a lot more than others, because there was a lot at stake, which I haven’t felt on Supergirl for a while. I appreciated the nod to the comic books and keeping the mythology of Martians and their weakness to fire a part of the story. Plus evil Winn was awesome.
Kara’s relationship problem continue to frustrate me, but this week I felt for her, because her loneliness was apparent. After last week’s episode, Kara put a riff in her relationships with Winn and James and with Alex unavailable she doesn’t really have anyone. I think Alex is wrong about Kara liking Mon-El and if she does it isn’t really about him, but that he was available and focused on her when no one else was, which is what I said last week.
But, Kara’s fear of making herself vulnerable because it ends badly is ridiculous, if only because SHE is the one who ended her relationships (all three of them). She put herself out there with James and then promptly ended it because of… I still don’t know. As for Adam (Cat’s son) their “relationship” (if you can call it that) ending was sensible, she didn’t want him to get hurt, but she should’ve told him that. There’s less risk with Mon-El because he already told her how he feels.
Are you guys sad to see M’gann go? Because I am!
Do you think Mon-El is dating that girl to make Kara jealous?
Kara needs more friends, where’s Lucy? And Lena (she’s in next week’s episode so maybe Kara will be less lonely then)
When do you think Cat will come back?
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