I fully admit my extreme lateness on my Supergirl reviews but between all of the holidays, New Year's and then getting sick right after January 1st, I am back. I wanted to make sure that we got all of the Supergirl reviews in for the sake of continuity for my favorite new show. So with that being said, let's not waste any more time and jump right in to catch up with the Girl of Steel and savior of National City.
If you remember way back to the beginning of December, that episode seven ended with Supergirl getting grounded her Aunt Astra and her Kryptonian goons. Astra tries to talk to her niece playing the Kryptonian card and saying that it is time to become a family again. I should mention that Astra and her goon are wearing uniforms equipped with some kind of anti-Kryptonite tech. I have to say that I really do enjoy that on top of everything else, Kara also has to deal with her blood family from Krypton as well. The mild-mannered Catco assistant has an awful lot on her plate and it takes a wide range of acting for Melissa Benoist to take all of this on in one role.
After the melee back at the DEO, Hank & Alex are now buddy-buddy since Henshaw revealed that he is indeed J'onn J'onzz, aka Martian Manhunter. So the dynamic for their relationship has changed dramatically with Alex now showing a great deal more respect towards her boss Hank Henshaw. Despite Kara's zeal to take on Non (Astra's husband) and his small army, Alex & Hank insist that she gets some rest before taking on such a big task. Kara is immediately a little suspicious at just how close her sister and Hank have suddenly become but Alex is excellent at switching topics.
Meanwhile, at Catco, the media titan has been hacked and vital business and personal emails are being released to the public. The vultures are circling but its quite obvious even to me that it is clearly an inside job by one of Cat's fleet of attorneys. And my suspicion was confirmed rather quickly as to who the culprit is. Cat, Winn & James are given the task of going through ALL of Cat's personal emails and the only thing they come up with is that their boss has an older son that she gave birth to while building Catco media. It was nice to see a moment where Cat actually shows some real emotion. Besides her posturing, I genuinely like Cat as a character. It was a fairly straightforward bust of the attorney that was after Cat's seat on the throne, however, Kara had said that she heard the attorney talking about taking over the company. But Cat was standing right next to Kara the whole time so bells and whistles are going off in Cat's head---could her clumsy assistant be Supergirl?? When Cat approaches Kara at the end of the episode with a boatload of proof of coincidences ending with her asking Kara to please take off her glasses, it is a very tense moment. Kara acquiesces and Cat confirms her suspicions, Kara is Supergirl.
However, there is no time for that as Non and his minions are seizing Lord Technologies and Supergirl is needed and fast. Despite the cockiness of Maxwell Lord and using some nifty devices against Non and company, they are really no match for the Kryptonians. Some very cool fight scenes ensue with a lot of cool aliens of Non's beating up regular folks from the DEO. Although the alien that comes up against Hank is not so lucky when he says, "you don't fight like a human!" His eyes light up and the Martian Manhunter simply says, "I'm not!" By the time Kara gets there, she has a full head of steam to go head to head with Non. The pair fly right at each other and unfortunately that is right when they cut to the credits. The dreaded, "To be continued...."
There were quite a few scenes peppered throughout the episode that flashed back to Krypton showing how close the young Kara was with her Aunt Astra. We also saw Alura being forced to put away Non for life and possibly commute Astra's sentence but she is trying to explain that Krypton will be gone before there is even a trial much less a sentence. When Kara speaks to her Aunt Astra in DEO holding on Earth, she realizes that the AI embodiment of her mother Alura was actually using her daughter to draw out Astra. Kara is angry; angrier than we've ever seen her and she even blows a gasket with her heat vision aimed right at the astral projection of her mother.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable episode and one that I watched several times. (Hey, I had the time...) Kryptonian politics aside, the biggest deal here is that like Lois Lane in Superman II, Cat Grant knows that her daft assistant and expert klutz Kara is actually the Girl of Steel or Supergirl, a property of Catco Media. Who knows what the hundred pound media titan has next for her creation?