Thursday, January 28, 2016
MY THOUGHTS: Supergirl Season 1 Episode 11 - "Strange Visitor From Another Planet"
About the Show
Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman's (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities, and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents' help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex, and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant. She works alongside her friend and IT technician Winn Schott and famous photgrapher James Olsen, who Grant just hired away from the Daily Planet to serve as her new art director. However, Kara's days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret ageny where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl
Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant
Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers
Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen
Jeremy Jordan as Winslow "Winn" Schott
David Harewood as Hank Henshaw
Episode 11 - "Strange Visitor From Another Planet"
Kara must help Hank face his painful past when a White Martian, a member of the alien race that wiped out his people, kidnaps Senator Miranda Crane (Tawny Cypress), an anti-alien politician. Also, Cat's estranged son, Adam (Blake Jenner), arrives in National City.
Well, talk about integrating current events/real issues in today's society into the show. This was definitely an emotional episode for our characters. The crisis at hand had a personal, close-to-the-heart, effect on DEO leader,Hank Henshaw (Green Martion, J'onn J'onzz) with the appearance of a White Martian. Moreover, Cat gets a surprise visit from her estranged son, Adam. Now, that was surprise that left Cat somewhat speechless...she was definitely at a loss of words and actions. But, it was apparent on her facial expression(s) that she was happy to see him, at the same time, afraid.
This episode tackled issues such as bigotry, hate, and strained relationships. Yes, strain relationships especially with family is an issue that many people face everyday. Although it has been an underlying storyline since the start of the series, this episode tackles it upfront with Cat's son showing up after so many years. It brought me to tears! It was that emotional...haha! Their first meeting was awkward, but the second (with Kara's help) helped break down their "walls" and get over their fears. Sometimes, it takes a "bridge" to be able to come together.
Not only was Kara/Supergirl the "bridge" for Cat and Adam, she was also that "bridge" for J'onn J'onzz to maintain his honor, and not throwing it away with revenge.
Well, I miss Winn and Kara's friendship. After that "kiss," things sort of got awkward. Well, it looks like their friendship will survive. Yay! We already know Kara misses Winn. In the end, Winn comes around...we know he misses Kara, too.
Yeah, this was a tear-jerker kind of episode. <sigh> Melissa Benoist has definitely embraced the character so well....she is Supergirl...haha!
Here's a sneak peek at Episode 11 - "Bizarro"
Monday Nights 8/7c on CBS