Cadmus. Cadmus. Cadmus. It’s all about Cadmus, the super-secret, non-governmental organization created and run by Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong), mother of Lex, wife of the non-dearly departed Lionel, and adopted mother to Lena (Katie McGrath), the one “good” member of the Luthor clan . In Season 2’s fifteenth episode, “Exodus” (not to be confused by the barely remembered Ridley Scott debacle, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Cadmus has put it’s anti-alien agenda into horrifying action, snatching unsuspecting, law-abiding aliens (of the outer space/interplanetary kind) from everyday activities like driving a car, having a drink in a “mixed” bar where aliens and humans freely mix, or calling a bookie to place a bet on National City’s Knights. It’s all bad news for the aliens and good news for Cadmus and their not-so-secret supporters in and out of the U.S. of A.
If “Exodus” and Cadmus’ anti-alien plan sounds somewhat familiar, topical even, it’s totally not coincidental. Clumsily or not, Supergirl’s producers can’t help but inject contemporary politics into the mix. Last season, it was all about an ultra-elitist, supremacist group of Kryptonians eager to take over the Earth and remake the world in their image, with Kryptonians at the top of the food chain and humans somewhere near the bottom. Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and friends thwarted her fellow Kryptonians, including her now deceased aunt, but this year, the threat has changed focus and sides: It’s a splinter human group, fearful and envious of the aliens peacefully living among us, who’ve decided enough is enough. Their rallying cry might as well be, “Earth for Earthers!” or something slightly more catchy. Whatever their rallying cry, it’s clear Cadmus reflects our worst, less compassionate instincts.
Luckily for National City, Supergirl is always a phone call away. She saves Lena from certain death seconds after Lilian’s henchmen attack Lena, forcing her off a multi-story balcony. Supergirl swoops to the rescue and a grateful Lena gives her the information she needs: The location of Cadmus’ super-secret, if temporary, HQ and the site where the kidnapped aliens, including Winn Schott’s (Jeremy Jordan) alien girlfriend, Lyra, are being held captive. While Lilian’s alien hatred knows no bounds, the plan involves forcible deportation (real-world analogy alert) of the aliens back to their respective home worlds, regardless of their reasons for coming to Earth (i.e., economic migration for some, political asylum for others). The aliens can thank Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain) for the somewhat humane plan (as opposed to outright murder, that is). In an obvious nod to Cain’s long-ago turn as the Man of Steel, Lilian even says, “You’re the only Superman we need,” as the deportation plan comes into focus.
For Supergirl, it’s all about saving her alien comrades. For Kara Danvers, cub reporter for CatGo Worldwide media, it’s about getting the story out about Cadmus and it’s plans to the general public, including the aliens immediately affected. Kara’s boss, Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez), thinks otherwise: Unless Kara can back up her story with at least two sources, he’s not willing to run the anti-Cadmus story. Even an exclusive face-to-face doesn’t convince Carr to run Kara’s story. Carr’s decision forces Kara’s hand: She does the right thing for the right reasons, publishing the story as a blog post. Carr responds as any newspaper or magazine boss would: He fires Kara on the spot. He’s not exactly wrong, of course. Using company resources, running a story without permission likely violate Kara’s contract with CatGo Worldwide Media.
Unfortunately for Kara, her one-time boss, Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart), has effectively disappeared, leaving the job of all-around cheerleader and pep talker to Kara’s new boyfriend, Mon-El (Chris Wood), but with Cadmus posing a clear and present danger to aliens around the world and Jeremiah working with Cadmus (last week, he walked in and stole the DEO’s alien registry), Supergirl has a do-first, think-and-suffer-the-consequences frame of mind. By the end of the episode, though, Kara’s officially unemployed, moping in her apartment about her calling (not as Supergirl, but as a reporter), but with no plan of action in sight. For Kara’s adopted sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), the opposite turns out to be true: Despite losing her temper and beating the proverbial crap out of a Cadmus agent, getting suspended for behavior unbecoming a DEO officer, and going rogue to save her father and the aliens caged on a space freighter headed for the deepest reaches of outer space, she gets her job back from her boss, Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), with an apology no less.
Supergirl: The CW Show being Supergirl: The CW Show, peace and tranquility don’t last long on Supergirl. The Cadmus threat might be neutralized, couples reunited (Kara and Mon-El, Winn and Lyra, Alex and Maggie, with poor James Olsen [Mehcad Brooks] in the friend zone), but a new, back-half-of-season-two threat emerges in the last moments: Alien royalty played by Teri Hatcher (i) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) arrive in a spaceship, ready no doubt to cause all kinds of trouble for Supergirl and her friends.