When we left Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) in last week’s “Star-Crossed” episode, she had dumped Mon-El (Chris Wood) for telling not just a lie, but a Big Lie. Mon-El wasn’t a lowly palace guard who miraculously survived the destruction of Daxam, Krypton’s sister planet, but the Crown Prince of Daxam, the heir to the royal throne occupied by his dictatorial, autocratic parents, Rhea (Teri Hatcher, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman) and Lar Gand (Kevin Sorbo, Hercules). She wasn’t willing to forgive or forget. In fact, she proved herself more than just a super human. She proved herself to be a champion grudge holder too. All looked lost for Mon-El and Supergirl’s romance, but a very special guest star, the Music Meister (Darren Criss, Glee), stepped in at the nth moment to save the day, albeit in a roundabout way. The Music Meister knocked Supergirl out with some weird hypno-eye thing. Stripped of her superpowers, Supergirl found herself in a 1940s gangster-themed musical. So did Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) once Mon-El and Team Supergirl opened a portal into the Flash’s universe. By the end of the crossover episode, Supergirl and Mon-El were back together again as a couple (probably the shortest break-up involving TV superheroes).
On this week’s very special Supergirl episode – directed by Nerd Bastards favorite Kevin Smith – Supergirl faces one of her biggest challenges yet (not involving her semi-chaotic romantic life): One of her enemies has put a bounty on her blonde head and the galaxy’s worst killers (within TV budget parameters, of course) have descended on National City to take Supergirl down and collect a planet-sized bounty or a reasonable facsimile. Sadly, Supergirl only faces off against just two bounty hunters, a lizard-like alien equipped with an eye laser and a super-telepath who takes control of Mon-El’s body, forcing a fight to the (not) death. Post-fight, it’s Hank Henshaw / J’onn J’onzz / The Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and the now imprisoned telepath doing the mind-to-mind thing, minus the exploding head thing. As we soon learn, Mon-El’s parents put the bounty on Supergirl’s head, deeply disappointing the Crown Prince. Mon-El tries to reason with his parents over some drinks at the local watering hole, but without success.
Later, Supergirl – her faith in the power of people, even Daxamites to change – convinces Mon-El to give his mother another chance. Supergirl almost ends up on the wrong side of a Kryptonite-tinged dagger, forcing Mon-El to concede the battle and agree to return to a devastated Daxam to rebuild their fallen civilization. Supergirl, though, refuses to give up Mon-El that easily. Even with the current President of the United States, Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter), ordering non-engagement with the Daxamite warship, Supergirl convinces Team Supergirl, including her adoptive sister and DEO super-agent, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), to rescue Mon-El. Their daring plan involves … teleporting onto the Daxamite warship, besting the Daxamite royal guard in hand-to-hand combat and freeing Mon-El. They succeed eventually, but it’s not Rhea who changes her mind; it’s Lar Gand. Unfortunately, for Lar Gand, he doesn’t make it out of the episode alive. Lesson learned: Always make sure your Daxamite Queen isn’t carrying any weapons when you go in for an embrace seconds after disappointing her mightily.
This week’s B-plot involves Alex and the love of her life, Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima). Everything seems to be going according to the good ship Alex-Mag, but a bump-and-run with one of Maggie’s exes, Emily (Hayley Sales), brings up some uncomfortable truths about Maggie, like that one time she cheated on Emily, effectively ending a five-year year romantic relationship. Rather than cutting-and-running like any semi-sane newbie to a relationship would, Alex takes the path most traveled, arguing for Maggie’s ability to change, mature, and otherwise not screw up a good thing (i.e., Alex). Time will tell whether Alex’s faith in Maggie will prove naïve, but at least for now, it’s relatively smooth sailing, at least until another ex-romantic partner makes an (unwanted) appearance. At times, though, the Alex-Maggie relationship feels like an afterthought, probably because it is, a time-filler notable less for the substance of their ongoing, developing relationship, but because they’re non-heterosexual. Better, more thoughtful writing might help. That and make a little more time.
As for the Supergirl and Mon-El, it’s still a 50/50 bet whether their relationship will survive the season. Then again, Mon-El might not make it out alive either. With Rhea vowing revenge and President Marsdin definitively outing herself as an alien – begging the all-important question as to whether Marsdin has always been an alien or replaced by one – with a hidden agenda (agendas are bad enough, but hidden agendas are even worse), the remaining episodes of season 2 portend at least one, possibly two major super-alien-on-super-alien throw-downs. And before we forget, chances are Project Cadmus and it’s anti-alien agenda will more than likely make another appearance.