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Supergirl

The nanobots are here. The nanobots are here. It was only a matter of time, of course, before Supergirl’s latest episode, “Ace Reporter,” went where comic books – and science fiction for that matter – have gone before: Nanotechnology run amok. As always, it’s not a good idea to mess with Father time or Mother Nature. And it’s definitely not a good idea to introduce an entirely new, revolutionary product that will change the world without running a few tests, maybe even a few tests on human subjects, especially since said revolutionary product, flying, drone-like nanobots, operate in a swarm, complete with swarm intelligence. The culprit for unleashing the nanobot swarm on Nation City, the city Supergirl has promised to protect? One Jack Spheer (Rahul Kohli, iZombie), an Elon Musk-like inventor with massive amounts of venture behind him and a messiah complex. He’s also Lena Luthor’s (Katie McGrath) ex, as in ex-boyfriend and ex-partner in a onetime start-up that went nowhere. That is , until Spheer shows up in National City with his shiny, new toys.

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When we last left the movie Superman, he was dead. Spoiler alert, but the Man of Steel, as portrayed by Henry Cavill, was killed in his heroic battle against Doomsday at the end of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But because the world needs a Superman, it fell to TV’s Supergirl to fill the void. In the second season premiere of the CW superhero show, Teen Wolf co-star Tyler Hoechlin appeared as the titular character’s cousin, and such was the tremendousness of the appearance that Hoechlin will be returning to the show in time for the season finale.  (more…)

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). (more…)

If there’s a life lesson we can glean from tonight’s very special episode of Supergirl, “Star-Crossed,” it’s a simple one: Whatever you do, don’t lie to your Kryptonian girlfriend. She won’t forgive and she won’t forget. It’s in their/her nature, apparently. Something about how all of that integrity leads to self-righteousness and such. Poor Mon-El (Chris Wood), though. Little did he know that hiding a very minor fact about his background – that he’s the Crown Prince of Daxam, his home planet, presumed lost in the conflagration that destroyed Daxam’s sister planet, Krypton – would lead to the end of his all-too-brief (for him) romance with Kara Zor-El/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist). By episode’s end, Mon-El/Kara romance has been broken asunder and no man, woman (Kryptonian or Daxamite) can change it.

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When two of your superhero leads have natural chemistry and a background in musical television, then you’ve got to take advantage, right? Especially when you’ve got a villain named the Music Meister waiting in the wings. So now the moment has come for the Flash and Supergirl to show off their musical chops, or rather their alter egos Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, as it’s exactly one week till the hotly anticipated musical episode of The Flash called “Duet.” And behold: we now have a new trailer for the episode, which strongly implies that Barry and Kara are going to have to sing, or die! (more…)

When we last left Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and Mon-El (Chris Woods), they were all but set to seal the deal. As expected, the deal was indeed sealed, albeit off-screen. Mon-El wakes up in post-sex happy mode the morning after, only to find himself alone in Kara’s bed. Before self-doubt starts to take hold, though, Supergirl reappears with some coffee and a big smile on her face. While Mon-El slept, Supergirl did what real superheroes do: She thwarted a few petty crimes and saved a few lives on her way back from the cafe. All seems super-right with Supergirl’s world: She’s keeping National City safe from dangers domestic and foreign (and alien). She has a day job she apparently loves as a reporter for CatGo Media (though we’ve barely seen her at work in recent episodes), and she’s connected on a deep emotional and physical level with Mon-El (maybe not emotionally). It helps that she doesn’t break Mon-El’s nose when they kiss, a problem apparently suffered by Kara’s human suitors.

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When we last saw Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), she was just about to give in into her Kryptonian hormonal urges and seal the deal with fellow super-powered alien (Daxamite), Mon-El (Chris Wood). Before they could complete lip-lock, a bizarre, inter dimensional being, Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), crashed their romantic party, claiming he was Supergirl’s No. 1 Super-fan/Ultimate Fanboy and asking for Supergirl’s hand in matrimony. Perplexed, not to mention flummoxed, Supergirl hemmed and stalled until Mr. Mxyzptlk left the building, but his sudden disappearance  didn’t mean he was gone for good; it meant the opposite. Mr. Mxyzptlk was nothing more than a stalker, albeit a stalker with near omnipotence (think of a love-obsessed Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation or the Great Kazoo from The Flintstones).

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Credit where credit’s due. The late (very late) Russian author Leo Tolstoy was onto something major when he said, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” more than a century ago. That axiom applies to the “Luthors,” the first family of corporate crime in the DC universe, on or off the comic-book page. On Supergirl, the Luthors include not just Lex and his father, Lionel, but also his biological mother, Liliane (Brenda Strong), and his adopted sister, Lena (Katie McGrath). As it turns out, though, Lena’s not just a stray orphan the Luthors decided to take in out of the kindness in their hearts, but the product of an illicit affair between Lionel and Lena’s (unnamed) mom, gone at the four to accident or disease. In short, Lena’s biological connection to the Luthors raises the distinct possibility that she’s just as evil, amoral, and sociopathic as her brother, (adopted) mother, and biological father. (more…)

Lex Luthor isn’t the only Luthor ready to stir up trouble for our heroic Kryptonians and this time around his mother Lilian is out to make it a family affair with her daughter Lena. While Supergirl believes that Lena is her friend, can she be trusted or will blood tell? This upcoming episode promises to uncover the background story of Lex Luthor’s sister and perhaps the first look at Lex Luthor himself? There is a quick look at his power armor in the teaser. So grab that axe, break the glass, and click below to watch the teaser. (more…)

Two Martians enter, only one Martian leaves. Actually, that’s not right. On tonight’s Very Special Episode of Supergirl, “The Martian Chronicles,” it’s White Martian (evil) vs. Green Martian (good) with a self-hating White Martian (for good reason, since she’s not evil), M’gann M’orzz (Sharon Leal), turned Green Martian pretending to be human (standard for Martians of any hue or color) on the side of our resident superheroes, Supergirl/Kara Zor-El/Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and the Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood), with Kara’s adoptive sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), on perpetual back-up. The battle royale – like all battle royales – doesn’t happen until the last few minutes and when it does, it’s confined to a single, closed location (TV budget, in effect) that deliberately, consciously borrows from James Cameron’s Aliens and John Carpenter’s The Thing, but it’s less about the fight than the subtext: It’s all about overcoming our/their differences and fighting/defeating a common foe. (more…)