‘Supergirl’ Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: ‘Supergirl Lives’
She’s back! It’s been a long hiatus but Supergirl is back with a special episode directed by Kevin Smith!
We open with Supergirl in the midst of a high speed chase, ready to take down some jewel thieves. The Guardian and his wing man, Winn, are also there. Supergirl takes the heavy hits but Guardian gets the stragglers. One almost gets away but Winn stops him and then gets socked in the face. Maybe Winn should just stay in the van.
In happier news, Alex and Maggie are just about the cutest thing to ever happen to our televisions. Alex is overjoyed to be with Maggie and we are so happy for them! Thinking back, this may be the first time we have ever really seen Alex smile this much.
At the paper, we have dueling heroes and dueling stories! Kara and James both approach their boss with stories about the jewel heist. James takes the position that Guardian saved the day. Kara is Team Supergirl of course. Their boss doesn’t care and just wants them to leave. How is it possible that they haven’t told Kara about James yet? James and Kara give up on pitching their stories and a woman shows up to ask for help finding her missing daughter. Kara promises she will find the missing girl.
Mon-El got a job! Kara stops in to grab a club soda at the alien tavern but Mon-El has no idea what he’s doing and gives her a mystery drink. That’s not why she’s there though. She is meeting up with Maggie to talk about the missing girl and Maggie tells her that there has been a spike in missing folks. It seems odd until flash to another part of town to see a weird lab and the fight club lady, Roulette. That can’t be good.
Winn is able to make the connection that the missing people have all gotten blood work done at the same lab. Kara and Mon-El head to the lab to find out what the deal is. Side note: Kara and Mon-El pretending to be a happy go-lucky couple saving up to go to Paris is the best. The creepy doc brings them in the back room and things go south when he opens a portal. Once she realizes what’s happening, Kara jumps through the portal. She tells Mon-El to go get Alex but he follows. Good thing too, because the planet they end up on is under a Red Sun. Meaning no powers for Kara and Mon-El.
Winn is still struggling from his injury, both the physical pain and the emotional trauma. He has a bit of a meltdown when he thinks that James doesn’t care about his current struggles and tells him he can’t help him anymore. Winn doesn’t want to go in the field anymore after looking down the barrel of a gun and we can’t really blame him.
On the alien planet, Mon-El and Kara (against Mon-El’s wishes) look for the missing humans. They are taken in by a nice(ish) alien named Jo who clues them in on the trouble they just walked into on a planet called Slavers Moon. Mon-El wants to leave, knowing that Slavers Moon is super dangerous, but Kara insists that they stay to find the kidnapped people. Roulette shows up to give Supergirl the low-down on her disgusting slave trade business.
Supergirl refuses to back down, even though she has no powers. Mon-El doesn’t understand why she continues to fight when she doesn’t have to. She says that she will never give up. That’s what makes her a hero. When the slavers show up to take the humans, Kara refuses to step aside. Her incredible determination and refusal to give up inspires the prisoners and possibly Mon-El. They escape with the humans!
Remember those creepy aliens from the DC crossover? Well something strange happens as they are escaping. The creepy alien says that Mon-El is not to be harmed and then he bows to him. Hmmm.
They meet up with Alex and her team as they all run to safety. At the portal, Winn is working on getting it up and running when he is attacked by an alien. Winn fights back and takes him down. He is a victim no longer and you can see the shift in him the moment he overcomes his fear and fights back. He’s not a “red shirt.” He even makes up with James and tells him that he’s ready to fight with him again. Go team!
Most of the team makes it through but the missing girl that Kara was there to save initially (played by Harley Quinn Smith, Kevin Smith’s daughter) is being held pulled away by an alien. Kara is able to save her too, with a little help from a yellow sun grenade! Super-powered Kara gets her through the portal to safety! Kara is super powered again and is able to get everyone through the portal safely. Even the weird alien that helped Kara and Mon-El, named Jo.
Kara writes up a story on her rescue mission and the slave trade that she busted up. She also reunites the missing girl with her mother and tells her boss that she is always going to follow her heart. It seems like she has finally found her place at CatCo. Even her boss is impressed, though we doubt he’d ever tell her that.
Alex had freaked and blamed her happiness for Kara going missing. She also blew up at Maggie but luckily, after Kara was home safe, Alex realized her mistake. Maggie came over and they made up. Alex never really let herself be happy because she was always so focused on her sister. It’s silly to blame herself and her happiness when things go wrong, but that’s just how Alex has always been. But at least she is willing to admit she needs to change. Oh, and Maggie totally knew that Kara was Supergirl. She IS a detective after all.
Mon-El stops over to bring Kara some actual club soda and they chat. It’s a very simple moment but so sweet and important. Under a red blanket on a couch, Mon-El tells Kara that he wants to be a superhero. These two make such a charming team but the happy times likely won’t stick around long. Before the episode ends we see two mysterious aliens looking for Mon-El and they don’t look too friendly. Could he be the Prince of Daxim? Hmmm.
That was a great episode. It was full of charm, humor and action. Everyone seemed to be having a great time this week. We need Kevin Smith to direct more!
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Supergirl airs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW!