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“Strange Visitor From Another Planet” — Kara (Melissa Benoist, center) must help Hank (David Harewood, right) face his painful past when a White Martian, a member of the alien race that wiped out his people, kidnaps Senator Miranda Crane, an anti-alien politician, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Chyler Leigh (left) Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Last episode I was greatly irritated, so let me tell you how excited I was when this episode was everything I wanted it to be. It had great J’onn J’onzz background, emotional scenes, great acting, reasonable CGI, the intro of a new villain, and some funny but sweet moments with Cat and Kara. It also didn’t have Winn in most of it and do I think it’s a coincidence that my favorite episode of the show he’s in 30 seconds at most? Probably not. But there are genuinely a lot of very good things about this. Previously on Supergirl, Hank turned out to be the last Martian J’onn, who has to hide his identity. He utilized his telepathy last episode to try and get to the truth of what Maxwell Lord is doing, and he regrets it. Kara found out that Cat has a secret love child Adam who she financially supported but stayed away from.

This episode features the very tragic backstory of J’onn. I knew all of it, and I think they tastefully and empathically presented it here without being too grim. On his planet, there was a war between the green and white martians. The white martians are Nazi-esque, claiming they wanted to purge the green from them and have a stronger master race of white martians. They literally put the green martians into concentration camps and burned them alive, including J’onn’s wife and daughters. He survived and has extreme survivor’s guilt about it. Because of using his powers last week, a white martian picked up on his mental signature and came to Earth to find him. It springs a trap by having an alien-hating politician attacked by the white martian, and then shapeshifts into her so the DEO can get in. J’onn tells Alex and Kara the horrible past he endured and first wants to murder the martian, which they aren’t on board, and also sacrifice himself, which they aren’t on board either. Because everyone loves J’onn, he’s the best. He goes feral for a little while there, hunting for vengeance, but his love for the Danvers sisters and his own kind nature keep him from crossing the line. They get the white martian in a DEO jail instead, problem solved … for now.

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There is a sweet scene where he indicates he sees Kara and Alex like his daughters. I’m impressed with how only eleven episodes in I hugely buy this relationship with the three of them, and this is only an episode or two after his reveal as Martian Manhunter. It all is about the acting. The other major storyline is that Kara has a new love interest, who also happens to be Cat’s son Adam. Winn’s not talking to her in order to get himself time and space to move past his heart break. She sent a letter to Adam pretending to be Cat, and while Cat desperately wants to impress and please him, her sharp tongued self makes it difficult to connect. He figures out quickly she didn’t write the letter and rejects her, which leads Kara to need to try and fix it while also dealing with the white Martian. Okay in general it’s silly this storyline takes any of her time when a maniac is on the loose, but I really liked it anyway. I’m a sucker for Cat Grant and whenever she shows her soft side.

Also Adam has a thing for Kara, unsurprisingly. I mean, who wouldn’t? She’s adorable. He is played by Melissa’s real life husband, so that’s extra cute. I’m glad they got the Winn thing out of the way before this starts, so he can’t do all the sullen silently-suffering while she dates. It’s time for her to move on from Jimmy, and Adam’s a cutie. So overall I liked this episode a great deal. It packed quite an emotional wallop when it came to J’onn’s storyline and his relationship with the girls. I love found family so much. I hope this leads to him coming out of his shell more too. At the very end of the episode, Alex and Kara are talking and they see Supergirl on the TV, but it’s not J’onn and it’s not her. It seems like Maxwell Lord’s girl with the black eyes might be the answer for this? Hmmmm. It’s definitely a new piece of his plan, apparently. And now he knows who Kara is! Ruh roh.

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