“Truth, Justice and the American Way” — Cat hires a second assistant, Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci, right), who immediately tries to one-up Kara (Melissa Benoist, left), on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Feb. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2016 WBEI. All rights reserved.

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

There’s a weird divide when you might understand why a superhero does something, but still get annoyed at them doing it. I don’t know, maybe it’s because there are a lot of tired tropes in this episode, but I basically disagreed with most decisions in this one. I’m a bad person because I’m like DON’T LET MAXWELL OUT and also GROW UP KARA. It’s not that these decisions don’t make sense, because they do. It just annoys me. Previously on Supergirl, Astra was killed by Alex, but J’onn took the blame to protect Alex and Kara’s close relationship. Alex took Maxwell into custody when she realized he made Bizarro and knew Kara’s secret identity. He helped save Kara’s life last week, but she was like nah son, about letting him out. Cat’s angry at Kara so she’s making her life particularly difficult recently instead of just firing her. Jimmy is still struggling over his relationship with Lucy and the complication of Kara in his life. I think that’s about it.

The lesson of the week is that Maxwell should be let go because he deserves a trial and due process. Kara smartly points out that he’d use his money and influence to get away with everything regardless of whether he deserves it. Yes, I agree. Maybe it makes me a bad human being, but this is a comic book world, and I’m like he’s way too dangerous to let out. Eventually he’ll come back with a vengeance and they’ll all regret it. Jimmy in particular is angry about it, because he thinks Kara’s doing the right thing and letting the DEO’s influence get to her. Keep in mind that this was Alex’s idea in the first place and J’onn actually wasn’t for it to start with, so it’s less the DEO and more the Danvers sisters. He is put in a bad place when Lucy realizes that he knows about the DEO and that he knows Supergirl well, and she stomps off. He asks Kara permission to tell Lucy about her, and I’m glad she doesn’t immediately say yes. Lucy is a good person, but that’s a lot of trust to put in someone who was anti-Supergirl only a few episodes ago, and has a psychotic overbearing military father. I’m clearly more paranoid than all the characters on this show. Cat and Jimmy have a good conversation about when she did a fluff piece about an actor who she knew was beating his wife, and she chose not to stand up to get ahead. So Jimmy speaks out against Kara. I really love these moments with Cat, so I was sad about the rest of the episode with her.


Cat hired a second assistant named Siobhan just to torture Kara, implying she can’t do her job well enough. Siobhan is made assistant #1, it’s basically The Devil Wears Prada for real. I’m sorry to see that Siobhan is a cutthroat brat right off the bat, but I’d like to think maybe they’ll give her some depth over time. Cat encourages cutthroat attitudes in the people who work for her, so. I just would rather see more lady friendships than lady rivalries on this show, wherever possible. That’s all the pointless stuff though, the real story is that the Master Jailer is on Earth tracking down the aliens who were free from Jail and executing them. His entire purpose is to bring justice through death for the guilty. The DEO runs into him when he gets to an alien before them. Eventually Kara is grabbed and put into a mini-prison that makes her powerless. She meets Professor Luzano, his current prisoner, who was found guilty and sentenced by her own mother. However, he’s actually been rehabilitated and genuinely wants to move on and lead a good life. Master Jailer is like LOL naw.

At first he’s like WE ARE THE SAME at Kara and this makes her realize the Moral of the Week, that she’s acting without good cause against Maxwell. Okay they’re completely different situations actually, but whatever. He tries to kill her, she gets saved, yadda yadda, another battle won. But she tells J’onn she doesn’t want to work with him because he killed Astra and she is too angry with him. Also she asks her mother’s program about something called Myriad and it freaks out and threatens to explode. Yikes! Also Non has a funeral for Astra and says he’ll be back in two weeks. Mark that, since it’s surely when the next show down will happen. I knew as soon as J’onn lied to Kara about Astra he was going to be the scape goat. I understand that emotionally she’s upset about Astra, but I also feel like she should be well aware that J’onn would never kill someone unless it was necessary. She’s acting like he is being cavalier about this, which is insane considering his episode just a few weeks ago when he was clear that he didn’t WANT to kill people. I understand grief can make people react ways, but this storyline just irritates me. And is she going to forgive Alex immediately upon finding out the truth? Probably. Poor J’onn.

I don’t know why but this episode just kind of rubbed me the wrong way? It felt a little heavy handed. I know a lot of people said they liked it. I get that the Superman ethos means that she had to learn that being ethical and right was important, especially for people with power like hers. I think this is going to become a big thing in the Batman vs. Superman movie coming out too. With superpowered people like Kara, where is the line drawn? Although to be fair she’s been depowered and less intimidating then her cousin in general. And she didn’t let an entire city get destroyed like in Man of Steel, ahem. Intellectually I understand the meaning of this and that it’s important to the Supergirl general arc. I guess I just shrugged about it and didn’t ultimately care too much. Whoops. I would be a bad Supergirl. Good thing I don’t have powers!


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