“Falling” — Kara turns on her friends and the citizens of National City after being exposed to Red Kryptonite makes her malicious and dangerous, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Melissa Benoist and Mehcad Brooks Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Don’t mind me as yet again I speed through old recaps because I’m lazy and always behind on things. Not like anyone notices. It’s alllll good. I really love Supergirl, I am so glad it exists. I was talking to someone about how Supergirl is managing to get the Superfamily down to a T, something the cinematic world is not doing well. This was a glimpse at a different kind of Kryptonite, and yes there are several of them in canon, so it won’t be the last probably. It let Melissa try a different version of Kara, and led to a major plot turn that will have consequences moving forward. Also Cat is still the best. Love her. Previously on Supergirl, Alex admitted to Kara that it was her who killed Astra and not J’onn. J’onn and Kara made up, so their little family unit is back together. Cat hired a second assistant to miss with Kara, Siobhan, who hooked up with Winn. Whoooo careeeesssss. Jimmy and Lucy broke up after she realized that he and Kara have feelings for each other.

The major storyline in this is that Supergirl runs across Red Kryptonite. Originally the Red weakened Superman, but eventually it changed to causing behavioral changes, which they chose to go with here. The Red causes Kara to become the very worst version of herself, the tragedy of which is that it comes from a very real part of her. The show doesn’t shy away from indicating that this cruelty did have to exist somewhere inside of Kara in order to bring it out. It doesn’t mean she meant the things she said, but we all have a dark side, and now Kara’s was well known. As time goes on this episode she gets more and more ruthless. It starts out just being rude. Then it goes to her letting an alien threat go. She also did a vicious verbal take down of Lucy when trying to seduce Jimmy, and got to her very worst when she dropped Cat Grant off her balcony just to prove she had all the power. Dammnnnnnnnnn. I gasped when that happened. Ruthless. When Supergirl first starts acting strangely, Siobhan gets proof that she let the alien go. Cat refuses to run it, wanting to wait and see what’s going on with Supergirl before using such damning evidence. This leads Siobhan to turn against her and try to leak the info to someone else, and Kara exposes the trick to Cat. Cat then fires her. I’m glad for that at least. I really am not a fan of Siobhan or that storyline. At least she was tossed out for a good reason.


“Falling” — Kara (Melissa Benoist, pictured) turns on her friends and the citizens of National City after being exposed to Red Kryptonite makes her malicious and dangerous, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

After the incident with Supergirl, Cat goes on TV to warn everyone to stay away from Supergirl. While she acknowledges that this isn’t Supergirl, she also can’t trust that the Kryptonian is in control of herself, which means she’s dangerous. And she’s 100% correct. I love me some Cat Grant, and she makes an excellent point here. I think the Batman vs. Superman movie is going to attempt to do this idea, that while a hero is a hero, they could easily become a villain and more dangerous than anyone else. If Kara is mind controlled or altered like this, she could have killed people. Cat did the right thing, as painful as it was. Kara’s still going off the rails and this forces J’onn to officially “come out of the closet” so to speak as an alien. He can only fight her in his Martian form and he does manage to successfully take her down. However, his cover is blown now. Alex begged him to flee, but he chose instead to voluntarily be arrested. He tells Alex it’s to keep an eye on them. He loves his Danvers pseudo daughters so much, oh the feels. This will certainly continue into the next episode. Noooo, J’onn! Having him be a main character was one of the best ideas they ever had.

Afterward, Kara’s devastated because all of her relationships have been damaged, and she has to deal with the fact the city no longer trusts her. They realized their savior could turn into their nightmare under the wrong circumstances. She’s not angry at Cat for warning everyone. Instead she goes to her for advice, and Cat encourages her to try and win back people’s trust and to get her shit in order, basically. Kara’s also heartbroken that when she tries to tell Jimmy she loves him, he cuts her off and says he needs time. Oh yay, more unnecessary drama for the two of them to overcome before they just let them be an official couple. C’mon guys. We all know it’s a matter of time. Overall this was a very strong episode. I liked how Melissa played the unfurling of Kara’s dark side, because it started out subtle and then just fed on itself. When she became power hungry at the end and lost it, I believed that, because it had build up. There were some very real things she said to people, and I’m glad it wasn’t immediately swept under the rug. The fact that people now realize how dangerous she is appeals to me as a storyline. Supergirl in general has been a great show in terms of how it handles a new superhero. We’ve seen her bungle her rescues, learn how to awkwardly fight, create a name for herself separate from Superman, juggle life with superheroing, etc. This is a natural next step, so the question is, how will she win everyone back? I’m glad it’s not going to be an easy answer. Bravo to the show.


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