Supergirl: Season 2 Episode 3 review – Welcome to Earth

By ·October 26, 2016 9:09 am
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This week Mon El was fleshed out, Kara got giddy over Lynda Carter’s President Olivia Marsdin and we saw the debut of not only Detective Maggie Sawyer, but also of Miss Martian. Below you’ll find our spoiler-heavy review of this week’s episode.

It’s long been known that Lynda Carter (who played Wonder Woman in the 1975-1979 TV show) would be gracing this season as a female President. This week we got our first look at her President Olivia Marsdin and while the plot line of Kara needing to protect her was a little predictable, we very much enjoyed Carter in the role. Even more apt (given that this is Wonder Woman after all) was Kara’s giddy star-shocked attitude over Marsdin, due to the fact that she was about to meet the President. We’re certain too that Kara’s “how did anyone ever vote for the other guy?” was a straight up dig at Donald Trump from the writers and we commend them for it (which of course places Marsdin in the Hillary Clinton role).

This week a handful of our characters found out about an alien bar where non-Earthlings go to be themselves, away from a judgemental humanity. This put us in mind of the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars, or any of the countless alien bars in Star Trek. In truth, it’s an SF trope that many films use – from the downright terrible to the thoroughly exceptional. Here, we found it was used in a slightly cheesy fashion, with the way that every shot of a patron ended with them revealing their alien abnormality (surely they wouldn’t keep flicking their abnormality on and off for no apparent reason and this felt like it was solely for our benefit).

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show.

While that aspect of it was rather on the nose, we did love the ending, which had J’onn walk in to find a barmaid shocked by his appearance. Upon quizzing her outside the bar, J’onn learns that this is M’gann M’orzz, AKA the popular DC character Miss Martian. It makes sense that DC giving Greg Berlanti and co Martian Manhunter would easily lead to the next step that is them giving over Miss Martian too. Still, it was a reveal that almost took us as much by surprise as when J’onn revealed his true self for the first time in Season 1. We can’t wait to see how Sharon Leal handles the role.

Another addition this week was Detective Maggie Sawyer (played by the lovely Floriana Lima), who is another straight pull from the comic books. Maggie Sawyer’s first appearance was in Superman Vol. 2 #4 (April 1987) and she’s also appeared in the Batman comics too. In the comics Maggie is actually part of the Metropolis police force and she constantly tries to prove that a police force is more efficient than a vigilante in fighting crime and becomes a thorn in Superman’s side in the process.

As a short aside, but something worth noting, we might be reading a little too deep into things here but when Winn corrected Kara’s spelling by stating that ‘diabolical’ isn’t spelled with a ‘K’ (which means Kara was typing it as ‘diabolikal’), straight away we thought this might just be a reference to 1968’s Danger: Diabolik, which is the only thing in popular culture which spells the word with a ‘K’. This is a great little film about a spy who pulls heist after heist and gets away with it. If there’s a link between Supergirl and Danger: Diabolik, we can’t see it, but we’d love if this was a sly little reference for some hidden reason.

Detective Maggie Sawyer in the DC comics.

Detective Maggie Sawyer in the DC comics.

While Snapper Carr hasn’t yet snapped his fingers (let alone teleported while doing it), he is very prone to verbally snapping on the show. This week he tried to muscle and demean James Olsen, before James very cleverly put Carr back in his place, in manner that resulted in mutual respect. We can’t see Carr as much more than an arrogant yet wise bully at the moment, but we’re sure that over time he will soften to Kara a little and perhaps to some others too.

This week’s episode title was ‘Welcome to Earth’ which no doubt predominantly refers to Mon El and his being marooned on Earth, as Kara put it. We were pleased to hear mention of Daxom, which is true to the comics, and it was powerful moment when Kara had to tell Mon El that his world is now a wasteland (the parallels between this and Krypton of course being hugely apparent, even though Krypton was completely destroyed).

While this week didn’t provide much in the way of plot (the fire hurling alien was tedious), what it did provide is a whole host of superb new female characters. Between President Marsdin, Maggie Sawyer and Miss Martian the writers really did immensely spoil us this week. Let’s just hope that, unlike Kal, these new characters actually stick around as regulars for a long while.

Image credits: The CW, DC

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Written by Christopher Hart

Co-Editor in Chief / Film, TV and Literature Writer

Christopher holds an MA in Publishing and a BA in Comparative Literature, and currently works as an analyst for a major Bank in London.

Christopher self-publishes his own Science Fiction and Fantasy stories. His completed series of short stories is titled 'Altered Stone' and can be found on Amazon.

His specialist subjects include LOST, Preacher, Supergirl, A Song of Ice and Fire, Kevin Smith, Bioshock and Fallout.

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