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Supergirl Review: Showdowns, Breakdowns and Heel Turns in ‘Distant Sun’

 

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Heavy is the Head (That Wears the Crown)

Kara and Mon-El arrange a meeting with Rhea at the Ice Fortress. Oozing with disdain for the Kryptonians, Rhea drops all pretense when confronted. Kara grows weaker while talking to Rhea and is attacked by the Queen with kryptonite sai. “I should have handled this myself from the beginning,” said the Rhea, before continuing to kick Kara’s ass in the fortress. Oh my god Teri Hatcher is such a bad ass as the evil Queen!

Mon-El agrees to go back to Daxam to spare Kara’s life. His disappointment in his parents is palpable for their machinations. All he wants is to be happy! Oh, and it wasn’t “their” machinations, only the Queen. Lar Gand had nothing to do with the bounty and seemed shocked that his wife would do something so sinister. I’m like dude, you’ve been married to her forever. How do you not know she’s kind of an evil bitch?

Flash forward to a woke Mon-El trying to educate his father on the all the ways their rule has harmed their people, urging his father to not repeat the mistakes of Monarchy past. “Do you think we survived the destruction of our world by giving everyone a say? Our royal house stood for a thousand years because the people need our order,” retorted the King.

The Queen appears as Mon-El is pleading with his father. Horrified at the social justice warrior her son learned to be on Tumblr, she slaps him and throws him in a cell, hoping the four-year trip back to Daxam will be enough to cure him of his “misconceptions”.

Back at the DEO, Kara is ready to go to WAR to get her man back. Harry reminds her she can’t attack the ship on orders from POTUS. Winn devices a plan to use their portal to transport directly onto the ship to rescue Mon-El. All they need is a distraction. Queue J’onn posing as Supergirl, fighting with the Queen (and a funny moment when she realizes her kryptonite weapon didn’t work). Meanwhile, Winn teleports in and has a funny moment with Monie.

Winn: I’m here to rescue you! Hi.
Mon-El: Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
Winn: You finally saw Star Wars!

And just like that a geek ship was born!

J’onn is overwhelmed by the ship’s forces, forcing Supergirl to get on the ship. The battle ensues. The King and J’onn exchange words, “All we want is for our family to be together,” yells Lar Gand. “That’s what we want too,” responds J’onn.

Fearing his mother will kill Kara, Mon-El fires a weapon at the ship’s window, forcing a vacuum. When everything is restored, Rhea is ready for Round 3 but the King puts a stop to it. He realizes Kara and the DEO is his family now, and is ready to let him go. “Krypton has taken everything from me. And now you take my son,” says Rhea.

Mon-El tells his parents he’s glad they’re both alive, but this is the last time they’ll see each other. The pain in the King’s eyes is evident as Mon-El walks through the portal, but there’s no pain in the Queen’s eyes – only rage.

POTUS Interruptus

Lynda Carter’s return as President Marsdin was short but sweet. Her scenes were spent trying to convince Harry not to intervene with the Daxamites, fearing the sparking of an intergalactic incident given the military capabilities of the Royal War Ship. She was rightfully furious with Harry for breaking her order not to confront the royals, and I wondered if there would be repercussions for his insubordination. Imagine my surprise when the president was revealed to be a shape shifter! Uh-oh.

Safe and Sound

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Back at Kara’s, Mon-El and Kara discuss the events of the day over a bowl of popcorn. Mon-El looks at her lovingly, admitting he didn’t think he would see her again. She didn’t think so either, but says it wouldn’t have been for long because she wouldn’t let him stay with them. Kara apologizes for forcing him to talk to Rhea, but he says there’s no need. He says Kara wants to believe people can change, pointing to his father as an example of Kara’s hopefulness working. He calls Kara brave and optimistic, saying he followed her example and applauds her heroism and sacrifice for everyone else.

Mon-El: I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record here but I admire you.
Kara: Well, I’m not going to forgot the way you sacrificed yourself for me. Ever.
Mon-El: So we saved each other today. Just like Romeo and Juliet.
Kara: You really need to finish it. Can you finish reading that, please?

Oh my god why are they so cute?

The Queendom, Where the Kings Bow Down (And Relinquish the Crown)

Rhea is not pleased with Lar Gand’s betrayal. She feels he ruined the commitment to their family and their marriage. He assures her he’s still by her side and they can move on, but the Queen has other ideas. She stabs the “You betrayed me my love,” she while overlooking Earth. “I’m not done with this world.”

Final Thoughts

Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I feel like Supergirl gets better each week, with the writers finding new ways to flesh out characters and reveal more much needed layers. It’s easy to categorize Supergirl as “just” the superhero show, but there’s a depth in the writing and in the performances, that goes often unnoticed.

They need to find something to do with James. It’s unfair to treat him as like a sub-ancillary character, especially considering he was the male lead in Season 1. The whole Guardian thing doesn’t really work for me either, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work out.

It would be remiss of me not to highlight the incredible work from guest star Teri Hatcher in tonight’s episode. Teri effectively stole the episode as Queen Rhea, from her concerned mother act to the reveal of her sinister exterior, she was captivating. Every scene she was in was like watching a superstar NBA vet lead the team to victory. She was that good! Of course, one of the traits of a great actor is the ability to raise others to your level. Chris Wood (whom I love, duh) and Kevin Sorbo each had their own standout moments that came opposite Teri. She brought out their best and the fan in me was thrilled for it.

Floriana Lima (Maggie) had her best episode to date. I love that she plays a tough cop. But I also love the way she was finally able to let her guard down with Alex. The way she played the emotional scenes with Chyler Leigh was a standout moment. Floriana and Chyler have amazing chemistry, and I always find myself wanting more from them when their scenes are over.

Obviously, the show is gearing up for the big showdown between Supergirl and Queen Rhea. I’m hoping the eventual battle isn’t final because Rhea is worth keeping around as a foil to reinsert into Karamel’s world.

Favorite Lines

Mon-El: …’Cause that would not be…Palatable.
Winn: Hey, that’s a very culinary way to put it.
Mon-El: I cook now!

Kara: I’m not going to hide. I’m the girl of Steel. I don’t bend. I don’t break. I don’t stand down for anyone.

Ghad: You work here? As a servant?
Mon-El: I’m a mixologist. It is an artistic profession in the medium of preparing alcoholic beverages. And it is very honorable.

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Ryan White-Nobles

Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TVSource Magazine. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.