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‘Supergirl S02E09: Supergirl Lives’ Review

Supergirl returns from it’s winter break with a new episode directed by Kevin Smith. The episode kicks off with the mundane task of stopping some jewel thieves. It’s the only real look we get of Guardian and Winn working together this episode, and he is still getting under Supergirl’s skin. This leads to a nice moment between Kara and Alex at the DEO where Kara invites Alex over, but she declines because of having plans with Maggie. It’s not a huge moment, but it’s great to see Alex happy and how happy Kara is for her.

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This episode really puts the emphasis on the little things: Alex’s happiness, Supergirl’s hope while not having her powers, Mon-El’s charm. One could argue that Supergirl’s hope is a big part of the show, which is true, but in this instance, it’s not having her powers that is the more pressing issue. Her hope was that little push she needed to get the others to react and fight back. It’s a brief moment, and even Mon-El doesn’t understand it until later, but it works.

Alex’s happiness is just a joy to watch on screen. She deserves it, and we all know that. That leaves us with Mon-El’s charm. It’s clear that he’s still adjusting, but when he’s with Kara, he just oozes with charm because we already know how he feels about Kara. That said, I hope they don’t push a romantic relationship between the two. They work well as friends, and we’ve already been down this road with Kara, which didn’t work out so well.

Snapper Carr is a nice addition to this season so far. He’s grumpy, he’s harsh, but he does want Kara to succeed. He just doesn’t show it to her. The reporter side of Kara is what brings out the Supergirl story this episode, and it’s nice to see her two worlds working together so well.

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A chunk of this episode takes place on Slaver’s Moon, which is where Roulette has been hiding and selling humans off as slaves. Supergirl and Mon-El end up there together, which is where that hope I mentioned earlier comes in. The planet is under a red son, so neither of them have their strength or powers any more. With some improvising, they escape only to run into Alex and the DEO coming to rescue them all. This is where Mon-El gets his chance to shine by helping save the people. It’s also the moment he realizes he wants to become a superhero, which he later admits to Kara.

There’s a lot to pull apart and analyze in this episode, and that’s a good thing. A lot happens here and it’s a solid episode. One thing of note is that Maggie puts it together that Kara is Supergirl. The episode then ends with people (or aliens) still looking for Mon-El and the Maaldorian doctor tells them he’s on Earth before they kill him. We can clearly expect more to develop as the episodes continue, and I can’t wait to see where they head.

The Good

  • Alex and Maggie working things out despite a brief bump in the relationship.
  • Mon-El choosing to use his powers for good.

The Bad

  • James feels like he’s trying to hard to be on Guardian’s side without giving away that he’s Guardian.

Favorite Lines

  • “Crinkle… I gotta get botox for that. If you can figure out a way to get a needle in my skin in me.” – Supergirl
  • “You can stand right there” – Mon-El to the doctor

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