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Tomorrow night, the will return from its winter hiatus with . Directed by filmmaker , who has previously directed two episodes of the , Supergirl returns in time to, well, I’ll let the official synopsis tell you:

Kara (Melissa Benoist) is moved by the story of a missing woman named Izzy (guest star Harley Quinn Smith) and decides to investigate despite Snapper Carr’s (guest star Ian Gomez) order to leave it alone. Kara takes Mon-El (Chris Wood) with her to the last place Izzy was seen and the duo find themselves thrust through a portal to another planet, Slaver’s Moon, where the downtrodden are sold as slaves. The leader of the trafficking ring is none other than Roulette (guest star Dichen Lachman). To make matters worse, Slaver’s Moon has a red sun, which means Kara and Mon-El are stripped of their powers and stuck on the planet with no way home. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Alex (Chyler Leigh) blames herself for Kara’s disappearance, fearing she’s become too focused on her new relationship with Maggie (guest star Floriana Lima) and too complacent in watching out for her sister.

Can’t get enough of the last daughter of Krypton? Here’s the trailer:

Ever since Kevin Smith’s first film, Clerks, he has made it abundantly clear that he has an unabashed love for all things geek. Putting not so subtle nods and elaborate (albeit pornographic) evaluations of Star Wars, comics and pop culture in general in his films has been a signature of the filmmaker for decades. He's even had the opportunity to work on his dream projects to varying degrees of success.

His two episodes of the Flash are some of the stronger in the series to date, which serves to his credit as the show is one of the most critically acclaimed on television today. Smith has expressed nothing but excitement and admiration with working on The Flash and Supergirl respectively, and the network is apparently pleased with him as well, as they have asked him to return for another episode of Supergirl later on in the season.

Smith Will Be Tackling Issues That Are Close To Home

'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

As indicated by the synopsis above, one of the main focuses of the episode will be Kara’s sister, Alex, struggling with the fact that she blames herself for paying more attention to her budding relationship with Maggie Sawyer and not enough to Supergirl’s adventures. Smith has a penchant in dealing with LGBT stories in the past, writing the critically acclaimed film Chasing Amy.

One of the better storylines of the season was Alex realizing her sexuality and not only dealing with it personally, but also dealing with her family’s reaction. Most notable for comedy, Smith doesn’t often deal in drama, but when he does, he gives the heartstrings more than a tug.

He Knows How To Have Fun

The majority of Smith’s films are built on a foundation of comedy. His second foray into film, Mallrats, was a loving homage to the raunchy comedies of the '80s and no superhero can escape from his playful ribbing. In the aforementioned Mallrats, his two main characters have a two-minute conversation about ’s sex life. It’s this type of irreverence that shows he needn’t take the material too seriously. The reason that shows like The Flash and Supergirl are so popular are that they aren’t afraid to have fun. Superheroes don’t have to be dark and brooding all the time — that’s what we have the for.

He Keeps It In the Family

One of the predominant aspects of the shows that Smith has worked on is family. The Flash family and the Superman family are some of the most well-known characters in all of comics. In his first Flash episode, frequent Smith actor Jason Mewes made a hilarious cameo and his daughter is slated to appear in the upcoming episode of Supergirl. It is no coincidence that the first Flash episode involved Barry being lost and his "family" having to get him out of the Speed Force, while his second Flash episode consisted of one of the "family" going rogue and the team having to pitch in and rescue her from the brink.

As this episode of Supergirl will no doubt reaffirm, Alex will be focus on her family responsibility and her guilt in allowing something bad to happen to her sister. Come on, Alex. The girl can bench press a building on a bad day. Let her fly (literally).

Final Thoughts

Having not seen the Supergirl episode in question, I can say whether Smith has hit another home run. However, given his track record, I know that the material is in good hands and he will take present it with the utmost care. Now, all we need is for him to get a shot at with an appearance by Onomatopoeia.

Smith can be seen (and heard) regularly on his YouTube channel with Marc Bernardin and weekly Smodcast with Scott Mosier.

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