Supergirl has gracefully made its transition to The CW, and has become one of the strongest shows in the Arrowverse. The mid-season premiere saw the return of the Girl of Steel, and it did not disappoint. Kevin Smith directed the episode titled 'Supergirl Lives', and as to be expected, it was filled with references and easter eggs, that are sure to excite the most hardcore of DC fans.
Among these easter eggs, were references to the failed Nicolas Cage film Superman Lives, the existence of the Legion of Superheroes, and hints about Mon El's past. The tone of the episode was a bit different than usual, and it hearkened back to Christopher Reeve's Superman, which gave the episode a lighter feel. Most importantly, the episode strengthened the show's core characters in a way that felt organic.
Having already directed two episodes of The Flash, 'Supergirl Lives' was Kevin Smith's third foray into directing in the Arrowverse. His episode centered around Kara and Mon-El, while also paying a lot respect to the side characters. This episode involved Kara and Mon-El being transported to an alien planet with a red sun in order to rescue a group of humans who had mysteriously gone missing.
Once on the planet, they discover that they are without powers, and are forced to rely on their other skills to compensate. They discover the group of people that were missing, and find out they were being sold to a Dominator by the villain Roulette. Along the way, our heroes inspire each other, and every character overcomes the emotional or mental obstacle that was placed before them.
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Come to think of it, this episode mirrored many elements of the Wizard of Oz. Wynn found courage, Alex found love, Kara found faith in others, and Mon-El found heroism — each of these things were inside of them the whole time! This episode was a nice addition to the show, and was a good jumping off point for the rest of the season.
The Legion of Superheroes
Tonight's episode made a subtle reference to a team of crime-fighters from the 31st century: the Legion of Superheroes. We have seen the Legionnaire's ring on both Supergirl and The Flash before, but this nod was much more subtle. During tonight's episode, Mon-El uses the slang term "grife", that is specific to the Legion of Superheroes.
Although one slang word from the 31st century is nothing to get excited about by itself, if you combine it with the existence of the ring and the appearance of Superman, it seems like it's only a matter of time before the Legion shows up on Supergirl. It also is not a coincidence that Mon-El was once a member of the Legion in the comic — and took the name Valor, after becoming a superhero.
The show could actually change the story from the comics to make Supergirl the inspiration for the Legion of Superheroes, rather than Superman. This would be a great way to introduce the characters in a way that would make them more familiar to the audience, while also being a fresh take on the characters we haven't seen before.
The Mystery Of Mon-El
During Kara and Mon-El's escape from an alien detention cell, one of the guards has Mon-El dead to rights, but is stopped by the Dominator, who promptly bows to Mon-El. Why did the Dominator bow to Mon-El? That's a good question, and the answer is pretty simple: Mon-El is the prince of Daxam, rather than the bodyguard he is claiming to be.
Later on in the episode, during a conversation with Kara, Mon-El tells her that he admires her, and he hasn't admired someone this way before. Kara responds by asking him if he looked up to the prince, and he responded by saying "the Prince was no one to look up to, but I want to be". This sentence leads me to believe that Mon-El is talking about himself, rather than someone else.
At the very end of the episode, two aliens are searching for Mon-El and go as far as to kill someone to cover up the fact that they were looking for him. All of these things make it quite obvious that Mon-El is hiding his identity. We don't know why Mon-El is hiding who he is, but it will surely be a big part of the back half of the season.
Whatever the case is with the Legion of Superheroes and Mon-El, Supergirl has done an amazing job of embracing its source material and bringing a new element to the Arrowverse. We have yet to see the reappearance of Cadmus, although Mon-El's story might become the McGuffin for the rest of the season. More will be revealed with each passing episode and we can't wait to see how it turns out. You can catch Supergirl on Mondays 8PM/ET on The CW!
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