These have been some long, cold winter weeks without any news from Supergirl, the little show that could — and did — become one of the best superhero series on TV right now. But now you can finally stop crying into your copy of Last Daughter Of Krypton, because the Maid of Might will soar back onto our screens soon, and the synopsis for Season 2 Episode 9 is perfect.
Nerd god Kevin Smith will direct the mid-season premiere, which features Roulette, Dichen Lachman's sultry fight club owner from early this season — and it's safe to say her return will be out of this world.
Season 2 Episode 9 is set on another planet almost entirely, as Roulette has graduated from blackmailing people into fatal fights to actually selling them as slaves. Now this sounds like a job for Supergirl! Here's the synopsis in full:
KEVIN SMITH DIRECTS; ROULETTE RETURNS — 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.
We already caught a glimpse of this episode in the recent promo, as Kara realizes her powers don't work on Slaver's Moon.
The synopsis is pure comic book fun, finally taking Supergirl offworld and soaring into space, which is something we've wanted to see since Season 1. Many of Supergirl's comics take the Girl of Steel out of the stratosphere, as she explores different planets and teams up with aliens. This has long been a core part of Kara's adventures, and it'll be fantastic to see her start to explore outer space on The CW show.
Also, Mon-El will accompany Kara on her mission! Yay! Mon-El quickly became our favorite stranger in a strange land — his comic timing and nuanced characterization is spot-on, as are his cheekbones. This clip teases Mon-El's new occupation as the bartender of that alien bar (here's hoping we actually get a name for this bar soon, because calling it "that alien bar" is kinda contradictory to the inclusive message), and it looks like he's having trouble navigating the cocktail menu.
It's not all exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life — Season 2 Episode 9 will also feature Kara delving into the investigative side of investigative reporting, another staple of the Super(man) story. Kara's new career path is sure to provide plenty of story fodder for Season 2, and it's nice to know that she's not just a caped crusader, but an everyday hero too.
And speaking of the every day, Alex's relationship with Maggie — which has been one of the highlights of Season 2 — seems to be developing nicely. The first half of Season 2 ended with Maggie finally deciding she wanted to be with Alex, and if that not an excuse for a gif of them kissing then I don't know what is.
Ah, I do love a satisfyingly well written slow-burn romance arc! From the synopsis of Season 2 Episode 9, it looks like Maggie and Alex are beginning their relationship, and it's interesting that Alex will yet again blame herself for Kara being in danger. Alex mentioned that she used looking out for Kara as an explanation for why she didn't want to pursue romantic relationships — now she knows that this was also because of her sexuality, but old habits die hard.
All in all, Season 2 Episode 9 is shaping up to be a great start to the latter half of this season, and we can't wait to see how it all unfolds. Is it January 23rd yet?
Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite episode of Supergirl?