(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Supergirl Season 2 Episode 11 below. Continue at your own risk!)
Supergirl has been an excellent addition to The CW’s line-up, and has opened the doors for DC Comics extraterrestrial characters to enter the Arrowverse. So far this season, we have met Mon-El – who is destined to become the hero Valor – as well as the fan-favorite, Miss Martian.
M'gann M'orzz gained a large fan following from the TV show Young Justice, and fans we’re very excited when she made her debut on Supergirl. The show covered a lot of Miss Martian’s backstory over a very short time, and in recent episodes, she had just become a background character. During the episode ‘The Martian Chronicles', we finally got to see a lot more of #MissMartian; however, it might be the last time fans see her for a while.
'The Martian Chronicles'
This episode of #Supergirl was all over the place — not necessarily in a bad way, but there were a lot of plates spinning at the same time. The main through-line involved M'gann’s husband – a White Martian named Aramek – who was tasked with bringing her back to Mars to face justice for war crimes.
Armek shows up, causes trouble, and is quickly shooed away by Supergirl. Tension between Alex and Kara builds, as well as between J’onn and M’gann. While trying to devise a way to track Armek, all of the main characters (besides James and Maggie) get locked in the DEO headquarters, in an homage to John Carpenter’s The Thing.
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Miss Martian Departs Supergirl
At the very end of the episode, M’gann revealed that she would be leaving Earth to go back to Mars. This is an odd choice for the character, considering that she will most likely be killed on sight. M’gann doesn’t seem to care very much about the danger — instead, she's motivated by finding others like her, who do not share the Hitler-esque views many of the White Martians have.
In my opinion, M’gann left because of Maggie and Alex’s obsession with the band Bare Naked Ladies – but that can’t be proven. It is of note that M’gann has been floundering for a while, and has been a bit of a burden on the show (at least in terms of plot). After she was initially introduced, she didn’t have much to do, and she wasn’t being utilized to her full potential.
Watch M'gann, J'onn, and Supergirl battle Amrek:
Fans of the character will no doubt be disappointed in her departure; however, she could always return in future episodes. The real question now becomes: how will her absence affect the rest of this season of Supergirl?
How Will Miss Martian's Absence Affect The Show?
As much as it pains me to say it, Miss Martian leaving the show for the time being is probably for the best. With so many plot threads in play at the moment, Supergirl has become rather convoluted. At this point, we are following Maggie and Alex’s relationship, Kara and Mon-El’s relationship, and James and Wynn being vigilantes. On top of that, we have several storylines crisscrossing and interconnecting in several different ways.
The addition of M’gann and J’onn’s storyline was just too much on top of all the other plot points. M’gann’s departure will allow for a bit of breathing room, and maybe the show can focus on a central story or villain – much like they do on Arrow and The Flash. I know that Miss Martian has a huge following from Young Justice, and she was amazing on that show, but Supergirl just couldn’t find an organic way to use her — so they cast her off to outer space, just like they did to Poochie on The Simpsons.
Supergirl has been awesome this season, but recently, it has been lacking focus. We are halfway through the season, and we still don’t have a main villain, or a constant plot device. Hopefully, the departure of Miss Martian is Supergirl's way to clean up some of the ongoing storylines, and bring the focus back to a central plot. We will have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out, but you can catch Supergirl Mondays at 8PM/ET on The CW!
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