After last episode's pared-down approach to storytelling, Supergirl S01E14 is stuffed full of narrative threads, and plenty of clues about the threats Kara will face as Season 1 draws to a close. So let's count them all out!
This episode's antagonist, the Master Jailer, is straight from the pages of DC Comics, though he's had a serious facelift.
In the comics, Carl Draper was Clark Kent's rival... or at least he liked to think so. Draper was obsessed with Lana Lang, and when she refused his affections he trapped her in an elaborate prison. When Superman rescued Lana, Draper vowed revenge and became the Master Jailer.
This version of the character is a bit more compelling: a Fort Rozz guard obsessed with dispensing his vicious brand of justice against escapees, the Master Jailer parallels Kara as she refuses to free Max Lord from the DEO.
With Kara dispensing some swift justice of her own, it's difficult to tell whether the Master Jailer will be back to trouble her again. But honestly, he's the least of Kara's worries...
There's A New Assistant In Town
Supergirl actually has a bigger challenge ahead of her, as Cat Grant's new assistant, Siobhan Smythe, will soon become the supervillain Silver Banshee.
But until she has good reason to punch that smug b — uh, lady, right in the kisser, Kara has to be content with trading thinly veiled insults and passive aggressive simperings as the two women compete for who gets to bring Cat coffee.
Although Cat's feud with Kara really doesn't make much sense considering their relationship development (Kara had only been out on three dates with Cat's son!), this snarky office warfare is straight out of The Devil Wears Prada, and it's delicious to watch. But what about Silver Banshee herself? We've already caught a glimpse of the villain, thanks to actress Italia Ricci's Twitter...
As for when Siobhan will become the Banshee, the creative team is keeping this very mysterious. But executive producer Greg Berlanti has hinted that fans should start breaking out their old comic books if they want to find clues...
"You’ll be watching a little bit the origin story of her namesake, if people do the research." (via Zap2It)
This plot line has the potential to bring another element into play in Supergirl. So far, the show has mostly dealt with alien and scientific-based powers (though I use the term scientific very loosely). But Silver Banshee's origins are rooted firmly in magic and the supernatural realm...
So it'll be interesting to see how Supergirl incorporates this!
Alura Knows About Myriad
Non's diabolical plan to destroy humanity (and apparently save Earth) is in motion, and while we might not know anything about Myriad, Alura sure does...
This is very intriguing: was Myriad something that Non tried to implement back on Krypton? Or is he using some Kryptonian classified weapon that Alura knew about? Whatever the case, this is just another hint that has us itching to find out what Myriad is all about.
Next Episode: A Trip To The Fortress
We caught a glimpse of Laura Vandervoort as the Internet-infecting villain Indigo in Episode 15's preview — check it out!
Vandervoort portrayed Supergirl on Smallville, and fans of the show will be happy to see her up against the current Kara. Plus, it looks like Kara will finally get to visit her cousin's Fortress of Solitude, which Supergirl often used in the comics. Will Kara be confronted by Kal-El's father, Jor-El? The El patriarch isn't exactly the warm and cuddly type, and it'll be interesting to see what he thinks of Kara's mission to become a hero.
Of course there's plenty more to dissect in 'Truth, Justice & The American Way,' like the subtle parallels between James Olsen's speech to Kara about superhero responsibility and the themes in the upcoming Batman vs Superman. But as far as villains go, Kara's definitely got her hands full.