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When Mon-El‘s (Chris Wood) parents (Teri Hatcher, Kevin Sorbo) put an outrageous bounty out on Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) aliens begin attacking the Kryptonian, forcing Kara to reluctantly stand down. Hoping to convince them that Mon-El is better off on Earth, Kara meets with Rhea (Hatcher) and only survives a sneak attack by the queen thanks to Mon-El stepping in and agreeing to return to Daxam. The story’s main purpose is to show how much Mon-El has grown as a character, wiling to sacrifice himself and his own happiness for the woman he loves (who, despite orders not to engage the aliens, isn’t going to let Mon-El leave without a fight).

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“Duet” made me angry. Not because the musical episode failed to impress. No, the episode infuriated me because this is what I want from both Supergirl and The Flash and somehow you just know the writers of both shows will ignore all that works here as each show gets stuck back in the grim and grittiness of its current storylines. “Duet” is what I want both shows to be: bright, fun, energetic, and hopeful. This shouldn’t be a standout. This should be the bar both shows attempt to reach every single week. This year Supergirl has been more successful than The Flash in the regard, but both have struggled juggling darker themes and unnecessarily convoluted relationship drama getting in the way of the fun. I’m not saying never get serious, but embrace more zany hopeful storylines so that when you do need to take a serious moment it will have all the more impact (as opposed to episodes of moping or acting like a dick for weeks at a time to those who love and rely on you).

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The arrival of Mon-El‘s (Chris Wood) parents on Earth reveals his princely secret to Kara (Melissa Benoist) causing an immediate strain on their relationship. Kara’s unwillingness to forgive either his lies or the fact that Mon-El is the prince of a society which is the antithesis of her Kryptonian heritage and ideals appears to have ended the relationship before it began in earnest. While the show enjoys some fan casting here with Teri Hatcher cast as Mon-El’s mother, the role doesn’t really allow her to do much (and unfortunately also doesn’t bring her into contact with her former Lois & Clark co-star). While she’s good, and has one nice one-on-one scene with Kara, I would have preferred the show given her something more to do. Apparently she and Kevin Sorbo will be sticking around for at least one more episode so maybe there’s more to come.

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Both Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) struggle with crises of faith in “Exodus.” For Alex its the mixed emotions caused by her father’s involvement in Cadmus which leads to her being benched by J’onn (David Harewood). And for Kara it’s choosing between doing the right thing by warning aliens they are under attack by Cadmus or swallow the story until she can get enough proof for Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) to run the story. Not surprisingly, neither woman choose to remain silent.

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Everyone at the DEO and Casa de Danvers is happy with the return of Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain), rescued after being held for years by Camdus. Everyone that is except for Mon-El (Chris Wood) who not only questions the doctor’s story but also raises the possibility that Jeremiah might have been sent in by Cadmus as a mole. Souring the honeymoon period with Kara (Melissa Benoist), and drawing the ire of Alex (Chyler Leigh), Mon-El’s suspicions begin to divide the team and provide the perfect distraction to allow Jeremiah to perform his real mission.

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Perhaps better than any episode of the series so far, “Luthors” highlights just who Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) is and what she stands for. When Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is accused of helping break Lillian (Brenda Strong) and Metallo (Frederick Schmidt) out of prison only Kara stands up for her friend despite overwhelming evidence. When Metallo breaks Lena out of prison as well, further cementing the public’s perception yet another bad apple from the Luthor tree, Kara continues to believe in her friend. While revealing more about Lena’s relationship to various members of the Luthor clan, what makes “Luthor” work is that Supergirl is correct in her evaluation of Lena here… but from the final flashback, the show continues to tease that there’s likely more to the youngest member of the Luthor clan than meets the eye.

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As teased in the previous episode, a pair of White Martians come to Earth in search of M’gann (Sharon Leal) in “The Martian Chronicles.” Initially rejecting the help of the D.O.A., M’gann eventually is talked into accepting their proctection from J’onn (David Harewood) which leads to Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and her friends being trapped in the D.O.A. with a pair of shape-shifting Martians out to kill M’gann’s friends and return the traitor home to Mars.

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Although the latest episode of Supergirl involves the return of Livewire (Brit Morgan), including Kara (Melissa Benoist) freaking out about her arch-nemesis’ return (did I miss something, when did Livewire graduate from recurring villain to nemesis?), the central theme of the story deals more about the show’s heroes than its villains. This includes Supergirl’s disapproval of discovering the truth about Guardian, the mixed success of Mon-El‘s (Chris Wood) first field experience, and J’onn (David Harewood) choosing to forgive and help M’gann (Sharon Leal) through traumatic episode.

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Supergirl returns with a very Stargate-ish episode. While looking into the story of a missing teenager, Kara (Melissa Benoist) discovers aliens sending captive humans across the universe through a dimensional door. Following them through with Mon-El (Chris Wood) appears to be the smart move, but when the heroes arrive on a planet with a red sun things get a bit more complicated. Directed by Kevin Smith, “Supergirl Lives” is a fun episode with some additional challenges for a hero (and a cool new invention in the sunlight grenade), even if Alex‘s (Chyler Leigh) spazzy attitude swings are a bit strange (though to be fair, that’s likely more due to the writing and the limited time on-screen to deal with the rubber band of emotions than Smith’s direction).

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The Invasion! crossover continues, focusing mainly on current and former Arrow cast members who are abducted by the Dominators and thrown into a virtual-reality world in which Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea‘s (Willa Holland) parents are still alive, Diggle (David Ramsey) is the Green Arrow, and Oliver is set to marry Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Haunted by memory flashes of their true lives, Oliver, Thea, Diggle, Ray (Brandon Routh), and Sara (Caity Lotz) come together to fight their way out of the fake reality and back into the real world where they wake up to discover they are aboard a Dominator mother ship in outer space.

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