“Stronger Together” sends Kara to Superhero school.
Superhero shows/movies often focus on the heroes gaining their respective powers but very rarely show the struggles of the heroes in understanding and adapting to their new status quo. Luckily, Supergirl does not follow the same superhero trope.
From the start of this week’s installment, it was evident that Kara has a long ways to go to live-up to the long shadow cast by her cousin Superman. This was shown by the numerous training exercises that the D.E.O. made Kara go through, from flying faster, dodging rockets, and hand-to-hand combat.
Things got even worse when a routine heroic act of saving a tanker takes a turn for the worst when Kara rips the tanker resulting to an oil spill. I’m really sure Aquaman would be really pissed-off with that. To add insult to injury, the media had a field day with this misstep. Enter, James and Winn. The duo teamed-up and had Kara doing some small heroic things, and after a superhero montage, got Kara’s “approval ratings” up.
The theme for this episode was obviously Kara’s struggle to become the superhero that National City needs her to be. This was highlighted when Cat gave Kara that little speech where Supergirl could take a page out of Kara’s book by working hard and proving herself to the world. Couple that with the pep talk Kara received from James, and Alex’s words for Kara and you’d get what I mean.
Another important segment is that involving Cat and James where Cat wants James to setup an interview with Supergirl by using James’ connection with Superman. The show got some mileage from this as Kara was adamant at first not to give the interview for fear of being recognized by Cat, but after all the internal doubt and trials of Kara in this episode she relented and gave James a solid by doing (well technically will be doing) the interview with Cat.
Some quick points:
- We got a slew of allusions to Superman, once again, by having Cat name drop Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and Perry.
- I doubt that General Astra is unaware of kryptonite, after all Superman is already established in this world, and it’s unheard of if Astra hasn’t caught wind of this.
- Great emotional moment when Kara asked Alura for a hug.
The Score: 3.5/5
Solid episode for Supergirl. The episode explored what it takes to really become a superhero and the preparation needed for it. The negative part for this episode though is the weak showing of the villain, but the positive that character development for our star greatly outweighs the negative.
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day, and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek