I have to say that I am surprised and not surprised at the same time at who ended up being Cyborg Superman. Supergirl decided to go with comic book lore and we got the real Hank Henshaw and not Jeremiah Danvers as Cyborg Superman
Before that reveal, tonight’s episode had three distinct story lines that barely intersected.
M’gann and J’onn
M’gann pays J’onn a visit at the DEO to check up on him and to also give him a Green Martian comfort elixir. Before J’onn can take a zip he gets a vision of his wife and daughters.
Kara thinks that J’onn is having these visions because he is starting to grow close to M’gann and is afraid of letting go of his family and moving on. Kara relates a story of how at first she as distant to Eliza before they had a breakthrough.
Later on J’onn thinks e sees a White Martian at the DEO is about to shoot it but Alex tells him to stand down and we see that he was about to shoot a DEO agent. J’onn gets Alex to test his blood and she notices something unsual but J’onn knows exactly what it is wrong with him. J’onn goes to confront M’gann who is running away. M’gann admits she is a White Martian but one that could no longer partake in the Green Martian genocide and tried to help some Green Martian escape and she barely made it out alive. J’onn forces M’gann to reveal her true self and we get a White versus Green Martian fight. J’onn is about to strangle M’gann to death as revenge but when she pleads with him to say she wants to be a better person, he lets her go. We see that J’onn has placed M’gann in the DEO prison to rot but she reveals to him that he is only going to get sicker. You see the White Martian’s experimented with more ways to eliminate Green Martians so when M’gann gave J’onn her blood, she says that it will slowly turn him into a White Martian and there is nothing he can do about it. As he leaves M’gann, we see that J’onn is indeed turning into a White Martian.
Winn and James
At the alien bar, Kara is watching news reports about the newest vigilante in National City: Guardian. The media seems to love him while Kara questions his methods and motivations. James and Winn defend Guardian saying that he is a hero. Alex believes that Guardian has a sidekick to which Winn kind of takes offense.
We see the Guardian take on a bank robber and tie him up so the police can deal with it. However, a machine-gun wielding vigilante arrives and kills the robber after Guardian and Winn leave the scene to deal with another crisis.
The next day at CatCo, news has broken that the Guardian killed someone and James tells Snapper that it can’t be true. Snapper tells James that cameras caught the Guardian and the camera never lies.
Soon an arrest warrant is put out for Guardian and Winn is afraid of going to jail as an accessory. James just wants to clear his name so they set a trap to lure the other vigilante by going after a drug deal. When the two arrive, the machine-gun vigilante arrives and kills the drug buyer and then sights his sights on Guardian. The two have a brief scuffle before the police arrive.
At the DEO, Alex gets Winn to confess that James is the Guardian. Later Winn figures out the machine-gun vigilante is Philip Karnowski who is targeting criminals who got released early from their prison sentences or those that skirted the justice system as his wife’s killer got off on a technicality.
The two track down Karnowski’s next victim and manage do take him down. Maggie and Alex arrive and let Guardian go free. The next day, media start calling Guardian a hero again and Kara has to admit that she was wrong about him and hopes to see who is under the mask. Alex coyly believes that Guardian will one day soon have to reveal his identity and gives Winn a look. James sees that looks and pretty much knows Winn spilled the beans to Alex.
Alex and Maggie
Alex has been radio silent with Maggie since she got friend-zoned. Maggie still wants to be friends and Alex lied and said every thing was great with them. However, when Alex went to Maggie to tell her to lay off on Guardian, she admits that they aren’t friends. Alex poured her heart out to Maggie and letting her know that coming out was liberating and had hoped that she could be wiht this amazing woman that she had fallen for. Alex doesn’t let Maggie get a word in and they part ways.
Later though, Maggie goes to Kara’s to speak to Alex. Maggie confesses that she doesn’t care for many people in her life but she cares about Alex and that she is a very important person in her life and can’t imagine not having her in it. Maggie really values their friendship. Hearing her words, Alex arranges to play pool with Maggie the next day. I think Maggie is the one scared here and eventually she will open up herself to being in a relationship with Alex.
Kara and Mon-el
Mon-el is MIA and we see that Cadmus has him. After taunting a guard, Mon-el manages to get his key card and escape. However, once Mon-el sees that Cadmus has J’onn, he surrenders and is returned to his cell.
As Supergirl flies to deal with the Guardian situation, she gets stopped when Lilian Luthor calls out to her to come and rescue Mon-el.
Kara arrives at Cadmus Labs and gets into a fight with the real Hank Henshaw who is more resentful and alien-hating than ever. We see that Cadmus has enhanced him and Henshaw calls himself Cyborg Superman as we see one half of his face with a robotic eye. Vancouver filming side note: If the facility where Kara and Henshaw had their fight looked familiar is because tons of productions that film in Vancouver have used it. Notably, it was Granny Goodness’ orphanage in season 10 of Smallville.
Eventually Henshaw is able to knockout Supergirl and throw in the cell next to Mon-el. Kara cannot break out as the bars are made from Nth metal from Thanagar (the alien race hinted at in season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow).
Lilian Luthor arrives and Supergirl recognizes her from Lena Luthor’s office. Liliana introduces herself as Lena and Lex’s mom. Supergirl wonders if Lena knows about her mom’s involvement in Cadmus and calls herself a friend of Lena’s. Liliana laughs at that concept and says her son Lex was betrayed by Superman’s friendship and the wrong person is in prison. Lilian shoots Mon-el in the leg in order to get Supergirl to drain herself of her powers by using her heat vision and capturing with a helmet.
Now powerless, Lilian is able to subdue Supergirl to strap her down on a table so she can draw her blood.
Back in her call, Kara and Mon-el contemplate what Cadmus is going to use Kara’s blood for. Kara then asks if Mon-el gets out to tell Alex to go live her life and that she wasn’t scared. Mon-el asks Kara that if she gets out to let people know that he was scared.
Thankfully, the two are rescued by none other than Jeremiah Danvers. Jeremiah is in good shape and has not been experimented on as hinted by Lilian. Before Kara and Mon-el can escape, Jeremiah has to remove the bullet in his leg as Daxamites are allergic to lead. Kara is reluctant to leave Jeremiah behind as Alex wouldn’t forgive her. But Jeremiah insists as he survived Cadmus for 15 years, he can survive it for a few more. Beforehand though, Jeremiah tells Kara that he is proud of what she has become and calls his daughter a strong woman.
When Kara returns to the DEO, she tells Alex of seeing her father and where he was being held. However, when the DEO arrive, Cadmus has cleared out.
Later, everyone gathers at Kara’s apartment for pizza and potstickers. Kara has her powers back while Mon-el is recovering. The two talk about their experience at Cadmus and when Kara is called away to help Alex, we see Mon-el staring at Kara wistfully. Mon-el asks James and Winn if Kara has mated with anyone and they tell him no and wonders why he is asking. Mon-el says he is just learning more of Earth’s customs but we can clearly see that Mon-el the Daxamite is smitten with Kara the Kryptonian.
At episode’s end, we finally learn why Cadmus wanted Kara’s blood. We see Henshaw arrive a the Fortress of Solitude and use Kara’s blood to access a console to ask it about Project Medusa.
So what is Medusa? Were you hoping Jeremiah was Cyborg Superman? Are you excited for the cross-over that starts at the end of the next episode? I know I am.