Supergirl is back from break with a big improvement from their last episode.
Episode 9, Blood Bonds, leaps off from where the midseason finale finished. Supergirl and Non clash in battle but when the dust settles, Non kidnaps Henshaw and retreats. With the DEO leaderless, General Lane comes back onto the scene and takes over the mission to bring Henshaw home. Maxwell Lord tries to cover up the battle at his building but James and Winn see right through it. They go on a mission to see what he might be hiding apart from the remnants of an alien battle. Finally, Kara has to prove she isn’t Supergirl or she will lose her job.
Although this episode is a great improvement from the last, Supergirl is yet to give another great episode like Livewire. Supergirl’s greatest downfall is its forced dialogue with lines that are blaringly obvious. On one occasion, Henshaw turns to Alex and says: “When I get out of here, I’ll remind you about our policy against negotiating with terrorists. Until then, I’ll just say… thanks.” The line is cringe worthy and not the only one.
The main source of cringe worthy lines would have to be Astra. The character is stiff and robotic, but she seems to flourish whenever she is with her sister. Now, I realise that these are the same actresses but Astra becomes a more three dimensional character whenever she’s put against Allura. Astra definitely thrives in this episode, even if she is a big bowl of exposition.
Speaking of actresses acting by themselves, Kara gets a chance to “prove” she isn’t Supergirl. In the final scenes of the episode, both Kara and Supergirl stand side by side and even shake hands. The scene was amazingly smooth and eerie to the point I was even thinking they were different people. It’s amazing to see how Melissa portrays the different sides of Kara: the weak assistant, and the powerful alien. I cannot praise her enough.
Close up flying is still very poor, as seen in the opening fight between Non and Supergirl. However, another minor character has been given the time and graphics to create a visually creepy alien. The creation of multiple aliens across the series is a fantastic idea and, so far (apart from Burrito Breath), Supergirl has succeeded. When trying to retrieve DEO secrets from his hostage, Non uses a fellow alien whose forehead is covered in eyes to try and read Henshaw’s mind. Every time the actor blinked, the extra dozen or so followed. It is still a wonder, though, why such detail would be put into a character that lasted less than a scene rather than put more effort into the flying sequences.
This episode has also furthered the evil intentions of Max Lord and shown just how far he’s willing to go to stop aliens. It’s easily seen he is the bad guy in the previous episodes. In fact, he’s probably going to be a bigger villain than Non and Astra. However, the choices and threat to James shows just how calculated and dedicated he is to his cause.
I feel Supergirl is still finding its feet in the universe of TV due to the quality gap between scenes and episodes. I still have faith that something amazing will grow from this, especially with Mellissa Benoist taking the lead.
Quote of the Episode: You can’t kick lasers, can ya?