Review: Miss Martian is Revealed to Be a [Spoiler] on Supergirl

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 - 9:42AM
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 - 9:42AM
Review: Miss Martian is Revealed to Be a [Spoiler] on Supergirl
Supergirl has had a lot of exciting developments in season two so far. The Man of Steel himself made an appearance in the first two episodes of the season, and in last week's episode, the show dealt with the idea of xenophobia by emphasizing the human/alien turmoil in National City and having Kara face her own prejudices with the newly awakened Daxamite, Mon-El. In this week's episode, entitled "Survivors," an exciting new enemy is introduced to the show, and viewers are given a better look at what the new live action adaptation of Miss Martian is really like.

After Maggie Sawyer shows Kara and Alex the corpse of a newly discovered alien, she puts them onto the trail of an alien fight club, which is revealed to be led by the villain Roulette. To their surprise, they find out that Miss Martian is one of the contestants in the fight club - a revelation that blindsides J'onn J'onzz. He rebukes M'gann for her decision, but his lecturing comes at a price when Roulette captures them both and forces them into a fight to the death. Luckily, Supergirl pops in at the last moment to set things right.

Meanwhile, Winn tests the powers of Mon-El, and discovers that while he does have super strength and can "leap buildings in a single bound," he doesn't have the ability to fly, use frost breath, use heat vision, or any of the other powers that seem to belong solely to Kryptonians. Mon-El convinces Winn to go out on the town, where the future Superboy learns the hard way that he's a safety hazard on Earth. Likewise, J'onn and M'gann make amends after the incident at the fight club, and M'gann's secret is revealed to the audience: she's really a white Martian.

"Survivors" is yet another episode of Supergirl that provides commentary on xenophobia and the exploitation of other cultures, though unlike last week, it isn't the main thrust of the show. This live action version of Miss Martian is extremely different than her Young Justice counterpart, but she's also extremely interesting, and learning more about her character is definitely a fun part of the episode. Speaking of characterization, "Survivors" also offers the first real glimpse into what Mon-El is like when life is normal, and from the looks of it, he'll make a great addition to the Supergirl team.

The episode is funny, capitalizing on Mon-El's ignorance to the ways of Earth and throwing shade at J'onn's tough guy attitude ("did you use your inside voice?"). Likewise, the emphasis on the secret alien society that lives on Earth is really helping transform Supergirl into a totally unique show where some amount of social commentary is easy to access, but is never heavy handed when dealt with. Just as well, Roulette isn't just another run of the mill villain, and knowing that she's still on the loose is going to keep viewers anxiously waiting to see her appear on Supergirl again. The reveal of Miss Martian being a white Martian (a twist in keeping with source material), on the other hand, seems like it came too soon, as it would have arguably been perfect for a surprise reveal later in the show.

Overall, "Survivors" is another solid episode of Supergirl. The show is finding its footing this season, and is transforming into a totally unique addition to the CW's DCTV lineup. Mon-El and Miss Martian are both welcome additions, and season two's potential has definitely gone up with their arrival. All in all, there's a lot of reasons to be really excited about the direction Supergirl is heading this season.

Supergirl returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
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