Review: Kara Zor-El Battles Xenophobia in This Week’s Episode of Supergirl

Monday, 24 October 2016 - 10:38PM
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Monday, 24 October 2016 - 10:38PM
Review: Kara Zor-El Battles Xenophobia in This Week’s Episode of Supergirl
In the first two weeks of the show's second season, Supergirl finally got the chance to work with her cousin, Superman. But now that Tyler Hoechlin has flown back to Metropolis, things are finally starting to get back into the swing of things in National City. This week, Kara was tasked with interviewing Lena Luthor about the President's new alien amnesty program, while Supergirl had to deal with meeting the President herself and tracking down the newly awakened Mon-El.

"Welcome to Earth" featured a Supergirl convinced because of a longstanding prejudice the Kryptonians had towards his race that the newly awakened Mon-El was the alien trying to assault the President. She catches and imprisons him, only to later find that he wasn't the culprit. Though her tolerant stance on alien amnesty gets her in trouble for being biased about policy in her reporting, it's ultimately Kara who learns about her own prejudice in the process of the episode.

Meanwhile, Alex also learns a bit about her own prejudices as a DEO agent when an old classmate introduces her to an all alien bar. The place comes up twice more in the episode as well, as it turns out that a patron of the pub was the real alien responsible for the attempted assassination of the President. Hank also checks the place out in his true Martian form, where he runs into the last daughter of Mars, M'gann M'orzz, who reveals herself in the final scene of the show.

"Welcome to Earth" had a few minor setbacks - a lot of the special effects were unconvincing, and in a time when quality superhero shows run rampant, subpar SFX can really take the viewer out of the moment. Likewise, the reveal that the President was an alien herself at the end of the show seemed unnecessary and overly predictable, and it arguably undermines her character's apparent sincerity. Just as well, the attempted assassin turned out to be yet another underdeveloped, flavor of the week villain.

Overall, however, this week's episode of Supergirl succeeded as a social commentary on xenophobia in a time when an apt social commentary on xenophobia is clearly needed. It accomplished this without being heavy handed, and real character development took place for essentially all focal characters. While "Welcome to Earth" may not have been the most mind-blowing episode of Supergirl yet, it is yet another solid story to emerge from the DC's CWverse.

Supergirl returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET.
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