It’s finally here, Karaphiles! The first installment of the highly anticipated four-way DC crossover ... although calling this episode a crossover may be a little generous. We’ll get to that later. Last week, as I said before, was a little information (Hank and Jeremiah being alive, Mon-El liking Kara, Project Medusa, etc.) mixed with a lot of filler (pleasant filler, but still). Now, lets see what Team Super Friends gets up to this week!
It’s Thanksgiving in National City, and everyone has big news. Winn and James want to tell Kara about the Guardian, but Alex, who wants to tell her mother about her sexuality, doesn’t want them to steal her thunder. Meanwhile, Mon-El cozies up to Mama Eliza to try to score points with Kara. Before anyone can reveal anything, however, a breach opens over the table and interrupts.
At the DEO, Winn researches the origin of the breach while the rest of the team investigates Dr. Luther and her nefarious plans. Winn and Alex want to tap Lena’s phone to find out what she knows, but Kara convinces them to let her talk to her ... though Winn hacks Lena anyway. Kara interviews Lena, sneaking in questions about her mother and their relationship, which isn’t exactly great. After Kara leaves, Lena calls her mother for reasons we’ll learn later.
Later, Mon-El visits the alien bar. While there, he sees Hank Henshaw and follows him out, not noticing the device Henshaw plants under the bar. In the alley, the two fight, with Henshaw coming out on top. Meanwhile, inside the bar, a dense fog fills the air and every alien begins to die, leaving Mon-El to wonder what happened.
Kara and J’onn quarantine Mon-El at the DEO, as he tells them what happened. Alex wonders how Cadmus managed to target only aliens and offers to bring in Eliza to help. J’onn and Alex place Kara on lock-down until they figure out what happened and how to stop it from happening again.
At L Corp, Lena and her mother have a tense encounter, during which Dr. Luther admits that she always loved Lex more. Lena asks her mother what she’s up to, but Lillian isn’t exactly forthcoming. Still, Lena doesn’t believe her innocence.
Back at the DEO, Kara and Mon-El hang out in lock down. During their time, Kara asks Mon-El if he likes her, but he unconvincingly denies it, though Kara seems to buy it. Mon-El starts choking, and Kara breaks his quarantine to save him. Eliza tells Kara that he was infected but that it’s not contagious. She also reveals that the virus is Kryptonian, and Kara realizes that Cadmus used her blood to break into the Fortress of Solitude.
At the Fortress, Kara is attacked by Kelex and incapacitates him. Once she’s safe, she figures out that Henshaw was after Project Medusa, which, according to her father’s hologram, was a weaponized virus he designed to defend Krypton from other aliens while keeping Kryptonians safe. Once again, Kara is disappointed to learn her family’s secrets.
Armed with the knowledge that Cadmus has Medusa, the team sets to work trying to stop them from deploying it. Meanwhile, Eliza continues her efforts to save Mon-El, whose Daxamite DNA has been keeping him alive. Alex finally reveals her sexuality to her mother, who tells her that she loves her no matter what.
J’onn tells Kara that, despite her parents’ disappointing secrets and misdeeds, their greatest legacy will always be her. Before she can thank him, he continues transitioning into a White Martian. Kara wants to tell the team, but J’onn doesn’t want to pull focus from Medusa. Right on cue, Eliza and Alex reveal that Cadmus plans to disperse the virus using an element found only at L Corp.
Kara flies off to confront Henshaw, who is already on his way to retrieve the element. Alex also sends Maggie and the entire police force. Kara saves Lena from being hit by Henshaw but at her own peril. Before Henshaw can kill her, though, another breach opens, distracting him long enough for her to take the upper hand. Unfortunately, in the shuffle, Maggie gets shot, and Henshaw gets away (thankfully without the element).
At the DEO, the team wonders if Lena is involved, but Kara doesn’t believe it. However, in an effort to save Mon-El before it’s too late, Supergirl visits Lena to ask about her mother. She tells Lena that Lillian is behind Cadmus and about the virus, but Lena refuses to believe it and asks her to leave.
In the infirmary, Alex sews up Maggie. She also thanks her for encouraging her to be her own person and to come out to her mother. Meanwhile, Mon-El wakes up to find Kara at this bedside. He realizes that he might die, but Kara refuses to accept this. Kara feels guilty and tells Mon-El about her father’s part in Medusa. Mon-El tells Kara that she looks beautiful and kisses her before going back to sleep (and I’m fine. Totally NOT freaking out!).
At L Corp, Lena offers to work with her mother, giving her the isotope she’s been searching for. Maybe I’m just naïve or overly trusting but I’m thinking the lovely Lena has some tricks up her sleeve.
Winn tracks the isotope to the National City Port, where Cadmus plans to disperse the virus. J’onn tells Kara that they need to go but she doesn’t want to risk his life. J’onn says that he’d rather die fighting than hiding as a mutant and they set off. Lillian forces Lena to launch Medusa to prove her loyalty. Before Kara can stop her, the virus is dispersed. Kara flies off to try to stop the rocket from detonating while J’onn stays behind to battle Henshaw. In the heat of battle, J’onn uses his newfound White Martian status in his favor and easily takes down Henshaw.
Kara is unable to stop the disbursement and the city waits in fear for the aliens to die. When Henshaw regains the upperhand, Kara comes to J’onn’s aid. As Medusa fills the air, everyone wonders why the aliens aren’t dying, and Lena reveals that she switched out the isotope to thwart her mother’s plans. And, adding insult to injury, she called cops to arrest her mother. The only downside is that Henshaw managed to escape.
In space, a team of Daxamite lords searches for Mon-El, who seems to be more important than he let on. Back at the DEO, Mon-El wakes up to find that Eliza has healed him and managed to reverse J’onn’s White Martian transformation. Kara asks Mon-El if they should talk about what happened. When it become “clear” that he doesn’t remember their kiss (I use quotes here because I’m pretty sure he does remember), Kara plays it off and pretends it never happened.
Later, Maggie visits Alex and finally reveals her own feelings. They kiss, and the world lets out a collective sigh! Finally, in Kara’s apartment, Barry and Cisco make it through a breach. Barry asks Kara for help, and the story continues on the next episode of The Flash!
Alright, I’ve got a lot to say about this episode. As a standalone episode of Supergirl, it was absolutely fantastic. There was a ton of action, some good ol’ fashioned drama, and enough open ends to carry the show through this mid-season finale until next year. However, as an episode that was heavily advertised as a crossover, I found myself frustrated through most of it as I waited for what I knew was Barry and Cisco to come through a breach. I don’t think the pre-breaches really helped the situation. It was just like a tease. I can’t be alone in this, right. In any case, this was still an amazing episode and I can’t wait to see how the drama unfolds on tomorrow’s Flash and throughout the rest of the season!
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