Superhero Weekly: Supergirl’s Darkest Place and Flash’s Killer Frost

Spoilers taste better served frosty cold.

Supergirl wasted no time in establishing (or to be precise just assuming as established) Guardian a hero, to the point that in his second appearance the new vigilante is framed for murder. This Guardian storyline feels like bland filler.

(Source: The CW)

(Source: The CW)

The main story in this one is Cadmus. The kidnapping of Mon-El was only a lure for Supergirl. But once they have her there, it seems we discover way more about them than they do about Supergirl. Kara finds out Lillian Luthor, Lena’s mother is the leader of Cadmus. The real Hank Henshaw is alive, a cyborg who calls himself “Cyborg Superman” (we’ll talk about this naming later) and helping Cadmus. Also, Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain!) is alive and well and helping an injured Mon-El and a weakened Supergirl escape Cadmus.

On the other hand, J’onn had discover M’gann is a white martian and their confrontation breaks into a battle. M’gann surrenders, but J’onn decides to imprison her. Even though she doesn’t owe him anything,  she warns him that her blood will turn him into a white martian. Unfortunately, J’onn is not listening although the effects are becoming obvious.

The Flash just decided to out Julian as Alchemy. Sorry, I know it was the reveal at the end but I just wanted that silly detail out of the way. It’s been so obvious in the previous episodes that the better twist would’ve been for him not to be Dr. Alchemy. I’m actually disappointed they used it as a cliffhanger.

(Source: The CW)

(Source: The CW)

The rest of the show was dedicated to Caitlin Snow (the brilliant Danielle Panabaker) facing and turning into Killer Frost. It’s not a full turn. She keeps doubting herself and questioning her decisions. But Barry does get to hear some uncomfortable things, some of them really hitting the mark, about the way he’s changed the timeline and everyone’s lives trying to better his. I believe Caitlin is not done with her yet, or her with Cait – but somethings are broken.

On the other hand, I was so happy for Wally becoming a speedster that Joe trying to voice his concern didn’t register. Wally was taken out of the cocoon on Joe’s impulse, and regardless of whether that was the right or wrong thing to do the problem’s solution was Caitlin. Flash actually had to trust Caitlin would be strong enough to overpower Killer Frost. I’m actually not sure they’re different people, nor do I think Caitlin is evil. I do hope Caitlin accepts her powers and she somehow learns to live with them rather than spend a lifetime denying them.

Highs/Lows/Sub-Zero:

  • Mon-El is allergic to lead like his comic book counterpart. Also, he seems to be developing feelings for Kara that I’m sure are not returned. Is he going to turn into a spurned lover? That would be cheap, but comics are never the best source of healthy relationships and often enough the worst culprits of unhealthy ones.
  • Alex is starting to bug me in how she acts as if Maggie Sawyer has done her a disservice. She hasn’t. Maggie is not responsible for your feelings, Alex. I feel like Maggie is going to lay down the law at some point.
  • Kara mentioning her cousin worked with someone who used a ton of gadgets and wore a mask. Somebody might want to turn on the Batsignal at some point…
  • The thing is, National City (probably somewhere between to Urban City and Citizen City) has embraced a vigilante only to now hate him. This is way too fast. James and Wynn are equal parts the Guardian. Well, unless Wynn had put the suit on someone else. James, try to be Guardian without the suit and see how that goes. All that being said, I find the whole Guardian gig dull and bland. Saving grace? Alex gets to see through Wynn’s crap and realize what’s up.
  • How does it make sense that Hank Henshaw, who hates everything alien, would adopt the name “Cyborg Superman”? It doesn’t.
  • Jeremiah Danvers proves himself invaluable, but doesn’t follow Kara and Mon-El because… reasons. Obviously we can’t let Jeremiah off so easy, but is he working with Cadmus? Or pretending to work with them? Please make it interesting and say Lillian let them go on purpose.
  • The only reason that Lillian Luthor takes blood from Supergirl is for Hank to infiltrate the Fortress of Solitude. Really? Extrack more in case you find a way to reproduce Kryptonian powers, Lillian! Think ahead, will you? Also, why didn’t you kill Supergirl then? Whatever Medusa is (and it better be something craftier than Season One’s Myriad threat) I hope it’s worth it.
  • Wally West is Kid Flash. Finally. I don’t think Joe West is going to be able to stop him anymore. Please let’s not make the next move be Joe telling Wally to restraint from using his powers just to have Wally run head first into danger.
  • Caitlin Snow faces her inner Killer Frost. I’m a bit in the fence here. On one side, Caitlin Snow is one of those reliable characters right there in the fray, sometimes invisible but always dependable. On the other side, Killer Frost is such a great character, misunderstood, underestimated and powerful in several ways. The constant here is that it seems Barry was born to be the Flash and save the world and nobody else gets to have powers except Cisco over there. Why not Cait? And yes, I know Killer Frost is a villain in all her incarnations.
  • Cisco learns that his brother Dante was alive in the original timeline before Flashpoint. Barry’s sins are showing.
  • I think that everyone forgets Dr. Tannhauser’s (Caitlin’s mother) quote: “These powers you have, the more you use them the more difficult they’re going to be to reverse.” Everyone throws it around implying that it says something about Cait becoming evil. There’s none of that there.
  • No Arrow this week due to Thanksgiving. Next week, four-episode crossover event.

That will do for now.

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