Supergirl The Last Children of Krypton Review
The CW’s Supergirl Season 2, Episode 2: ‘The Last Children of Krypton’ really followed up from last week’s strong premiere with a great team-up and some big changes that will effect the rest of the season. Before we analyze the episode, we just want to point out that having Tyler Hoechlin as Superman was a great addition to the show. It’s great seeing the Man of Steel fighting crime alongside his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist). It was a good way to see the chemistry between these two heroes as they stop criminals together while having some fun.
It would be nice to have Superman and Supergirl on every week, but the Man of Steel can’t stay in National City forever. That was something that played out during this week’s episode. It was a little weird having the premiere end with Clark deciding to stick around for a bit and then suddenly change his mind in the next episode, but of course he had to come back to Metropolis and Lois at some time. It was great that the episode allowed Hoechlin to show off more of his acting since he didn’t get much screen time in the premiere. After seeing him as Superman, we now know he can bring the same brightness to the character like the comics. Not only that, but Hoechlin can also portray the furious and susceptible side of Superman as well. Even seeing the disagreements between him and J’onn (David Harewood) is interesting. Even though the show changed a few characteristics with Martian Manhunter, the show managed to show him as a whole-hearted but stern protector of his new home. Soon, we got to see these two heroes calm down and work together due to their mutual affection for Kara.
The episode also got to really show how much the action sequences have changed since the show’s move to The CW. It’s kind of odd to see the special effects looking much better despite having a lower budget. Even the flight scenes look amazing as well as the combat scenes. The show is really working hard to be more proficient in showing more of what Kara can do.
This week’s installment saw the return of Frederick Schmidt as John Corben, but with a big upgrade as he became classic Superman villain Metallo. The big surprise was that the super siblings had to fight against two Metallos. It made sense to put two versions of the same character so we can have both Kryptonians fighting them. The villains of the episode really pushed our heroes physically and made a great climactic battle once the two teamed up with the DEO.
One of the biggest issues with the new season so far is the Cadmus storyline. We got to see the leader behind it all, played by Brenda Strong. For an organization that wants to protect humanity from alien threats, this leader seems to be nothing more than a typical supervillain. This was one of the problems with the show since the first season, which was not having some compelling villains. It doesn’t look like the second season will move out of this trend, but we hope that the Cadmus storyline gets better once we learn more about what happened to Jeremiah Danvers.
There were some big changes in Kara’s professional life, which had to do with the future of Catco. We learn that Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) will be stepping down from the company and leaving it in the hands of her successor, the mean-spirited boss of Kara, Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez). It did feel a little rushed that Grant wanted to take a break, but it was all the writers can do since Flockhart wasn’t going to be a regular after the show moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Despite that, the episode gave Grant a good send-off and gave us a touching mother/daughter moment between Kara and Cat.
Snapper Carr seems like a great addition to the cast. Gomez plays off against Kara so well, mixing in his bad-tempered personality with Kara’s dimwittedness. It’s gives Kara a challenge in the office as she tries to take her first steps as a reporter. She can’t expect the profession to be easy since she’s not actually qualified for the job yet. Carr definitely has a lot to teach her in the coming weeks.
It’s going to be interesting to see James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) taking on Cat’s role in the office. His arc this season is very changing rapidly as he moves on from his breakup with Kara. At least the writers are trying to give a better role for James rather than a love interest. It appears that he’s going in a different direction on this show, so it makes us curious to see where he goes.
‘The Last Children of Krypton’ proved just like last week that Supergirl is getting better after moving into a new network. The action and effects have improved, the setting is better and Tyler Hoechlin has become a better Superman on TV than we initially thought. The show still has some things to fix up, including it’s villains. However, the dynamic between our characters is still going strong for the new season. We are curious to see where the storyline with Mon-El (Chris Wood) will head to as we come off a strong start for the new fall season.
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