This article contains spoilers for the Supergirl episode – We Can Be Heroes.
The latest episode of Supergirl, called We Can Be Heroes gives us the first look at what Team Supergirl could look like. But Kara seems very resistant to that. Plus, the DEO is an awfully popular place to hangout for a secret government agency. And Supergirl let a criminal go free… it was a strange episode.
We open with Mon-El training to be a hero, and still showing he has a bit to learn, but Kara thinks he ready and he is definitely eager. When Livewire… her arch-nemesis… is broken out of prison, Kara is ready to pounce and Mon-El is excited to get into the field. Meanwhile Winn has pushed James to finally tell Kara that he's Guardian, but when she arrives, she is so worked up about Livewire that he never gets the chance. Plus, he's a bit jealous about Mon-El getting the hero treatment. All the while, M'gann M'orzz passes out in her cell after breaking the glass and looks to be brain dead. So lots going on.
When Kara and Mon-El show up at the police station to take on Livewire, it turns out that it's not Leslie Willis, but two new people with the power. Supergirl tells Mon-El to get the cops to safety while she deals with them. But she is getting kicked around pretty good and Mon-El changes his focus to help her, leaving the cops trapped. Guardian rides in and gives the cops an escape route and jumps in front of a bolt of lightning that ricochets off Mon-El and is about to hit a cop. Guardian is knocked out, the two new Livewires escape and Kara discovers James Olsen's secret.
Back at the DEO, Kara is mad. She's mad at Mon-El for not following her orders. She's mad at James for putting himself at risk and she's mad that Livewire is still on the loose. She talks with James first, and where his argument is compelling and he's right, it's not her decision what he does. She tells him that if he continues, she will stop him. Then She talks to Mon-El about why he wants to be a hero… if it's to do good or because he has feelings for her. He denies having feelings.
They get footage from the prison and discover that Liverwire didn't escape, she was taken. That she was actually a victim in this. It shakes Kara, she sees the world as black & white often and this was definitely a shade of gray. Winn tells everyone that he can't find Livewire… except he can and he tells James where she is, which is overheard by Mon-El.
Meanwhile Livewire is being used by a mad scientist to create super-soldiers with her powers. He wants to market them to the military. Guardian and Mon-El arrive around the same time and take out the two new Livewires only to discover that the scientist had experimented on himself too. Soon they are captured and Supergirl must come to the rescue. She frees them and then Livewire, who doesn't kill Supergirl when she has a chance… and they all work together to take out the bad guys. When Livewire is about to kill the scientist, Supergirl stops her, promising to not chase after her until after the scientist is in prison. Livewire leaves.
While all of this is going on, J'onn J'onzz is doing a mind bond with M'gann to save her. He finds out that she turned against her people because she couldn't bring herself to kill a Green Martian child. He helps her find her way back. But, once awake, M'gann lets J'onn know the White Martians are coming. And Mon-El goes to Kara, admits that he has feeling for her, but understands she doesn't and he still wants to work with her.
That's a pretty straight quick rundown of the episode. But there were some things that just felt out of place. Kara's reaction to James feels hollow. She's met a human who risks his life all the time to help people… Oliver Queen. Her initially being upset that James was putting himself at risk works, but for her to continue to feel that way seems a bit hypocritical since just last week she was under a red sun and still risked her life to help people. Kara is usually more understanding, but her she is adamant against James being Guardian… which could easily be down to her feelings for him, but her sister runs into danger all the time too.
Then on the flip side, she lets Livewire escape. So no understanding for her friend who wants to help people, but letting the woman who tried multiple times to kill Cat Grant go… that's all good. I could see her trying to make things a little easier for her in prison, but not letting her go. Now it's possible that the writers are trying to set up Livewire reforming, which is something the character did in the comics thanks to help from Superman's old blue and white containment suit from when he was an electrical based hero… but that would take away Supergirl's most fun villain.
And it seems like the writer's have benched J'onn for a while. I know there's the big Martian storyline coming up and he'll be front and center. But the guy is a powerhouse and he can't go to the Slaver Moon because a microbe in the air that's harmful to Martians? He can't help with Livewire, but when they are inside her mind and she's reliving what happened on Mars, they're both in their human form? Why wouldn't they be in there as White and Green Martians? And still about J'onn but on a different thought… why on Earth would he scold Winn for lying to them about finding Livewire and then tell him that he and Guardian are impressive. Winn lied… that seems like something J'onn would be more upset about.
Overall, the episode set up a lot of things, but the characters just seemed off.
Next week thought… the White Martians are coming. I might need popcorn.