TV Review: Supergirl – “Strange Visitor From Another Planet”

Strange Visitor from Another Planet
Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find my review of the previous episode of Supergirl here.
An episode focused on the Martian Manhunter and Cat Grant, the show’s best two characters? No wonder I liked “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” so much!
The reveal of Hank Henshaw actually being J’onn J’onnz was a game-changing moment for Supergirl, and it was all the better for it. This week, J’onn took the spotlight, complete with a fleshed-out backstory, a few handy flashbacks, and a villain tied directly to him. That proved to be a great success, and David Harewood’s performance as he recounted the tragedy that happened on Mars was excellent and heartbreaking.
The other half of the episode dealt with the arrival of Adam Foster, Cat Grant’s son, to National City. I’m not the biggest fan of the way the episode set him up as a love interest for Kara, but that aside, it was a great storyline for Cat. She’s been a great if harsh parental figure for Kara, and yet she was having trouble doing the same for Adam, until Kara interfered to help. It was actually a very sweet storyline.
The only problem, yet again, is how the two plot threads this week felt disjointed. On one hand there was J’onn dealing with his tragic past and facing a terrifying, horror movie-like White Martian terrorizing the city, and on the other we had a lighthearted comedic and pseudo-romantic subplot with Adam, Cat, and Kara. Both plotlines worked well on their own, but there was a huge disconnect between them, and it was a bit hard to invest in Cat’s drama when so much more was at stake with J’onn.

Rating: 4/5 (Great)

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