TV Review: Supergirl – “The Last Children of Krypton”

The Last Children of Krypton
Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find all of my Supergirl reviews here.
“The Last Children of Krypton” proved that “The Adventures of Supergirl” was not a one-off success. For the second week in a row, Supergirl delivered a strong episode that indicates a great season ahead.
Much of the praise I have for “The Last Children of Krypton” echoes my feelings about “The Adventures of Supergirl”. The same adventurous fun was there. The Supergirl and Superman team-up sequences were still dazzling. The characters were all their endearing selves, Kara most of all.
In fact, “The Last Children of Krypton” rectified my main gripe with the premiere: the decreased focus on Alex Danvers. The episode directly addressed the concern that Superman’s presence would overshadow the supporting cast—especially the important sisterly bond between Alex and Kara. In the episode, Superman indeed overshadowed the people in Kara’s life, leading to some friction followed by an awesome team-up in the climax. It was a welcome bit of self-awareness that reassured me about the direction of the show and its characters.
Cat GrantMeanwhile in Kara’s personal life, Supergirl phased Cat Grant out of the main cast. It was always impossible to keep Calista Flockhart onboard now that the show is filming in Vancouver. Still, having arguably Supergirl‘s best supporting character leave is unfortunate. And she got a great sendoff in the form of a genuinely emotional goodbye with Kara. Hopefully she’ll be back sooner than later.
The same can be said of Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, who left for Metropolis at the end of “The Last Children of Krypton”. He was great to have around, but this is Supergirl‘s show, so I’m glad he’s being used sparingly.
Finally, Project Cadmus emerged more clearly as the main antagonist force of the season. This is a smart move, and not only because it works as a villain-of-the-week generator. It’s always a good idea to have a villain with personal ties to the main characters (see: Slade Wilson). And with Jeremiah Danvers in Cadmus’s clutches, the season will hopefully have a strong emotional arc as well.
It’s nice to see Supergirl, whose first season had its ups and downs, return so strongly right out of the gate. If it can keep up this quality throughout the season, it might end up being the best superhero show this year.

Rating:(4/5)

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