There were many highlights almost right away when it comes to Supergirl season 2 episode 21, beginning with the returning guest stars. Calista Flockhart came back for the first time since the start of the season as Cat Grant, while Lynda Carter turned up once more as President Marsdin … and her big secret finally came out!
After Air Force one was attacked by Rhea and her army of Daxamites, it was certainly a surprise to see her emerge from the rubble. As it turns out, there was a very specific reason for that: She is an alien, and possesses her own set of abilities. Despite some concerns that she could be some sort of traitor or out to help Daxam in some capacity, she was fully a hero and desperate to ensure that the planet was safe from Rhea’s attempts to turn it into her version of her home.
As Supergirl struggled to figure out the right thing to do, she received some welcome advice from Cat Grant as to how to best be a hero. She realized that the stakes were so high given that Rhea’s ship housed two people she cared about dearly — Mon-El and Lena Luthor. It also didn’t help matters at all that Rhea was plotting a marriage between the two parties.
In order to rescue them, Kara also realized that she would need to pair up with a most unlikely source: Lillian Luthor. She had some of the sources to help, and also the motivation given her hatred of most aliens. She planned a rescue mission, and Cat decided to create a fantastic distraction in order to ensure that Rhea could not get precisely what she wanted. The wedding was called off, at least temporarily. That was the perfect opportunity for Supergirl, Lillian, and Cyborg Superman to strike. They got aboard the ship, rescued Lena and Mon-El, and then plotted their next course of action against the Daxamites.
It was around this point where it also started to feel pretty clear that Lena had to know that Kara was Supergirl. It takes a while sometimes to put two and two together, but this was so obvious it could be seen from space.
The rescue mission aftermath
Supergirl was intent on ensuring that Rhea surrendered without there being more bloodshed. Unfortunately, her strategy was at odds with what President Marsdin wanted — the destruction of Rhea’s ship before further people could be harmed. It was doing what had to be done, regardless of how dangerous or depressing it would be.
While Kara and Rhea are still alive exiting the episode, here’s the cliffhanger: Rhea somehow has poisoned Superman’s mind, and he is now operating against Kara and the team. Ruh-roh.
The best part of the entire episode? James trying to hide that he was Guardian in front of Cat, who figured out his alter ego within about two seconds.
“Resist” did a great job of giving reminders as to Cat Grant’s greatness as a character. This is the Cat that would have been great at the start of the first season, rather than some The Devil Wears Prada knockoff that she felt like at times at the very beginning. Flockhart’s performance, plus also seeing the true evil of Rhea, were two reasons why this story was excellent. There were at times the show leaned a little too heavily on politics (there are certain shows that are a nice escape from the Donald Trump madness, and the parallels were messy), but that didn’t diminish too much from the enjoyment of the hour. Grade: B+.
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