Supergirl Season One Recap
Season one of Supergirl introduced us to Kara Danvers, a girl who works a normal job and lives a normal life, but is far from normal. She is actually an alien from the planet Krypton. As the planet was being destroyed, her parents sent her to Earth after her baby cousin, Kal-El, so she could protect him. However, Kara’s pod was knocked off course and she spent years trapped in the Phantom Zone. When she finally escaped and made it to Earth, her cousin, now known as Clark Kent (aka Superman) had grown up and didn’t need her help. She was adopted by the Danvers and grew up suppressing her superpowers. One day, her sister, Alex, is on a plane that is the subject of an attack. Kara uses her powers and saves the plane, revealing herself to the world. She is branded by her own boss, media guru Cat Grant, as Supergirl.
Since she is an alien, Kara is taken in by the DEO, an organization that her sister, Alex, is a part of. There is tension between Supergirl and the DEO at the beginning, especially between Kara and the head of the organization, Hank Henshaw. He doesn’t want anything to do with Supergirl, but eventually, they join forces to stop aliens from Fort Rozz, a massive prison that Kara accidentally dislodged from the Phantom Zone. Later, it is revealed that Hank Henshaw is actually J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter. He was friends with Jeremiah Danvers and made a promise when Jeremiah died to protect Kara and Alex.
While Kara works with the DEO, she also has two friends at her side that deal with the non-alien threats to National City. They are Winn Schott and James Olsen. Both work with Kara at CatCo, and set up their base of operations in the building where no one will find them.
The alien inmates of Fort Rozz are a formidable bunch, testing Kara’s abilities and helping her come into her own as Supergirl. The real threat, however, lies within two of her relatives, Astra and her husband Non, who were sentanced to Fort Rozz by Kara’s mother because they wished to use drastic methods to change Krypton. They have a plan called “Myriad” that they wish the unleash on the Earth. Kara and Astra face off several times throughout the show, but it is Alex who ultimately defeats her, much to Kara’s dismay.
In the final two episodes of the season, Non activates “Myriad,” which effectively enslaves all of National City, excluding Kara, Cat Grant, and on-again, off-again baddie, Maxwell Lord. Kara is completely unaffected, while Maxwell and Cat escape using Lord Technologies equipment that blocks the signal. Together, the three of them broadcast a signal of hope that breaks Myraid’s spell, releasing National City. However, Non has a back-up plan which involves a signal so strong that it will kill all of the human populace. Kara and J’onn manage to stop Non and his second-in-command Indigo, saving the world.
The final scene of the season finds Kara, Alex, J’onn (as Hank), Winn, James, and Mrs. Danvers celebrating their victory when something comes shooting across the sky. Kara flies off and discovers a pod that is very similar to the one she arrived in. She removes the lid and is in shock at who is inside. That remains a mystery to the audience.
Supergirl was one of those shows that got better and better as the weeks progressed. It started off pretty strong and really came into its own. I am excited to see where season two takes us and how Supergirl will fit in with the other DCTV shows now that it has moved from CBS to The CW. Originally, Supergirl and National City existed on a different Earth from the other CW shows. Barry accidently travelled to this world while trying to find a way to Earth-2. It is yet unknown if Supergirl will remain on a different Earth.
Supergirl makes its season two and CW premier on Monday, October 10.