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Episode Recap of Supergirl, Season 1 Episode 6: Red Faced
On this episode of Supergirl, Supergirl is cruising through the air, relaxing, until she picks up some distress with her hearing. Two men are road raging, and about to smash into a pile of kids coming out of school. Supergirl saves the day, stopping the cars. One of the drivers throws a punch at Supergirl, angry his car was totaled. Kara grabs his arm, and tweaks the guy. This winds up putting her on the news as scaring children. Back at the DOE, Henshaw tells Supergirl to cool it. Meanwhile, Max Lord does an interview, and suggests putting a bodycam on Supergirl to keep an eye on her.
At the restaurant, Kara finds Jimmy, who seems a little down. He is dreading a meeting with Lucy’s dad. Also, Jimmy invited Lucy to their game night without telling Kara, and she seems a little annoyed about it.
At CATCO, Cat’s mother is in town, and she seems just as annoying as Cat. Kara shows up, and Alex is hanging out. She is looking to find out more about her father, and needs Winn’s help to hack into the DOE. He refuses at first, but eventually breaks down. Speaking of the DOE, Alex and Kara get a text from Henshaw to come in.
It looks like the Army is demanding that Supergirl be moved to their command. Lucy Lane comes with an executive order to have Kara fight the army’s “robot.” The robot, called Red Tornado, is ready to go, as is Kara.
Kara returns to the office, and she tells Jimmy and Winn about her robot fight, and Winn asks if game night is cancelled, but Kara refuses to let it be cancelled.
Over to Cat and mother, they are still firing at each other. Cat’s mother tells her that she can’t make their dinner plans, and is leaving to see Tony Morrison. Cat seems a little bummed about it. Cat gets a little snippy with Kara and it looks like game night might be off, as Cat tells her to rework some edits.
At game night, they are playing a game, and Kara seems a little aggravated at how well Jimmy and Lucy are working together as a team. Meanwhile, she and Winn are a terrible team. Then Lucy talks about meeting Supergirl, and says she wasn’t that impressed. Kara then shows up to her battle with Red Tornado. The robot is turned on, and begins combat, starting with creating a tornado, and launching some missiles at Kara. Kara lands a big blow though, and then some more. The army ends the test, but Kara goes off the deep end. Red Tornado then leaves, and enters “stealth mode,” and the army general, General Lane, is concerned that the robot will now be a danger to the city. Somehow this becomes Kara’s fault.
The General Lane orders this robot destroyed, but one of the scientists refuses to let this robot be destroyed. The General decides to fire this man.
Back at work, Cat is furious with Kara, for not coming at her beckoning, and Kara snaps at Cat, telling her to stop yelling at her. Kara freaks out, realizing what she did, and apologizes. Cat tells Kara to forward her phone calls and says, “We’re going,” but doesn’t say where…Dinner seems to be the location. They have some drinks, and Cat tells Kara that everyone gets angry, and that at work, a girl cannot get angry. She says that for a girl it would be professional suicide. Cat doesn’t buy that Kara was mad at her, and thinks there must be something else that she was mad about, and tells Kara she has to figure out what that is.
Alex then has a meeting with Max Lord, and seems to be asking for help from him to locate Red Tornado. He doesn’t seem to plan on helping her out, and sends her on his way.
Jimmy ends up at his dinner with Lucy and her father, General Lane, who comes off pretty harsh on Jimmy. The two have a pretty harsh back and forth, and the General tells Jimmy that he is not good enough for Lucy.
After dinner, the three get an unexpected visitor in Red Tornado. General Lane tries to order the robot to shut down, but Kara has to show up and save the day. The Red Tornado gets a tornado going through the city, and Kara has to figure out how to stop the destruction. She takes a page out of the Flash’s playbook and goes the opposite way to dissipate the tornado. Meanwhile, the robot has fled.
General Lane is disappointed in Supergirl for letting the robot escape, but Henshaw cuts him short. Henshaw then reveals that his analysis of the Red Tornado shows that it was designed to stop Kryptonians. Henshaw goes off on the general, and the general leaves.
Max Lord decides to contact Alex, and he invites her over. They discuss the reason Max should help. They seem to have a heart to heart, sharing grief in the loss of their parents. Then getting down to business, Max says that the robot is being controlled, and they should be looking for its controller–the guy who was fired earlier.
Kara meets up with Jimmy and they are going to apparently have some boxing fun, with Jimmy getting his anger out on a punching bag, while Kara uses a car as a punching bag. Kara gets a little overboard, and sad because she will never have a normal life. Then she tells Jimmy that seeing Lucy and Jimmy together makes her feel like that’s something she may never have. She actually says she is mad because her parents put her on the ship to Earth. The moment between Jimmy and Kara is interrupted when Alex calls saying she has a lead.
Alex heads back to Henshaw and Kara, and her plan is to lure out Red Tornado, and Alex will track the robot’s signal back to its controller. General Lane is used as bait to lure out Red Tornado. To keep the general safe, a hologram was used, and Kara shows up. Alex tracks down the lair of the controller, and he attacks Alex. The controller is using telepathic controls, so Alex has to stop the device on its head. Meanwhile, Kara is still dealing with Red Tornado. Alex gets the upper hand on the controller, and shoots him dead. The robot doesn’t shut down though, and Red Tornado seems to be becoming sentient. Kara uses her heat vision, and channels her anger to reinforce her heat, burning Red Tornado up.
General Lane shows up to pick up Lucy, but Lucy quits her job, and tells her father she is staying behind because Jimmy is a good man. The general isn’t buying it, and leaves Lucy angry.
Alex comes home to see Winn and Kara. Winn has done some hacking, and it looks like her father went to South America to apprehend an alien, with Henshaw, and Henshaw came back without a scratch. Then the files on the disappearance were redacted by Henshaw.
Back at work, Cat’s mother is giving Kara a hard time for not having a car ready, despite Kara not knowing she was supposed to. Cat defends Kara to her mother, and her mother storms out. After giving Cat some Advil, a glass is dropped and Kara goes to grab the glass. Kara ends up cutting her finger….huh?
Josh’s Thoughts: Supergirl, Season 1 Episode 6: Red Faced
As with most of the other episodes of Supergirl, I felt pretty “meh” about this episode. It has good ideas, with the army wanting to get in control of Kara, and also wanting to test her abilities versus its Kryptonian-killing android, but it just comes off a bit cheesy. This is mainly due to the weird romantic polygons going on with the episodes. Can’t we have a female superhero who has some confidence and isn’t obsessed with one guy?
One question I wondered about this episode regarded a gender related issues. Cat seems to suggest that a woman getting angry in the work place is frowned up whereas it is a a normal day in the office for a man. I kind of wonder how true this is as a man, as I really don’t have much experience in this regard. For me, I don’t particularly getting to the explosiveness in the workplace, and haven’t really seen women get there either. For me, I would think that the reaction would be the same for either gender, and my reaction would depend on what the person was angry about. If it was something legitimate, I think I would understand, and if it was something silly, I would judge each gender equally. Unless maybe I wouldn’t and I just think I would? It certainly made me wonder about this situation at the very least.
I am curious about this new revelation about Alex’s father. It is beginning to sound like Henshaw might have taken the place of the original Henshaw. As for how the rest of this story carries out, I wonder, but I am wondering if Alex’s father is possibly still alive, somewhere.
As for next episode, it looks like some Kryptonite might be in the area, causing Kara to lose her powers? Unless there is some other explanation for it. I guess we will find out next week!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 6 of Supergirl: Red Faced
Once again, Supergirl tries to address gender issues, which is admirable, but I still feel they’re going about it too blatantly. This time, the issue was anger and how it’s unacceptable for females to show anger in our society, but accepted when males do so. While this may be an unfair truth, I feel like every time a gender issue comes up, the show steps out of itself to become educational, almost like an after school special, which really takes me out of the episode. I wish they could come up with a subtler way to address these sorts of issues.
I am glad that the show made it so that Kara’s anger issues didn’t stem just from being jealous of James being with Lucy instead of her, and that her anger actually went deeper than that, because she just wanted a normal life, and didn’t think she could ever have one. This is a good sign that the show is maturing, and won’t merely be about love triangles. Though I don’t think it’s fair to count Winn out for Kara just because he’s not good at charades! However, I do think that the show didn’t give Lucy Lane enough credit in being able to figure out Supergirl’s identity. Although the show gives Lucy an authoritative job as being in JAG, which requires high intelligence, at the same time, they undermine her intelligence. During game night, when Winn says that the card should be easy because and says “Your cousin…” and then tries to cover, only a few seconds later Lucy looks at the card, sees it says “Superman,” and then specifically brings up “Superman’s cousin,” who she just saw earlier that day, and happens to be looking right in the face at that very moment! You’d think someone as smart as they are portraying Lucy to be would be able to connect the dots. But anyway.
Overall, I was not impressed by the episode. Red Tornado reminded me of The Flash, which the writers of this show also write for, so it felt a little too recycled.
The one really interesting thing that came out of this episode was learning what happened to Alex’s father, and that Hank Henshaw somehow returned unscathed — and apparently with powers, though only the audience knows about that. Does that mean Alex’s dad is still out there somewhere — and also has powers? Will Dean Cain reprise his Superman role in some form?? Or is the “real” Henshaw dead, along with Alex’s dad, and this Henshaw we see now is the alien they were after, who has taken his form? Could be interesting.
Oh, and Kara bleeds now somehow. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that Red Tornado was made to attack Kryptonians, so maybe he spread some Kryptonite or Kryptonite residue to Kara somehow? Guess we’ll find out, and soon see how long Kara will have to be without her powers. I’m guessing a day, based on the title of the next episode…
Scenes from Supergirl, Season 1 Episode 7: Human For A Day
Here are scenes from the next episode of Supergirl, titled Human For A Day: