Mars Attacks! An old enemy resurfaces for Hank Henshaw, while Cat Grant endures an uncomfortable family reunion.
It’s Old Home Week on the latest episode of Supergirl, as characters from our heroes’ past keep popping by unexpectedly. DEO Director Hank Henshaw–AKA J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter, isn’t thrilled to see a White Martian wreaking havoc in National City. The alien menace arrives during a political rally held by xenophobic Senator Miranda Crane, who is advocating that the United States begin taking measures to keep out any more extraterrestrial visitors. The White Martian–a member of the race that was responsible for great tragedy on J’onn’s homeworld, leading to his migration to Earth–runs wild at the rally, creating chaos and targeting the Senator. This looks like a job for Supergirl! But not for the Martian Manhunter, who fears that using his powers to infiltrate Lord Technologies may have drawn the the beast to him in the first place. It’s all-out alien warfare in National City, as James Olsen’s camera reveals that Senator Crane may be hiding a secret of her own.
Meanwhile, the handsome stranger who chats Kara up while she’s getting Cat Grant’s latte happens to be Cat’s grown son, Adam, who we first learned about a few episodes back. Kara knows all too well what it’s like to be separated from your family, so she reached out to Adam and asked him to visit National City (by finishing and mailing one of Cat’s mostly-written, but ultimately discarded, letters to her son). Is it possible for Cat to reconnect with Adam? Only if she stops talking about herself long enough to learn literally anything about him and his life…
It’s a treat to see the White Martians represented in live action–these marauding aliens first appeared in a JLA series written by one of my favourite comic scribes, Grant Morrison, and they’ve since popped up in numerous other comics and animated series. But for me, the best nod to comic book continuity in “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” comes when, during the White Martian’s initial attack, James Olsen uses his S-emblazoned signal watch to summon Supergirl. The signal watch, a gift from Superman in the comic books, emits a hypersonic alert that is only audible to anyone with super-hearing, and I believe this is the first time we’ve seen it on the Supergirl TV series. Way to accessorize, James!
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Supergirl airs in Canada on Global Mondays at 8 et/pt–tune in next week for more alien action!