In Review: Supergirl, Episode 9 “Blood Bonds”

A decent conclusion, with Maxwell Lord becoming the biggest threat of the series.

Supergirl, Episode 9 “Blood Bonds” Broadcast January 4, 2016

Written by Ted Sullivan & Derek Simon

Directed by Steve Shill

“Previously on Supergirl“, Maxwell Lord states that humans need to rely on themselves, Colonel Lane enters the team’s life, Hank Henshaw reveals to Alex that he’s J’onn J’onzz, Cat tells Kara she knows she, her mousy assistant, is Supergirl, Astra is captured, and Non arrives to battle Supergirl.

Non and Kara battle in the sky before slamming back into the Earth. Hank is grabbed by the evil Kryptonian and they speed off into the night. Maxwell Lord demands all the DEO agents off his property, saying, “I think the days of us partnering up, Agent Danvers, are over.” Back at DEO Headquarters, Alex learns she’s the Emergency Director-In-Changer with Henshaw gone. Kara gets permission to talk with Astra to get information on Non. The evil aunt tries to get in Kara’s head by discussing her mother, but Supergirl changes turns the discussion back to Non. “I ordered him to spare you,” Astra says, “because blood bonds us all.” Flashback: The planet Krypton, one year before its destruction. Astra and Non are on trial for terrorist actions, prosecuted by Alura. She finds the pair guilty and sentences them to life in Fort Ross. Non barks out that his sister-in-law has condemned her whole family. “You have killed your daughter!” In the present, Max is on television addressing what happened at this facilities the night before: industrial espionage. James wants to talk to Max, but Kara tells him Lord is too dangerous. Hearing Cat approaching with her super hearing, Kara tells James and Winn that they have to act “really, really normal today.” She then tells them that Grant suspects her as being Supergirl. Cat arrives and tells Kara they’ll continue this charade for as long as Kara wants. Back at DEO Headquarters, Non sends a message: Astra for Henshaw in 48 hours, or the human dies. Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.

This episode nicely continued the pieces of the previous installment, while creating some new ones. The best scenes for Melissa Benoist dealt with Kara and Cat, with Calista Flockhart nicely trying to put Kara in a corner. Her final scene with Melissa was gold. It was also good to see Kara angry again, though this time she gets talked down. I’m really hoping at some point to see Supergirl exposed to Black Kryptonite because Benoist would be great as an evil Kryptonian. Mehcad Brooks got a good scene with Peter Facinelli, who now plays the most hated character on the show after Glenn Morshower’s character. Chris Vance has some good bite as Non, though he does obey his wife, but I could see him overruling her at some point. Poor Jeremy Jordan gets only three scenes, though he plans his final one from the heart, and it works.

The good: The story by Sullivan & Simon, the fantastic solution to Cat’s guessing of Kara’s secret, angry Kara, good flying effects, Maxwell Lord doing something nefarious, and 52 being the “Easter egg” magic number to hide something.

Fun lines: “Why don’t you ask your pet alien?”, “Now I see how much more advanced you are than us savages,” “We are, they aren’t!”, “You can’t kick lasers, can ya’?”, “If you aren’t, then we lose,” and “Heroes find a way.”

The bad: Alura’s character gets some unneeded softening, the after effects of the explosion are not good special effects, and, though I appreciated it happening, the way Supergirl learns “that” at the end of the episode was too easy.

The final line: A decent conclusion, with Maxwell Lord becoming the biggest threat of the series. Overall grade: B

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
3 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    5 January 2016 at 3:54 pm -

    The show is definitely improving. Subjectively, though, I would’ve preferred Cat stay in the know. They could’ve mined some interesting themes that way.

    • Ian Cullen
      6 January 2016 at 3:36 am -

      Havent seen this episode yet. No idea when Sky One plan to show it. Hopefully soon.

      But have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Cat. Thought I was going to hate her, but in essence she is basically channelling the Lois and Clark version of Perry White in a lot of ways, but a tad more bitchy.

  • Patrick Hayes
    5 January 2016 at 11:34 pm -

    I’m really enjoying Cat a lot more than I thought I would, and having her know would have created some interesting possibilities, but I was so happy to see how the writers were able to get Kara out of that situation; it was comic book gold.

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