In Review: Supergirl – Distant Sun

A massive bounty is placed on Supergirl and aliens from far and wide attack National City to draw the Woman of steel out.

Synopsis: A massive bounty is placed on Supergirl and aliens from far and wide attack National City to draw the Woman of steel out. Alex and Maggie run into Maggie’s ex. Emily, who is in town for a week. Hank gets an interesting order from President Martha.

Review: Supergirl is forced to keep a low profile this episode while J’onn J’onzz Winn and the gang figure out who it is that has placed such a hefty bounty on her head.

Of course Supergirl being the unbeatable woman or steel is an initially against this idea of laying low, which is where the episode ran into some issues. For a good part of this season Supergirl has become a little to damn sure of herself and her powers. So as a viewer am kind of hoping something happens soon to bring her super ego crashing back down to earth.

Mon-El figures out that it is his parents or at least one of them that has placed the bounty, but initially when they deny it. He finds himself wanting to believe and giving the benefit of the doubt.

It isn’t really until J’onn and the gang get one of the bounty hunters in custody that the truth becomes clear.

Rhea Mon-El’s mother has placed the bounty and has some pretty major issues with Supergirl and Krypton in general. She resents and hates Supergirl because she is taking her son away from her.

We get an impressive fight with Rhea and Supergirl in which Rhea pretty much has the woman of steel at her mercy at one point which is pretty impressive because Supergirl needed a bit of a lesson in humility given her attitude.

J’onn’s hands are kind of tied by President Marsdin because she has told him to not attack the ship that is in orbit. After seeing the value of Mon-El to the team and what he means to Supergirl he and Winn concoct a mission to go snatch him back.

I have mixed feelings about this story with it channelling so much of the old Romeo and Juliet tropes. I.E. Mon-El his overly possessive mother and Supergirl being in her way.

Mon-El and Supergirl face the wrath of Rhea

That said though Teri Hatcher really chewed the scenery with a strong dominating performance as the scorned mother who would go to terrible lengths to keep her son.  Kevin Sorbo is also good given the limited role that he has . He is generous enough with his lower key performances to create the space needed for Hatcher and Melissa Benoist to have their scenes. 

The good news is. We’ve not seen the last of Teri Hatcher’s nasty  Rhea, which is a damn good thing because Hatcher is smoking when she is in evil bitch mode. And am wanting to see Supergirl get a few more fistfuls of Kryptonite before the season concludes.


Supergirl - Distant Sun
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
No Comment

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 28 other subscribers