Supergirl, “Suspicious Minds” Broadcast on January 20, 2019
Written by Maria Maggenti & Gabriel Llanas
Directed by Rachel Talalay
High above a snow covered valley, Supergirl grabs a rocket with both hands and spins it backwards. A drone comes at her firing bullets, but she smashes it. On the ground a tank puts itself into position to blast her, just as another drone comes at her. She grabs the drone and sends it spiraling into the tank which explodes. From a distant bunker, observing the battle in the sky, a Russian general asks if she can be controlled. A man answers that their friend is working on it. The general orders her to be trained harder. Meanwhile in National City, Kara and Lena are working out in a spin class until the Maid of Might hears a mayday signal with her super hearing. Faking a cramp, she leaves the session and flies to assist the vessel. A lone solider is blasting at empty air on the deck of a ship until smacked overboard. The soldier is pulled from the water by Supergirl but is unconscious. Dead soldiers litter the deck. Supergirl reads one man’s dog tags before she hears some chirping coming from behind. A case is carrying a ticking bomb with seconds left. Before she can throw the device, a reflective creature comes out of the water to drag one of the soldiers overboard. She tosses the case into the air where it explodes harmlessly. Cue opening title card.
Well that was an exciting opening! However there’s not much action to be had after this. There’s a battle at the episode’s halfway point and in the climax, but neither is very exciting. This is due to the episode being fairly predictable when it comes to the alien threat. The aliens are very computer generated and resemble Season Two’s Dominators too much. Dox’s contribution to the conclusion in beating the aliens was really cheesy. The bigger threat of the episode is Colonel Lauren Haley’s quest to discover Supergirl’s secret identity, because if she knows it she can use it to control the Kryptonian. This puts sister Alex and several DEO agents in jeopardy, because they’ll be lying to a commanding officer. This was a great subplot with Haley being an absolutely righteous monster. The last commercial break is proceeded by an action that had me screaming out loud in joy for its occurrence. J’onn has set up digs as a private investigator and the visit by Querl is fun. Dox proposes dinner with Nia Nal who takes the invitation the wrong way, leading to an awkward situation. There’s also some continued drama between James and Lena, but it doesn’t go anywhere that was interesting. The show seems to have reached the point that there are so many characters that the A story is being skimped on. The solution to Haley’s threat is really good, handled well by the script and the actors, and will undoubtedly have repercussions.
The good: The opening sequence was outstanding, the scenes between certain characters really shine: Kara and Alex, Querl and J’onn, and Querl and Nia, and the action that proceeds the final commercial break is awesome.
The bad: The first half of the episode felt slow, Supergirl and the saved soldier that come out of the water are perfectly dry when they land on the ship, and the aliens’ design is not great. I would think within the pantheon of DC Comics, there would be better, established aliens to choose from rather than creating these generic looking creatures.
The final line: An average Supergirl outing, with Colonel Haley more threatening than the aliens. This would be a good introductory episode for new viewers, while those familiar with the series will find it going through the predictable paces. Overall grade: B-