After a painfully long hiatus, the world’s favorite Kryptonian is back, kicking butt and taking names. The mid-season premiere opened with The Girl Of Steel chasing down a few missile-launcher-equipped jewel thieves. She catches them by surprise when she heat-visions one of the tires and causes their getaway van to wreck. She questions the driver on where his two buddies went, while he simply groans in response – probably because he just got into a very serious car accident. Pan to the two escaped thieves running down an alley in panic. Guardian drops out of nowhere to stop them, and manages to get distracted long enough for one of the bad guys escape.
He warns Winn that one is headed his way and convinces the world’s best IT hobbit to stop him. Winn opens his “Super-Secret-Spy-Taco-Truck door just in time to smack the baddie in the face. However, Winn celebrates his victory too soon and turns around, only to get punched in the face. the jewel thief pulls a gun on Winn, but Guardian shows up just in time to take the bad guy out. I have to say, I was NOT a fan of the James-Olsen-turned-vigilante story line. It felt forced, like they were rushing into this new story just so James could remain an interesting character. However, it’s starting to grow on me. It’s FINALLY starting to flow more smoothly and it’s obvious Mechad Brooks is warming up to the new aspect of his role.
Back at the DEO, Supergirl and Alex walk toward the labs. Alex listens attentively as Kara complains about Guardian interfering, and Alex actually suggests that Guardian was helpful. She asks what’s really bothering Supergirl, and Kara questions how her sister knows anything is even bothering her; Alex prods her forehead and mentions “the crinkle,” which Kara has been betrayed by time and again. She confesses that things are too easy right now – that she feels like she’s in some sort of rut.
Alex tells her to enjo the time she has to relax, and the younger Danvers invites her to hang out and catch up on one of their shows tonight. Alex confesses that she has plans and offers to cancel, but Kara tells her to go spend time with her girlfriend. At the sound of those words, Alex “Can-Harm-You-In-Six-Different-Ways-With-Her-Index-Finger” Danvers (trademark pending) melts into a puddle of love-struck goo and walks away stuttering about having said girlfriend.
The next day, we see how domestic life affects Alex, and it’s honestly adorable. She finds Maggie in her kitchen, in one of her old t-shirts, making coffee. The agent goes into a goofy ramble about Maggie being there, before kissing her good morning. Detective Dimples mentions that they’re late for work, and Alex tells her she doesn’t care if they ever go to work again. She suggests they call in six, before fake coughing and claiming she’s got “The Black Lung.” I’m going to get a bit deep on you all, for a second. Alex Danvers’ story line means the absolute world to me. As a gay woman, seeing a story like this portrayed so naturally warms my heart. I can’t gush enough about how much it affects me in the best of ways. Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima are doing an absolutely SUPERb job. Now that I’ve got my feelings out of the way, let’s get back to the show.
Across the city, Kara interrupts Snapper Carr’s peaceful morning to provide her “Supergirl-Approved” article on the attempted jewel heist, and while he’s complaining about ruining said morning, James arrives with a more “pro-Guardian” outlook on the night’s events. He forces Snapper to take his article, and just as Kara is about to leave Snapper in peace, they’re approached by a woman pleading for help.
She explains that her daughter Izzy Williams (guest star Harley Quinn Smith) has gone missing. Kara takes pity on her, tells her she’ll look into the story, and promises she’ll bring her daughter home. After she thanks them and leaves, Snapper tells her she shouldn’t have accepted that story, and Kara tells him she’s going to look into it regardless. She meets with Maggie to get the information on the missing persons case, and learns that the NCPD has had a major increase in missing persons. Kara tells her she’ll look into it and decides to head to the DEO to look over the information. She’s reviewing it with Winn when Alex shows up and looks positively gleeful. Kara pulls her aside and the two giggle like teenagers when Alex reveals that Maggie stayed the night. Our favorite beautiful, bouncing, badass of a baby gay asks her sister if she needs help with the missing persons investigation, and Kara tells her no, that she can handle it.
She reluctantly recruits the help of Mon-El, and the two follow a lead to a clinic that is allegedly offering money to young adults in exchange for testing out a new supplement. The “Doctor” accepts them as new entries and takes them to their back rooms for testing. He tries to force them through some sort of weird portal, but y’know…they have that whole super-powered aliens thing going for them. Kara changes into her supersuit and tells Mon-El to go alert the DEO, before she vanishes through the portal. Mon-El stupidly follows after her and the two end up stranded on a planet widely known as “Slaver’s Moon.” They meet a friendly local named Jo, who explains what happened to the missing humans.
Supergirl and Mon-El surrender themselves in order to get into the fortress that holds the “slaves,” and end up getting thrown into the cells. Every person in the missing file looks to be there, and they get overjoyed when they see the National City Hero – until she reveals that because Slaver’s Moon has a red sun, she doesn’t have her powers. The doctor announces that all the humans had been sold, and Kara discovers that Roulette is the mastermind behind the intergalactic slave-trading.
They attempt to round up the “slaves,” but Kara stands in their way, refusing to let the aliens take her people. Up to this point, Mon-El had protested how much the hero was willing to do without her powers, though he does step up when it means the most. The guards electrocute Kara until she’s virtually incapacitated, and the humans charge forward and overrun them. The trap Roulette and the doctor in the cells and make their break.
Back at the DEO, Winn and James are having a seriously heated exchange. Jimmy wants to go out and fight crime, and Winn gets upset that Olsen doesn’t care that he was less than a few seconds from death. Alex interrupts to ask if they’d heard from Kara, to which both men respond they hadn’t. She goes into frantic big sister mode, and recruits a team to retrace Kara’s footsteps. The come across the clinic and the portal, and when she returns to the DEO, J’onn explains the implications behind the portal. Winn tells them what solar system it leads to, and again, J’onn describes Slaver’s Moon, and tells them that he can’t accompany them; apparently the air on the planet is toxic to martians.
Maggie arrives to check on her girlfriend, and Alex panics. She tells Maggie that she can’t do this, that Supergirl is missing and she has to focus. Maggie simply nods, and Alex resumes her position at the Command Center. J’onn provides Alex with a silver canister that seems to be glowing yellow, they take a group of agents to the portal, where Alex orders Winn to accompany them to the new planet. Winn gets upset and storms off, before admitting that he was scared. Alex comforts him by explaining that her first time in the field was terrifying. But she stepped up, she did what she had to do, and she became a better agent. Winn agrees to go with them, and decks out in the DEO combat gear.
As the agents go into the portal, Alex leaves Winn to guard the portal, while she and the rest of the agents head toward the fortress in the distance. While he’s alone, he’s attacked by an alien, and ends up in virtually the same situation as the night of the jewel heist. He manages to defeat the alien, and proudly proclaims that he’s “Not a red-shirt!” (A nod to the many expendable Star Trek red-shirts.)
As Alex and her men infiltrate the fortress, she gets her hands on an alien gun – which she adorably calls dibs on. They go further into the building, only to come across Kara, Mon-El, and the victims of the missing persons cases. They start heading back toward the portal, and as they get most of the humans through, Kara has to turn back. An alien guard has captured Izzy, and Kara chases after them. Alex throws the canister to the ground by Supergirl’s feet, and the hero receives a concentrated blast of UV rays that temporarily gives her her powers back. She threatens to laser-vision the guard, who promptly lets go of Izzy and runs. Jo the alien provides his help, and in exchange, the humans take him back to their planet.
Back on Earth, Kara reunites Izzy with her mother. She drops an article on Snapper’s desk detailing the events that Supergirl went through on another planet, and tells him that she will always follow her heart. He smiles to himself as she leave, and whispers a quick “Atta girl, Ponytail.” (I hope she heard it with her superhearing to be honest.) Winn goes to visit James, and tells him he’s back in the business, and that he’s okay. #Bromance.
Alex convinces Maggie to meet with her at the apartment, and when Maggie does, Alex goes into an apologetic rant about how she felt stressed over National City’s Hero going missing, and she simply went a little crazy. Maggie tells her that she knows that Alex only gets messed up over Kara, and that she knows Kara is Supergirl. I mean come on, Danvers. She’s a detective…she detects. Plus, according to Maggie, glasses aren’t a disguise. They make up, and agree that all they want is to be happy together.
Back on Slaver’s Moon, the doctor is cleaning up the mess left behind by Supergirl and the DEO when he’s visited by a pair of black-cloaked figures. They demand to know the location of Mon-El, and discover that he’s now residing on Earth. They kill the doctor, and go on their way. While I was more than excited about this episode, there are still unanswered questions. What did the Superfriends think of Kara going to a completely different universe? Is Lena Luthor okay after the arrest of her mother? Does she hate Supergirl? I NEED ANSWERS. Tune in with me on Mondays to see what happens next, on The CW! Thanks for reading!