Kara faced her biggest fears on Supergirl Season 3 Episode 2 when telepath Psi arrived in town. Lucky for her, she didn't have to do it by herself. Kara's been in a dark place ever since Mon-El left, and that's giving us a chance to see a whole different side of her.
Below, TV Fanatics Kathleen Wiedel, Jay Ruymann, Andy Behbakht, and Christine Orlando discuss Kara's current mental state, Sam's newfound powers, and M'gann's big return.
Do you have any thoughts on Sam's powers and what triggers them? Do you have any theories regarding Ruby's father?
Kathleen: I read an interesting theory that Sam might possess a leeching or duplicating ability, allowing her to briefly mimic other supernatural powers she observes. As for Ruby's father... nope. Not going there without more information. No theories for me yet.
Jay: My theory is that Sam’s powers are triggered by destruction, since we know she’s the world killer, Reign, from the comics. Like when Ruby was trapped under whatever that thing was, Sam wanted to destroy it and save Ruby, but her powers weren’t triggered by saving her daughter, but by destroying what she was trapped underneath.
Andy: I'm with Jay, it's definitely triggered by some form of danger. I think it will evolve as the season progresses. As far as Ruby's dad goes, I don't have any theories for now, because I'm not entirely sure that he'll actually play a big role in Reign's storyline.
Christine: Sam’s powers are a total mystery to me. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but I’m curious to see how this all unfolds. As for Ruby’s father, I’ve got no clue.
Will there be continued tension at CatCo with Lena in charge? Is it time for Kara to tell her the truth?
Kathleen: If Lena continues her very hands-on strategy at CatCo, something going to have to give. Now there would be a fun conversation. Part of me is hoping that Lena figures it out on her own.
Jay: With James, yes. I think he feels threatened by Lena because he ran the company under Cat’s thumb for so long, and now, with new leadership, he has to adjust to the new mission of CatCo, and he’s not going to be able to do his job the same.
As for Kara telling her, yes, it’s time. Lena deserves to know as her “best friend,” and the longer Kara keeps the secret, the more it’s going to hurt Lena and their friendship in the end.
Andy: I think Lena figuring Kara's secret out on her own would be a nice surprise. It wouldn't shock me though if Lena, like Cat, actually already knows that Kara is Supergirl.
As far as James/Lena goes, I think there will be some conflicts at first but eventually, I think he will not see her as a threat and more as a partner.
Christine: I agree with Jay, that the conflict at CatCo will be between Lena and James because having two people in charge breeds tension even under the best of circumstances.
I’d love to see Lena figure out that Kara is Supergirl and then confront her with it. That could be a whole lot of fun.
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you want "happy" Kara back? How long do you think it will be until she's back to her old self?
Kathleen: 9. We have more than our fair share of gloomy, depressed, sour, and/or just plain dark superheroes. Just look to the rest of the Arrowverse and their heroes' issues! I've always loved that Kara and Supergirl as a series were a much brighter, more cheerful, and even more outright heroic than their fellows.
Jay: 7. If you’d have asked me last week, I would’ve said 10. I really want the series to explore Kara’s depression and anxiety because it’s so important to showcase mental illness and to see a superhero dealing with mental illness, it would be such great representation.
Not necessarily explore it while she’s Supergirl, but maybe we could see Kara Danvers in therapy.
I think, after everything that’s happened, we can’t expect to see Kara back to her old self. The Flash got a second chance with Barry being “reborn” this season, but it’s unlikely anything else (aside from Mon-El returning) would do so for Kara. Still, his return shouldn’t wipe out what Kara has been feeling thus far.
Andy: Last week I was all in for Kara to be happy again. But I was compelled by what I saw here this week. In the premiere, her attitude was more "screw everyone and let me do my own thing"-attitude. But here we see it from a mental illness-esque perspective which is intriguing.
This is Supergirl Season 3 after all, which in my rule-book, is the season when a show becomes its darkest version of itself, many genre shows do this. So I expect Kara's emotional health to be explored throughout the season.
Christine: I’ll go with a 6. I’ve always liked Supergirl because it was a bright, optimistic show, but I really appreciated how they dealt with Kara’s fear and grief over losing Mon-El. I hate to see them sweep that under the rug just to get things back to normal.
I’m hoping they can find some sort of a balance where we don’t lose the show’s optimism, but Kara can still work through her feelings.
Are you excited for M'gann's return and J'onn's trip to Mars?
Kathleen: I'm beyond thrilled. M'gann was one of my favorite recurring characters after her introduction, and J'onn I've pretty much loved since Episode 1. Bring on the Martians! I can't wait to visit the Red Planet and have J'onn return for the first time in so long. This episode is primed for drama!
Jay: I’m nervous (mostly about the production value). J’onn being the last “green martian” has been undone twice now, so it’s kind of overkill to see yet another survivor. Yay for J’onn getting some of his family back, but this story is tired already.
Andy: Any time we get a good Martian Manhunter centric episode, I'm 100% excited. So bring it on!
Christine: I’m happy to see J’onn get more story time, but I’m not sure about going to Mars, and I can take or leave M’gann. Hopefully, they make it worth the trip.
How much do you love the sisterly bonding moments?
Kathleen: To be fair, the sisterly bonding moments are a critical component of the DNA of this series. Without them, Supergirl the series would be so much more empty.
Jay: I hope we see more of those like in Supergirl Season 1. That’s part of what made the series so spectacular is seeing this amazing relationship between these two women, and last season, these interactions didn’t happen nearly as often because of their respective relationships. There should be a balance, and Supergirl needs to find that.
Andy: I can't imagine what Supergirl (as a show) would look like without that element of sisterhood. So this week, I had a lot of tissues nearby because of Alex and Kara.
Christine: The relationship between Kara and Alex has always been a highlight of the series. I’d be very happy if they gave us more of these moments.
What was your favorite quote or scene?
Kathleen: All the way, the argument in the beginning about band or DJ after the two lovebirds turn to the ever-so-serious J'onn, and he ever-so-seriously throws his weight behind DJ. The funniest moment of all.
Jay: Alex: "You have me.”
Kara: “I know that, silly.”
I love these two when they’re just being sisters and winding down after their eventful days, and it’s disappointing that both of their respective relationships have to be gone, or rocky, to make these happen.
Andy: Anything with Psi in it because I loved seeing Yael Grobglas from Jane the Virgin as another epic female badass. Can we have Gina Rodriguez join the Arrowverse too? Maybe on The Flash? Please?
Christine: I loved Winn pointing out that pretty much everyone has saved his life. That Supergirl quote made me laugh…
Winn: I don't think I should get involved.
Maggie: Because you're on my side, aren't you?
Alex: Oh yeah, right.
Alex: What? Wait, I saved your life!
Winn: Yeah, but like so has everybody else here.
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