“Bizarro”: a modern-day Prometheus.
Last night’s episode of Supergirl “Bizarro” saw the return of Maxwell Lord in a tale of Man vs Monster.
Following last week’s theme of acceptance, Aliens within the Supergirl universe ascend through Supergirl’s humanity.
“Bizarro” opens 3 months in the past at Lord Technologies, as Max begins to hollow out the Jane Doe used to become Supergirl 2.0.
Back in the present – all but a day – Max welcomes his Jane Doe into consciousness; having since been cosmetically altered to look like Kara. Inspired by the words of Mary Shelley, he refers to his Jane Doe as his most perfect creation. Aiming to “change the meaning of life itself”, Max ascends to the first step of a God complex set to be his downfall.
Investigating the arrival of this new lookalike, the DEO determine that she is neither an unknown Alien nor Hank in a skirt. Doubting Max Lord’s capabilities, they are yet to suspect his role in her arrival.
Aiming to discredit Supergirl’s good name, Jane Doe poses a threat to Catco’s onus of Supergirl – having thrown a truck into a mountain the night prior.
Whilst Winn tries to maintain his space from Kara, he can’t resist getting involved both in the situation and pleasing Kara, as Cat arrives at the office, greeting Kara with a latte – perfectly ordered to his credit. Refusing to let the Supergirl crisis deter her from her good mood, the team meet to discuss how they will cover the story.
As Kara suggests that the Supergirl 2.0 is an imposter, the room is silenced. With an open ear from Cat, Kara is praised for her ‘take’ on Supergirl’s antics, against those trying to discredit “our girl”.
After her writing skills were demonstrated last week in her letter to Adam, does Kara’s fresh thinking hint that she’s on a path to becoming a journalist? taking control of Supergirl before Max Lord does. Or, is it all a symptom of her relationship with Adam? especially as Cat goes from Mentor to downright Maternal this week; as Kara keeps Adam in National City.
Aptly describing both Cat, and the events of this weeks, as the “invasion of the body snatchers”, the episode begins to seek out the real Jane Doe.
As Winn and Jimmy try to identify Jane Doe’s origins, Kara reveals that she is excited, for her date with Adam. Handling their jealousy differently, Jimmy provides support in the midst of Winn’s skepticism.
Back at Lord Tech, Jane Doe is being brainwashed with footage of Kara as Supergirl. Whilst it is Lord’s intentions to establish Kara as a target in Jane’s mind, brainwashing Jane into assuming her new identity, is a more apt definition or result, of his methods. As she is ordered to kill Kara, we begin to see doubt and empathy project from Jane, as she assimilates to her new identity.
With Kara’s DNA coursing through her; having been injected with a infused concentration of it, Shelley’s debate of Man vs Monster comes into play as Jane’s personality develops its own concept of humanity.
Elsewhere, on their date, Kara and Adam discuss how empathetic and caring Kara is. Whilst he wishes he could do the same for her, breaking news causes a seemingly overwhelmed Kara to leave.
Mistaken, Adam visits Cat to discuss where he went wrong, as Kara goes to save a group of trapped passengers in a dangling tour carriage. At the scene, Jane shows up with the intent to kill Kara, only to give up when she sees Kara surrender her own defence, in order to save the passengers.
Learning that she is neither an Alien nor Android from the fight, the DEO theorise that her similarities to Kara, mean she has the same weakness. Reluctant to use kryptonite against her, Kara argues that Jane is a victim in it all. Arguing that “she has a soul”, Kara refuses to destroy Jane, the same way the Red Tornado was. Instead, they must seek out her creator.
Back at Catco, an apologetic Kara accepts a rain-check for her date with Adam.
The Cisco Ramon of the Supergirl universe, Cat names Jane, Bizarro, as the uncanny of two Supergirls is caught on camera. Non-suspect is Kara’s declaration of the imposter proving to be correct. Whilst odd, perhaps it subtlety lends itself to building Cat’s awareness of the truth once more.
Discovering Lord’s involvement in creating Bizarro, the monster is truly revealed as the team learn that Lord has had 6 more Jane Does as test subjects. Proving to be more human in comparison, Bizarro tells Max that “Supergirl [is] not bad”.
Confronting Max, Alex suspects that Max knows of her relation to Kara. When she is attacked again – out of her costume – this is confirmed.
With the reference to Bizarro being Supergirl’s twin, the concept of a mirror twin goes unknown as a second fight ensues.
Snatched away – quite literally – during her rain-check date with Adam – we learn that Bizarro’s powers act in opposition to Kara’s and that Kryptonite has made her more powerful.
As the Kryptonite degrades her appearance, the assumption of power seems to have also mentally degraded Bizarro’s empathy, and enhanced her rage.
Elsewhere as Jimmy and Winn drown their sorrows over Kara’s love life, Winn encourages Jimmy to pursue Kara, categorising himself as stuck in the ‘friendzone’ – gaining one point in Idiocy and losing one point in Romance. It’s time for Winn to stop feeling sorry for himself and reinstate himself as a loveable and witty part of Team Supergirl.
Back at the DEO, any efforts Jimmy may make, will fall on deaf ears as Kara acknowledges the threat to her family and friends with Max’s knowledge of her true identity. Later telling Jimmy to leave her alone, Adam is lucky to survive the episode with simply being dumped. Whilst his canonistic death may occur later; with the return of Toyman, we’ve had enough drama for one episode…
…Until Jimmy is taken that is.
As Max justifies Bizarro’s degradation as the fault of Supergirl, he manipulates her into attacking Kara’s loved ones; who she knows to be Jimmy, in the sameness she shares with Kara.
With Jimmy saved, Alex has Max arrested and imprisoned at the DEO; despite his threats to reveal Kara’s secret to the world, and hurt Eliza Danvers. With Bizarro neutralised, Kara resolves to save her, keeping her unconscious at the DEO until they can cure her. As their sameness prevails, Kara tells a scared Bizarro, “I once went to sleep for a long time…but when I woke up, I wasn’t alone [and] you’re not gonna be either”.
Back at Catco, Cat is cold towards Kara, blaming her for Adam leaving. Telling her that she isn’t building a life for herself, Cat seemingly surrenders her role as mentor, for the sake of professionalism. Unbeknownst to her, with, Max imprisoned, why can’t Kara choose to pursue happiness?
As the episode ends, Kara is attacked by a squid-like parasite in her apartment, which will see Kara fighting for her life in next week’s episode. Trapped in her ultimate fantasy, Kara will have to choose between happiness, and reality – exploring the traditional battle for balance in DC superheroes.
Supergirl airs Monday at 8|7c on CBS!
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