The Girl of Steel faces adversity on three fronts tonight, both as SUPERGIRL and her alter-ego, Kara Danvers.
Arriving in town to face off with SUPERGIRL is the radioactive Reactron.
After being overexposed to radiation poisoning, Ben Krull (played with a touch of “sympathetic badness” by SONS OF ANARCHY’s Chris Browning) morphed into Reactron, a villain who can generate concussive radiation blasts from his body.
When his radiation-containment suit is damaged, Reactron lands in the lab of green-tech entrepreneur, Maxwell Lord (recurring guest star, Peter Facinelli), and takes Lord hostage. Lord determines from Reactron’s skin desquamation and respiratory distress that Krull is quite ill as a result of exposure to nuclear radiation and offers to help. Krull insists that the genius billionaire repair the containment suit or become a casualty.
To accomplish the rebuild, Maxwell requires caesium-137 (a fission product from nuclear reactor waste), the radioactive metal, thorium, and the plasticizer, tributyl phosphate…none of which is available at the corner market and may require some special help to obtain.
But, SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist) may be too busy to lend a hand. In a departure from Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) ode to “girl power” in the pilot, the media mogul seems intent on writing a crushing exposé rather than an empowering story about the new hero.
Grant’s reaction to SUPERGIRL ranges from “ho-hum” to slight disdain until she learns that the young woman is Superman’s cousin.
Then, there is the other type of monster, a green-eyed one, which Kara may face in her “regular person” life. Potential boyfriend, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) has a visitor…ex-flame Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). As he already stated, there was a time when he would have done anything for Lucy, who is Lois Lane’s sister.
So what will the ex bring to the mix? How will James react to having Lucy around again? Is the party over for James and Kara or is it just getting started? One thing is certain…there will be a party tonight, and Kara’s dressed in green with her dancing shoes donned.
SUPERGIRL also stars Chyler Leigh as Kara’s sister, Alex Danvers, David Harewood as DEO boss, Hank Henshaw, and Jeremy Jordan as CatCo colleague and friend, Winn Schott. Other guest stars tonight are Jay Jackson, Briana Venskus, John Churchill, Majeed Nami, Pilar Holland, Nischelle Turner, Nerlyn Jean and Joshua Triplett.
This week’s episode, “Fight or Flight” was written by Michael Grassi and Rachel Shukert and directed by Dermott Downs (THE FLASH, ARROW, GOTHAM, THE ORIGINALS).
SUPERGIRL airs on November 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.