SUPERGIRL Season 2, Episode 11 Review: The Martian Chronicles

– by Drew Carlton

This episode of Supergirl finds the heroine coming face-to-face with the White Martian threat in a version of the show that departs from the typical format presented so far this year. In fact, it is much more like what was shown in season one, where it focuses primarily on Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, and the primary threat. There was no Guardian, powered-up Mon-El, or Kryptonite-suited Alex Danvers present for the entire show.

We get started in the "alien bar" that many have come to despise, and right away it seemed as if it was going to be another sappy episode focusing on things like "feelings," "relationships," and the Barenaked Ladies, as Kara is broken hearted that her sister is ignoring her on her "Earth Birthday." Additionally, Mon-El has accepted her rejection to his advances only for Kara to realize she has feelings for him, and Miss Martian gets emotional with Martian Manhunter. Quickly, things heat up, as a White Martian crashes in and starts thrashing the Martian duo outside, only for Supergirl to come to the rescue. Property damage ensues, and we take a pretty heavy action packed ride from there.

We end up in the D.E.O. (Department of Extra-Normal Operations) where the White Martian has infiltrated the ranks using his polymorphic abilities, and they all end up around a table trying to figure out who the imposter is using the Martian's main weakness; fire. It ends up being Winn, more fighting occurs, and then the building goes into lockdown. It doesn't take long to figure out that there are actually two White Martians, and the other is in Alex Danver's (Supergirl's Earth sister) body. Here the action gets interesting, as these fight scenes definitely remind me of what we saw in the first season, and it ends when Miss Martian plunges a metal bar (I guess the Martian's other weakness) through his heart. Afterwards, Miss Martian leaves Earth to go fend off more invaders, at the source.

The remainder of the show focuses on the relationships of both Kara and Alex, and Kara and Mon-El. I loved the fact that there was not a happy ending, as it appears, at least for now, Mon-El has moved on to date another woman.

One thing that needs to be discussed here is the "Berlanti Formula" that has provided great success for The CW DC series. Basically, it takes 50% action and combines it with 50% overly dramatic scenes. This works well with The Flash, Arrow (not including season 4), and Legends of Tomorrow as the drama is geared towards the demographic that is usually into comic book adaptations. This year Supergirl has strayed from this as it has been around 75% drama, and it is geared towards someone who may perhaps watch Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Also, at times the drama has been irrelevant to the action side of things, whereas the other shows will generally have at least some intertwining element. However, this episode did well in getting back to basics, and I was pleased with the "Berlanti Formula" -- this time.

GRADE: B

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Bonus note: Did anyone notice Supergirl's t-shirt in the second to last scene -- Power to the GIRLs? Could this be foreshadowing? Did you like this episode, and are you excited for Mr. Mxyzptlk in 2 weeks? Let us know!

TV, Reviews, DC Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Miss Martian