This week’s episode of Supergirl almost felt like the conclusion of a two-part arc, especially with the departure of Tyler Hoechlin’s already much-loved Superman.
Hoechlin’s performance as the Man of Steel was once again the highlight of the show. A cool opening scene featuring him and Kara (Melissa Benoist) teaming up to stop a pair of stereotypically dumb comic-book style bank robbers, dishing out cheesy superhero quips as they throw punches, was the kind of bright and breezy fun we’ve come to expect from a show like this, whilst an attack on his beloved Metropolis allowed us a glimpse of his more emotional, vulnerable side.
Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has said judging by the very positive audience feedback there’s a very real possibility Hoechlin could return further down the line. Until then Superman, we’ll miss you.
Elsewhere, the mysterious Project Cadmus is beginning to emerge as another potential villain after the introduction of the shady looking Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) last week.
Project Cadmus are primarily known in the DC comic book universe as a scientific research centre who specialise in genetic engineering and human cloning, but here they seem to be way more militaristic, broadcasting a warning across National City declaring they’re at war with aliens and creating two kryptonite infused cyborgs both named Metallo.
One of these cyborgs is a heavily modified John Corben (Fredrick Schmidt), the assassin who failed to take out Lena Luthor last week, who is obviously much more of a physical threat to Kara and Clark this time around.
This episode is packed with well-choregraphed, action heavy fight sequences, the highlights being the first face-off between our two heroes and Corben as they slowly start to realise he’s just too powerful (Benoist in particular is great at portraying Supergirl’s growing sense of futility) and that final battle between him and Kara (who’s all decked out in cool anti-kryptonite armour) as she’s joined by the underappreciated Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) and sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) also in a set of her own superpowered armour.
Both cyborgs are adequate as monster-of-the-week type villains but here’s hoping that Project Cadmus can be properly fleshed out into a smart, unpredictable adversary who poses a genuine threat to Supergirl, rather than just the simple alien hating corporation it currently seems to be.
The second sad departure this week was Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) who’s decided to take a leave of absence from her media empire CatCo and move onto “bigger and better things”.
Flockhart was always pitch perfect as Kara’s sarcastic diva boss and it was nice to watch her original disdain for Kara develop into a genuine friendship as the series progressed. She’s signed on for a recurring guest role this season, so it's looking likely Cat’ll be back sooner rather than later.
Replacing her as Kara’s new boss is the excellently named Snapper Carr (Cougar Town’s Ian Gomez) who’s not really convinced Kara’s got what it takes to be a reporter.
Meanwhile James Olsen is levied up into Cat’s old job, which is a huge promotion, and it’s good the writers are at least attempting to re-focus the character from the standard love interest of last season.
It’s another strong episode for Supergirl which is shaping up for another really great season. Keep watching next week for potentially the greatest moment of the show so far, original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter as President of the United States.
New episodes of Supergirl will air every Monday at 8pm on Sky1.