The Children of Liberty have been a thorn in Kara’s side in Supergirl Season 4, but they’re not exactly a worthy foe for Supergirl’s powers. However, the same can’t be said for the new threat coming in Episode 13, The Elite, made up of familiar faces (and one former ally).
Spoilers for Supergirl Season 4 Episode 12 below.
Kara’s been missing partnering up with her sister ever since J’onn wiped Alex’s memory of her being Supergirl. In “Menagerie,” she tries working alongside Alex as a reporter, but it doesn’t go as planned. Kara realizes she can only be Alex’s sister, not her crime-fighting partner, if Alex is going to be happy and live a normal life.
Kara does gain a new crime-fighting partner in Nia, who suits up as Dreamer for the first time. The two stop Pamela/Menagerie, but Ben Lockwood’s son, George, leads the Children of Liberty in seemingly finishing off the symbiote. George even speaks to the press after.
The Children of Liberty get another win when President Baker uses a loophole in the Patriot Act to have Ben released from prison. (The Patriot Act doesn’t protect aliens.)
While Ben’s release — and therefore the threat he now poses again — is highly publicized, Manchester Black’s move at the end of the episode isn’t. He sends Pamela a letter in jail, meaning Menagerie (yes, the symbiote is still around) is still very much a problem.
The promo (above) and synopsis for the next episode tell us that Manchester Black is putting together his team, The Elite, which will be a problem for everyone in Episode 13, “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?”
SUPERGIRL FACES OFF AGAINST THE ELITE — Manchester Black (guest star David Ajala) breaks out of prison with the help of his new team, The Elite, who are set on punishing the anti-alien forces. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) pulls double duty as she tries to apprehend Manchester Black and his team as well as deal with a shocking new development with Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer).
Based on the promo, it looks like Kara may be worried about the collateral damage from The Elite’s plan to go after anti-alien forces. However, whatever plan The Elite has isn’t what’s most interesting. No, that would be the fight between Kara and her “Super Friends” and The Elite and seeing Kara, J’onn, Nia, and Brainy fighting together as a new team.
The Elite is making that possible in a way that the Children of Liberty really don’t. Ben Lockwood and his group aren’t much of a threat to any of the main characters. Yes, Kara and the others have to step in to keep them from harming innocents, but it’s going to be a very different story to see our heroes fighting Manchester Black, Pamela/Menagerie, and The Hat than to see them intervening when the Children of Liberty strike.
Instead, the Children of Liberty have become somewhat of a nuisance, much like they are in Episode 12. The DEO has to deal with protecting them from Menagerie’s parasites rather than go after the villain herself.
And now, it seems like President Baker is using Ben Lockwood and the Children of Liberty for his own gain. They’re becoming his pawns, even though they may not know it yet. Rather than see the government actually care about innocent lives, it’s looking like it’s going to be up to Kara to think about them, while also dealing with the threats posed on all sides, from The Elite, the Children of Liberty, and whatever Lex Luthor, who debuts in Episode 15, has up his sleeves.
For now, let’s just hope this is the beginning of the end of the Children of Liberty and the start of seeing more entertaining enemies for Supergirl to fight, like The Elite.
Supergirl Season 4 airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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