Supergirl Season 2

This week’s Supergirl episode was incredibly busy. It featured not one but two assassination attempts on the President (Lynda Carter), the awakening of Mon-El, and Kara Danvers learning to write clean copy, M’gann — aka Miss Martian — made her debut in the DC TV universe played by guest star Sharon Leal. A bartender at an alien speakeasy hidden in National City, she revealed herself to J’onn who thought he could relax in his true Martian form. Together, they are the last Martians left in the universe.

It was no secret Miss Martian was going to be in Supergirl, but with her debut timed with Mon-El’s, could the Legion of Super-Heroes be on the way to this corner of the DC Universe?

Created by Geoff Johns and Tony Daniel for Teen Titans #37 in 2006, Miss Martian is named M’gann M’orzz, a White Martian who escaped civil war between Green and White Martians on (where else) Mars. When she arrived on Earth, she concealed her identity as a White Martian and joined the Teen Titans. In the popular Young Justice series that aired on Cartoon Network, she was rewritten as J’onn J’onzz’s neice.

Like Martian Manhunter, M’gann wields many of the same powers including flight, super-strength, agility, telekinesis, telepathy, regenerative healing, invisibility, and most importantly, shape-shifting.

M’gann has never been a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes (Mon-El and Supergirl have), but since when has comic continuity stopped the TV shows from doing their own thing? Just look at the JSA in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

As their name suggests, the Legion of Super-Heroes are a team of superheroes from the 30th and 31st centuries, inspired by the legend of Superman to take flight. Membership is noted by a Legion Flight Ring made out of Valarium, a Thanagarian metal that endows the wearer with the ability to fly and communicate with other Legionnaires.

A Flight Ring has appeared several times, even when Supergirl was on CBS its first season. Last spring during Season 2 of The Flash, a Legion of Flight ring was shown as an Easter egg when Barry Allen, Cisco Ramon, and Harrison Wells went through a portal to a parallel Earth, named Earth-2, in the episode (aptly titled) “Welcome to Earth-2.”

The Legion of Flight Ring, in 'The Flash' Season 2.
The Legion of Flight Ring, in 'The Flash' Season 2.

The ring appeared again in the Supergirl Season 1 episode “Solitude,” displayed inside Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Seems the Legion has not only assembled but exists somewhere in the universe.

The Legion of Flight ring, in 'Supergirl' Season 1.
The Legion of Flight ring, in 'Supergirl' Season 1.

There’s still a long way to go before the Legion of Super-Heroes can introduce more team players to Supergirl, let alone work together. Supergirl and Mon-El only just put aside their differences, and next week’s episode is taking place in a meta-human fight club. So there’s going to be more punching before there’s teamwork. But maybe the Dominators will get things shaking with the upcoming annual crossover.

Supergirl airs Mondays on the CW.

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The president in 'Supergirl' has illegal alien problems.

Supergirl’s charming sophomore season continued on Monday night with a star-studded episode in more ways than one, since it featured a beloved superhero veteran actress and lots of aliens — good and evil. Two of the aliens, in particular, were very, very unexpected.

The president of the United States, in the Supergirl universe (though not necessarily the broader Arrowverse) is Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter. The 65-year-old actress, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show, was cast as the commander-in-chief. She was coming to town to meet up with the D.E.O. in preparation for an alien amnesty bill, that would allow Earth’s extraterrestrial residents to come out of the shadows and formally join society.

Not everyone loves this plan, however. Some humans, like Kara’s first big interview subject, Lena Luthor, aren’t too keen on the idea (though the less said about Kara’s journalism career, the better). The Martian Manhunter is also hesitant, at first, but his concerns are nothing compared to the fiery alien who is trying to assassinate madam president.

Meanwhile, ace detective Maggie Sawyer is showing Alex around a dive bar to teach her that aliens are people too (or whatever), and the new Kryptonian from the season premiere finally woke up and escaped. Turns out Mon-El is a Daxamite, hailing from a planet that had a bloody rivalry with Krypton back in the day.

It was a very Men in Black kind of episode that helped remind viewers just what the D.E.O. is there for in the first place, and highlighted the lingering difficulties that come with Kara and J’onn’s alien origins. As one would hope, Supergirl was able to prevent the president’s death, and she was able to sign the bill — but should she have?

Two major bombshells closed out the episode. First, we learned something very interesting about the president. There was a tantalizing moment where it looked like she actually was Wonder Woman, not just the actress who played her. While talking about Air Force One, she slyly referenced Wonder Woman invisible plane, saying “if you think that’s cool, you should see my other jet.”

Then the camera lingered on her as she wandered off, hinting that maybe she would fly or casually touch a magic lasso. Instead, her eyes blinked the wrong way and turned blue. The president is an alien, apparently!? Man, the D.E.O. is not great at its job.

The other big reveal was the introduction of Miss Martian, played by Sharon Leal. J’onn, it turns out, is not the only surviving Martian in the universe. She just showed up at the very end of the episode, but based on the trailer for next week’s outing, we’ll soon be learning a lot more about her, and the many other aliens hiding in Supergirl.

Photos via Warner Bros. Television

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