Supergirl Review: Distant Sun (Season 2 Episode 17)

Supergirl Season 2 Episode 17
Supergirl and Mon-El reunited on The Flash Season 3 Episode 17, “Duet,” where his kiss brought Kara out of the Music Meister’s musical coma. Their reunion came with a cost: Kara’s life was suddenly placed in the hands of alien bounty hunters, who wanted her dead for a reward. Who hired these hunters? Who wants Kara dead?

On Supergirl Season 2 Episode 17, “Distant Sun,” Kara’s life is given a bounty, and the culprit behind this is none other than her boyfriend’s mother: Rhea of Daxam. The Queen wants Kara dead so her son will return, willingly, to lead the life his parents want him to as the next King of Daxam to bring their people back together under new leadership.

It’s no surprise that Rhea tried to have Kara killed. Queens don’t get their own hands dirty, unless it’s to kill their husbands (which she did), and the entire story was pretty predictable. Who didn’t see it coming? Clearly Rhea was planning to kill her husband for betraying her and taking their son’s side, and there’s no one else that would put out such a high bounty on Supergirl’s head? Her only other enemy is Lillian Luthor, but she would rather scratch her own eyes out than put her fate in an alien’s hands.

Surely the showdown between Kara, Mon-El, and Rhea is going to be a huge blow-out, and possibly be the distraction that Cadmus needs to unleash their final plan. Also, I’m calling it now that Rhea will accidentally kill Mon-El as he dies to protect Kara, or he will be the one that takes his mother’s life and that will cause some sort of rift between he and Kara. Either way, the Daxamites are going to be the downfall of one another.

Another question, and open-ended story for Supergirl, is the President of the United States being an alien. Having Lynda Carter back is wonderful, but it begs the question: who is this mysterious alien that is leading the free world? How did they get this position of power? Did they take the President’s place, or did they truly work their way up to the Oval Office?

Whether this is the story for next season or not has yet to be seen, but the interesting thing is that this alien ordered J’onn to stand down and not engage with the Daxamites. Are they on the same team? Could this alien be plotting the destruction of the world, in the most powerful position of all?

Elsewhere, Maggie and Alex are having their own relationship troubles, but it’s bringing them closer which is wonderful to see. Alex confronting Maggie about her trust issues, and issues with those getting closest to her hurting her, is a great step, and a necessary step seeing as Maggie has to work on that if Sanvers is ever going to work out. Eventually these two need to break up though.

Yeah, it’s great that they’re happy and Alex found someone like Maggie, but she’s also a baby gay and hasn’t really experienced anything else. Her whole conception of being gay is coming from Maggie, and that’s not healthy. She needs to interact with other LGBTQ+ members in the community, and develop friendships that are completely platonic, and explore the world before she suddenly settles down with one girl. Sure, Alex is a late bloomer, but that doesn’t take away FOMO. She’s going to have that sooner or later; it’s just a matter of time.

Supergirl is winding up for the season finale in five episodes, and it’s sure to be outstanding. The final battle between Cadmus and Team Supergirl will surely come with a cost, as all CW shows “must” have, but hopefully it’s just Mon-El.

Supergirl returns Monday, April 24 at 8/7c on The CW.

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