In her first episode back, Cat Grant added to what ultimately become the series’ best installment yet, as Supergirl, President Marsden, and Rhea all went head-to-head in one valiant battle.
On Supergirl Season 2 Episode 21, “Resist,” Supergirl efforts to stop an alien invasion by the hostile invaders of Daxam were assisted by Cat (thank god!), the President, and Acting Director Danvers of the DEO, as J’onn was still recovering from his injury.
Bless whomever wrote Cat’s line in this episode. It was a clear indication of how much the character, and Calista Flockhart, are missed on the series, and how much the series is desperately missing them. Her return, on none other than Air Force One accompanied by her friend Olivia Marsden, just made all of us cry over how much we’ve missed the Queen of all Media.
Cat (to Rhea): I’m Cat Grant. Known on Earth as the Queen of all Media.
Somehow the disappearance of Cat Grant coincided with the men trying to take over Supergirl, and this episode put that to rest (hopefully) as the feminist undertones of Season 1 re-emerged. The return of Lynda Carter and the reigning terror from Teri Hatcher certainly showed what this series is best at: developing and integrating women in roles of all kinds, abandoning the “damsel in distress” stereotype. Not only did we have our hero; we had a female President and a female villain.
Coming back, Cat took none of anyone’s bulls–t. What a refreshing return. Season 2 has definitely been lacking all-around; not just regarding Cat’s presence and her advice to Supergirl, which was certainly beyond missed, but the feminist “agenda” that made the series so strong in the first place was overtaken by Mon-El and his overwhelming relationship with Kara.
Cat (to President Marsden): Well at least tell me you’re still a Democrat.
Cat certainly was the comedic relief of the episode; finding out the President was an alien, her first instinct was to react as she did above, and then she accepted and embraced her alien friend with open arms. It didn’t change anything. Cat is the definition of how the world needs to be (both in Supergirl regarding alien immigration, and in real life with refugees seeking placement in the United States of America).
Rhea and Lillian
Rhea’s plan to invade Earth and create “New Daxam” certainly led our heroes to interesting places. Kara even went so far as to team up with Lillian Luthor, who in turn betrayed her, but still. Kara was working with her most prevalent villain. Lillian preyed on Kara’s humanity and wanting to save Mon-El and Lena, as she too wanted to save Lena. Sometimes the “motherly bond” she has with her daughter is questionable, but then you just have to remember she had her daughter framed and thrown into prison. Mother of the Year!
These two are the worst examples of mothers; while the other shows have at least painted the mothers (Moira Queen, especially) as being morally dubious for the sake of their children’s lives, these two are just selfish and evil. Lillian wants to rid the world of the aliens, while Rhea just wants to be in power again. She only wants Mon-El back because he’s her only hope for reuniting the people of Daxam; now that they’ve had time to see what terrible leaders his parents were after finally sobering up, he’s a fresh face with a chance for a fresh start, and he has royal blood. Mon-El doesn’t try as hard as Rhea, either. Just ask Cat about that tiara.
Hope and Politics
Last season, it was a speech from Supergirl trying to reach out to the people of national City to fight hope and strength inside of them to fight myriad. Now, it’s Cat Grant delivering the most epic speech in the history of superheroes, and calling out a certain somebody in a very high-powered position who claimed to be making something “great” again.
Cat: Good evening, National City. It’s Cat Grant. Yes, I’ve been away for awhile, but I’m back. Now I can imagine that you’re feeling afraid and feeling like your world is spinning out of control. But believe me, you have power. And right now, you have a job to do. Resist. Resist these invaders with everything you’ve got. They come with empty promises and closed fists; they promise to make our world “great again,” and yet they know nothing about the people who make this world great. They think they can con us; and if that doesn’t work, what? They’re going to beat us into submission? They have no idea who they’re up against. Aliens and humans, we need to band together, and we need to stand up and fight back. Everyone needs to be a superhero; Everyone needs to get up and say, “Not in my house.” Let’s prove to these thugs that we are strong, and we are united, and we are not going to be conquered. And tiara woman, if you and your little minions are listening, you have come to the wrong town. Yeah, I’m Cat Grant. Not going anywhere.
Supergirl is at its strongest when the political undertones of the show are heavy and a huge part of the story. That’s what this series does; that’s what art does. It takes modern-day issues and uses allegories in the story (i.e. alien immigration) to stand in and deliver a message about acceptance and perseverance. It uses the power it has to deliver hope to those who come in contact with the art form, and it spreads awareness to these issues for those who may not be as familiar with them.
In short, Supergirl delivered its strongest episode yet.
What do you think? Is the series at its strongest when it’s facing political issues, or should it step back and embrace the format other DCTV shows have?