Supergirl Red Tornado

Supergirl Recap: Rage Against the Machine (If You're a Man)

Sure, Kara Danvers might be able to cook meat with her eyes, punch through the roof of a car without blinking and freeze anything in her path just by breathing on it — but she’s still just your average feminist.

In Monday’s installment of Supergirl, Kara was forced to learn a tough lesson — that getting angry in public isn’t so easy when you’re a woman — while simultaneously facing down the newest threat to National City. Let’s recap the details of “Red-Faced.’

MAD KARA: FURY ROAD | As is now tradition on the CBS drama, Supergirl kicks off the episode facing scrutiny from the public — this time for breaking the wrist of a civilian and freaking out a bunch of grade-school kids with her temper. It seems at first that our heroine might just need some anger-management therapy, but her uncontrollable rage soon starts to put others in danger. When Kara is asked by General Sam Lane — yep, Lucy Lane’s father — to fight the Red Tornardo, an anti-insurgent combat device that the Army has been developing, Kara gives the robot a full-blown beat-down just by channeling her anger. She breaks off one of the Red Tornado’s arms and damages his technology, which seems swell at first… until the Red Tornardo, feeling threatened by Supergirl, goes into stealth mode so that no one in National City can track him or the havoc he’s about to wreak. Oops.

In the meantime, while Supergirl and the DEO wait for the Red Tornado to reappear, Kara struggles to keep her temper under control at work. She lashes out at Cat for talking down to her — “Why are you so mean?” she screams, pulling a page from Taylor Swift’s book — and Cat, to everyone’s surprise, takes Kara out for a drink instead of firing her on the spot. While knocking back many a martini, Cat explains to Kara that it’s impossible for women to get angry in the workplace (whereas men can do so without anyone batting an eye), so Kara must learn to channel her anger elsewhere.

Supergirl Red TornadoLater that day, Kara takes out her frustration by punching a car until its mechanical insides fall out, realizing as she does so that the real source of her anger is the fact that she’ll never lead the normal life she so desperately wants. And once she has this epiphany, she assures Hank and Alex that she’s not scared of her rage anymore; instead, she’ll use it to defeat the Red Tornado, who has since popped up on the streets of National City again. With a little help from Maxwell Lord (with whom a steamy hook-up is inevitable), Alex learns that the Red Tornado’s creator, Dr. Morrow, is controlling the robot’s actions, and the only way to take out the android is to destroy the guy who made it.

In the final act of the hour, Supergirl and Alex team up to defeat the Red Tornado: While Supergirl beats up the ‘droid, Alex puts a fatal bullet into Morrow, which should end the whole ordeal once and for all — except of course it doesn’t. The Red Tornado comes alive all on its own, and the only way for Supergirl to get the upper hand is to channel that pesky fury she’s been keeping inside. As she taps into how mad she is for being sent to Earth all those years ago, Supergirl kicks her laser vision into overdrive, sizzling the Red Tornado’s technology so intensely that she actually collapses once her enemy goes down for the count. And it seems Supergirl’s super-rage may have had one majorly negative effect: When Kara cuts herself on a piece of broken glass the next day, she strangely starts bleeding — meaning she might have become human?

While that worrying news sinks in, here are other highlights from the hour:

* Just as we were all coming around to Lucy Lane’s presence in National City, it’s revealed that she works for her father — and she doesn’t like Supergirl at all. “I wasn’t impressed,” Lucy tells James (and poor Kara!) after her first meeting with the caped heroine, adding, “It’s like when you meet a movie star and you think, ‘Is that it?'” Fortunately, Lucy comes around after Supergirl saves her from death by Red Tornado (and ultimately resigns from working under her dad) — but now we know Lucy can be cold.

Supergirl Red Tornado* Speaking of the Lane family, our first impression of General Lane is that he’s probably never smiled once in his whole life. Not only does the general have zero regard for Supergirl’s well-being — it’s later revealed that the Red Tornado’s real purpose was to destroy Kryptonians, not fight insurgents as the DEO was originally told — but he flat-out tells James that he isn’t good enough for Lucy, calling James “a glorified paparazzo.” Lucy stands up to her father in the end, assuring General Lane that she and James are on the same team, but he won’t have it. “I hope that one day, when you realize what a terrible mistake you’ve made, it won’t be too late,” General Lane tells his daughter, suddenly making Cat Grant look like the most nurturing woman in the world.

* And if General Lane wins the World’s Worst Father award, surely Cat’s mother takes home the companion trophy. After spending hours berating Cat at her own media empire, Katherine Grant cancels the mother-daughter dinner they had planned for that evening, choosing instead to go to a hoity-toity dinner party at author Toni Morrison’s house. Cat suggests tagging along, to which her mother responds, “What could you possibly have to talk about with two Nobel Laureates and Margaret Atwood?” Well, at least now we know where Cat got those terrific people skills.

* But perhaps the most disconcerting family-related storyline is Alex’s, after she asks Winn to do a little digging into the DEO and find out what really happened to her father all those years ago. Winn reluctantly obliges, and he discovers a troubling piece of intel: When Jeremiah Danvers traveled to South America with another DEO agent to apprehend a hostile alien, both Jeremiah and his colleague vanished… until one month later, when that same colleague reappeared without a scratch on him, claiming that he didn’t remember anything about the assignment or Jeremiah’s death. That DEO agent, as you may have guessed, was Hank — and he has since deleted all digital records of that trip to South America, as if we needed any more reason to think Hank is one shady dude.

With that, I hand it to you. Your thoughts on Monday’s Supergirl episode? Drop ’em in the comments section below.

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49 Comments
  1. Ms Thang says:

    Supergirl keeps getting better every week. I am so happy it got a full season order.

  2. Phun says:

    Best episode so far! So many layers revealed in this episodes. Love the show.

    • herman1959 says:

      Yes, the show really opened up tonight, and Winn didn’t annoy me as usual.

      • tyranthraxus says:

        Yeah this is one of the first episodes where Winn hasnt annoyed me. I didnt didnt notice him that much , but there was no annoyance.

        Is it just me or is Lucy just.. cold? She comes across that way in a lot of her Dialogue, and it just seems its in Part at least because she ‘lost’ James to Superman, so she is immidiatly going to think she is going to lose him to Supergirl. Her quote about the skirt last week could be spot on.

        The cut on the finger thing was a little weird. I think its too early in the show to go for a ‘Human ‘ angle, but i think the show is willing to challenge the mythos of the Kryptonians.

        • herman1959 says:

          Yes, Lucy is cold or maybe it’s the actress. Either way, it’s hard to believe that she has enough passion for James to leave her job (and Dad) for him…let’s see.

          • kath says:

            I think the actress is warm but the character is cold and that’s what’s creating the disconnect.
            Or maybe it’s because she has to sell that a relationship that is written to blow up before the end of the season.

          • Jeri says:

            Love Jenna Dewan T but don’t know what Lucys trip is yet.

          • Brad Welch says:

            Jenna and her husband must be the most beautiful couple in the world.

      • Brea says:

        I like Winn! He’s a sweet kid. A much better fit with Kara than too smooth Olson!

    • It sure was! It was an impressive episode!

  3. sladewilson says:

    Anyone who understands how Kryptonians get their powers, it’s an easy fix

    • ? says:

      She spent too much solar energy blowing up Red Tornado with her eye beams so she’s going to be a little vulnerable for a bit until she recharges.

  4. ami says:

    I can’t wait for more of this. Love the layered characters.

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Very happy that Supergirl got a full season order by CBS even though the first season is going to have just 20 episodes instead of the traditional 22. Little shocked about the ending and I’m curious about what’s going to happen in the next episode if Kara/Supergirl is powerless for the first time. BTW, is Hank Henshaw really channeling his inner Harrison Wells from The Flash?

  6. tyranthraxus says:

    Anyone else think the reveal on Jeremiah is that Hank isnt actually Hank anymore? Hank probably died on that mission and the person who is now going around as Hank Henshaw isnt Hank at all?

    It actually smacks a bit of Dr Harrison Wells on Season 1 Flash (and hey both shows ARE From Berlanti!). Its entirely possible the alien they were pursuing did something to Jeremiah and replaced Hank. No questions may of been asked. That way he stays in touch with everything the Government knows and has the resources at hand to do whatever he needs to do. His knowledge of Aliens comes across from his knowledge as ‘Hank’. We also dont know if Hank is Married, or has kids or anything like that.

    • Mary says:

      Or maybe he didn’t do anything at all to Jeremiah, or at least maybe not on purpose. Maybe he wasn’t able to save either Jeremiah or the real Hank Henshaw and just took his place.

      Does open up the possibility for the real Hank Henshaw to come back later as Cyborg Superman or even possibly Jeremiah to be Cyborg Superman, since Hank Henshaw isn’t the only one in the comics. The second Cyborg Superman, was Zor’El, but I could see them putting a twist on it and making Jeremiah Cyborg Superman instead. And come on, they’d have former Superman Dean Cain for that.

    • John NYC says:

      They’ve shown that red eye glow before so there’s been a fair amount of foreshadowing SOMETHING is going on with him beyond the obvious that’s for sure.

  7. DavidJ says:

    A lot of really cool stuff in this episode, but man, that heat vision scene at the end was freakin INSANE. And epic as hell.

  8. Mary says:

    I say no to Alex and Max, unless she’s only trying to keep an eye on him for Kara’s sake. Surely Kara told Alex about how he was using the drone and bombings to test her, as well as putting that poor guy up to doing the dirty work and using the guy’s sick daughter as leverage.

  9. Kevin Blanco says:

    You know, truth be told I haven’t seen this weeks episode in its entirety because of the hours I work. But from what I did see the episode touched on Mr. Danvers again and his shadowy death, I suspect just a shadowy disappearance more likely.

    But I think I’d much rather see a show with Kara, Alex and two regular, loving if not embarrassing parents such as parents are. Does everything need to be wrapped up in some covert secret gov’t organization?

  10. My good buddy Glenn was on there as General Lane. Man I didn’t think he was going to nail the character like Michael Ironside did on Smallville but that’s why I love that big guy

  11. partisan says:

    Hank is the Martian Man Hunter. Traditionally he’s a good guy and Superman/girl ally so I don’t think he’ll be a villain here.

    • Steve G. says:

      Ding, ding, ding. Yes he is. Figured it the first time his eyes turned red, thanks to Smallville.

      • Joe says:

        Yes. Because one, Smallville is connected to this show. And two, MM is the ONLY explanation for one having red eyes. Especially since the character is a cyborg in the comics. So that can’t possibly have anything to do with it. They can’t be riffing on the comics. Not possible. Plus, like I said, Supergirl is a Smallville spinoff. Clearly. That’s the only exposure to DC Comics lore you need. Must be EXACTLY like that because it’s a spinoff. How would they ever do a Superman-related show without being related to Smallville? Exactly. Not possible.

  12. Loli says:

    Red Tornardo. LOL

  13. Jake says:

    Great episode with the Red Tomato. I have to say that I am enjoying Calista Flockhart as Kat. She is doing an awesome job

  14. Preacher Book says:

    Frankly, Supergirl should have just let that guy punch her. He would have broken his own hand. Plus why is it in these series, a guy gets stopped from doing something horrorifically dangerous and they’re portrayed at the victim? Lame.

    • partisan says:

      It is getting pretty old. Every time she saves someone they immediately start to complain and then she’s painted as the bad guy. Once or twice maybe as a comment on the state of modern media or something but it’s really getting tiresome now.

    • John NYC says:

      It’s a reflection of the whole thing represented by General Lane and to a part, the DEO, both reflecting the fear of “aliens” that is all around. She’s an alien so, of course, a human will be a “victim”…

  15. Luis says:

    Henshaw can’t ALREADY be the cyborg, can he?

  16. kath says:

    Both the Lanes can leave now. Or better yet, yesterday. Cat’s mother can drop by occasionally so Cat can snark at her.
    Who builds a dangerous android without a kill switch?
    Still, I’m glad it got a full season order.

  17. Drew says:

    You know the difference between shows like Arrow, Gotham or even Agents of SHIELD? With Supergirl, the lesson is that she can be strong and capable in spite of the fact that she is just a woman. On the other shows, they have strong and capable women. They don’t need to make a huge point of it. They don’t need to keep telling us how strong and capable they are. They don’t constantly compare them to their male counterparts.
    Supergirl is billed as being a feminist series, but it is painfully bad at the job. Last night, when Selina showed up on Gotham and joined the fight, it was awesome. She is a teenager and a girl, fighting grown men, and it was great. No moral to the story. No empowerment necessary. She took the honor that is rightfully hers and she didn’t ask anyone to approve it.
    In trying to make Supergirl super feminist, they have accomplished just the opposite. The women come across as whiny and needy on the show. Cat’s rant about Perry throwing a chair out the window… in what world would that not have gotten some attention? A chair flies out of a high-rise building in the middle of a crowded city… there would be repercussions. This notion that men can say whatever they want and behave however they want is bull. If I lost my temper at work and started yelling and throwing things, I wouldn’t get a slap on the back. I would get the boot.
    And the constant comparisons to Superman just make me wish we had him on the show instead. It’s like we’re getting the generic brand superhero instead of the good stuff, which wouldn’t be the case if they didn’t keep ripping off Superman’s stories.

    • Russ says:

      Your are 100% correct. The anti-male propaganda on Supergirl is cringe-worthy from start to finish, and it is in every single episode.
      2 guys road raging in a way that is ridiculously unrealistic followed by the line “Why is it only men get road rage?”
      “Girls are not allowed to get mad at work.” And on and on and on. It is more of a theme than the actual story of the show. It cheapens the product the way they are writing it now.
      If Supergirl would just drop the Feminist BS and focus on the character and the story it could have real potential.

    • Kafiyahbelloi@yahoo.com says:

      I completely agree. It is the most distracting thing about the show. It is so on the nose. Everything is in your face. Super distracting.

  18. Captain Average says:

    Here’s hoping that CBS gives Supergirl at least two more (or even four more) to make that full season order the teensiest bit more legit. This show deserves it.

  19. J.r. Edwards says:

    Hank Henshaw was injured badly in Smallville Season 11 and his consciousness transferred into a robot. Easy enough if he did that and kept it quiet in this show