Supergirl “Hostile Takeover” Review (Season 1 Episode 8)

Supergirl ended the first half of its freshman season with a solid episode that further strengthened the connections between the characters while also serving up some solid action beats. Like many of the episodes this fall, “Hostile Takeover” was a solid hour of entertainment that had continued to set the show apart as a fun, unique voice in the crowded field of superhero television.

My quibbles with the episode are fairly minor, so I’ll get those out of the way first. While the idea of kryptonite-negating equipment was solid, not a whole lot was done with it. Astra used it for a power play early on before abandoning it for a one-on-one fair fight with Kara, and J’onn simply ripped the thing apart. Ideally, these vests will return in the future, as Non and his forces return.

Another small quibble was that the tension between Kara and Winn from last week was sort of just swept under the rug. Winn said some pretty judgmental and hurtful things to Kara, yet there’s no mention of it this week. Instead, it’s back to the standard sad puppy stares from Winn, which made for a weird disconnect as they worked closely together to help Cat.

Other than that, though, this episode was great, once again focusing on developing the mentor/mentee relationship between Cat and Kara in a big way. Kara, Winn, and James worked to help Cat after her emails were leaked, showing the loyalty Cat has inspired in her team over the past few weeks. In a lot of ways, Cat has had the best development of anyone over the past half-season, quickly evolving from the one-dimensional figure she was in the pilot without losing her delightful, over-the-top qualities.

If nothing else, Cat’s been painted as a great journalist, so it was gratifying to see her finally call Kara out as Supergirl. The evidence has been piling up for a while, to the point that not even the mighty power of thick-rimmed glasses were enough to keep the truth hidden. Even better, it was immediately clear how much Cat respected her assistant, and I get the sense she’ll be a powerful ally to Kara moving forward.

And even without all the character work in Kara’s civilian life, there was plenty of great action to enjoy this week. A TV budget is going to limit how big the action of two Kryptonians fighting can get, but the show did a great job of selling the battle between Kara and Astra. The same can be said for the battle at Lord Technologies at the end, with the DEO doing battle with a varied number of Fort Roz escapees.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!