Supergirl “The Last Children of Krypton” Review (Season 2 Episode 2)

Basically serving as part two of the season premiere, tonight’s episode of Supergirl continued setting pieces into place for the rest of the show’s second year. Fortunately, “The Last Children of Krypton” once again managed to make all the table setting look effortless, delivering another delightful hour of superhero television.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the show opened with one of the most purely entertaining scenes I’ve seen in a while. If Tyler Hoechlin hasn’t won you over following that wonderful montage of him and Supergirl fighting crime together, I don’t know what will. He simply nails every aspect of this cultural icon, from his selflessness, to his kind-hearted nerdiness, to his overwhelming sense of justice. He’s an amazing Man of Steel, and it’s great to see him finally appear on this show in a recurring role.

This episode also did a great job of deepening the relationships between the characters across the board. With the show is losing Calista Flockhart as a regular, her farewells to both Kara and Supergirl serve as a reminder of just how great she’s been as a mentor, and has me anticipating her first return appearance. On the flipside, there’s no telling yet if or when Ian Gomez’s Snapper Carr, Kara’s new boss, will warm up to her, but he definitely brings a unique new energy to the show. And after watching Karen Page stumble into a reporter job on Daredevil, it’s nice to see that Kara really will have to earn her new job.

Getting back to Superman, I was happy to see the show further develop the relationship between Clark and J’onn, letting the two work together and bury the hatchet about all of the DEO’s Kryptonite. Even better, this all led to an awesome, if brief, team-up between the Martian Manhunter and Superman, a thrill for any Justice League fan.

If there was a weak link, it was this week’s villain. John Corben returned from the premiere, now fully transformed into Metallo. Unfortunately, the physical changes didn’t do much for the character’s lacking personality. In fact, he became even more of a blank slate as a rather mindless Cadmus lackey, and not even a unique one, given the second Metallo soldier created. Between this experiment and the rather Zod-like video introduction, it’s not the strongest start to Cadmus as the Big Bad, though Brenda Strong does good work as their villainous leader.

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