Supergirl Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: Human for a Day

Scott Fishman
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On this week’s episode, Supergirl deals with the loss of her powers after the fight with Red Tornado and gets a taste of what being human is all about.

This includes catching the common cold and taking (GASP!) public transportation! She feels pain, appearing vulnerable, and the timing couldn’t be worse after an earthquake leads to the escape of a DEO prisoner in Jemm. The villain can control minds and plans to release the other inmates.

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Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Alex finds it hard to follow orders from Hank Henshaw as she ponders what he is hiding about her dad’s death. Henshaw has her stay at headquarters while he goes with other agents to find Jemm. They wear neural disrupters to block his powers. Things go south and Alex eventually goes into battle with Jemm. Henshaw saves her. It’s not enough for Alex, who is tired of the lies. She handcuffs him, but he breaks free. Alex finally finds out he is able to do this and gets the answers she has been looking for.

But first, civilian life is taking its toll on Kara. IN an emotional moment, she finds herself helpless to save a man. You can see it killing her inside. Jimmy Olsen tells her nobody can save everyone, but a real hero can’t stop trying. Kara’s confidence gets a boast as she to stop an armed robbery. She gets back into her costume.

Even though she has no powers and a broken arm from the earthquake, Kara calls the robber’s bluff. She uses her words and talks him down. He puts the gun down. The story is woven nicely with Cat’s message to National City about having faith in Supergirl and the power of the human spirit. I would vote Cat Grant for president in 2016.

Winn gets in Cat’s good graces by figuring out a way to get her on-air. He also figures out a way to get Kara’s powers back. She needs the Kryptonian version of extreme adrenaline. When he goes to tell Kara the news, she is sharing an embrace with Jimmy.

Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.
Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

His jealousy goes into overdrive and he cuts deep by questioning why she would go after Jimmy knowing he is with Lucy Lane. He then basically says her powers will return and she can’t have a real relationship as a superhero. The moment is broken up by people who are stuck in an elevator shaft. Jimmy is dangling by a cable that breaks. The situation is enough to be the catalyst to get Kara’s powers back to save him.

It’s, no doubt, a good moment. However, the one everyone is talking about is Henshaw’s big reveal. Alex learns Henshaw isn’t really Henshaw. He died the same night as her father. The DEO were pursuing an alien — an innocent one stranded on the planet — and they tracked him down to a remote location in Peru. Her dad realized it wasn’t a threat and wanted to stop the mission. Henshaw wasn’t convinced.

Jeremiah Danvers made the ultimate sacrifice to save the alien. This alien was a shape-shifter and assumed the identity of Henshaw after he perished to assume his role as director of the DEO. He made a promise to protect and look after his daughter Alex, which is why he recruited her for his team. So Henshaw is really the sole survivor of Mars, real name J’onn J’onzz. Those familiar with DC mythology know him better as the Martian Manhunter!!

There isn’t much time to process the revelation. That’s because Supergirl’s victory celebration is cut short by the return of Astra. Her evil aunt is ready for round two, set up fo the winter finale of the show next week.

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