In the latest Supergirl recap, Kara gets really angry and then faces a killer government android hell bent on ending her….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
It’s Supergirl versus the Red Tornado in the newest episode as more characters from the DC Universe begin popping up including a visit from Lois and Lucy Lane’s father General Sam Lane as well as more information on Hank Henshaw’s relationship with Jeremiah Danvers and his death after working for the DEO.
Before we get to the recap, it must be noted that Supergirl was officially picked up for a full season order at CBS so there will be a total of 20 episodes during season one running in 2015 and 2016!
Hopefully the ratings rebound after a couple of recent declines because this series has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2015 viewing calendar.
With that said, let’s recap the latest episode of Supergirl titled ‘Red Faced’…..
You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry
Supergirl is still so misunderstood despite saving National City a couple of times and this latest incident happened after stopping two road raging idiots from nearly plowing over a kid’s soccer team but then accidentally hurting one of the drivers after he attempted to punch her. Back at the DEO, Hank Henshaw warns Supergirl that she needs to channel her anger rather than simply let it out but that’s going to be awfully hard with the bad day she’s about to have.
Enter General Sam Lane — who detests Superman and everybody like him — but actually requires Supergirl’s assistance to test out a new anti-insurgent android code named Red Tornado that they want her to battle to see if it’s combat ready. Hank is against the idea, but after Kara watches James get snuggled up next to Lucy during game night and then finding out she works for her father — and says she’s not all that impressed by Superman’s less famous cousin — Supergirl wants nothing more than to kick this robot’s ass for the entire Lane family to see.
So Supergirl fights the android and it’s a one-sided beat down just this side of Holly Holm versus Ronda Rousey but then just after cracking off one of the robot’s arms with her arctic breath, she continues to pummel the android after the test is already over. When she finally stops her tirade, the robot reboots and flies off into the sky much to the chagrin of General Lane and the android’s handler, Dr. Morrow. It seems the Red Tornado has gone into safety mode to protect itself while also activating a stealth capability that keeps it from being picked up on any known radar.
Lane and the others are pissed because Supergirl was out of control and now a whole lot of people in National City could pay for her aggression.
The next day while everyone continues to search for the Red Tornado, Kara ends up lashing out at her boss Cat Grant, who is secretly treating her assistant like shit thanks to a visit from her domineering mother who just happens to be in town. Rather than fire Kara on the spot, Cat ends up inviting Kara out for drinks where she explains her own version of rage therapy.
Cat says that women don’t get the benefit of venting anger the same way men do but more importantly Kara needs to find the real source of her frustration. Cat knew when Kara called her out that she wasn’t actually upset with her assistant — she was taking out the anger pent up for her mother on someone else instead.
Lesson learned, but Kara gets called into duty unexpectedly when the Red Tornado shows up outside a restaurant where General Lane just finished giving a speech to James about how he wasn’t good enough for his daughter. More important issue right now, however, it battling the psychotic robot unleashing gale force winds on the city.
Supergirl makes it in time but when the Red Tornado unleashes a twister on the highway, she’s forced to take it out while the android flies away.
While Supergirl battles the Red Tornado on the street, her sister Alex is calling in for help from Maxwell Lord, who she believes is the only person capable of unlocking the government’s technology to help them track the robot. Maxwell is more interested in flirting with Alex — and they are definitely going to hook up at some point — but he has the information she needs. It seems the robot didn’t go rogue — it’s still being controlled by his creator, Dr. Morrow. Stop Dr. Frankenstein and you stop the monster.
Meanwhile across town, Supergirl and James take out their mutual frustration on a punching bag and a car. James is upset that Lucy’s father has it out for him despite never doing anything but supporting and loving his daughter. Supergirl eventually punches through the engine of the car when she realizes why she’s actually angry. It’s not jealousy towards the happy couple but the actual idea that she’ll never have a normal life and a normal relationship like James and Lucy share.
Now Supergirl knows how to channel her anger and that can be used once they find the Red Tornado again.
Hank Henshaw figures out a few things about the Red Tornado before sending Supergirl after it again. First, he now knows that Red Tornado wasn’t created as some kind of super robot to battle against insurgency — with lead lined plating around its entire body, he figured out that this thing was meant to take out Kryptonians just like Superman and Supergirl. Hank also figured out that the robot’s creator isn’t looking to take out Supergirl but his rage and ire are aimed directly at General Lane, who threatened to pull the plug on the project after the Red Tornado failed the first time around.
So they create a plan to use General Lane as bait — or at least a hologram of General Lane — to get Red Tornado in a deserted area where Supergirl can finish the job. Meanwhile, Alex tracks down Dr. Morrow to put a stop to his control and hopefully take the robot out of commission once and for all.
The first part of the plan goes swimmingly as Red Tornado takes the bait and ends up engaging in a battle with Supergirl. Kara tracks down Dr. Morrow but ultimately has to shoot and kill him when he refuses to give up his control over the robot thanks to mental implants in his head that allow him to communicate with the android telepathically.
The robot stops but only for a moment before rebooting yet again and becoming sentient (of course) and finally Supergirl channels her rage effectively and blasts the android into a million pieces using her heat vision.
Day is saved, General Lane looks like an asshole and everybody wins.
— Before the episode ends, Lucy decides to stop working for her father and stand by her man. She believes that James is helping her, not hurting her and General Lane needs to respect their relationship. He still doesn’t of course.
— Cat Grant finally tells off her mother when she speaks down to Kara the next day at work and it seems the most powerful woman in media is channeling her anger in the right direction as well!
— And finally, Kara has Winn dig into the DEO database for any kind of information on what happened to Alex’s father. It seems he and a partner went on a hunt in South Africa for an alien, but when they didn’t return, both were presumed dead. A month later, Jeremiah’s partner returned unscathed with no memory of what happened. His name — Hank Henshaw. My guess is the real Hank Henshaw died alongside Jeremiah Danvers but he was replaced by a cyborg version that is currently running the DEO. Let’s just wait and see!