“Stand and Deliver” brings the hatred of the Children of Liberty towards aliens and the hatred of the Children of Liberty from The Elite to an explosion point. Oh, and Jimmy remembers how to use a camera. Neat! And, oh, oh, the previously on Supergirl? All of the greatest hits of Ben Lockwood that he has spat all Season long. Yeah, I was so ready for this episode after that. Thanks, recap folks!
No Amnesty Found Here
Ben Lockwood, newly installed Director of Alien Affairs, is ready to announce his first big policy initiative – to repeal and destroy the Alien Amnesty Act signed by President Marsden. The Elite have other plans. However, there are rumblings among The Elitist Members as to what their mission actually is. (Hmmmmm, I think a halfway observant podcaster brought that up last week. Heh.) Anywho, as The Elitists break up to put their plan in action, Menagerie gets greedy and gets herself alone where overzealous Dreamer (“Tell me or eat this!”), Supergirl, and Martian Manhunter (not necessarily J’onn J’onzz) take her down. Manchester Black, Hat, and the Morai attempt to assassinate Ben but miss (dang it) and are scared off by Supergirl and MM. Unthwarted by the attempt on his life Ben declares that he’s moving ahead on the AAA repeal and that a rally will be held the next day for all of the alien haters to express their desire to shout out their speciesism. Naturally, the aliens and alien-supportives are also planning to rally at the same time, and also to march to the same place as where the idiots are. What could go wrong? Anywho, for no apparent reason, the remaining Elitists know where to find the Fortress of Solitude so they go and Hat pulls gauntlets out of his…hat…to pick up the heaviest thing not from our planet, dwarf star alloy, and key their way into the Fortress. (!) Once inside they pick up a few toys and discover the baby Sun-eater that belongs to Kal-El (ummmm, why?!) that is kept in the back of the Fortress. Dreamer dreams and finds them in the Fortress so MM goes to confront them and Manchester Black runs into the room with the Sun-eater and that seems to be that. Col Haley tasks Agent Dox (Brainy) with having DEO troops on the ground-just in case the rally turns into a powder keg (again, pfffft, why?)-and he asks the Superfriends to join him there. Kara is not convinced that Supergirl needs to take part but instead act as security. Brainy reminds her that she is a citizen of Earth first. Also, they capture the Morai at the Fortress and send her and Menagerie to the DEO, courtesy of Supergirl. (The mouth on that Morai…good heavens) The rally happens, Ben frenzies the hate up to a level 11 and the alien supporting march INTO THE SAME ROOM!! (Sorry, no need for shouting.) Sure enough a powder keg doth explode with no help from Manchester Black and Hat who are both alive and well and Black has a fun toy from the Fortress that creates many holographic versions of himself. MM is hell bent on having it out with Black and when he thinks Black is alone he goes off beating the tar out of what turns out to be a Children of Liberty yahoo that Black has dressed up and silenced. Black is watching and noting that Martian Manhunter’s truer nature is coming out. Hat is taken down by Brainy and is also sent to the DEO. It’s a party! Given the aftermath of the rally Ben Lockwood decides to kick his repeal idea to more civilized minds to debate before he moves forward.
Alex Danvers, Superhero
Alex is tasked by Col Haley as the personal head of security for Director Lockwood (insert gagging here). She objects but Haley basically tells her to soldier up and do the job. After Alex spends some time with the Director she’s ready to kill him. She and Kara sit down to break Chinese food and Kara reminds her sister that Alex is a superhero simply because she can keep all of the people around Lockwood’s rally safe while stuffing her own feelings about Lockwood. Alex does get a couple of chances to express her disdain to the Director which are sweet; but, in the end, she does her job well and simultaneously keeps Lockwood safe and dispels the rally powder keg. On Kara’s couch later, again, Kara expresses her respect for her sister to stick to her morality and do her job so well. Ah, Kara’s couch…so good.
Tomorrow May Be Too Late
James calls Eve Tessmacher to his office to ask her about the Black Budget for LCorp. Eve is sure Lena will allow her to share it but will need to check with her first. She tries but Lena can’t think about anything but getting the Super Serum done as quickly as possible. Col Haley has reminded Lena that time is critical and that she was hired to do a job. Lena is not intimidated but also feels the time crunch. James is doing some real CatCo leadership reinforcing to the reporter that McKenzie taunted earlier in the Season since he’s going to cover the rally that so long as they remember their mission that he will be fine. He also asks if he can tag along as a photographer for the event – how novel! We get a really, really good montage of the rally through the “lens” of James as he concentrates on different images that tell the story of what’s happening, all scored to a rendition of “Mad World.” His pictures reach the wider public and start speaking to the benefits of living together and seeking peace. He wants to get an interview with Supergirl’s new sidekick (Dreamer), and as he’s leaving for the night he gets SHOT IN THE BACK and lays bleeding out as we fade to episode end.
The point of this episode is tolerance and the high price to be paid when you live in ignorance. It’s one-sided and it’s shallow and frankly, I’m tired of it. That being said, the performances in this episode rose above the proselytizing and gave our characters real spotlights to do what they do best. Alex especially brought us the real life lesson that sometimes no matter how you feel about it you just do your job. Also, the whole Fortress of Solitude bit was nonsensical and why oh why do you force the confrontation in the rally by putting these two factions in the same room is not only thoughtless but, as we saw, dangerous. Finally, the exploration of J’onn changing into a one-note anger Martian Manhunter is very interesting to watch. I’m looking forward to where this goes. Kudos to Jesse Rath, Chyler Leigh, and David Harewood for dynamic acting throughout the episode. Bring on Lex and let’s step off of this $%^%^&ing Children of Liberty $#@$%@#%#$. Mmmmmmmk? Thanks so much.
Next time on Supergirl!
Season 4, Episode 15, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Secretly furloughed from prison due to failing health, Lex Luthor visits his sister, Lena, to seek her help finding a cure. Savvy as ever, Lena is suspicious of Lex’s motives but when she’s faced with a life and death situation, she must decide how she truly feels about her brother. Meanwhile, Supergirl and J’onn face off against Manchester Black. James’ sister Kelly comes to town. Written by Derek Simon and Nicki Holcomb, Directed by Tawnia McKeirnan
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