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Trust can save the day and trust can cause destruction. James longs for respect not fear as Guardian, but it was the trust he built as James that saved the day. Lena thrived under the Rhea’s encouragement, but had her trust betrayed at a great cost. Trust us as we break down this episode for you!
James is upset, he sees that people are scared of him and don’t trust him. He compares himself to Batman (without mentioning his name). He became the Guardian to help out like his dad, Superman and Supergirl do. But when you save a woman from being mugged and she is more afraid of you than her attachers things are wrong.
Winn calls him out the next day and they begin to discuss it when a female alien starts attacking the outdoor market area. James helps to clear people out Winn calls for help. Supergirl appears but the alien disappears. The DEO discover that the alien is a Phorian. They are telepathic and typically peaceful. They start searching for her and J’onn tells James his skill set is not needed. The Guardian goes out anyway and finds her house. There he finds Marcus (Lonnie Chavis) the woman’s son. He is frightened of Guardian but once James removes his mask, trust is build and he goes with James to the DEO.
Alex tries in vain to break through to Marcus with no luck. But he is fixated on James. James takes Marcus to Catco (as his nephew) and starts to break through. Marcus and James are so alike they have both lost their fathers who were soldiers. But just before a bigger breakthrough, Marcus unleashes his powers, just like mom, and almost trashes Catco. Supergirl saves the day. James is dejected and feels hopeless. J’onn has a heart to heart saying he only found his purpose as Martian Manhunter after wanted to protect his daughter. James talks with Marcus and earns his trust.
James, Winn, and Marcus find Marcus’ mom. Winn has a power dampener just in case. It is not just Marcus’ mom there it is a group of Phorian refugees. Their eyes start glowing and the dampener will not work on all of them. James realizes if he can break through to Marcus it will flow through their telepathic link. James becomes the hero he has always wanted to be without the suit. He breaks through and the Phorianians are calmed.
Lena has begun working with Rhea they have built a HUGE Stargate like portal. The issue is the power supply. Lena has been trying and failing to get it to work. Rhea play the role of mother surrogate saying don’t think like Lex come at it from your perspective. Lena finds the solution is not power but balance. Lena finds the proper balance and Rhea betrays Lena’s trust. She opens the portal early and in come hundreds of ships.
Supergirl and the DEO have found that what was causing the Phorians to go crazy was a specific energy. Kara had lunch with Lena and Lena had mentioned working that that energy. The DEO tracks the energy to the gate. Supergirl, J’onn and Mon fly there since they know Rhea is involved. Rhea knocks out Lena, captures J’onn in his mind and knocks Supergirl out of the building. Mon-El is faced with a choice. He cannot reason with Rhea. He must let her win or kill her. He cannot shoot her so she wins.
She has called to the Daxamites in exile. Hundreds of ships have come through the portal to earth. She welcomes them to New Daxam and has Mon, Lena and herself beamed up.
We’ve all been discontented with James as Guardian this season. While l liked his plot development in this episode, I feel like it should have happened at the BEGINNING of the season. May be the writers heard our complaints and this is their attempt at course correction. Writers “You have failed this city” with your timing. But I did think it is a return to the character of James we liked in season 1. I’m glad that Rhea’s betrayal of Lena was not drawn out too much. But I am fearful that the writers are using all the trust issues and mommy issues to push Lena over the edge and I don’t want that!
Cougar’s Comic Corner:
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This is the episode of lost hosts, ha, welcome back Karen!
I’m with the husband – that was a great scene reading from “Princess Bride”! “Don’t call me Manny” – a nice “This Is Us” link given Lonnie was on the show; the references for titles were well done.
Olicity as she keeps him level. 🙂
This week’s Cougar’s Comic Corner does sound interesting I have to say, but I’m really weary of New 52 stuff as they destroyed my favorite series “Birds Of Prey” basically during that run of issues. I know not all N52 titles were poorly done but BOP was one that I feel was poorly done to the point I’m cautious about other titles. Given it’s only 7 issues I’ll defer to you Karen and try it…maybe it can make me hate the N52 reboot less. 🙂
I totally agree with Blackhawksfan regarding Guardian but I disagree about James at the DEO as 1) it would make it feel over crowded as basically all the main characters are even some of the guests stars hang out there mainly thus we need more than just Lena outside of it to make the world feel bigger and 2) I don’t know what he would bring to the table they don’t already have – at least with Winn you could argue he replaced Piper since the actress is doing AOS as well but Jimmy is at best just a fighter and they have Kara, J’onn, and Alex for that on the regular and if Mon stays that’ll be another…it’ll just feel fight heavy versus having an assortment of team members to combat all aspects a bad guy might attack them with. This is in part why I get excited about Dr. Danvers in scenes because it’s something Alex has that makes her different from J’onn just as he has telepathy that makes him different from Kara – they aren’t just fighters they have other skills and I just don’t know what Jimmy would bring to that group that would help in cases because no every kid may bond with him like Marcus did. Personally, I’d rather see James at CatCo using it to call out characters kind of like how he questioned the DEO’s methods of prisoner containment in “Truth, Justice, And The American Way” when they locked up Max as that was a great back and forth for James’s case and the DEO’s case; it would create organic drama amongst the characters while allowing James to do something he’s got a specialty on – working a newspaper and keeping CatCo going so it doesn’t feel like the DEO is the only place that matters. He could also help their image if the city turns on them and again you can have for him personally how do people with seniority feel about him getting this job over them or questioning what makes Cat think a photojournalist is better at leading than a publicist regardless of years on the job; I just think James at CatCo would be better than yet another main character at the DEO, he can help them at times but it doesn’t have to be his main hangout.
To my recollection Maggie wasn’t in this episode. A fun science talk by Montifeque!
A good, intriguing guess by Karen about the durlans possibly being the S3 bad guys.
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“But I am fearful that the writers are using all the trust issues and mommy issues to push Lena over the edge and I don’t want that!” – NO TO LENA BECOMING LEX!