Supergirl Season 1 Episode 9 Review: “Blood Bonds”

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 9 Review: “Blood Bonds”


After a really short hiatus, Supergirl finally returned last night and picked up right where it left off in the winter finale, as Kara Zor-El continued her battle with Non while also having to deal with Cat.

The emotional moments in this episode was even more powerful than the ones in the previous episode were, which I wasn’t expecting at first, even though I should have with a title “Blood Bonds.” Seeing how Kara struggling in several tough situations all at once was quite compelling, and you felt her pain from start to finish. The flashbacks to Krypton, which, for the record, are absolutely stunning every time we see them, resolved a lot of the issues I had with Alura in the last episode. Despite the decision she had to take against Astra, she showed that she still cared for her twin sister.

As much as I have loved Cat in the first eight episodes of the show, this was the first time that I had problems with the writing for her and also that plot alone. From Kara’s perspective, it makes sense to do whatever you can to make sure that Cat doesn’t know about her Supergirl identity, but on the other hand, if she has been so open and willing to have almost everyone in her life know her secret, why couldn’t she do it for Cat as well? The scene where Cat expressed her concern with Kara using Cat Co as a disguise-job when she could be out there and save even more people made me respect Cat quite a lot, even though I was irritated with her The whole thing with “prove to me that you aren’t Supergirl or you’re fired” ultimatum bothered me, mostly because I didn’t understand why Kara wouldn’t just be honest with her.

Cat never seemed like she would expose Kara’s secret, and to me it just seemed like Kara went through all this trouble because she wanted to keep her job at Cat Co, which she even admitted to Cat may not last forever. However, at the same time, it’s understandable, especially after what she said to Hank at the end that working at Cat Co and being with her friends helps make her feel human. It’s just that I feel that she could have made a better case to Cat to let her stay, while having Cat know that she was Supergirl. Speaking of Hank, thank God that they finally told Kara that he was J’onn J’onzz (allowing her to have the funniest reaction ever), but it was the Kara and Supergirl scene that floored me, not because it was an easy save, but because of how speechless it made Cat.

I love to hate Maxwell Lord, which is probably what the Supergirl writers were going for. He kept doing one hateful thing after another, and I love him for it. I’m almost thinking that he might end up serving as a big bad for Season 2, which would be interesting. The big reveal at the end that he is creating his own Supergirl (a.k.a. Bizarro-Girl) was quite the surprise. It just adds another layer to Maxwell’s villainous behavior. However, are we meant to believe that someone else will now be playing Bizarro-Girl instead of Melissa Benoist, or could she evolve into a Bizarro-looking Benoist once the character is ready for her big debut against Supergirl? Only time will tell, and hopefully, it will be when the show returns in about two weeks from now — hiatuses are my personal Kryptonite.

Supergirl airs on Monday nights, 8/7c on CBS.

[Photo credit: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.]

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