The new villain on “Supergirl” is beautiful, powerful, filthy rich — and after “Distant Sun” (March 27), directed by Kevin Smith, it’s safe to say she will never ever accept a future in which she becomes known as Supergirl’s mother-in-law.
There’s a bounty on Supergirl’s life, 300 quartz crowns, which is apparently enough to buy your own planet, so that even those who love the red-caped protector of National City would be enticed to take her down. Mon-El (Chris Wood) immediately suspects his royal Daxamite parents Lar Gand and Rhea (Kevin Sorbo & Teri Hatcher) are behind the plan — and as it turns out, he’s half right. Rhea wants her son back no matter what the cost.
But Mon-El’s father sees that his son has already made the choice to be with Kara, and truly wants to continue living on Earth. Lar Gand may not be winning any Father of the Year awards, but he can’t stand by and let his wife physically beat Mon-El into changing his mind. He shuts down a battle between Supergirl and Rhea, and puts the decision in their son’s hands. And as Lar Gand later explains to a visibly upset Rhea how miserable Mon-El would’ve been had they forced him to return, his wife stabs him in the chest.
Watching Mon-El’s mother kill her husband without the slightest hesitation or bit of remorse is a chilling scene. This woman seems to be lacking any sort of soul — she’s a total terrorist. Making matters worse, it seems Rhea secretly has a very powerful Earth ally in President Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter), or whatever’s wearing her shape.
We’ve had our suspicions about President Marsdin, from time to time — but if she’s helping the Daxamites over the well-intentioned J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) and co., we can’t help but wonder if she’s also had a hand in Cadmus. What’s her endgame? Like the people on Earths everywhere are quite aware, it’s frightening to find someone so evil yielding so much power. These are some frighteningly intimidating women to go up against — and Supergirl is going to need all the help she can get to take them down.
Hey, Livewire (Brit Morgan)? You out there? No one’s forgotten that you owe Supergirl a debt of gratitude — and it seems only fair that these lady Big Bads would have to deal with Kara’s own squad of women… And right now would be the perfect time to pay up.
“Supergirl” returns with new episodes on Monday, April 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.