“Human For A Day” – aired 12/7/2015 – ***** stars!
Written by Yahlin Chang and Ted Sullivan
Directed by Larry Teng
*Spoilers are contained within!
Lost powers, cells drained of solar energy after fighting Red Tornado. If that’s not an eye-catching headline for CatCo, then I’m not sure what is. Okay, “chop, chop” as Cat Grant (Calista Flockheart) would say. We’ve got CBS’ seventh episode of Supergirl to talk about.
After defeating Red Tornado last week, Supergirl depleted all of her powers after she used a massive solar blast (heat rays) from her eyes to destroy the sentient being. The extreme usage of her power, much like a recent addition to the Superman mythos, rendered her “human for a day.” The Girl of Steel, now the “Girl of Stucco”, has to contend with having her first head cold and later on, a broken arm. Of course, an earthquake happens in National City and with Supergirl nowhere to be found, it leaves Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the disappearance of National City’s own Kryptonian savior.
It was exciting to see Yahlin Chang and Ted Sullivan’s script borrow elements from one of the more recent issues of Superman’s Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr run. “Human For A Day” plays very similarly to the Superman issue “Powerless” in as much as the same way that “Livewire” shared similarities between the Superman: The Animated Series episode of the same name. The only difference? Kara is without her powers for 48 hours, a “dead battery” as Maxwell Lord puts it, whereas Clark Kent loses his powers for 24 hours after emptying the tank of his heat vision.
Exploring what makes a hero is something we’ve seen before on The CW’s The Flash and Arrow. It’s no surprise that Supergirl explored this theme so early on, but after following last week’s episode “Red Faced” which explored the themes of anger, the concept of heroism felt perfectly in line with everything else the CBS series have given audiences and fans. During the National City disaster, Kara foils an armed robbery as Supergirl, but without her powers. She reminds the robbers that “we’re all in this together”, while Cat, on air, reminds everyone to “act like a superhero.” As James (Mehcad Brooks) explains in a well acted scene, what got him into photography, he tells Kara that it’s about capturing the truth in and of the moment. If there’s any truth found within “Human For A Day”, it’s easily seeing how Kara inspires others and of how a good, well told super-hero yarn will always capture the magic to captivate audiences of all ages. As said many times before, Supergirl soars!
Stay tuned for a more spoiler filled take on “Human For A Day” tomorrow as we discuss David Harewood’s Hank Henshaw.
Supergirl airs 8PM ET, Monday nights on CBS. Check your local listings.