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The Martian Chronicles 

A White Martian called Armek comes to National City with the intention of bringing M'gann back to Mars to be punished for her treason.

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David McWhirter

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Jerry Siegel (based on characters created by), Joe Shuster (based on characters created by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Melissa Benoist ... Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks ... James Olsen (credit only)
Chyler Leigh ... Alex Danvers
Jeremy Jordan ... Winn Schott
Floriana Lima ... Maggie Sawyer
Chris Wood ... Mon-El
David Harewood ... J'onn J'onzz
Sharon Leal ... M'gann M'orzz
Terrell Tilford ... Armek
Andrea Brooks ... Eve Teschmacher
Briana Venskus ... Agent Vasquez
Curtis Lum ... Demos
Robert Zen Humpage Robert Zen Humpage ... Fish Head
Peter G. Prontzos Peter G. Prontzos ... Homeless Man (as Peter Prontzos)
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Armek, a White Martian, descends on National City intent on taking M'gann back to Mars to face her punishment as a traitor. Hank and Supergirl determine the best way to keep M'gann safe is to bring her to the DEO. However, when it is revealed that Armek shape-shifted into M'gann and is now loose in the building, the team realize he could be disguised as any one of them.

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English

Release Date:

6 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The end credits featured a nod to the movie that came out before the airing of the episode, The Lego Batman Movie. See more »

Goofs

During the scene between J'onn and M'gann at the end of the episode (which covers a continuous timespan of around a minute), close-ups of J'onn's wristwatch go from 7:05, to 8:15, to 7:20. See more »

Quotes

Supergirl: I was mad before, about Earth birthday.
Alex Danvers: I knew it. I owe you an apology. I shouldn't have bailed on you.
Supergirl: Just... hurt my feelings.
Alex Danvers: I know. Look... it wasn't fair. Look, I don't want to feel bad for wanting to spend time with Maggie.
Supergirl: You shouldn't. That's a good thing. I just... ever since I've been on Earth, I don't know what life is like without you there all the time. I... I felt that changing, and... and it just... just... was scary. When my parents put me in that pod on Krypton, I... I ...
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Crazy Credits

The end card was LEGO-fied showing not only a Batman LEGO figure in front of the Berlanti Productions logo but also a LEGO Supergirl with WB logo. See more »

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Features Auntie Mame (1958) See more »

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Kick Me Out
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Performed by Ages and Ages
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Bring on the White Martians
6 February 2017 | by Thomas DrufkeSee all my reviews

The one thing Supergirl has always done well is writing family relationships. Kara & Alex' bond together is easily one of the highlights of this show and definitely this season. 'The Martian Chronicles' definitely adds to that bond and brings full circle the connection that Jonn Jonnz and M'gann had together as well.

The writers took full advantage of having Martians on the show by turning the episode into a legit throwback monster tribute. Was I the only one who saw a direct correlation between the episode and 1979's Alien film? Most of it worked. I especially enjoyed the whole "who is it" aspect to the Martians aboard the D.E.O's headquarters. Perhaps taken a little too seriously as some members looked legitimately worried by putting their hand up to the fire as a 'White Martian' test. Why were any of them worried, including Jonn? Don't they know that they aren't the White Martian anyway?

The Martian conflict provided ample time to flesh out M'gann as a character. Of course, she chose to leave by episode's end, but I'm now much more inclined to hope for her return. Sharon Leal and David Harewood had nice chemistry together and hopefully that will continue once she deals with her people back on Mars. Not dissimilarly, Alex & Kara had a bit of a squabble as the former chose to take Maggie up on a concert offer instead of celebrating "earth birthday" with Kara. Again, the dispute is very trivial and ultimately inconsequential, but I think both of them have built up enough trust with viewers where something like this doesn't necessarily bother them. It's not the most creative way to have an argument, but it worked enough for me.

Luckily, the romantic stuff was put on the back burner this week with Mon-El and James taking minimal roles. It's inevitable that Mon and Kara will be together at some point, and the end of the episode did nothing but confirm that to me. Why are we going through the same spiel as we did with James last year? Lucy was in Kara's way with James and now she has the same problem with Eve. That just seems like too much CW clichéd romantic stuff for me.

So in all, I was much more pleased with tonight's Supergirl adventure than last week's. Putting aside the romantic clichés, it was a well strung and well written entry for season 2.

+Kara & Alex are delightful together

+Alien-like monster episode

+Miss Martian getting a proper full episode treatment

-Mon-El with Eve, really?

7.9/10


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