Supergirl s1e7: Human for a Day

“Human For a Day” — Kara and her friends must rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Melissa Benoist and Luke Macfarlane Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Rating: 8.5/10

With Kara’s powers drained after her last fight, she now has to see what it’s like to be without her abilities as she recharges. Meanwhile, Alex and Hank deal with a captured alien threat, just as Alex’s suspicions against Hank mount.

I feel any hero with superpowers just has to temporarily lose them at some point, or, if you’re the Flash, at least once per season. I suppose it’s something fans always ask though, if they didn’t have their powers would they still be heroes? But, this is such a cliche at this point that the only thing to ask when this happens is in what way is Supergirl losing her powers different from any other time this has happened to any other hero?

I suppose this is different in that it doesn’t do what the other shows and comics do in that the focus is all on the hero as he or she struggles to do what he or she can without the powers that gave him or her the edge over crime. It’s almost like an episode where the hero is gone for an episode and they spend time focusing on side characters so we can get to know them a little better. There is still the bits with Supergirl struggling without her powers, but it’s less of a focus as it was when the same thing happened to the Flash the first time his super speed was suddenly gone. And she still stands up in the face of evil even without her powers, she’s still Supergirl.

SCORING:

+8.5: Despite the cliches this is still one of the more exciting, and very well written, episodes so far

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