‘Supergirl’ Recap: Cadmus is Revealed in ‘The Last Children of Krypton’

Supergirl exploded onto The CW last week with the show’s Season 2 premiere. This week was essentially part two, continuing Superman’s visit to National City and John Corben’s rampage. It was definitely a fulfilling episode, worthy of following up the premiere, even if it doesn’t quite live up to it.

‘The Last Children of Krypton’ begins with Supergirl and Superman gallivanting around National City, saving people and stopping crime left and right. Hank calls them back to the DEO to deal with an alien threat.

Meanwhile, back at Cadmus, we see John Corben wake up. Desperate Housewives‘ Brenda Strong greets him as the unnamed doctor and urges him to use his new powers to stop Superman and Supergirl.

Back at the DEO, the power goes out. The mysterious man from the Kryptonian pod is somehow draining the power in the building. Superman notices that Hank is using kryptonite against the stranger and storms out.

Kara heads to CatCo for her first day as a reporter. Cat Grant introduces Kara to her new boss, Snapper Carr. He has neither the time nor the patience for the eager new reporter.

Clark arrives for dinner with Kara and Alex. As he’s telling Kara it’s time for him to return to Metropolis, they spot a breaking news alert on the TV. A man is threatening to jump from a nearby bridge. The two cousins head off for one last mission together.

The man turns out to be Corben, now calling himself Metallo. He has a huge chunk of kryptonite embedded in his chest, which he uses to shoot beams at Superman and Supergirl. He incapacitates Superman first before coming after Supergirl and knocking her unconscious. Superman recovers and throws Metallo far off into the distance.

Superman carries Supergirl back to the DEO, where she is beginning to recover. Clark furiously launches into Hank, knowing that all of the world’s kryptonite was supposed to be safe at the DEO. Hank and Alex sheepishly admit that a shipment was stolen four months prior.

Suddenly, all of the televisions in National City are taken over by a mysterious broadcast. An animated talking head warns of the dangers of the aliens who have taken over the city. Cadmus is officially named as a group of scientists working to stop them.

Winn begins work on a suit to protect Supergirl and Superman from Metallo’s blasts. Hank and Superman head to the Fortress of Solitude to analyze the metal from Metallo’s cybernetic skeleton.

Back at CatCo, Kara arrives for work (late, no less) but Snapper refuses to work with her. He doesn’t care what Cat says, she’s not hired unless he says so. He tells her she hasn’t earned the right to be a reporter. Kara complains to Cat about the situation, but Cat refuses to intervene. She tells Kara to stand up for herself. Then Cat confesses that she’s leaving CatCo. The two share a touching goodbye.

The Cadmus doctor is impressed by Metallo’s ability to harm Superman. Her assistant is less impressed, but is soon dragged away to become part of “phase two.”

Kara and Alex have a huge argument when Kara reveals she is considering moving to Metropolis. Alex feels Kara is ungrateful for the sacrifices that Alex has made to look after Kara her entire life.

Winn locates Metallo, but the new protective suits aren’t ready. Superman and Supergirl fly off to confront him anyway. Once there, he confesses that he is just a distraction to keep them from stopping what is happening in Metropolis. So, of course, the two then fly away to Metropolis. The Cadmus assistant is now imbued with the same kryptonite powers and is destroying an area called Krypton Park. Superman and Supergirl arrive too late, Superman laments that he wasn’t there for his city.

Alex and Winn discover the identity of the DEO mole who stole the kryptonite. Alex sets a trap for him and rushes off to confront him herself. After a tense confrontation with the mysterious doctor, Alex ends up in a massive gunfight with Cadmus guards. Just before they shoot her, Supergirl arrives to save her.

With a new plan in place, Supergirl flies to confront Metallo, while Superman faces off with the Cadmus assistant (Metallo 2?). Only they aren’t alone — Alex is in her power suit to assist Supergirl and Martian Manhunter lends a hand to Superman. Together, they defeat the two kryptonite-powered science projects.

Supergirl joins Cat Grant on her balcony and says her goodbyes. Cat tells her to be safe. Back inside, Kara learns that James will be taking over Cat’s position while she’s gone.

Kara delivers a 500-word article on the Metallo fight to Snapper Carr, but he refuses to even read it. When she threatens to take it to another publication, he relents.

Hank delivers all of the remaining kryptonite to Superman in a lead-lined case. Superman flies away to dispose of it and returns to Metropolis.

Kara sits next to the still unconscious stranger from the Kryptonian pod and says a few nice words to him. Suddenly, he bolts upright and wraps his hand around her throat.

Assorted Tidbits:

You know, Snapper Carr may be an asshole, but he’s not wrong. You don’t just wake up one day and “decide” to become a reporter. So while it wasn’t a major plot hole, it was still nice to see it addressed head on.
Couldn’t Cadmus spring for some kind of cool outfits for the Metallo brothers? The whole “black-dress-shirt-with-a-giant-hole-burned-through-the-front” thing was not a good look.
I have to admit, it was a little silly during the final fight when the two Metallos just kept aiming their kryptonite blasts directly at the protective chest shields that Winn designed. Um, maybe try shooting them in the face…or the arm…or the stomach even?
Okay, I’m nitpicking, but this was actually another great episode and it hopefully foretells an excellent season about to play out before us. One thing’s for sure: I’m definitely gonna miss Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman.

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