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Bunker Hill Recap

Supergirl was excited to welcome Kevin Smith back to the director's chair for the fifth time and first since the director's recent heart attack. The cast and crew certainly have a special place for him as the actors and crew always speak so fondly of him while he is on set. Smith is known to "reward" good acting with treats like donuts or candy bars. Perhaps that paves some of the way for his good reputation. Aside from that, Eric Carrasco co-wrote this episode with Rob Wright. Carrasco has written many of Smith's episodes that have stood out as some of the best. Tonight's comedy and wit stood out, but that wasn't all, here's what stood out to us:

  1. Fast Start: The first 10 minutes had a lot going on in this episode. Nia's powers are manifesting and we see her in her place with her roommate who was tasked to keep her awake. Nia seems to fear her dreams more than actually sleeping. J'onn and Kara went to find Manchester Black and entered his apartment to try and find a totem that J'onn could use to mentally seek out Black. Back at the DEO, we learn that captured members of the Children of Liberty are using the Spartacus defense where they all claim to be Agent Liberty. In passing, Kara mentions that Nia has been having issues sleeping and seeing disturbing dreams. This rings true with Brainy who already knows who Nia is.
  2. Manchester and Nia: Manchester Black shows up at Ben Lockwood's house and deceives his wife to gain access to the home. We hear Ben talking on the phone outside his house with other members of Children of Liberty where he is confused at his own identity playing so many roles. With his show doing well, he is looking to take Agent Liberty down a bit while they've had a few set backs with their war attempts. Trapped Ben plays along with Black's game to keep his unknowing wife safe. Meanwhile, Nia agrees to ask for help and Brainy arrives to talk her through her powers. The three track down Ben's wife in a possible future and use that information to head to Ben Lockwood's neighborhood.
  3. The Hunt for Agent Liberty: Manchester has one goal it would seem before he kills Lockwood's wife. He wants to out just who Ben Lockwood is and what he has been doing. Lydia Lockwood has no idea that Ben has been running around as Agent Liberty. J'onn, still trying to find Black via his powers, inflicts a little more stress on Black but Manchester cuts himself to break free. Meanwhile, Kara, Brainy and Nia all get caught and taken to a Children of Liberty hang out.
  4. Nia Saves the Day: The trio, now caught in the evil lair, are about to be killed by the Children of Liberty when Nia's powers take hold and she sees the bullet coming before it is shot. She uses it to break her chains and the bullet hits a steam vent. In the confusion, Kara knocks out the COL agents by flicking them in the head. Brainy uses physics again and totally ruins another with his legion ring. J'onn stops Black from killing Agent of Liberty and his wife but a chase ensues. Kara calls Alex who is able to trick their captive into confirming that Ben Lockwood is in fact Agent Liberty and she arrives at the Lockwood home.
  5. Final Battle: Ben, Lydia and Manchester all head to the Nth metal factory where Black is planning to kill the Lockwoods. Supergirl arrives in time to stop Manchester from killing Black. Black, however, is able to encase Kara in Nth metal after hitting her with a moon dust grenade which was like a pepper spray bomb for Kara. She quickly recovered and actually is able to fly still trapped in the nth metal. The result is the whole building being lifted up and Supergirl is able to save the day and arrest Manchester and Lockwood!

At the end of the episode, the President arrives at the DEO and makes a demand of Supergirl. She is asked to reveal her secret identity if she is going work for the DEO still. Knowing what it will cost, Kara says no and leaves. Supergirl watches as Lockwood is put in jail and a large crowd gathers to protest his arrest. In a MAJOR surprise ending, we are whisked away to Earth 90 where we see John Wesley Shipp's Flash fighting what looks like a hopeless battle. There, the Monitor from Elseworlds picks up a mysterious book and claims The Flash has failed.

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#75 RE: Bunker Hill RecapEire El 2018-12-11 13:37
Simple, 53 Earths that they were aware of at the time. More yet to be discovered.

Quoting knightsabre7:

I thought that last season's crossover stated that there were only 52 Earths + Earth X. How is it that there is (or was) an Earth 90 now?
#74 RE: Bunker Hill RecapEire El 2018-12-11 10:16
Maybe our current methods are considered primative by Nia's planets standards. Maybe their operation procedure is at a chromosome or genetic level and somehow non-invasive?

Think Dr McCoy's reaction to hospital medicine in Star Trek IV.

Quoting Sully:
That's an interesting point, E.T. If Nia is a transgender, how does that work with the story she told about the females on her planet having the ability to see future events? Is that not a genetically transferred trait?
#73 RE: Bunker Hill RecapEire El 2018-12-10 16:54
I just watched the episode, believe it or not as a Civil Servant myself in Ireland, it makes perfect sense that many people in the DEO don't know Supergirl's identity and those that do keeping quite about it.

Think about it this way, the DEO appears to be a large organisation with at least two large facilities if not more with lots of sectors, divisions or units e.g. HR, Finance, Accommodation Services, Payroll, IT, Canteen/Mess Hall, Prison/Brig Services and various other Military divisions etc. in other words a lot of staff that don't know her secret. It has been established on multiple occasions that Kara is a part time employee of the DEO. In Season 2 Homecoming Kara and M'onel had to sign papers in HR so assume that HR and Payroll need to know and keep Kara's information in her confidential personnel file.

Most of what we see weekly, is specific DEO staff based in the main operation center, its understandable why they know. However they would fall under an official secrets act (if America has one?) and Kara's HR file would be included. So staff could not divulge the information without severe disciplinary consequences, plus they're the ones that remained faithful to the DEO after J'onn made the nonlethal weapons decision and worked directly alongside Kara. They would be shocked at hearing the request.

As for everyone else, including the president, they simply don't have authorised access to her HR file and if they gained access without a warrant it would be a personal data breach worthy of reporting to the FTC.


Quoting Littlegoldfish666:
So the President wants Superior to reveal her identity? All those DEO agents all standing their with baited breath pretending like they don't know who she actually is though :D anyone who's worked there last 2 or 3 years know her identity. If they don't they must have been wandering around the DEO with a blindfold on
#72 RE: Bunker Hill RecapLittlegoldfish666 2018-12-10 13:25
So the President wants Superior to reveal her identity? All those DEO agents all standing their with baited breath pretending like they don't know who she actually is though :D anyone who's worked there last 2 or 3 years know her identity. If they don't they must have been wandering around the DEO with a blindfold on

But I missed Lena this week. It's just not the same when she's not in the ep
#71 RE: Bunker Hill RecapStewart Tick 2018-12-06 19:47
"To me it ("moon dust") acted like the IRL equivalent of pepper spray or mace, very irritating but not damaging long term. Her super healing meant she recovered quickly."

In other words, something like crystalline silica - totally toxic (causing permanent lung damage) to humans, but only a temporary irritant to Kryptonians.
+1 #70 RE: Bunker Hill RecapBrierrose 2018-12-06 09:04
Quoting Captain Past:
Whatever it did, it didn't do it for very long. But what did it do?
Manchester said it was Moon dust. He said it was micro-particles that were sharp enough to cause micro-cuts in her "squishy places" meaning most venerable areas, her eyes and lungs. To me it acted like the IRL equivalent of pepper spray or mace, very irritating but not damaging long term. Her super healing meant she recovered quickly. It looked to me Kara was more startled that something was able to do anything to her than it actually hurt. Manchester need to distract her and the moon dust did that.
#69 RE: Bunker Hill RecapBrandtm2 2018-12-06 07:04
Quoting Captain Past:
Quoting knightsabre7:
So, if Kara doesn't work for the DEO anymore, does that mean she's free to do whatever she wants now? Maybe this is a good thing?

If public sentiment turns against Supergirl and Superman, I wonder if that'll give the President an excuse to pardon Lex. The President could then appoint Lex to be his new Vice President (pending Congressional approval), filling the vacancy created after he became president. Of course, if something tragic were to then befall the President would Lex suddenly be in charge of the country?

I thought that last season's crossover stated that there were only 52 Earths + Earth X. How is it that there is (or was) an Earth 90 now?


I suspect that if she politely asks the National City County Sheriff's Department, they will be willing to deputize her.


The National City County Sheriff's Department should have the sense to remember all the good Supergirl did and defy the President's smear campaign. But I suspect the show is moving in another direction which is not to have Deputy Supergirl but "Outlaw" Supergirl who is still fighting for Truth, Justice and the American Way but like the Green Hornet is considered an "outlaw" by "respectable" society.
#68 RE: Bunker Hill RecapCaptain Past 2018-12-05 20:34
Quoting knightsabre7:
So, if Kara doesn't work for the DEO anymore, does that mean she's free to do whatever she wants now? Maybe this is a good thing?

If public sentiment turns against Supergirl and Superman, I wonder if that'll give the President an excuse to pardon Lex. The President could then appoint Lex to be his new Vice President (pending Congressional approval), filling the vacancy created after he became president. Of course, if something tragic were to then befall the President would Lex suddenly be in charge of the country?

I thought that last season's crossover stated that there were only 52 Earths + Earth X. How is it that there is (or was) an Earth 90 now?


I suspect that if she politely asks the National City County Sheriff's Department, they will be willing to deputize her.
#67 RE: Bunker Hill RecapStewart Tick 2018-12-05 17:55
Quoting Captain Past:
Whatever it did, it didn't do it for very long. But what did it do?


Sounds to me like crystalline silica (silicon dioxide).
From Wikipedia:

"Inhaling finely divided crystalline silica is toxic and can lead to severe inflammation of the lung tissue, silicosis, bronchitis, lung cancer, and systemic autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_dioxide
+1 #66 RE: Bunker Hill RecapSully 2018-12-05 17:01
Quoting LibertyPrime:
Quoting knightsabre7:
So, if Kara doesn't work for the DEO anymore, does that mean she's free to do whatever she wants now? Maybe this is a good thing?

In theory, yes. However, it may well be a case of giving her enough rope to hang herself, which was Col. Haley's tactic with Alex.

I believe whoever is orchestrating this wanted Supergirl out of the DEO to deny her the legitimacy of working with the government. Once on the outside of the law, it will be easier to cast her as a rogue alien. So her actions are undoubtedly under a microscope, both from a public relations perspective and a "national security" perspective.
I would think that without being considered an agent, any further involvement in "enforcement" would put Kara equivalent to James' Guardian status. However, I'm not quite sure what the ramifications of that would be since the threat of prosecution for continued interference has actually not materialized in James' case.

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Quoting Captain Past: I note in particular Supergirl's flying (literally, of course) tackle of Manchester Black. The wall climb was also impressive. Did Brainiac do his owncombat stunts? I seem to be a tiny minority speaking up for the stunt people's contributions.
Not sure about Jesse in this particular scene but, I know that he did his own stunts in his fight against the CoL a couple of episodes ago. But, yes, the stunt people do an awesome job!


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