“Red Faced”, episode six of “Supergirl”, is the most mature episode yet. Maybe there isn’t much difference between a Kryptonian and an Earthling. Mild-mannered Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) faces her inner demons. She realizes suppressed anger isn’t healthy. There is a difference between being compliant and being a punching bag for the world. Unfair circumstances can bring out the worse in anyone. Anger is a normal emotion. It’s what one does with anger that makes it constructive or destructive. Kara learns this early in her crime fighting career.
Army General Sam Lane (Glenn Morshower), Lucy Lane’s (Jenna Dewan Tatum) father, comes to town to conduct a military experiment. Dr. Thomas Oscar Morrow (Iddo Goldberg) introduces his android Red Tornado (Iddo Goldberg) to Supergirl. Soon things go awry.
Cat Grant’s (Calista Flockhart) mother Katherine Grant (Joan Juliet Buck) visits her daughter. A clearer scenario emerges about Cat growing up with a cold, self-absorbed mother. A viewer can’t help but sympathize with Cat. “The Queen of All Media” has good advice for her protégé, Kara.
James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) is dealing with his own anger when it comes to Lane’s father. Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) is the guy Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) needs. She also needs Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), maybe for things other than work.
The plot thickens about the mysterious death of Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain).
There were moments when the storyline for “Red Faced” was forced, like when General Lane blamed Supergirl for the Red Tornado’s mishap. The correlation was contrived. It is unbelievable that an intelligent military general could overlook faults in his own operation and blame an outsider. This is an outsider who he sought out for help. Also, what appeared to be sloppy television writing was when DEO Agent Alex Danvers goes alone without backup to apprehend Dr. Morrow. The scene lacked logical police protocol.
“Supergirl” has the potential to last, but it must be plausible for viewers. Despite shortcomings in episode six, Kara is America’s new sweetheart. Everyone loves an angel with a broken wing.