Don’t expect the Luthors to break bread together in Supergirl’s upcoming Thanksgiving-themed episode.
In Monday’s installment, evil Cadmus scientist Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) puts her plan to eradicate all aliens from Earth in motion. And you can expect her actions to add even more tension to her already-fraught relationship with her daughter Lena (Katie McGrath), who is trying to reform her family’s notorious image and to whom Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) turns to for help in the episode.
EW caught with Strong ahead of Monday’s episode, “Medusa” to talk about Lillian and Lena’s complex relationship, the Danvers family’s awkward Thanksgiving dinner, and what Cadmus Labs is doing with Jeremiah Danvers (Dean Cain).
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Episode 207 ended with Cyborg Superman (David Harewood) going to the Fortress of Solitude to retrieve something called Project Medusa. What is Medusa?
BRENDA STRONG: Medusa plays very strongly in the next episode, which is episode 208, and it’s basically a virus. It’s one of those exclusive viruses that doesn’t touch anyone whose organic material is human. It only attacks anything that is alien, and it’s a big one. So, that poses imminent threat to the planet.
How did Lillian and Cyborg Superman know that Superman had the virus?
Well, [probably from] the underground intelligence world…I think she’s a scientist, so I’m sure there are things about alien life forms that she’s aware of. Obviously, she needed to weaken Supergirl enough so that she could take her blood in order to have the key to unlock what was there and to get ahold of it. I’m sure that was her intention from the very beginning. I’m sure there was some mythology that led up to her knowledge of the Medusa virus and how to get it. I think whenever you have a single-minded purpose — like Lillian Luthor does in eradicating all alien life forms from the planet, because she sees them as an imminent threat to humanity — you’ll do anything, and I’m sure she has a lot of people who aren’t fans of Superman and Supergirl to aid her in her destruction.
Was it hard to get into the mindset of a character who has so much hate for one part of the population?
Well, I think being a parent sets you up to justify almost anything to protect your child, and I think she really, honestly believes that Lex was wronged and unfairly treated and wrongfully imprisoned because of Superman and his lies that he spread about Lex and the misinterpretation of his intentions. I think, ultimately, she’s the big mamma bear that’s not only going to wreak havoc on anyone that has mistreated her blood, but also, she has a greater intent: She truly believes that aliens are a threat to humanity and that they become the enemy at any time. They may be acting like they’re doing good works, but they have powers that we don’t have, and we need to make sure that they’re not putting us in a weak position. I think there are two fields of play here — the personal and the global.
Lena wasn’t too pleased to see her mother when she showed up at LCorp at the end of episode 205. What’s their relationship like?
I think any mother with a daughter can tell you it’s complex, but there’s the added layer of Lena being adopted, and I think there is definitely a strain because Lena doesn’t feel that she is prioritized and she feels Lex was [her mother’s] favorite. I basically come out and admit that in some respects. I think it’s a very complex relationship and I think there’s a lot of hurt on both ends, because I do believe that they have hurt each other over the years. So, there is a strain [on] their relationship. And I think any mother and daughter will tell you that there is a power struggle within a mother-daughter relationship. So, I think that’s definitely at play here, too. Obviously, Lena is very aligned with Supergirl and very much wants her as a friend and wants to change the way the Luthors are perceived in society. I think we’re working against different ends entirely, and it’s difficult.
Is it fair to say that Lena and Lillian aren’t on the same page when it comes to aliens?
I would agree with that. I don’t think they are on the same page.
How much does Lena know about her mother’s job at Cadmus?
At this point, she doesn’t know anything at all. But come “Medusa,” she’s going to start finding out more about her mother’s nefarious mission and that will have an impact on their relationship.
Lena befriending and working with Supergirl is probably another blow to their relationship, right?
Yeah, I think so because it’s a mirror of what happened with Superman and Lex. In 207, she basically says, “Superman destroyed my son, and I won’t let it happen to my daughter.” So, she’s very protective of Lena and her relationship, and when she saw the two of them together, I think it was probably was a blow to her. You know, we all interpret reality based on how we see things, and when two people are seeing things from two different perspectives, there’s innate conflict and that’s what makes great TV. So, I think that’s what you’re having here: two different missions and two different loyalties within the same construct. I’m one of six kids and not all of us see the world the same way, so that adds for interesting Thanksgivings. Speaking of which, we have a really fun episode coming up with a really fun Thanksgiving meal.
Does that Thanksgiving meal involve Lena and Lillian or are you talking about the Danvers?
Oh, the Danvers. My understanding is that it’s really funny because it seems like everyone wants to share their secrets: Alex, played by Chyler Leigh, decides it’s time to come out to her mother; Kara is shocked when Eliza [Helen Slater] suggests that Mon-El has feelings for her [because] she doesn’t even see that coming; and Winn and James have this huge secret about who Guardian is. Everyone wants to share their secrets, but nobody is allowed to talk because it just becomes a cluster of intent that doesn’t really ever come out well. I think it makes for great comedy when you have everyone wanting to share something but nobody gets to share it in a way that they expect to.
In last Monday’s episode, Jeremiah decided to stay behind at Cadmus after freeing Kara and Mon-El. What is Cadmus doing to him and why does he choose to stay?
That is definitely the super million dollar question from a lot of fans online. I’ve noticed they have all sorts of theories about Jeremiah’s role in Cadmus: Is he really a prisoner or is he in alliances with me? That’s something you’re going to have to stay [for] and find out. We don’t know, but I have a feeling it’s going to be interesting once everybody gets the reveal.
source : EW
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“Medusa”— (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
A NIGHT OF CONFESSIONS; THE EPIC SUPERHERO CROSSOVER KICKS OFF TONIGHT — Eliza (guest star Helen Slater) comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters. Alex (Chyler Leigh) decides it’s time to come out to her mother; Kara (Melisa Benoist) is shocked when Eliza suggests Mon-El (Chris Wood) has feelings for her, and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and James (Mehcad Brooks) consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian. Meanwhile, CADMUS unleashes a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity so Kara enlists an unexpected ally – Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). The epic superhero crossover kicks off tonight when Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (guest star Carlos Valdes) seek Kara’s help with an alien invasion on their Earth. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jessica Queller & Derek Simon (#208). Original airdate 11/28/2016.
Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and The Flash) that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015. It is based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, and stars Melissa Benoist in the title role. Supergirl is a costumed superheroine who is the biological cousin to Superman and one of the last surviving Kryptonians.
The series was officially picked up on May 6, 2015, after receiving a series commitment in September 2014, and received a full season order on November 30, 2015. On May 12, 2016, Warner Bros. Television announced that the series had been renewed for a second season and that it would move from CBS to The CW. It is scheduled to debut on October 10, 2016.
Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) was sent to Earth from the doomed planet Krypton as a 12-year-old by her parents Zor-El (Robert Gant) and Alura (Laura Benanti). Alura gave her instructions to protect her infant cousin Kal-El, and informed her that she, like her cousin, would have extraordinary powers under Earth’s yellow sun.
En route to Earth, Kara’s spacecraft was diverted by a shock wave from Krypton’s explosion and forced into the Phantom Zone, where it stayed for 24 years. During this period, time stopped for Kara so, when the spacecraft eventually escaped the Phantom Zone, she still appeared to be a 13-year-old girl. By the time the spacecraft crash landed on Earth, Kal-El had grown up and become Superman. After helping her out of the craft, Superman took Kara to be adopted by his friends, the Danvers family. The main series begins more than a decade later when the now 24-year-old Kara is learning to embrace her powers after previously hiding them.
Kara hid her powers for more than a decade, believing that Earth didn’t need another hero. However, she has to reveal her powers to thwart an unexpected disaster, setting her on her own journey of heroism as National City’s protector. Kara discovers that hundreds of the criminals her mother prosecuted as a judge on Krypton are hiding on Earth, including her mother’s twin sister Astra (also played by Benanti) and Astra’s husband Non (Chris Vance), who seek to rule the world. After briefly becoming suspicious of the true agenda of her boss, Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), she and her adoptive sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), secretly discover that Henshaw is actually a benevolent alien refugee, J’onn J’onzz, who has resided on Earth for over fifty years after escaping a holocaust on his homeworld of Mars. J’onn infiltrated the DEO to reform the organization as well as to watch over both Alex and Kara in addition to guiding the latter in the use of her powers due to his experience with his own abilities. Kara is also being targeted by Earth’s criminals as the result of her being related to Superman, and later on encounters an emerging community of metahumans and individuals from parallel universes. In the process, Kara accumulates her own rogues gallery who seeks to defeat and destroy her. She is aided by a few close friends and family who guard her secrets—most notably her cousin’s longtime friend, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks)—which also serves as a major plot in high tech mogul Maxwell Lord’s (Peter Facinelli) scheme to expose Kara’s identity.
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