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Recap / Superman: The Animated Series S2 E27-E28 "Little Girl Lost"

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When Krypton was destroyed, it wasn't the only planet affected. It had a sister planet, Argo, which was knocked out of orbit by the force of the blast. The sudden freezing of the planet killed all its inhabitants, save one: Kara In-ze, a teenage girl whose scientist mother placed her in cryostasis along with the rest of her family (the others' pods broke). Superman finds her while investigating the remains of Krypton, and brings her back to Earth, adopting her as his cousin.

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On Earth, Kara enjoys living with the Kents and flexing her new powers, but she's frustrated by Clark not wanting her to take part in superheroics for a while while she properly adjusts to the new environment. In Metropolis, Intergang starts acting up again, and once again, they have Apokoliptian backup. This time, it's Granny Goodness, one of Darkseid's lieutenants. Naturally, these two plot threads come together, when Kara and Jimmy Olsen (who wants to be treated as a full reporter) decide to go investigate on their own, and Granny catches them. While Kara is more than a match for Granny, she's not so much a match for the Female Furies who Boom Tube in, and needs Superman's help.

This, unfortunately, results in Superman being captured. Supergirl is able to bail him out, but not before Darkseid reveals that his plan is to re-direct a comet into hitting Earth. The two destroy the comet manually, much to Darkseid's annoyance. Kara then makes her official debut as Supergirl.

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  • Adaptation Name Change: Supergirl's name is changed from Kara Zor-El to Kara In-Ze.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Granny begs for mercy after the plan fails, but Darkseid ain't giving her any.
  • Bad Boss: After Earth is saved, Darkseid has the Female Furies teach Granny the (non-lethal) price of failure.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Kara so badly wants in on the action and to prove herself. Meanwhile, Jimmy wants his big chance at writing a story for the paper and grouses when no one hears out the lead he found.
  • Evil Is Petty: As Darkseid says, he destroys whatever he can't have.
  • Hope Spot: Supergirl effortlessly handles Intergang and Granny, but then the Female Furies are summoned.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Granny demands a captured Superman kneel before Darkseid. He won't, so she shocks him to get him on the floor.
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  • Leitmotif: Lolita Ritmanis debuts a leitmotif for Supergirl. Shirley Walker's Darkseid leitmotif and Kristopher Carter's Apokolips leitmotif are also reprised for this episode.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Because they weren't allowed to have a surviving Krptonian other than Superman and the Phantom Zone's inmates, this version of Supergirl isn't Kryptonian. Sure, Argo happens to be a sister planet of Krypton and its inhabitants are from the same species as Kal-El, and she has a similar backstory of the planet being destroyed, but technically, she's not Kryptonian.
    • With Earth now under the protection New Genesis, Darkseid can't openly attack or destroy it without violating the treaty with Highfather. But if the Earth were to be destroyed by, say, 'a stray comet'...well, Darkseid could not be held accountable for a 'natural disaster', could he?
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Since he cannot take over the world, Darkseid plans to destroy it instead. Because he'll get in trouble if New Genesis catches him doing it, he'll attract a comet to destroy Earth without New Genesis finding out.
  • Mythology Gag: The comet that Darkseid will use to destroy the Earth is Fleischer's Comet.
  • Newscaster Cameo: Al Roker makes an appearance when Martha Kent is watching the news, where he advises everyone in Smallville to go outside and enjoy the sunlight. It then cuts to Kara doing exactly that.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Supergirl destroys Darkseid's comet-attracting device thinking it'll save Earth. However, since the machine already did its work, it instead means it cannot be used to get rid of the comet.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Averted, Krypton's destruction had horrific consequences for the nearest planet.
  • Oh, Crap!: Jimmy has this reaction when Granny Goodness opens up a boom tube, revealing that she's from Apokolips.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Darkseid explains that the comet's impact will cause a dark cloud covering Earth and wiping out all life. Granny eagerly looks forward to it.
  • Planetary Relocation: When Superman goes to the remnants of Krypton, he detects a distress signal from a nearby planet called Argo. When he gets there, discovers he finds a message from a scientist named Kala In-Ze pleading for help and explains that the explosion that destroyed Krypton devastated Argo's surface and pushed the planet out of orbit, away from their sun. Far from their sun, Argo's people slowly froze to death in the ensuing ice age, until only she and her family remained. Superman finds that the stasis chambers malfunctioned, with the exception of one, which contained Kara, aka: Supergirl.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. Supergirl is Superman's biological cousin in the comics but Superman merely adopts her in this cartoon. The execs didn't allow any biological relatives of Superman to survive, so the writers went for the next best thing.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • The sudden destruction of Krypton had a cascade effect on the rest of its solar system. The gravitational imbalance and the debris knocked is closest sister world, Argo, out of its orbit and caused ensuing environmental catastrophes.
    • Manheim's death during "Apokolips...Now!" has left InterGang leaderless and open to a takeover by external parties like Apokolips (which already had de facto control of the organization after 'recruiting' Manheim in "Tools of the Trade"). While Darkseid had also cut Intergang loose by betraying Manheim (in the expectation that Earth would be his and they had served their purpose), the organization is still a useful asset (as he needs external agents on the ground to circumvent the New Genesis Treaty).
    • New Genesis is now protecting Earth, but that doesn't meant the planet's safe from the cold war between Highfather and Darkseid. On the contrary, it is still very much in play, because while Darkseid ended the invasion out of respect for Orion rather than fear of Highfather, Darkseid was still denied his prize and it won't stand. Of course he's going to find a way around the treaty and exploit any loopholes (like destroying it in a 'natural disaster').
  • Unwitting Pawn: Granny's human recruits were supplying her with the tech to alter the comet's trajectory and doom the Earth.
  • Villain Respect: Subverted.
    Darkseid: Ever proud, eh, Kryptonian? I must say I find it wearying.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Lashina finds Superman rather attractive.
  • Wham Shot: Granny pulling out a Mother Box and opening a Boom Tube at the end of Part 1.

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