A synopsis for the upcoming Supergirl episode "City of Lost Children" has been released online, teasing a heroic moment for Guardian. When the show moved to The CW at the start of season two, there were a lot of changes for Kara and her friends, including new jobs for Kara and Winn, new romances for Alex and Hank, and a new home for new friend Mon-El. But perhaps the most changes have happened in James Olsen's life.
James moved to National City in the pilot episode looking for a life separate from being Superman's best friend. But old habits die hard and he quickly found himself playing a similar role in Supergirl's life. It was not until season 2 that things really began to change for James. After finally finding romance with Kara, she realized they would be better as friends. He took over Cat Grant's job and now runs CatCo. He also became a hero in his own right: Guardian.
According to The CW's official synopsis for the upcoming episode "City of Lost Children", it will be Guardian to the rescue for one small boy:
“THIS IS US” STAR LONNIE CHAVIS GUEST STARS – When an alien attacks National City, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and the DEO learn the alien is a Phorian, an otherwise peaceful race with telekinetic powers. Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) gets a lead on the Phorian’s address but instead of finding the culprit, he finds a very scared boy named Marcus (guest star ). Marcus will only trust James so it is up to Guardian to stop the attacks on the city. Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) plan escalates. Ben Bray directed the episode with story by Robert Rovner and teleplay by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn (#220). Original airdate 5/8/2017.
This sounds like it might be the James Olsen featured episode that was promised to us for this season. Certainly James has been more separate from the story this year. With Kara going to work as a reporter and then being fired, and Winn leaving CatCo to work at the DEO, James has been pretty alone in Cat's old office. And since Guardian is a vigilante, he sometimes helps the DEO but is not a part of their meetings and missions, keeping him mostly connected only to his partner Winn. This sounds like a chance to give James the spotlight, as he bonds with the child and helps stop the Phorian.
It is interesting to note that the synopsis makes it sound like the attacking Phorian is separate from Rhea's plan. Manipulating a normally peaceful creature into doing the dirty work for her sounds right up the Daxamite Queen's alley. Now that she has killed Lar Gand, there is nothing to stop her from using everything at her disposal to reclaim her son Mon-El, as well as get revenge on Supergirl and the Earth for luring him away from her. After the epic rescue mission in previous episode "Distant Sun", she probably sees anyone who has helped Mon-El or been his friend as a threat. And James has done both - as James Olsen and as Guardian, which puts as much of a target on his back as the rest of the team.
With Rhea and Cadmus both looming - as well as all the other villains who like to trouble National City - odds seem pretty good on Guardian stepping further into the spotlight and helping his friend Supergirl to win the day.
Supergirl continues Monday, April 24 with "Ace Reporter" at 8 p.m. on The CW. "City of Lost Children" will air at the same time on May 8.
Source: The CW