Earlier today I did up a recap of Supergirl season 3 so far and got it all back in my head as well. While there are a lot of big story lines going on with the Worldkillers, Kara and Mon-El, the Legion of Superheroes, Alex and Maggie, Sam and Ruby… and now returning with an episode focused on Winn… one of the stories that seems to be just sitting in the background is that J’onn found his father, brought him to Earth and now Myr’nn seems to be just sitting around drinking brown liquids. *** Spoilers Ahead ***
That is all about to change in the episode called In Search of Lost Time. The synopsis for the episode gives us our first clue:
J’ONN HAS TO FACE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS FATHER – When Myr’nn (guest star Carl Lumbly) inadvertently causes psychic disturbances at the DEO, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) must work with J’onn (David Harewood) to contain the resulting chaos. Meanwhile, Mon-El (Chris Wood) begins training Kara in fighting techniques he’s learned in the future for battling Worldkillers. Andi Armaganian directed the episode with story by Eric Carrasco and teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Nicki Holcomb (#315). Original airdate 4/23/2018.
It turns out that the inadvertent problems are caused by the fact that Myr’nn (Carl Lumbly) is suffering from the Martian equivalent to Alzheimer’s disease. We know this because co-showrunner Jessica Queller told TVLine about some of the things coming up in the season, including the story line that is very personal for her.
I personally have a dad who has Alzheimer’s right now, so it’s very personal; I start crying in the editing room all the time. It’s a very personal story to me and to a lot of other people, and so we’re really trying to execute M’yrnn’s deterioration of his mind in an authentic, universal way and show how it impacts the father and son. However, we’re then adding a Martian dimension to that, where Martians are able to share memories and thoughts in a psychic way, so there’s going to be a component in which J’onn has the opportunity to take on all of M’yrnn’s memories and history. How that will impact J’onn and who he is [leads to] a very exciting twist in the finale that I think everyone will be excited and should stay tuned for.
J’onn (David Harewood) has been an underused character since for a while now and I am very interested in seeing what they have planned for him, especially if it means getting him into the action more. Martian Manhunter is one of DC’s most powerful characters and is often sidelines during the big moments. I’m all for any twists that get him into the game more.