Happy Superhero Monday! What a better way to kickoff Christmas week than with Supergirl? In Hostil Takeover, Supergirl’s aunt, Astra, is back… and she’s brought her husband, who is bent on taking over Earth. This should be no problem for Supergirl, right? Wrong, her emotional ties with her aunt lead to confusion. To be honest, I think we’re all a bit confused as to exactly what Astra’s motives are and whose side she’s on—the good or the bad. Astra seems to have a bit of Darth Vader/Snape in her. I wonder if her story will turn out like theres?
What we know about Astra, and what it may mean for the future plot of Supergirl:
1. Astra is Supergirl’s real mother (or so we are led to believe), but gave her to her aunt to raise.
Non: You swore to me Alura’s daughter would convert to our cause or die. It’s not like you to fail to keep a promise.
Astra: I told you, she’s stronger than we thought.
Non: Was it her strength or your weakness? You owe Alura nothing. Certainly not her daughter’s life.
Astra: Alura is not her mother. She can be made to see reason.
This scene bears a striking resemblance to Darth Sidious wanting to get Vader to either convert or destroy the son he never knew he had, who was raised by Vader’s step-brother. It also reminds me of how Voldemort tries to use Snape to get to Harry but doesn’t realize that Snape has committed his life to protecting Harry because of his love of Lily.
2. Astra was part of a rebel group.
Not hard to make the comparisons there. Snape was a Death Eather. Vader joined Sidious and took over the government, putting the Jedi into hiding.
3. Astra strongly believes that rebel group is bent on saving planets and civilizations.
Vader joined Sidious because he believed in Sidious’s ideals for the galaxy. Snape joined Voldemort because he’d always loathed Muggles and wanted to help wizard-kind come out of hiding and rule the world. Astra too joined a group whose aim was to save a planet and civilization—even if it cost lives here or there. Snape, Vader, and Astra’s aims renounce the individual for the “greater good.” On this point, they have a lot in common with the young Dumbledore.
4. Astra realizes others will not like the rebel’s methods.
Astra: Much like Krypton, this planet is on the verge of ecological destruction. I can stop it. But the humans won’t like my methods.
Snape, Vader, and Astra all use violent force to accomplish their goals. I find it quite interesting that when Supergirl is chastised for not killing Astra when she could, she says, “Superman doesn’t kill.” Supergirl knows that the means define the end, but Snape, Vader, and Astra use any means to achieve their ends. They’d fit in perfectly in Slytherin House.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. ~ Proverbs 10:9 ESV
5. Astra turns against the people she loves for her cause.
Alura: Come home with me, Astra. I can plead your case in front of the high counsel. Non will go to prison for life, but your sentence could be commuted.
Astra: What do I care about prison? We are dying, Alura! All of us! Kara is dying. I will not let that happen. I don’t care how many laws I have to break.
Alura: We used to be on the same side, sister. We can be again.
Astra: I cannot be part of your designs.
Alura: Then I am sorry.
Astra: Not as sorry as I am.
Astra turns against her family and her twin sister. Vader turns against the man who has been like a father to him, Obi-Wan, and against the woman he claims to love more than anything, Padmé. Snape turns against Lily. All of them bring about the deaths of those they love. However, Astra’s greatest love, Supergirl, manages to live. Will she die to save her as Vader died for Luke and Snape died for Lily’s son? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
**Transcript from: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/