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Although Kara Zor-El is taking on superpowered menaces on Supergirl using her Kryptonian abilities, she’s also getting support in her battle for justice from the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO), a government agency dedicated to keeping an eye on aliens. However, they’re not the only government operatives at play in the series, and one new official player is on her own mission in National City. Visiting the show later this season will be Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Emma Caulfield, who is playing agent Cameron Chase.
The Supergirl version of Chase is described as a stern FBI agent who dedicated her life to law enforcement after her father was killed. Using manipulation and manpower as her primary weapons, she “pursues her targets with ruthless determination,” and you won’t want to count on her for any sympathy. From that description, it sounds like although she’s out to get the bad guys, she could still serve as an antagonistic force to main characters. The Mary Sue says that she’ll appear in one episode, though they didn’t identity which one.
In the comics, Cameron Chase was introduced in 1998 as an agent of the DC universe’s DEO, which tracks metahuman threats to national security. In addition to being a great fighter, investigator and hacker, she was also able to naturally dampen the abilities of any metahumans within her vicinity (think along the lines of The Haitian in Heroes). She starred in her own short-lived, ten-issue series, where she had run-ins with the Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, and the Titans. Her most recent appearance was in the New 52 when she was sent to capture Batwoman. It remains to be seen whether Caulfield’s Chase will become a recurring role, but if we do see her again, it wouldn’t be surprising if she was recruited into Supergirl’s DEO by Hank Henshaw.
Caulfield’s most prominent role is playing Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1998 to 2003. After spending a thousand years as a vengeance demon, Anya was turned back into a human in her first appearance on the show, and spent the remainder of the series learning how to be human again, which provided a lot of comic relief. Beyond that, Caulfield’s credits include Beverly Hills, 90210, Life Unexpected, Once Upon a Time and Royal Pains.
You can catch new episodes of Supergirl Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.