Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Supergirl - Supergirl Lives
Supergirl returns with a very Stargate-ish episode. While looking into the story of a missing teenager, Kara (Melissa Benoist) discovers aliens sending captive humans across the universe through a dimensional door. Following them through with Mon-El (Chris Wood) appears to be the smart move, but when the heroes arrive on a planet with a red sun things get a bit more complicated. Directed by Kevin Smith, "Supergirl Lives" is a fun episode with some additional challenges for a hero (and a cool new invention in the sunlight grenade), even if Alex's (Chyler Leigh) spazzy attitude swings are a bit strange (though to be fair, that's likely more due to the writing and the limited time on-screen to deal with the rubber band of emotions than Smith's direction).
While I was happy to see the return of Dichen Lachman, I'm not sure Roulette is needed here (and is more window dressing than anything else). I'm more excited about the return of another villain in next week's episode. In terms of ongoing arcs the show continues to tease a possible Kara/Mon-El relationship, Alex's relationship takes a bit of a hit due to her freak-out, and Winn's (Jeremy Jordan) struggles with being in the field are dealt with far, far from home. "Supergirl Lives" also continues to foreshadow a looming truth about Mon-El's past which the final scene suggests will be brought to the forefront sooner rather than later.