Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Supergirl - Ahimsa

For the second straight episode, Supergirl offers little of the show's trademark hero while still providing a strong episode centered around the show's supporting cast. With Kara (Melissa Benoist) locked in a suit which is keeping her alive but limiting her usefulness in the Kryptonite-infused atmosphere, it falls on Alex (Chyler Leigh) to lead the DEO without its biggest weapon (even going so far as to bench Kara for her own good). And there's plenty to fight here in an episode that wraps up the Mercy (Rhona Mitra) storyline as the Graves break into the DEO to grab a couple of aliens they plan to unleash on an unsuspecting public, but still leaves plenty of trouble for the group as Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer) slinks back into the shadows to continue driving the anti-alien agenda. Oh, we also get a tease for a new Parasite (Anthony Konechny) and more foreshadowing of the Russian Supergirl's preparations for an inevitable clash.

In "Ahimsa" we see several of our heroes stumble, but all get up to continue the fight. Alex gets reamed by the President (Bruce Boxleitner) for allowing Supergirl back into the field while fighting the guilt over DEO deaths and betrayals, J'onn (David Harewood) struggles with a way to help given his new passivity, Kara is forced to fight her own impulses to save the day, and even Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath) gets emotional at seeing Supergirl so close to death and his future about to blink out of existence. There's also time to introduce a new wildcard to the chaos with Manchester Black (David Ajala ) showing up looking for his missing girlfriend. We even get the return of James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen's (Mehcad Brooks) as Guardian, with a terrific twist as the right-wing media slants the hero's true agenda to promote their own.

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